The International Day of Human Fraternity (4 February) has been commemorated by the Malaysian branch of the Muslim Council of Elders with a varied program of events. The day falls on the anniversary of His Holiness Pope Francis, Pontiff of the Catholic Church, and His Eminence Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar and Chairman of the Muslim Council of Elders, co-signing the Document on Human Fraternity in Abu Dhabi in 2019.
Mosques in the Malaysian federal territories were encouraged by the Council’s Malaysian branch to speak about the value of religious tolerance, coexistence, and interfaith harmony. This was done in conjunction with the Department of Islamic Affairs in Malaysia.
To stress the ideals of tolerance and human fraternity, the Council’s Malaysia branch organized visits to a number of Malaysian churches. This goes with the translation of the Human Fraternity Document into the Malay, Chinese, and Tamil languages, as well as the distribution of copies of the Document to numerous academic institutions and public libraries within Malaysia, as well as to state Sultans and religious leaders within the southeast Asian state.
The world celebrated the International Day of Human Fraternity on the 4th of February of each year. The date was adopted by the UN General Assembly to commemorate the anniversary of the co-signing of the Document on Human Fraternity on the 4th of February 2019.