International Day of Human Fraternity

February 4

Emirates reaffirms its commitment to religious coexistence by celebrating International Human Fraternity Day

Margarita Arredondas

4 February marks the signing of the Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Common Coexistence by Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of al-Azhar

Orchestrated by the President of the Board of Trustees of the FICRT, Mr. Jumaa Alkaabi, the Foundation for Islamic Culture and Religious Tolerance (FICRT) is holding this Friday from 17.00 hours via Zoom “Human Fraternity and Diplomacy of Religions”, a conference to cover the concept and evolution of the term Human Fraternity.

Three years ago, Pope Francis, the highest authority of the Catholic Church, landed in the United Arab Emirates for a historic visit. Bergoglio, who was received by the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, became the first pontiff to travel to the Arabian Peninsula, the cradle of Islam. During his stay in the country, in addition to meeting with political and religious authorities, he advocated peace and coexistence between Christians and Muslims.

This visit culminated in a meeting between the Pope and the Grand Imam of al-Azhar, Ahmed el-Tayyeb, who signed the Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Common Coexistence. This text, drawn up with “sincerity and seriousness”, encourages all people of faith to “unite and work together”. The document is defined as a “guide for new generations towards a culture of mutual respect” that seeks “reconciliation and fraternity among all believers, including between believers and non-believers, and among all people of goodwill”.