February 19th – February 25th- “Racial Equality”
Letter to the Editor
Every Da‘ī Ilallāh – Please submit to a local newspaper. Please note that individuals may add their personal touches by tweaking the wording etc. If you have anything to add please run it by the National Team, JazakAllah.
Letter Title: “Racial Equality”
Prophet Muhammad released all slaves in his ownership when he married his wife, Khadija. This took place 11 centuries before the Declaration of Independence was written. Prophet Muhammad emphasized greatly that equality should encompass all of God’s creatures, with no exclusion. Centuries later, the preamble for the United States declaration of Independence was written and it states, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator, with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”.
In his last address, Prophet Muhammad strongly emphasized, “All of you are equal. All men, whatever nation or tribe they may belong to, and whatever station in life they may hold are equal. Even as the fingers of the two hands are equal, so are human beings equal to one another. No one has any right, any superiority to claim over another. O men, your God is One and your ancestor is one. A white man is in no way superior to a black nor for that matter, a black man better than a white.”
This address was given many centuries before the United States even abolished slavery. America is a country where many people in third world countries look to for hope. Some people seek to escape poverty, inequality, or persecution. Rooted into the history and origin of this country are those who lived through such terrible conditions to make this country what it is. Many people dedicated their lives towards racial equality, the hardships they had to overcome gave them identity and defined who they were. Many of their parents and grandparents had the ideas of the American Dream built on their backs, while never receiving much for it themselves.
Slaves carried this nation on their backs for many of the early years of America. After slavery was abolished, then began the fight for equality. A lot of people faced hardships and struggles just so that their future generations may enjoy a life without hate. For several decades after the times of slavery and segregation and even today, black Americans still don’t get equal opportunities in life. We are seeing more now in the media and in our lives of the daily injustice done to black and brown communities and are forgetful of the foundation our country was built on. We need to stand together and preach love and equality and unite ourselves together for the betterment. Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has a beautiful saying, “love for all, hatred for none” and I cannot emphasize it enough.
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