I love diversity. The ummah itself is extremely diverse and going to the mosque in Ramadan exemplifies that. We’re blessed in our community that people of all backgrounds are praying next to each other. All different kinds of professionals and ethnicities and cultures standing before their Rabb for one purpose. It’s beautiful.
‘…All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an 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 a black nor a black has any superiority over white except by piety and good action…’ – Prophet’s last sermon.
Our differences make the world a more interesting place. (Can you imagine if we all looked the same? Talked the same? Walked the same? It would be so boring, not to mention the genetic problems which would arise.) They don’t, however, give anyone the right to act better than another person. If Allah swt will not judge you based on your skin colour, features, weight, and height, why do we act like we’re so much better than another person when the genetic lottery that is conception happened to bless us with that which is currently in societal fashion?
Ramadan reminds us of this concept every year. Your actions for the sake of Allah speak louder than any physical aspect. Ramadan isn’t about who looks the best or what colour your skin is. It’s about coming back to your Rabb, about getting closer to your Rabb, about seeking forgiveness from your Rabb, about gaining taqwa of your Rabb. Your race or ethnicity isn’t going to get you to Jannah. Your deeds will, inshaAllah.
When it comes down to it, your deeds and actions are the only thing you can control. It’s a blessing in of itself that we will be judged on that which is under our control and not which we have no control over (that wouldn’t be very fair, now would it?). Make your deeds worth it – not just during Ramadan, but every single day of your life.