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Equal In An Unequal World: The Paradox Of Islam

As I ambled towards the immigration counter at Dulles Airport, Washington DC, I overheard a Black police officer talking about "self-discovery" to his White female colleague. And then something strange happened. I, reflexively, began musing aloud on Islam and paradoxes. I looked the Black police officer in the eye and said, "I know myself through you because you are so different... but, in the final analysis, we are all the same. And this is one of the central insights of Islam, in the nature of a paradox."
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How Our Differences Can Unite Us – If We Let Them

What can you possibly learn from someone who speaks like you, whose world view is exactly like you? Whose voice is an echo of yours? Nothing. But someone who is different can challenge you and you can challenge that person and benefit from it. Multiculturalism, cosmopolitanism are the need of the day. We need differences. We need diversity. It is possible to have multiple belongings, rather than a single identity.