Your Majesties; Your Royal
Highnesses; members of the Roosevelt family;
excellencies; board members of the Roosevelt
Foundation; fellow laureates; distinguished
It is a very great honour
to receive this prestigious award - and
especially on the day that His Holiness
Pope Francis arrives in my country, Jordan.
The Holy Land is home to Jews, Christians
and Muslims, a testament to freedom of worship
and a shared heritage of illumination flowering
Allow me, as a Muslim, to
quote from the Holy Quran:
There shall be no compulsion in religion
Freedom of worship is a fundamental human
right; without it other freedoms, including
the basic right to dignity and respect,
cannot surely be upheld. It is intrinsic
to our understanding of self and to the
creation of strong, stable, pluralist communities.
In its absence, not only is the rule of
law undermined, but also the very possibility
of creating legitimate democracies.
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