My wife and I made up the more than two million Muslim pilgrims of every colour of the human race at the hajj. We witnessed the truth of God’s declaration in the Qur’an: “O mankind! We have created you from a single male and female and We have made you into nations and tribes so that you may recognize one another. Indeed the most honoured of you in the sight of God is the one who is most righteous. Indeed God is All-knowing, All-aware.” Black, brown and white; rich and poor; young and old; men and women all equal before God.
Under the desert sun in the plains of Arafat we remembered the Messenger Muhammad’s last sermon (peace be upon him): “O people, indeed your Lord and Sustainer is One and your ancestor is one. All of you descend from Adam and Adam was made of earth. There is no superiority for an Arab over a non-Arab nor for a non-Arab over an Arab; neither for a white person over a black person nor a black person over a white person except the superiority gained through righteousness. Indeed the noblest of you is the one who is most conscious of God.”
It was truly amazing to see people of every description. Yet here, no one but God was great. Here was proof that every colour is equal before God and before each other. We were all dressed in two pieces of simple white cloth, prayed at the same time in the same place, ate together, rested together and became dear to God together. Indeed there is only one race; the human race.
Dear God, give us the strength to be more righteous, to see all human beings as equals and to respect them all as part of Your family, amin.