“Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that”. This is one of my favorite quotes by Martin Luther King Jr. His conviction against injustice and discrimination is no doubt truly remarkable and highly respected. A real tribute to his civil rights movement lies in individually and collectively upholding the values he stood for.
Discriminations and divisions pose an ongoing challenge to any society but these are the ills we need to constantly remain vigilant against. As per the words of Martin Luther King Jr. quoted above, we cannot overcome fear or defeat divisions by reinforcing them. Since childhood I have learned to live by “Love for all, hatred for none” a motto of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community which is actually derived from the Holy Qur’an. This was also one of the final messages by the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) which is summarized in this one sentence from his famous farewell sermon when he said, “All of you are equal.” This golden rule is at the heart of upholding human equality, mutual respect, fairness and justice for all, values we all cherish as citizens of this great nation.
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