We enjoy and appreciate diversity when it comes to Mother Nature. After all, it adorns the world, and it is found everywhere in the universe. Everything, be it on land or in water (animals, plants or minerals), in the sky (rainbow, clouds or birds) or outside the earth’s atmosphere (astronomical objects) all display different shades, and it is that very nature of being different that opens new avenues of growth and knowledge. Regrettably, when the same comes to the human race, that very diversity is leveraged by some to divide us to further their own interests.

Over the ages, many have lost faith in religion owing to science and dishonest religious clergy, but the fact is that today religion can help heal and unite us all. For example, Islam provides a perspective that, if promoted, could help the human race embrace the diversity among them and to leverage it as force for good. Islam addresses the centuries-old questions, like, “Why do people look different?”

In Qur’an, we find, “… We have created you from a male and a female; and We have made you into tribes and sub-tribes that you may recognize one another,” (49:14).

Thus racial diversity denotes to encourage knowledge, so humans can benefit from one another’s national and moral qualities and characteristics. Thus amity could be established by understanding that having being created from a male and female all are equal in the sight of God. The Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said, “All creatures are [like] a family of God: and He loves most those who are kindest to His family.”

(Narrated by Anas. Mishkat al-Masabih, 3:1392; quoted from Bukhari.)

Moreover, religions advocate moral values and ability of a person to discharge its obligation towards God and man to be real criterion of a person’s greatness rather than the skin color, wealth, social rank or descent. No doubt it is these principles which we are in dire need of. One may argue as to howthese principles can be adopted. Simple: “It is only a sound belief in the existence of God and accountability, which can frustrate and defeat all crimes,” M.T. Ahmad.

Wondering if such a deity exists? If the existence of America can be established based upon the testimony of a few people, why cannot the existence of God be similarly authenticated through the testimony of thousands of righteous people? If he does not exist, then who came for the assistance of all the prophets, be it Jesus, Prophet Muhammad or Moses (peace be on all)? They all prophesied that God will grant them victory, despite all of the odds, and here we are in 2020 with 29 percent, 24 percent and 0.18 percent of people adherent to Christianity, Islam and Judaism respectively. If he does not exist, then who made their missions successful by spreading their message to millions? Surely there are signs in this for those who reflect.

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