Unity in Diversity

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It is often a rarity that I come out of a lecture bombarded with so much awe and hope.

Living in a world with so much intolerance for other people simply for their views has bothered me continuously all this time. Islamic history is replete with examples of tolerance, mercy and love for each other despite the differences in religions, sects or madhahib. Yet, today we are quick to label one another as that or this and argue over the most trivial and technical of things, i,e: the right way to put your hand in prayers. It is ultimately the khuluq (characters) of the poeple in the past that were able to attract large masses of people to Islam, stretching from the Balkans to the Indian sub-continent and to China. It is the respect, love and humility that we had for one another despite our diversities that bound all of us together, not our harshness or rigidity.

 

We need to get past the labels today and come together in the spirit of reviving the solidarity of brotherhood of the past despite the differences. We have to be able to nurture humility in respecting differences of opinions. And yes the opinions are diverse and that has always been the strength of this religion and it should be cherished and preserved.

 

And please for the love of God, go and seek knowledge wherever and from whomever you can. Be careful in attaching judgements towards someone based on what you hear or see from them before even affording them the rights to tell you what they have to say. I personally don’t care whether you’re Salafi or a Sufi. I have praises and criticims for both. I care for no labels. All that I’m interested and thirsty of is in what you have to say. This religion is too vast that it can include everybody. Sectarian minds dont take us anywhere. We have greater challenges that we have to face today instead of arguing among ourselves.

 

This is taken from a Facebook post dated May 7th 2016.

 

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