بسم الله الرحمن الرحیم
O humanity! Indeed, We created you from a male and a female, and made you into peoples and tribes so that you may ˹get to˺ know one another. Surely the most noble of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous among you. Allah is truly All-Knowing, All-Aware. - 49:13
In light of the divisions and conflicts within our ummah and hostility towards Muslims without it, the goal of our project is to demystify difference and to celebrate instead of shrink from diversity, seeing it as a precious ayah (a sign) of the Creator swt.
We hope to encompass and illustrate both confessional and cultural diversity via our website and social media where we shall publish educative content and establish beneficial collaboration with Muslims across the ummah through various segments in which we shall shed light on what it means to be Muslim across borders, traditions, languages, ethnicities, spiritualities, histories, and schools of thought.
We acknowledge the boldness of this undertaking; however, we feel that the need for unity is urgent and unequivocal. We act both in fondness and admiration for the beauty of our community whose noor (blessed light) we wish to spread, as well as in indignation and empathy while remembering the trauma and fragmentation Muslims have endured through unique but connected experiences of imperialism, occupation, war, racism and xenophobia.
Indeed, while our colors, tongues, sects, customs, and traditions may vary, we remember that such a grand mosaic is a sign of God’s wisdom and mercy, and that, despite difference, something far greater unites us and compels us to act as one body. One thing, indeed, one word, that must make us allies in this world in order to attain the next. This word is the kalima tayyiba (1) “pure word” :لَا إِلَٰهَ إِلَّا ٱللَّٰهُ La ilaha illa Llah – there is no god but God, and Mohammad is God’s beloved messenger.
اَلَمْ تَرَ كَيْفَ ضَرَبَ اللّٰهُ مَثَلًا كَلِمَةً طَيِّبَةً كَشَجَرَةٍ طَيِّبَةٍ اَصْلُهَا ثَابِتٌ وَّفَرْعُهَا فِى السَّمَاۤءِۙ (14:24)
Have you not considered how Allah presents an example, a good word like a good tree, whose root is firmly fixed and its branches (high) in the sky?