The Muslim Council of Elders' pavilion at the Cairo International Book Fair hosted its seventh seminar titled "Islam and the Principles of Human Rights," featuring Prof. Dr. Nahla Al-Saidi, Advisor to the Grand Imam for International Student Affairs, and Prof. Dr. Rabie Al-Ghafir, a professor at the Faculty of Islamic and Arabic Studies. The seminar was moderated by Dr. Reda Abdelsalam, the Head of the Quran Radio Network.
Dr. Nahla Al-Saidi stated during the seminar that Islam came to elevate the value of humanity and preserve its rights. In Islam, humans are honored in themselves and in their essence. She emphasized that Islam is a call for human freedom and dignity, preceding all international organizations in endorsing human rights. Islam established a framework to protect individual, family, and societal rights. Dr. Nahla urged raising awareness about the human rights principles outlined in the Quran, such as justice, freedom, equality, with a special focus on the rights of the vulnerable and that Islam equalized all people and made piety and righteous deeds the criteria for distinction.
Dr. Rabie Al-Ghafir added that Islam honored humanity in a way that no law or constitution had throughout history. Islam considered humans as Allah's creation, crafted by His hands, with a soul breathed into them, angels prostrating to them. Islam guaranteed the rights of life, security, freedom, ownership, and enjoyment of good things, making humans the masters of this universe. He also highlighted that Islam erected a robust barrier to protect human rights and criminalized any violation. Islam also forbade killing, imposing severe punishment for it, and prohibited any form of aggression against human life and it condemned the intimidation and violation of the right to security since Muslims are forbidden from terrorizing others even in a joking manner.
The Muslim Council of Elders' pavilion at the Cairo International Book Fair features a diverse collection of publications, along with a series of seminars, activities, and events focused on promoting the values of peace and mutual coexistence among all humanity.