On the other hand, Irfan’s views on racism come from a scholarly Islamic perspective.
An important part of being a Muslim is to strive for clear understanding, therefore scientific explanations are deeply respected and appreciated as they help to have a greater understanding of Allah. After all He is the greatest architect of all. The Holy Qur’an has an account of the beginning of Creation which is close to Dave’s modern scientific theory on DNA and why race is a social construct.
My religious view on why ‘race’ is insignificant is based on a verse in the Holy Quran that I like to call the ‘Community Cohesion Verse.’ Chapter 49, Verse 13 states that
“God made you into nations and tribes so that (me &) you could get to know each other.”
There is further an Islamic tradition (tafseer, commentary) of the Quran that explains that God created the body of Adam from a collective mass of earth gathered from all over the world. This explanation helped me to further appreciate and reconcile the “genetic” theory that Dave is so passionate about.
The ultimate point of convergence is that whether you look at it from a religious point of view of creationism or a scientific, genetic perspective – difference just doesn’t matter!!
This was Dave and I’s first conversation and in fact it lead to the start of the Me and You project. We created a conversation and believe passionately that through the conversation we can overcome the hatred and bigotry that leads to extremism and potential terrorism.