To mark the occasion of the birth of the Prophet Muhammad, which was on 12th day of Rabi-al-Awal 1436 AH (peace be upon him), the Edmonton Council of Muslim Communities and the Aga Khan Council for Edmonton have organized a special commemoration on Saturday January 17, 2015 at the Royal Alberta Museum. The theme of this year’s event is:

The Prophet’s Legacy of Compassion

The keynote address will bedelivered by Professor Karima Bennoune. Karima Bennoune is a professor of international law at the University of California–Davis School of Law. She grew up in Algeria and the United States and now lives in northern California. She came to UC Davis from Rutgers School of Law, Newark where she was Professor of Law and Arthur L. Dickson Scholar, and taught international law and human rights for ten years. In 2011, she was the recipient of the Chancellor’s Distinguished Research Award at Rutgers University–Newark. Ms. Bennoune has also been a consultant on human rights issues for the International Council on Human Rights Policy.
Her most recent publication is “Your Fatwa does not apply here: Untold stories from the fight against Muslim Fundamentalism”.

The essence of the holy Quran is concerned with the ethical imperatives which sustain an equitable social order. It is a vision of a just society, a compassionate society, an intellectual society where pursuit of knowledge to understand Allah and His creation is given primacy, and a society in which the dignity of human beings is given the highest importance.

Therefore, as we reflect on the life and legacy of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), it is fitting that we should reflect on the importance of human rights which is a global imperative.

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