The work of the Islam and Human Rights Research Center is driven by the desire to see human rights of all people being respected and protected. We want to see Muslim countries flourishing and enjoying social justice and peace. We want to see Muslims and non-Muslims alike being secure from violence, extremism and discrimination. We want to see Muslim societies living in peace and harmony and we believe that a peaceful co-existence of people of different opinions and even of different religions is possible, if the society embraces diversity and pluralism and respects the freedom of religion of all people.
We believe that the following basic values and principles are a key for peace and security. They allow to live a life in peace – peace with oneself, with God, and with other people:
• respecting human dignity, equality and human rights
• respecting justice, fairness, kindness and compassion
• restraining from extremism, mockery and violence
• treating each other just and fairly, with kindness and truthfulness
• respecting what is and holy to others
• choosing dialogue over aggression
• having confidence in democracy
• restaining from prejudice and discrimination
If a society chooses to solve its problems through dialogue and communication, peace can be protected and maintained.
We believe that these values and principles have been promoted in the Quran and the correct Sunnah and reflect the main purpose of Shariah, which is to serve the benefit of the people and to prevent harm from them.