On World Health Day, the Muslim Council of Elders: Healthcare is an intrinsic human right, and ensuring its equitable provision to all is imperative.

The Muslim Council of Elders, led by His Eminence Prof. Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Al-Sharif, emphasized that healthcare is a fundamental human right and a key priority for achieving sustainable development and inclusive prosperity. The Council highlighted that the spread of diseases and epidemics is among the most significant challenges facing humanity, posing serious threats to public health, economic stability, and social harmony.

In a statement on World Health Day, observed annually on April 7th, the Muslim Council of Elders noted that the COVID-19 pandemic, which has affected every corner of the world, underscored the critical importance of global collaboration and collective efforts to address health challenges. The Council urged governments, international organizations, the private sector, and civil society to adopt a multi-sectoral approach that prioritizes investment in healthcare, strengthens health infrastructure, and guarantees equitable access to high-quality health services for everyone, regardless of their social, economic, racial, or national backgrounds.

The statement also pointed out that Islam considers health a human necessity and a fundamental need, not a luxury or an optional matter. Human life is sacred and must not be compromised or squandered. Thus, maintaining health is one of the most important obligations for every Muslim, as it enables them to engage in worship and perform acts of kindness for themselves, their families, and their community. With good health, individuals can actively contribute to the development and betterment of the world.



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