Today’s sacred text comes from my new friend Dr. Dima El-Gamal. She serves on the interfaith committee for the Muslim Unity Center in Bloomfield Hills Michigan as their education liaison. I met Dr. El-Gamal recently through an exciting educational project to provide a virtual tour of her mosque for 7th grade students in our area during this pandemic. She is a true interfaith hero and I am looking forward to meeting her face to face when circumstances allow.
The sacred text Dr. El-Gamal shared with me comes from the Muslim holy book, the Quran.
“O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of Allah (God) is the most righteous of you. Indeed, Allah (God) is Knowing and Acquainted.”
– Surah Al-Hujurat Chapter 49 Verse 13
When asked why this passage was particularly meaningful to her, Dr. El-Gamal responded,
“I love this verse as it deals with Ethnic diversity in Islam. It illustrates that all mankind are created from Adam and Eve making them ONE big family. It also describes that God created mankind from nations and tribes so that they get to know one another. Humanity is one big family intended to grow internally and learn about its ourselves by traveling and knowing others. We will not understand the world without understanding others.
Also in this big family there is no superiority for one sibling over the other. This verse emphasizes that Islam is built on the concept of no racism. It talks about the most noble among humanity. What makes someone noble in Islam is something that is not materialistic. The most noble of humans are those who are the most conscious of God ( something that is inside the heart and cannot be seen). The only one who knows the noble of among humanity in Muslim faith tradition is God himself. Such a beautiful verse.”
Such a beautiful verse indeed. I am grateful to Dr. El-Gamal for sharing this meaningful passage with me and for example of love and sisterhood she has demonstrated to all who know her. May we all reach out to one another with hearts full of love and understanding.