The Egyptian Coalition for Human Rights and Development stresses that “human rights” are the most important pillars of Islam

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On the International Day to Combat Islamophobia. The Egyptian Coalition for Human Rights and Development affirms that human rights are one of the most important pillars on which Islam is based. If not the most important of all. As the Islamic religion did not differentiate between people and made them equal, regardless of color or race, gender or religion. Therefore, Islam has always sought to consolidate the purposes and principles of the United Nations.
The ECHRD would like to point out that Islam is far removed from what is happening these days in terms of terrorist and sabotage attacks by armed groups who are claiming it is in the name of Islam. They target innocent people, especially non-Muslims. This may result in insulting and fearing Islam, as well as, understanding it in a wrong perspective, resulting in Islamophobia. Thus, these acts cannot and should not be linked to any religion, nationality, civilization or ethnic group. It is rather an extremist ideology that must be combated and corrected.
The United Nations General Assembly announced its adoption of Pakistan’s proposal to mark 15 March of each year a day to combat Islamophobia. The text of the resolution “calls for strengthened international efforts to foster a global dialogue on the promotion of a culture of tolerance and peace at all levels, based on respect for human rights and for the diversity of religions and beliefs.”
The 15th of March 2023 marks the first International Day to Combat Islamophobia, after it was approved by the United Nations a year ago, to be a day aimed at raising awareness of this phenomenon, which has grown significantly over the past years, especially in Western societies. Several factors have contributed to its increase and fueling.
Islamophobia is a fear of Muslims and prejudice against them. This leads to provocation, hostility and fanaticism with threats and abuse, incitement and intimidation of Muslims and non-Muslims, whether in real life or on the Internet.
This hatred—motivated by institutional, ideological, political, and religious antagonism that transcends these frameworks into structural and cultural racism—aims at symbols and signs that the targeted individual is Muslim.
In this context, the ECHRD calls for the need to develop religious discourse directed at the people, especially youth, as they are the most targeted group by these terrorist groups, in order to raise awareness about the dangers of Islamophobia and its repercussions, as well as correct misconceptions and ideas related to Islam.

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