The Director of the Fatwa Department at the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities in Dubai and member of the Muslim Council of Elders His Eminence Dr. Ahmed Al-Haddad has remarked that celebrating the International Day of Human Fraternity on the 4th of February is accomplished by the practical application of the Human Fraternity Document's principles.
Al-Haddad added, “The conversation regarding the International Day of Human Fraternity's impact on humanity is resurrected along with the memory of the Document and its signing. Muslims should be appreciative of this document since it advances Islam's goals for world peace and harmony. The agreement captured the interest of the entire world up to the day it was signed, and that day was declared an international anniversary to promote tolerance, peace, and fraternity.”
The member of the Muslim Council of Elders added, “This document was created to uphold the principles of dialogue, coexistence, respect, and tolerance of others while denouncing those who disobey its guidelines and commit heinous crimes against the sacredness of Islam. Likewise, the burning and tearing of the Holy Qur'an by those enjoying safety and immunity from legal repercussions was a flagrant violation of religious freedoms and provocation of others. This makes us as Muslims feel distressed as we were unable to find a dependable ally to defend humanity from hostility and the tragedies that it may bring.”
Dr. Al-Haddad also made clear that that the best way for humanity to honor this day is by putting its benevolent, peaceful, and fraternal ideas into practice. What the day represents, and not what those who foment conflict and incite animosity among people, is the true significance of declaring it an international day by the United Nations.
Every 4th of February, the world celebrates the ‘International Day of Human Fraternity’ which marks the anniversary of the co-signing of the Document on Human Fraternity by His Eminence Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar and Chairman of the Muslim Council of Elders and His Holiness Pope Francis, Pontiff of the Catholic Church in Abu Dhabi in 2019