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Cultural forum discusses human rights in Islam

On the occasion of the inauguration of the King Fahd Islamic Center in Gibraltar which was opened on Friday, August 8, a cultural forum for the Muslim community was held with the title of 'Contributions to Humankind of the Islamic Civilization'. At the end of its two-day deliberations, the King Fahd Cultural Forum yesterday issued a statement, and called on scientific and research centers as well as Muslim thinkers everywhere to clarify the concept of human rights as contained in Islam, in an effort to counteract the accusations of enemies of Islam in the mass media. Furthermore, it called on all Muslims to pay heed to the human rights of others and to interact with each other within the Muslim community, and warned against the dangers of drug abuse. The forum also highlighted the role of Islamic civilization in a number of scientific fields, notably medicine and pharmacy, and expressed gratitude to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Ibn Abdul Aziz for the construction of the Gibraltar Islamic Center and other mosques throughout the world, and for facilitating the distribution of the Holy Qur'an.

Meanwhile, on behalf of King Fahd, Prince Abdul Aziz Ibn Fahd Ibn Abdul Aziz will on Monday August 11, lay the foundation stone for the King Fahd Islamic Center in Malaga, Spain. The five-story building, to be built at King Fahd's expense, will include a sixteen-classroom school as well as two mosques and a cultural center.