The theme for this year’s Calendar is inspired from verse S49: v13 from Al-Quran:
O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other.
The American Civil Rights Law states that there shall be no discrimination on the basis of age, sex, religion, and race or skin color. In spirit, the Law is an echo of this Verse which cuts at the root of this evil by stating that all men are descendants of a single pair and their divisions into tribes and communities is only for the sake of recognition, not for discrimination, and that there is no lawful basis of one man’s superiority over the other, except on the basis of moral excellence.
The Verse reveals that diversity is inbuilt in Nature’s plan. We have to accept, enjoy and share each other’s uniqueness. We live in a global world today, and we are connected, our destiny is shared; we can only find peace and success when we accept certain obligations to one another and to future generations. As the world becomes more globalized and cultures intersect in new regions, increasing exposure to the belief systems of formerly distant cultures, the hard lines and divisions between East and West, are really no longer relevant.
I searched through Al-Quran, the treasure of wisdom and found several other verses which establish the connection with this verse and helps us to reinforce the legacy of unity.