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Explain how the Muslim teachings affect Muslim attituds to equality

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EXPLAIN HOW MUSLIM TEACHINGS AFFECT MUSLIM ATTITUDES TO EQUALITY In my second part of coursework, I intend to write about Muslim attitudes to equality with specific reference to prejudice and discrimination. I will explain the Islamic viewpoints of this intriguing subject. Islam teaches that all of the problems and restlessness which infest the contemporary age, prejudice and discrimination holds one of the greatest danger to world peace. The Holy Quran reminds not only Muslims but also all mankind: "O ye people! Fear your Lord, Who created you from a single soul and created there from its mate, and from the two spread many men and women; and fear Allah in Whose name you appeal to one another, and fear Him particularly respecting ties of relationship. ...read more.

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Allah says: "O mankind, We have created you from a male and a female; and We have made you tribes and sub-tribes that you may know one another. Verily, the most honourable amongst you in the sight of Allah, is he who is the most righteous among you. Surely Allah is All-Knowing, All-Aware." (Holy Qur'an, 49:14). The verse clearly shows that all created beings come from the same source and thus are equal in the sight of God. The worth of a man is not judged by the colour of his skin, his wealth, rank or social status, his descent or pedigree, but by his moral goodness and the way he fulfils his duty to God and mankind. Allah divided humanity into tribes, nations and races to give them better knowledge of each other and to benefit from one another's characteristics and qualities. ...read more.

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While other religions also teach equality and love for humanity, Islam is unique in that it requires physical expression of brotherhood. In the daily salaat or prayer, Muslims must stand shoulder to shoulder, indifferent to the status or colour of the person next to them. There is no greater physical example of equality than the Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca) when all Muslims wear the same dress and circuit the Kaabah (House of Allah) in unison. In daily life, Muslims should show openness and affection to each other by greeting each other with the salutation of "peace be with you," and by following the example of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him). Among his hadith are: "If you shake hands with one another rancour will depart, and if you make presents to one another and love one another, malice will depart." And "You should provide food and greet both those you know and those you do not know." ...read more.

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