Aligarh: Observing that the ‘Charter of Madina’ and the last sermon of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)) at Hajj clearly protects the human rights of every section of the society, AMU’s Prof Shakeel Samdani has said it is not the West but Islam that has given the guarantee of fundamental rights for the first time in human history.
“It is wrong to say that the concept of human rights was given to the world by the West. In fact, Islam has given the guarantee of fundamental rights for the first time in the known history of the world,” Prof Samdani of the Department of Law, Aligarh Muslim University (AMI) said at a symposium here.
The symposium ‘Human Rights: Preservation and Violation’ was organized by Al Barakat Institute of Education and People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), Aligarh.
About 80 to 100 million people were killed and innumerable number of people was injured during the two World Wars, which happened in Europe due to the wrong policies of the European countries, he pointed out, adding, “In comparison to these wars, if we count the causalities during the life time of the last Prophet, we find that only around one thousand people were killed. This shows that Islam is very sensitive about human life and careful about the protection of human rights.”
Dr Mohibul Haq, general secretary, PUCL said that since 1992 to 2010 about 5 lakh farmers committed suicide in India. “It means their rights are violated. The corrupt politicians and bureaucrats together are violating human rights of masses,” he said.
Chief Guest Zafar Alam, Assistant Commandant, RAF, said that the Para military forces are trying their best to preserve and protect the rights of the people. He said, “Due to poverty and illiteracy the people are suffering. There is a need to sensitize people about human rights.”
Ahmad Mujtaba Siddiqui, joint secretary, Al Barakat Education Society, said that the protection of human rights can only be insured by applying Islamic laws on the society. He said that Al Barakat Education Society is preparing the students in such a way that they may become a good citizen and be the protector of human rights in the country.