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Excellencies, Eminence and Gentlemen,

It gives me great pleasure to convey to you the greetings of the Custodian of the two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah Bin Abdul-Aziz Al-Saud. I would like to welcome all brothers participating in this conference, which became a tradition held every year on these blessed days of Hajj. Allah has honored this period mentioning it in the Holy Qur’an: {by the dawn and the ten days}. It’s in this safe country where millions of Muslims come from far-flung places to perform the sacred duties of Hajj.

We supplicate Allah to grant us success and support to serve them, to safeguard their safety and ensure their comfort until they return safely to their countries.

Dear brothers and sisters,

The conditions that gave rise to the call to establish and respect human rights were bitter conditions. The specter of war was filling the air and its horror haunting people. Humans were afraid to be devoured by the onslaught of fire from airplanes, tanks cannons and bombs. Faced with the lethal war machine that reaps millions of people sending them to perdition, camps and detention centers were overflowing with prisoners. These faced the worst types of mistreatment and torture through hellish means; man shudders when hearing about their stories.

In the wake of these alarming times warning of destructive dangers, loud calls inviting the remnant of warring countries to recognize the rights of this human being and protect them from abuse. They called on their conscience of mercy and compassion and the so-called humanity. These populations were consumed and engrossed by the industrial revolution’s achievements. Unbridled materialism overwhelmed their minds. No place for religion left. It has no longer any influence in refining their behavior. Values and ethics upon which prophets established their missions failed to redeem them and bring them to reason.

There’s no doubt if a person severs his ties with his Lord and the Lord of heavens and earth, and shuns the prophets’ guidance, he will certainly be plagued with megalomania. He would feel as he is the absolute master of this universe. Allah says in the Qur’an: No! [But] indeed, man transgresses. Because he sees himself self-sufficient. Sura: Al-Alaq, verses 6 and 7.

Who will rescue him from the vanity that fills his being? Who’ll rein his desires and passion that know no bounds? Who will compel him to be fair to people and lead him to follow the truth, justice and virtue? The answer is: nothing, except the instinct (fitra) remaining in the depth of his soul. This great gift of Allah will guide him to refinement; it’ll show him how to acquire good manners and to make him rise above temptations. That’s what’s called humanity.

Dear brothers and sisters,

We Muslim realize the extent of Allah’s favor upon us. He has sent us the best of His creations; the seal of His prophets and messengers. He was the best example and the elite among mankind: [Certainly did Allah confer [great] favor upon the believers when He sent among them a Messenger from themselves, reciting to them His verses and purifying them and teaching them the Book and wisdom, although they had been before in manifest error. [Sura: Al-Imran, verse 164].

Allah has sufficed us the need to define human rights and the pledge to observe them. This great universal religion contains the values of justice, charity, compassion and goodness. Early Muslims have applied its teachings to the best of their abilities. In return, they have enjoyed the highest levels of psychological and social stability. They in turn have carried this sublime message to nations around the world. With this flawless faith, they have given humanity rights never imagined before and unequalled in any international convention of any modern standard.

The survival of this message free of any alteration to the present day is a miracle ordained by Allah. He has preserved it to be a mercy to people and a means of salvation from deviation. And when Muslims ignored its principles, they have fallen prey to all types of ills and calamities. Furthermore, this divine message comprises the pillars of faith, the teachings of Islam, morals and the rules of rational human behavior. Together, these elements represent a significant guaranty to human rights. These rights have in recent times attracted so much attention. And many organizations and associations have been set up to protect them.

Dear brothers and sisters,

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is not a newcomer to the issue of human rights. Its system of governance has been established on the precepts of Islam that decreed these rights. It has applied them to the fullest. The application required by contemporary international obligations has also been taken into consideration. The Kingdom did not lag behind in presenting itself on the world stage where acts of incorporating these rights were deliberated; their instruments have been approved and a pledge to uphold them has been taken. Thus, the Kingdom has presented a leading pilot role to reconcile its commitment to Islam with the benefit from positive human experiences.

Finally, I would like to thank the Muslim World League led by the President of its Supreme Council and its Secretary General for exerting outstanding efforts. We praise their contribution in making the Ummah aware of its duties towards its religion, homeland and issues. We extol their work in repelling suspicions and falsehoods aimed at Islam, its civilization, symbols and sanctities.

I supplicate Allah Almighty to crown your work with success that would benefit and encompass the entire Muslim Ummah.

Wassalamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu.

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