It saddens my heart when some people turn to lash out at their fellow men – judging them through the prism of social, cultural or economic differences. People think they are better because of their color, economical status, political position and interestingly even religious knowledge. But they harbour illusions, they live a life of arrogance and deceit. How unfortunate is he who turns his eye blind when he walks past his brother. Attitude, envy, a parochial mentality of comparing “shahruk” to a “gamuk”, segregation in colleges & universities and twisting religion just to be accepted & cheered by the onlookers. We don’t even like to give the greeting of salaam to each other. Given the fact that we are oppressed, if such disparities are hurting us now, wonder what would be the situation when we finally liberate ourselves from the chains of occupation. It should not be that after we achieve political independence, our social fabric remains tarnished and in distortion. We have to strive for a free and egalitarian society today so that our post-Azaadi days become more tasty and beneficial. We should cease to create hatred amongst ourselves by any form of discrimination, harsh judgements, generalizations.. etc. Islam, too, was not sent for this. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) taught us to live like brothers no matter where we belong, what we eat or what we wear. He (PBUH) said: “None of you will have faith till he wishes for his brother what he likes for himself.” Islam was sent to show people the right path.
According to the teachings of Islam, all mankind is from Adam and Eve; a rich has no superiority over a poor; a white has no superiority over a black, nor does a black has any superiority over a white except by piety and good action. Learn that every Muslim is the brother of another Muslim, and that Muslims constitute one brotherhood and one humanity.
It’s time to throw off the shackles of this mindset and instead think of what we can achieve together. We need to unite, shrug off differences and free ourselves from evil & break the chains of tyranny.