يأيها الناس إنا خلقناكم من ذكر وأنثى وجعلناكم شعوبا وقبائل لتعارفوا إن أكرمكم عند الله أتقاكم إن الله عليم خبير
"O people indeed We have created you from a male and a female and We have distributed you into nations and tribes so you may know one another; verily your most honored in the sight of Allah (God) is your most pious; verily Allah is The All Knowing, The Well-Aware " (Quran 49:13)
Islam, with its teachings and its values represents the message of Allah, The Gracious The Most Merciful, to man, His honorable creation:
ولقد كرمنا بني آدم وحملناهم في البر والبحر ورزقناهم من الطيبات وفضلناهم على كثير ممن خلقنا تفضيلا
"And indeed, We have honored the children of Adam, and We have provided them with transport by land and by sea, and We provided them with good and pure things for livelihood and given them special favors over and above a great part of our creation." (Quran 17:70)
This is a message to man everywhere in every era in all conditions.
It is the message of Allah to the rich to show mercy on the poor; His message to the poor is to keep their dignity, to seek Allah's bounties by different means, and to know above all that there is no shame in being materially poor, as long as one is not spiritually poor.
It is a message for the adult to take responsibility for and to show kindness to the young, and for the young to learn from and to respect the adult.
It is a message for each individual to be proactive in the community, and for the community to guard the morality and the rights of individuals.
It is a message for white and black and people of other races, for Arab and non-Arab, for man and woman, to rise to the call of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) who said: "O people know truly that your Lord is One and truly your father is one. Know that there is no preference for an Arab over non-Arab or for a non-Arab over an Arab, that there is no preference for red skin over black or black skin over red EXCEPT BY PIETY.”
Isn't it time for man, the created, to listen to the message of Allah,the creator?
Isn't it time for the Earth to be lit with the guidance of Heaven ?
Imam Alaa Abdurrahim