This is my friend and sister Zeenat Khan. She wears a hijab, visits the mosque, reads the Quran and believes in Allah ‘Subhanahu wa ta’ala’
I wear a hat sometimes, I go the Buddhist temples, I went to a Christian school where we read the bible and I believe in science, not God.
But I love her with all my heart because she is a wonderful human and a dear friend. She makes me happy and cares for children. She smiles and shares, loves unconditionally and is an amazingly humble person. I judge her not on her religion but her actions.
Hatred has no religion, is doesn’t believe in one god, it has no dress code or holy book. Hatred is something that is within individuals, not races, not creeds or colours.
These sick individuals who try to break our bonds can never succeed. They wish to drive wedges between us and lessen our love for each other, but it is us who has the power.
Think twice before making judgements. Don’t let the media and the evil voices of extremism and scaremongering creep into your mind. Look beyond the clothing, the colour of one’s skin or cultural heritage for we are all unique underneath, no one really knows the real you, for we are all still emerging to be the person that tomorrow will bring.
Acceptance and and a non judgmental approach to life are the ways we can change the world and build bonds that no one can ever break.
As we mourn the loss of our brothers and sisters in Christchurch this weekend we must take heed that no matter what the media has told us to believe, no matter how cultures or faiths have been portrayed, each and every one of us is different, unique and weird in our own way.
So say hello to each other, smile at a stranger and help those who need it. For these small gestures will grow into waves of love that will flood the entire world.
If we all do our bit, no matter how small, we can make this big blue ball we call home a safer and more loving place.
Sleep well tonight friends. ❤️