“We have sent you, ‘O Prophet’, only as a mercy for the whole world. Say, ‘what is revealed to me is this: ‘Your God is only One God.’ Will you then submit?” (Quran 21:107-108)*
As Muslims, regardless of our differences and shortcomings, we submit in Islam to only One God. We remind ourselves and our Muslim brothers and sisters there is no place for hatred and enmity between us to the point of harming each other. Our Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) reminded us in his last sermon there is no superiority between any of us except in the degree of piety to God.
We call on all Muslims to shun radical, unjustified hatred. We must remember we are a religion of mercy and acceptance. All Muslims must put aside differences and turn to each other in compassion and tolerance as exemplified in the life of the Prophet (peace be upon him) who at no time harmed any other human being, despite numerous provocations, except when directly attacked. We are reminded to hurt not for any reason anyone who is in a weaker position, be they a child, elder, spouse or innocent bystander, and especially those who have submitted to Allah in the same faith, Islam, as well as all other believers in God.
We ask all Muslims to reflect on our common faith and our submission in Islam to One God. We offer our condolences and prayers to all who have suffered heedless harm from hatred and ignorance. May Allah guide us and lead us to greater tolerance and strength in our faith.
*The Clear Quran – translated by Dr Mustafa Khattab, Book of Signs Foundation, 2016
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