By Fareeha Qayoom

Brexit and Trump has exposed what the majority, by and large, already know. The world is divided into two:  us and them, the first world and the third world, the black and the white, the rich and the poor, the educated and the illiterate, the privileged and the disadvantaged, the favored and the damned, the aristocrats and the peasants, the natives and the immigrants, on and on it goes…like an infinite loop spiral.

This is the status quo. That’s how the world operates.  Some are born great. Some grab greatness. Some sit on the fence (praying for greatness).

We are fond of labels. We like lists. We like to clearly identify the label we are born under and the one we aspire to. Race, religion, gender, belief system, clan, class, nationality, language, geography, IQ, appearance, etc., – we are divided. We like classifying humanity into different groups. We ‘like’ people like us. We dislike people who are different, the so called foreigners. The divergent. The uncivilized. The others.

There is one belief system (and religion) that’s against this status quo. It’s the oldest organized belief system in the world; the original – Islam, contrary to popular belief.

The first man, Adam, had a direct hotline to God. He was not only the first person created by God, he was also given instructions on how to conduct himself. In other words, he was God’s first messenger to humanity and the first law-giver. Muslims believe that. In fact, we are required to believe in all messengers and messages (so there is no question of ‘borrowing’ from other religions – in fact, other Monotheistic religions are distorted versions of God’s original message and Islam claims to set the record straight for the world’s remaining time till judgment day.).

There were over 124,000 select few that had this direct hotline to God. Prophet Muhammad was the last one. He brought the last and final version of God’s message to humanity. We can take it or leave it. Up to us. There is no compulsion in religion.

What does God/Islam say?

  • God is one. No other gods.
  • Muhammad (Peace be upon him) was the last and final messenger and prophet of God.
  • Humanity is all equal in the eyes of God. Men and Women. God doesn’t discriminate on the basis of gender. Race. Class. Privilege. Etc.
  • There will be accountability and a judgment day.
  • There is an afterlife.
  • God will decide who were good and who were evil.
  • Only those people will make the grade who bring a ‘pure heart’ to God on the judgment day.
  • We all know what is good and what is evil.
  • We are all born with pure hearts.
  • God created us only to worship Him.
  • We will all return to God.
  • God will settle all disputes on judgment day.
  • There will be no second chances.
  • We should all worry about our afterlife. It will depend on our conduct in this life.
  • God will forgive all sins except one – (the denial of His existence- ‘shirk’ in other words).

Apparently, this is enough cause for Islamophobia…diversity, pluralism, and tolerance for others is not acceptable. Remove. Destroy. Kill. Justify.

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