George Floyd’s murder ignites outrage over the abuse of power by some law enforcement against my African-American siblings. We’re finally realizing the real issue is rooted in unchecked racial injustice and systemic discrimination.
As an Ahmadi Muslim I condemn racism, hatred, and injustice in all its ugly faces. I follow and advocate the teachings of “love for all, hatred for none.” True Islam’s compassion and sympathy for all humans is as for one family. It breaks down fabricated boundaries that societies erect in division and enmity and offers unity and peace. Fifteen centuries ago, the Qur’an revealed “And among His Signs is the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the diversity of your tongues and colors. In that surely are Signs for those who possess knowledge.”
In his farewell sermon from 632 AD, Prophet Muhammad said, “Allah has made you brethren one to another, so be not divided. An Arab has no preference over a non-Arab, nor a non-Arab over an Arab; nor is a white superior to a black, nor a black superior to a white, except in righteousness.”
I, therefore, encourage our country’s leaders and policymakers to swiftly and sensibly implement preventative laws and policies which proactively protect the lives and welfare of all, irrespective of their color, creed, or heritage.
I encourage inward reflection on the moral compass we choose to live by in our homes and communities, because it does affect us all. Let’s also repel evil with goodness and not let anyone’s injustice incite us towards revenge.
Zahir Mannan serves as Outreach Director for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Baitul Aman Mosque in Meriden, CT. He serves as a voluntary Chaplain for State Police and Meriden Police.