Thursday, October 12, 2006

Walid's statement at the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor and Prayer for Inclusion

Statement
We are pleased to see the diversity of this group of individuals of various ethnicities and religions praying for inclusion in the state of Michigan. We feel that the “Catch an Illegal Immigrant” event has shades of racism coloring it, despite the claim that the mock illegal immigrant will not represent any particular ethnicity. It is disheartening that potential future leaders of America—the most diverse nation in the world—would engage in an event that promotes vigilantism and xenophobia.



God says in His final revelation the Holy Quran:
“O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know each other (not that you may despise each other). Verily the most honored of you in the sight of God is (the one who is) the most righteous of you. Surely God is the All-Knowing, the Ever-Aware.” [49:13]


Prayer for Inclusion
In the Name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
Oh God, we ask for strength to bring unity
Unity to the Children of Adam, despite our differences of race, ethnicity, and religion.
Oh God, we ask you to bring peace between the hearts of all the Children of Adam in the spirit of your love and mercy.
And we ask you, oh God, to soften the hearts of the hard-hearted,
And to grant clarity to the closed-minded,
Oh Most Merciful of the Merciful.

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