We Muslims, of course, know very well that the Western worldand the Western civilization have paid attention to this matter inthe recent centuries. But Islam has dealt with it from variousaspects many centuries ago. The idea of human rights as afundamental principle can be seen to underlie all Islamicteachings. And this does not need any elaboration for a Muslimaudience. The verses of the Quran and the traditions handeddown from the Prophet (SA) and the Imams of his Household(AS), each one of them emphasizes the fundamental rights of man, something which has started to attract attention in recentyears - this is considered an obvious fact among Muslims, andthere is no need for the scholars to be reminded about this fact.However, I would like to say, that today it is a big responsibilityon the shoulders of the Islamic community to make this realityknown to the world, and not to allow those essential teachingsof Islam to be lost in the storm of political clamor andpropaganda.There were some questions which can be raised in this regard,and to answer them is my principal aim today. Of course, in thecourse of the conference you scholars would carry on useful andprofound discussions on various aspects of human rights, whichwill itself serve as a source of information for the Muslim worldand enlighten them about the viewpoints of Islam in this regard.
(1- The UN: Impotent and Ineffectual)
The first question is whether the efforts made during thedecades since the Second World War in the name of humanrights have been successful or not. The addresses, theassemblies and the sessions held in the United Nations, and theclaims made regarding human rights: have they succeeded inbringing man closer to his genuine rights, or to at least themajor portion of deprived humanity? The answer to this questionis not so difficult, for an observation of the present conditions isenough to prove that these attempts have not been successful