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!
To be continued, in sha'Allah...
I hope this was beneficial
IN THE DRAWING: I got inspiration from this one [link]
the chinese word in the Asian girls' shirt is "love". if you read it with the jigsaw puzzle, it will be "love peace".
If I am right, it's from the God. if I am wrong, it's from myself.
Allah verily made good His promise unto you when ye routed them by His leave, until (the moment) when your courage failed you, and ye disagreed about the order and ye disobeyed, after He had shown you that for which ye long. Some of you desired the world, and some of you desired the Hereafter. Therefore He made you flee from them, that He might try you. Yet now He hath forgiven you. Allah is a Lord of Kindness to believers.
When ye climbed (the hill) and paid no heed to anyone, while the messenger, in your rear, was calling you (to fight). Therefor He rewarded you grief for (his) grief, that (He might teach) you not to sorrow either for that which ye missed or for that which befell you. Allah is Informed of what ye do.
Then, after grief, He sent down security for you. As slumber did it overcome a party of you, while (the other) party, who were anxious on their own account, thought wrongly of Allah, the thought of ignorance. They said: Have we any part in the cause? Say (O Muhammad): The cause belongeth wholly to Allah. They hide within themselves (a thought) which they reveal not unto thee, saying: Had we had any part in the cause we should not have been slain here. Say: Even though ye had been in your houses, those appointed to be slain would have gone forth to the places where they were to lie. (All this hath been) in order that Allah might try what is in your breasts and prove what is in your hearts. Allah is Aware of what is hidden in the breasts (of men).
Lo! those of you who turned back on the day when the two hosts met, Satan alone it was who caused them to backslide, because of some of that which they have earned. Now Allah hath forgiven them. Lo! Allah is Forgiving, Clement.O ye who believe! Be not as those who disbelieved and said of their brethren who went abroad in the land or were fighting in the field: If they had been (here) with us they would not have died or been killed: that Allah may make it anguish in their hearts. Allah giveth life and causeth death; and Allah is Seer of what ye do.
And was it so, when a disaster smote you, though ye had smitten (them with a disaster) twice (as great), that ye said: How is this? Say (unto them, O Muhammad): It is from yourselves. Lo! Allah is Able to do all things.
That which befell you, on the day when the two armies met, was by permission of Allah; that He might know the true believers;
And that He might know the hypocrites, unto whom it was said: Come, fight in the way of Allah, or defend yourselves. They answered: If we knew aught of fighting we would follow you. On that day they were nearer disbelief than faith. They utter with their mouths a thing which is not in their hearts. Allah is Best Aware of what they hide.Those who, while they sat at home, said of their brethren (who were fighting for the cause of Allah): If they had been guided by us they would not have been slain. Say (unto them, O Muhammad): Then avert death from yourselves if ye are truthful.
Hast thou not seen those unto whom it was said: Withhold your hands, establish worship and pay the poordue, but when fighting was prescribed for them behold! a party of them fear mankind even as their fear of Allah or with greater fear, and say: Our Lord! Why hast Thou ordained fighting for us? If only Thou wouldst give us respite yet a while! Say (unto them, O Muhammad): The comfort of this world is scant; the Hereafter will be better for him who wardeth off (evil); and ye will not be wronged the down upon a date-stone.Wheresoever ye may be, death will overtake you, even though ye were in lofty towers. Yet if a happy thing befalleth them they say: This is from Allah; and if an evil thing befalleth them they say: This is of thy doing (O Muhammad). Say (unto them): All is from Allah. What is amiss with these people that they come not nigh to understand a happening?
What aileth you that ye are become two parties regarding the hypocrites, when Allah cast them back (to disbelief) because of what they earned? Seek ye to guide him whom Allah hath sent astray? He whom Allah sendeth astray, for him thou (O Muhammad) canst not find a road.They long that ye should disbelieve even as they disbelieve, that ye may be upon a level (with them). So choose not friends from them till they forsake their homes in the way of Allah; if they turn back (to enmity) then take them and kill them wherever ye find them, and choose no friend nor helper from among them,
Lo! as for those whom the angels take (in death) while they wrong themselves, (the angels) will ask: In what were ye engaged? They will say: We were oppressed in the land. (The angels) will say: Was not Allah's earth spacious that ye could have migrated therein? As for such, their habitation will be hell, an evil journey's end;Except the feeble among men, and the women, and the children, who are unable to devise a plan and are not shown a way.
He hath already revealed unto you in the Scripture that, when ye hear the revelations of Allah rejected and derided, (ye) sit not with them (who disbelieve and mock) until they engage in some other conversation. Lo! in that case (if ye stayed) ye would be like unto them. Lo! Allah will gather hypocrites and disbelievers, all together, into hell;
Those who wait upon occasion in regard to you and, if a victory cometh unto you from Allah, say: Are we not with you? and if the disbelievers meet with a success say: Had we not the mastery of you, and did we not protect you from the believers? - Allah will judge between you at the Day of Resurrection, and Allah will not give the disbelievers any way (of success) against the believers.Lo! the hypocrites seek to beguile Allah, but it is He Who beguileth them. When they stand up to worship they perform it languidly and to be seen of men, and are mindful of Allah but little;
Allah forgive thee (O Muhammad)! Wherefor didst thou grant them leave ere those who told the truth were manifest to thee and thou didst know the liars?
Those who believe in Allah and the Last Day ask no leave of thee lest they should strive with their wealth and their lives. Allah is Aware of those who keep their duty (unto Him).
The hypocrites, both men and women, proceed one from another. They enjoin the wrong, and they forbid the right, and they withhold their hands (from spending for the cause of Allah). They forget Allah, so He hath forgotten them. Lo! the hypocrites, they are the transgressors.Allah promiseth the hypocrites, both men and women, and the disbelievers fire of hell for their abode. It will suffice them. Allah curseth them, and theirs is lasting torment.
They swear by Allah that they said nothing (wrong), yet they did say the word of disbelief, and did disbelieve after their Surrender (to Allah). And they purposed that which they could not attain, and they sought revenge only that Allah by His messenger should enrich them of His bounty. If they repent it will be better for them; and if they turn away, Allah will afflict them with a painful doom in the world and the Hereafter, and they have no protecting friend nor helper in the earth.
And of them is he who made a covenant with Allah (saying): If He give us of His bounty we will give alms and become of the righteous.
Yet when He gave them of His bounty, they hoarded it and turned away, averse;
Let not their wealth nor their children please thee! Allah purposeth only to punish them thereby in the world, and that their souls shall pass away while they are disbelievers.
And when a surah is revealed (which saith): Believe in Allah and strive along with His messenger, the men of wealth among them still ask leave of thee and say: Suffer us to be with those who sit (at home).
They are content that they should be with the useless and their hearts are sealed, so that they apprehend not.
But the messenger and those who believe with him strive with their wealth and their lives. Such are they for whom are the good things. Such are they who are the successful.
Allah hath made ready for them Gardens underneath which rivers flow, wherein they will abide. That is the supreme triumph.
And those among the wandering Arabs who had an excuse came in order that permission might be granted them. And those who lied to Allah and His messenger sat at home. A painful doom will fall on those of them who disbelieve.
Not unto the weak nor unto the sick nor unto those who can find naught to spend is any fault (to be imputed though they stay at home) if they are true to Allah and His messenger. Not unto the good is there any road (of blame). Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.
Nor unto those whom, when they came to thee (asking) that thou shouldst mount them, thou didst tell: I cannot find whereon to mount you. They turned back with eyes flowing with tears, for sorrow that they could not find the means to spend.
The road (of blame) is only against those who ask for leave of thee (to stay at home) when they are rich. They are content to be with the useless. Allah hath sealed their hearts so that they know not.
They will make excuse to you (Muslims) when ye return unto them. Say: Make no excuse, for we shall not believe you. Allah hath told us tidings of you. Allah and His messenger will see your conduct, and then ye will be brought back unto Him Who knoweth the Invisible as well as the Visible, and He will tell you what ye used to do.
They will swear by Allah unto you, when ye return unto them, that ye may let them be. Let them be, for lo! they are unclean, and their abode is hell as the reward for what they used to earn.
They swear unto you, that ye may accept them. Though ye accept them. Allah verily accepteth not wrongdoing folk.The wandering Arabs are more hard in disbelief and hypocrisy, and more likely to be ignorant of the limits which Allah hath revealed unto His messenger. And Allah is Knower, Wise.
In that situation were the Believers tried: they were shaken as by a tremendous shaking.
And behold! The Hypocrites and those in whose hearts is a disease (even) say: "Allah and His Messenger promised us nothing but delusion!"Behold! A party among them said: "Ye men of Yathrib! ye cannot stand (the attack)! therefore go back!" And a band of them ask for leave of the Prophet, saying, "Truly our houses are bare and exposed," though they were not exposed they intended nothing but to run away.
And those who believe say: If only a surah were revealed! But when a decisive surah is revealed and war is mentioned therein, thou seest those in whose hearts is a disease looking at thee with the look of men fainting unto death. Therefor woe unto them!Obedience and a civil word. Then, when the matter is determined, if they are loyal to Allah it will be well for them.
O ye who believe! Why say ye that which ye do not?
It is most hateful in the sight of Allah that ye say that which ye do not.Lo! Allah loveth them who battle for His cause in ranks, as if they were a solid structure.
When the hypocrites come unto thee (O Muhammad), they say: We bear witness that thou art indeed Allah's messenger. And Allah knoweth that thou art indeed His messenger, and Allah beareth witness that the hypocrites indeed are speaking falsely.
They make their faith a pretext so that they may turn (men) from the way of Allah. Verily evil is that which they are wont to do,
That is because they believed, then disbelieved, therefore their hearts are sealed so that they understand not.
And when thou seest them their figures please thee; and if they speak thou givest ear unto their speech. (They are) as though they were blocks of wood in striped cloaks. They deem every shout to be against them. They are the enemy, so beware of them. Allah confound them! How they are perverted!
And when it is said unto them: Come! The messenger of Allah will ask forgiveness for you! they avert their faces and thou seest them turning away, disdainful.
Whether thou ask forgiveness for them or ask not forgiveness for them is all one for them; Allah will not forgive them. Lo! Allah guideth not the evil-living folk.They it is who say: Spend not on behalf of those (who dwell) with Allah's messenger that they may disperse (and go away from you); when Allah's are the treasures of the heavens and the earth; but the hypocrites comprehend not.
MASHALLHA MASHALLAH MASHALLAH as always big bro
brilliant work you did
thank you very .................. much for the hardest work
Whatever our religious differences, I'm sure we can all agree that God doesn't want us to hate each other.
Really great article brother! so beneficial!平和
Peace be to you!
سلام, peace, խաղաղություն, fred, solh ,paix, frieden, शांति, keamanan, мир, barış,
, 平和, 和平, 평화 ..... ^U^
ما شاء الله عليك عندك شغف و دفاع عن الإسلام كويس لكن. . . .
لاتنسى إنه أعمالك بشوفها كل الناس و بالذات صغار المسلمين و المسلمات الصغيرات في بيوت أهاليهم و هم لا يدرون عما يشاهده أبناءهم الصغار
لاتنسى يا أستاذ نيزك إنه برامج الأطفال كلها في ديار المسلمين بتطمس على كل رمز من رموز الصليب
اتوقع بتعرف شو معنى الصليب و ما يحمله من أفكار
نحن مسلمين بنعترف بالنصرانية لكنا ما بنعترف بالصليب
و ما شاء في مرة سابقة عملت لنا نشرة طويلة عريضة بتحكي فيها عن إنه ليس هناك رمز للإسلام و الآن حضرتك بتقر الصليب على النصرانية؟؟؟؟؟؟؟؟؟
كما إنه ليس للإسلام الحقيقي شعار و أيضاً ليس في النصرانية بمعتقداتنا أي شعار
إتق الله في أعمالك التي يراها صغار المسلمات و المسلمين قبل كل شيء
و آخر شغلة رجاءاً إتكلم معي في العربي إحتراماً للأصولنا و معتقداتنا
وضعى للصليب فى عمل فنى بالتاكيد لا يعنى اننى اؤمن به أو اننى اوافقه ولكن فقط انا أقبله كدين يدين به الكثيرين -أعنى أقبل التعامل معه - ولكن بالتاكيد لا أؤمن بانه الدين القويم ولاالصراط المستقيم بل هو من قبيل أظهار سماحة الدين وقبوله للاخر
ثانيا يأخى نن مسلمون لا نعترف لا بالصليب ولا بالنصرانية على انهم دين من الله أو كانوا من عند الله بل أن الدين عند الله الاسلام منذ خلق ادم حتى بعث محمد عليهما الصلاة والسلام , وانا ارى ان هذا العمل لا يوصل اى رسالة للاطفال سوى التعايش مع الاخر وقبوله ليس الايمان ثم ان اعمال الفنان ترى جملة وليس بترا فأنه كما شجع على التعايش والسلام فى هذا الاعمل فانه قد أنتقد التثليث فى الكثير من الاعمال وكما قال لك أعطه بديل عن الصليب يرقى عن الشبهات وأظنه سيقتنع بقولك
و كما إنه كثير من المسلمين ما برضى إنه إبنه أو بنته يتفرج على الصلبان في التلفزيون أرجوا ما ترضى لهم يتفرجوا عليه هنا
إذا أنت كنت مقتنع بالفكرة و لا تفتن بها
غيرك بتفرج علها و بعتبرها فكرة مستساغة
و الدليل على ذلك
قبيح ما يفعله بعض أولاد المسلمين من وضع شعارات فرقهم الرياضية و التي تحمل صلبان و يلبسونها في ملابسهم و للأسف الشديد صرنا نشوفهم بالمساجد
لأنه فكرة الصليب صارت مستساغة عندهم
و أتوقع بتعرف إنه الحكم الإسلامي يتضمن إزالة مظاهر الصليب و ليس النصرانية بحد ذاته
أرجوا منك الرجاء الحار تحس بخطورة وضع الصلبان بأي من أعمالنا أو صورنا التي ننشرها
عندما يتحدث الغرب عن السلام في رسوماته لايكترث كثيراً بالديانات بقدر ما يهتم بالسلام العالمي بين الدول
تجد روسيا و أمريكا مثلاً: كلتاهما نصرانيات ولكنهم بينهم عداوة وبغضاء كبيرة كما قال الله:
وَمِنَ الَّذِينَ قَالُوا۟ إِنَّا نَصَارَىٰ أَخَذۡنَا مِيثَاقَهُمۡ فَنَسُوا۟ حَظًّا مِّمَّا ذُكِّرُوا۟ بِهِ فَأَغۡرَيۡنَا بَيۡنَهُمُ الۡعَدَاوَةَ وَالۡبَغۡضَآءَ إِلَى يَوۡمِ الۡقِيَامَةِ وَسَوۡفَ يُنَبِّئُهُمُ اللّهُ بِمَا كَانُوا۟ يَصۡنَعُونَ
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لو وضعت علم أمريكا بكون أفضل, و إن كان كثير من الناس سوف يتعارضوا مع الفكرة لكن هذا شيء خطأ فادح!!!! لأنه أمريكا مليئة بالمسلمين و أيضا المسالمين الأمريكيين
و كونه أغلب من يشاهدك أمريكان سوف تكون فكرة جيدة أن نريهم أننا حريصين على السلام, بدل من الفكرة القبيحة عنا التي يرونها في وسائل إعلامهم
و إذا كان لابد من ذكر النصرانية! إفعل كما يفعلوا هم. ارسم رجل دين بدون صليب, و أتوقع كل النصارى بيعرفوا أشكال رجال دينهم ونحن أيضاً
أخيراً أقول كما إنك باقتناعك التام بنزع كل الشعارات عن ذاك الشخص المسلم و الذي ايضاً ليس له ادنى قيمة مقدسة عندنا, أرجوا منك من باب أولى تنزع الصلبان التي تحمل شبهات فبيحة قد يقع فيها ضغار المسلمين
و كما أنه وسائل ترفيه أطفالنا مطهرة من رموز الصليب, أرجوا منك الرجاء الحار أن لا تضع لهم إياها هنا من حيث لا يدري أهلهم
و خلي دايماً حرصك على رضى الله و الحفاظ على أبناء المسلمين أكثر من قول أي إنسان
و أتمنى لك كل السداد و التوفيق لطريق الخير
an other amazing one
keep up brother.