Mankind’s accomplishments are analogous to a baton-relay race where the baton of economic and technical advancement gets passed from one civilisation on to the next. Unfortunately, this process of transition is accompanied by major upheavals that more often than not culminate in war.
Man’s intellectual evolution is analogous to the layers of the earth’s crust where repeated volcanic eruptions enrich the old hardened substrata.
‘And it is He Who has made you generations coming after generations, replacing each other on earth. And He has raised you in ranks, some above others that He may try you in that which He has bestowed on you’ (6:165).

All I ask of my fellow Muslims is to understand and appreciate the diversity in all of God’s creation. This diversity is also reflected in our thought processes and is evidenced in all that we do. We must endeavour to lead by example and not by compulsion in all aspects of our lives. Who are we to reserve judgement on our fellow human beings; arrogate to ourselves that which the Noble Quran does not sanction?
‘O Mankind! We have created you from a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes that you may know one another. Verily, the most honourable of you with Allah is the one with piety’ (49:13).


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