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The Diversity of Life

If you’ve been lucky enough to travel the world, you may wonder at the marvellous diversity of people: the diversity in colours, languages, cultures, religions, ideas. It can be easy to be irritated or frightened by something that is not familiar to you, but diversity isn’t something that should be feared, if we make opportunities to meet with and understand one another better, difference can be valued and even celebrated.

Despite the great diversity of the human race: our many languages, colours, customs and traditions – ultimately we are one. In Islam this is known as the ‘Umma’ – one nation. The fact that human beings travelled the globe, cultivating their own societies and languages, becoming ‘different’, is something that is to be celebrated.

The Quran says that this is a part of God’s plan. Our diversity should not be the cause of hatred and enmity; rather we are taught to rejoice in our differences and learn from one another.

O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know each other. The most honoured of you in the sight of God is the most righteous.” (Quran, 49:13).

And among His Signs is the creation of the heavens and the earth and the (wonderful) differences of your languages and colours. Verily, in that are indeed signs for people of sound knowledge.” (Qur’an, 30:22).