O mankind! We created you from a single pair of a male and a female and made you into nations and tribes, that you might know each other [not that you might despise each other].
We Created You
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“O mankind! We created you from a single pair of a male and a female and made you into nations and tribes, that you might know each other [not that you might despise each other]. Verily the most honored among you in the sight of God is he who is the most righteous.”
Wilson, Andrew, editor. World Scripture - a Comparative Anthology of Sacred Texts. Paragon House, 1991, p. 191 [Qur'an 49.13].
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Scriptures of All Faiths
The equality of all persons, male and female, rich and poor, of any race, class, or caste, is proclaimed in the scriptures of all faiths. This is true despite the conventions of many cultures that discriminate between people on the basis of caste, or class, or race, or sex. Regrettably, such discrimination is also on occasion supported by certain conventional interpretations of passages from sacred texts. Yet with the development of a more refined religious consciousness, all forms of discrimination are being overcome, and interpretations of religious texts which have traditionally undergirded discriminatory attitudes and practices are being shown to be erroneous.
The essential equality of all people is supported by the doctrines of the monotheistic faiths, that God is the parent of all humanity and that all human beings are descended from one pair of original ancestors, Adam and Eve. In Buddhism, Jainism, Hinduism, and Confucianism, this equality is grounded in the fact that Enlightenment, unity with the Absolute, or the realization of Goodness is available to all universally. Distinctions among people, therefore, should be based only on their conduct, morality, and level of (spiritual) education, and attainment.
–World Scripture – a Comparative Anthology of Sacred Texts. Paragon House, 1991, p. 191 [Qur’an 49.13].
Additional Qur’an Quotes
“Have you not seen how that God sends down water from the sky, and therewith We bring forth with it fruit of diverse hues? And in the mountains are streaks of white and red, of diverse hues, and pitch black.
Men too, and beasts and cattle are of diverse colors. Even so only those of His servants who have understanding fear God.”
And their Lord answers them, “I waste not the labor of any that labors among you, be you male or female–the one of you is as the other.”
Hadith of Ibn Majah
For the white to lord it over the black, the Arab over the non-Arab, the rich over the poor, the strong over the weak or men over women is out of place and wrong.”
–Hadith of Ibn Majah.