A major similarity in the most important documents behind the creation of the United States and Islam is the safeguarding of equal rights. We can find the message of equality between these two entities by turning to their founding documents.
Islam has a strong “code of equality,” a truly unparalleled principle when compared to other Abrahamic religions such as Judaism and Christianity. In his farewell sermon, Prophet Muhammad, reiterated this code:
“All mankind is from Adam and Eve, and Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over black nor does a black have any superiority over white except by piety and good action.”
In the Qur’an, equality is also a fundamental message for Muslims. God says in the Qur’an:
“O Mankind: We created you from a male and a female; and made you into tribes and nations that you may get to know each other. and verily, most honored before God is the most virtuous.” – Qur’an English Translation [49:13]
Similarly, the United States has an equally strong “code of equality,” a unique value when compared to other countries in the world. The second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence states:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
In a similar way, the first amendment of the United States Constitution promotes equality by ensuring that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” In addition, the fifteenth amendment “[p]rohibits the denial of suffrage based on race, color, or previous condition of servitude.”
This is just a very quick snapshot of the similarities in the founding documents of the United States and Islam, but you should clearly see the importance of equality in the aforementioned passages. Additional research is needed to locate more similarities in order to provide new bridges between two entities which are often portrayed as fundamentally incompatible.
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