Allah SWT says in the Qur’an:
“O mankind! We 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 has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things).” [Surah Hujurat, 13]
The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) stated in his final sermon:
“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 white has no superiority over black nor a black has any superiority over white except by piety (taqwa) and good action. Learn that every Muslim is a brother/sister to every Muslim and that the Muslims constitute one brotherhood/sisterhood.”
From this, it is clear that we are equal to each other as human beings, no matter our place of origin, our race, or ethnicity. The only thing that makes us better than another human being is our level of piety. So why is it that we have trouble accepting those who are different from us and treating them as our equals? As a Muslim community in the most diverse country in the world, it is important for us to stay united and learn from our differences, rather than use them as an excuse to exclude or harm one another.
Please bring your families out for this important discussion. Imam Suleman Hameed will be addressing this topic, along with possible solutions that we can work towards together!
** RSVP by May 13th**
**Dinner will be provided**