How the Islamic World Plans to Beat the West: A Gold Coin
by Bill Sardi
The Return of the Gold Dinar by Umar Ibrahim Vadillo
The Muslim world has found a novel way to strike back at the West — or at least at Western bankers who rule the world’s currencies — introduce a gold coin. Malaysia expects to use gold dinars to trade only between Islamic countries beginning in 2003. The gold dinar, which is 4.25 grams of 24-carat gold, would unite Muslim nations who blame “greedy” currency traders for Asia’s downfall in the economic crisis of 1997—98. There is also a silver Islamic Dirham coin of 3.0 grams silver. The dinar is being privately used in 22 countries and is minted in 4 countries.
The Malaysian premier, Prime Minister Mahathir Modamad, last year proposed that the gold dinar would eliminate paper money which has no intrinsic value and would cease making exchange rates arbitrary and subject to manipulation as seen during the Asian financial crisis. “The risk of speculation can be reduced to almost nothing. World trade can actually expand because the cost of business will be much reduced as the need to hedge will practically disappear,” said Modamad.
Gold dinar, Syria, ~720 AD
The Islamic world has historically used a gold coin, the Dinar. Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad says “Muslims cannot escape the fact that gold is our money. Instead of fighting the will of Allah, I propose that we embrace it. If the one billion Muslims of the world would use gold as their unit of account the volatility would stabilize.”
The dollar, franc, mark, pound, rupee, and all the other currencies of the world are called fiat currencies, that is, they are paper money made legal by law or fiat, although not backed by gold or silver and not necessarily redeemable in coin.