Dissolving All Differences in His Message to All
Universal in its scope:
(O mankind, indeed I am the Messenger of Allah for you all.)
(Al-A‘raf 7: 158)
In its purpose:
(O mankind, worship your Lord, Who created you and those before you, that you may become pious.)
(Al-Baqarah 2: 21)
In its guidance:
O mankind, eat of that which is lawful and good on the earth, and follow not the footsteps of Satan. Verily, he is to you an open enemy.
(Al-Baqarah 2: 168)
In its admonition:
O mankind, remember the Grace of Allah upon you. Is there any creator other than Allah who provides for you from the heaven and earth?
(Fatir 35: 3)
In its goodness:
O mankind, there has come to you good advice from your Lord (i.e. the Qur’an, ordering all that is good and forbidding all that is evil), and a healing for that in your breasts – a guidance and a mercy for the believers.
(Yunus 10: 57)
Unprejudiced in its Laws:
Whoever kills a soul not in retaliation for (having killed) a soul or for corruption (done) in the land, it is as if he has killed all humanity. And, whoever saves a life, it is as if he has saved the lives of all humanity.
(Al-Ma’idah 5: 32)
ncompromising in its justice:
O you who believe, stand up firmly for justice, as witnesses to Allah, even though it be against yourselves, your parents, or your kin.
(An-Nisa’ 4: 135)
It embodies the equality of all, for the unity of origin:
“You all are the children of Adam, and Adam was created from dust.”
Narrated by Abu Hurairah, Sunnan At-Tirmidhy, Book of Al-Manaqib (Outstanding Virtues), Hadith no. 3890; similar versions of the Hadith are also reported by At-Tirmidhy (3891), and Abu Dawud (4452).
It encircles the whole earth with the Prophet’s teachings of universal peace and brotherhood:
“None of you truly believes until he loves for people what he loves for himself.”
Narrated by Anas bin Malik: Musnad Ahmad, Book of Al-Mukthrin min As- Sahabh, Hadith no. 13372.
It tears down any walls of discrimination:
“Not of us (not one of the Muslims) is anyone who advocates Asabiyah. Not of us is anyone who fights for Asabiyah. And not of us is anyone who dies persisting in Asabiyah.”
Narrated by Jubair bin Mut‘am: Sunnan Abu Dawud, Book of Al-Adab (Good Manners), Hadith no. 4456.
After years of teaching and preaching the values of Islam, and after disciples tasted and practiced the equality of Islam at the hands of the merciful Prophet peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, the first Muslim generation from different classes and colors willingly stood side by side, the rich and the poor, in the graduation year of Farewell Hajj, with just a seamless piece of white cloth on their bodies like the shroud we shall be wrapped in when exiting this world, praying to their Lord, Who does not look at outward appearances or possessions.
“Verily, Allah does not look at your shapes or wealth, but He looks at your hearts and deeds.”
Narrated by Abu Hurairah: Sahih Muslim, Book of Al-Birr Waslah Waladab (Benevolence, Upholding the Ties of Kinship, and Good Manners), Hadith no. 4651; a similar version of the Hadith is also reported by Ibn Majah (4133).
As equal before Him as He created them, and as they shall all stand before Him on the Day of Judgment.
In this great scene of equality, where all privileges melt into thin air, the Teacher of Humanity uttered the law of unity and the one criterion of honor and superiority as declared by Allah Almighty ِ:
“O people, verily your Lord is One and your father is one (i.e. Adam). Behold, there is no superiority of the Arab over the non-Arab, or of the non-Arab over the Arab, or of the red over the black, or of the black over the red – except by piety. Have I informed you?”
Reported by Abu Nadrah: Musnad Ahmad, Book of Al-Ansar (Supporters), Hadith no. 22391.
On the Day of the Victory of Makkah, he sermonized:
“O people, verily Allah has rid you of the vainglory of Jahiliyyah (Pre- Islamic Days of Ignorance) and its pride in ancestors. People are two types: a righteous pious person who is honorable to Allah, and an impious wicked person who is worthless to Allah. All mankind are Children of Adam, and Allah has created Adam from dust.”
Narrated by Ibn ‘Umar: Sunnan At-Tirmidhy, Book of Tafsir Al-Qur’an (Interpretation of the Qur’an), Hadith no. 3193.
The Prophet’s Call continues to all humanity:
O mankind, indeed I am the Messenger of Allah for you all
(Al-A‘raf 7: 158)
with its different races and colors, guiding it back to its One Maker
Your god is one God. There is no god except Him, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
(Al-Baqarah 2: 163)
Who created the human family from one soul
O mankind, fear your Lord, Who created you from one soul (Adam) and created from it its mate (Eve) and dispersed from both of them many men and women
(An-Nisa’ 4: 1)
and shaped it into nations and tribes, for the purpose of knowledge, not fighting.
O mankind, We have created you from a male (Adam) and a female (Eve), and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know one another. Verily, the most honorable of you in the Sight of Allah is the most pious of you.
(Al-Hujurat 49: 13)
He (Allah) has ordained for you the same religion (Islam) that He ordained for Nuh (Noah), and that which We have revealed to you (O Muhammad), and that which We ordained for Ibrahim (Abraham), Musa (Moses), and ‘Isa (Jesus), saying you should establish the religion, and make no division in it (religion) (i.e. various sects in religion). )
(Ash-Shura 42: 13)
"Verily, the most honorable of you in the Sight of Allah is the most pious of you."
(Al-Hujurat 49: 13).
Every human is personally responsible for their own self.
Only the good they do places them ahead, and only the bad they do puts them behind.
There is no place in this Just Balance for the intervention of one human for another, no matter what their status. No consideration is given to country, birth, or prestige in the weighing of a person.
Criteria of superiority or inferiority established by people are worthless.
The son of a prophet and the son of a prostitute are equal! If the first lags behind in the race of righteous deeds, his parentage will give him no support; and if the latter outruns in the race of righteous deeds, his parentage will do him no harm.
This is the dictate of the Law of Justice preached in all Divine Messages:
"Or has he not been informed of what is in the scriptures of Moses, and (of) Abraham, who fulfilled (his obligations) – that no bearer of burden (sins) shall bear the burden of another. That man will have nothing but what he does (good or bad). That his deeds will be seen. Then he will be recompensed for them with the fullest recompense."
( An-Najm 53: 36-41)
The Divine Law shows no favoritism: "Say (O Muhammad), “None can protect me from Allah’s Punishment (if I were to disobey Him), nor should I find refuge except in Him.”" (Al-Jinn 72: 22) In the end: "There is none in the heavens and the earth but comes unto the Most Beneficent (Allah) as a slave." (Maryam19:93).