Ramadan Note 18 – equality despite diversity

“O Mankind, We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know each other. Verily the most honoured of you in the sight of God is he who is the most righteous of you.”

Qur’an 49:13.

“And mankind is naught but a single nation.”

Qur’an 2:213.

References to mankind in the Qur’an means that the Almighty is addressing all of humanity, and not only Muslims. As Muslims we are taught that we are one brotherhood, which is part of a larger brotherhood of humanity. Islam with its universal concept of this brotherhood rejects all artificial marks of distinction. God created us from one man and one woman meaning then that we are all the same, created through the same process. We must understand that God is the One who made human beings into different groups and people. These differences are a sign from God.

“And among His Signs is the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the difference of your languages and colours. Verily, in that are indeed signs for those who know.”

Qur’an 30:22. No one can claim any superiority over the other based on race, colour, language or wealth and this is emphasized in the last sermon of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) showing high regard of humanity irrespective of colour or race when he iterated:

“All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a red has no superiority over a black nor does a black have any superiority over a red except by piety and good action.”

We are reminded that the command to fast during the month of Ramadan was so that we could attain piety. We fast whether we are black, white, yellow, brown, or red, whether we are poor or rich, regardless or our nationality or ethnicity.

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