Assalaamu alaikum [peace be to you], One World
There is a very beautiful verse in the holy Qur'an, which sums up Islam’s view on multiculturalism in a poetic and succinct way. It says:
يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ إِنَّا خَلَقْنَاكُم مِّن ذَكَرٍ وَأُنثَىٰ وَجَعَلْنَاكُمْ شُعُوبًا وَقَبَائِلَ لِتَعَارَفُوا ۚ إِنَّ أَكْرَمَكُمْ عِندَ اللَّهِ أَتْقَاكُمْ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ عَلِيمٌ خَبِيرٌ
"O mankind, indeed We have created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other (not that ye may despise (each other). Verily the most honoured of you in the sight of Allah is (he who is) the most righteous of you. and Allah is All-Knowing, All-Aware. "translation of verse 49:13
Note the Quran does not say, "O Muslims", or "O Arabs", or "O Pakistanis", or "O Bangladeshis" or "O British people". It says, "O Mankind", "O Human beings!". It addresses us as a species, the human family. It reminds us that we have descended from common parents, Adam and Eve -peace be upon them-, the primordial human ancestors. Our differences of culture, race and language are superficial. They are there simply to let us wonder in sheer amazement at God’s infinite artistry and creativity. Our differences must be celebrated, enjoyed. They are not an excuse for Pride or arrogance. All over The world, we face serious problems of violent xenophobia and racism, where differences are exploited to promote fear and hate. Muslims have become one of the main targets of this destructive process.
Islam stresses our common humanity, and appeals to our higher instincts of love, truth and justice.
The Last prophet of Islam, Mohammed -peace be upon him-, was the living Qur'an. His life example illustrated how people of different backgrounds can live peacefully together. In the last days of his life, he delivered a sermon, his final sermon, in which he set out Islam’s own view of human rights. This is an extract from his sermon:“O People, your life and property is a sacred trust. Remember that you will indeed appear before God and answer for your actions… "
"O people, your wives have rights over you and you have rights over them. Treat them well and be kind to them for they are your partners and helpers…."
“All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor does a non-Arab have any superiority over an Arab. A white person has no superiority over a black person, nor does a black person have any superiority over a white person, except by God-consciousness and good actions…”
“Know that every Muslim is a brother and sister to every other Muslim . You are now one brotherhood, one family of believers. ..”
This sermon is Islam’s declaration of Human Rights, delivered in 7th Century Arabia. Nothing comparable was produced until the United Nations Declaration of Human rights in 1948… over 1,300 years later!
We Muslims are very fortunate, to have such clear guidance from our primary sources, the Qur'an and the Prophetic Sunnah (Sayings and Doings of the prophet Mohammed -peace be upon him-), on this crucial way in which people should regard human diversity.
Despite our many superficial differences, beneath the skin we are all basically the same. Did you know that if the whitest Caucasian patient lies desperately in need of a blood transfusion in hospital, his family, his friends and neighbours might be powerless to help him if they had the wrong blood type? Yet this very same white patient could be saved by the blood of the blackest man on the planet, if their blood types matched! Amazing! Our physical differences are only skin deep! We are more deeply and closely connected to one another than we think!
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the chinese word in the Asian girls' shirt is "love". if you read it with the jigsaw puzzle, it will be "love peace".
Wassalaamu alaikumIf I am right, it's from the God. if I am wrong, it's from myself.