Diversity is our great wealth

Marina Mahathir, daughter of Mahathir Mohamad

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Malaysian Muslims need to travel more, even within the Muslim world just to see its diversity. Muslims all over the world have just as many different cultures and traditions as they do similarities.
What does plurality mean? It just means that we are not homogenous, that we have many different streams among our people, whether it’s ethnic makeup, beliefs or opinions.Being plural is just a statement of fact, not a judgement call on which of these streams are better than the other.
In parts of the world, our religion is not accepted and indeed discriminated against. If we complain about that, is it not hypocritical for us to do the same at home?
And yet, our leaders are calling us to hound people whose beliefs differ from ours, even when their roots go back to the same source as ours.
More practically speaking, if we insist that Shiites are deviants, then how do we explain the Islamic Republic of Iran and its membership in the OIC?
Or is inconsistency simply part of politics?
Did we forget this verse? “O men! Behold, We have created you all out of males and females, and have made you into nations and tribes, so that you might come to know one another”. (Surah Al-Hujarat, Verse 13).
Could there be nothing clearer about a pluralistic world?Try and have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, everyone!
NOTE: Read all at the Former PM Tun Dr Mahathir‘s daughter MARINA MAHATHIR’s “Diversity is our great wealth’ column in today’s Star 22-12-10

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