Surah Al-Hujraat, Verse 13:
يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ إِنَّا خَلَقْنَاكُم مِّن ذَكَرٍ وَأُنثَىٰ وَجَعَلْنَاكُمْ شُعُوبًا وَقَبَائِلَ لِتَعَارَفُوا إِنَّ أَكْرَمَكُمْ عِندَ اللَّهِ أَتْقَاكُمْ إِنَّ اللَّهَ عَلِيمٌ خَبِيرٌ
O mankind! We have created you from a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know one another. Verily, the most honourable of you with Allah is that (believer) who has At-Taqwa (God- consciousness). Verily, Allah is All-Knowing, All-Aware.
We have been created & grouped into different tribes & nations, as Allah (swt) has said, for the sole purpose of identifying one another like it was done in the olden days, “son of so & so, from so & so tribe or clan. So some people from one tribe or nation might be more beautiful, more honourable, & sometimes even more smarter than others, but that is not the basis of classifying people’s value or honour in islam, as we do nowadays. Islam even frowns strongly at tribalism. Likewise, peoples honour doesn’t depend on their riches, or their profession.
Surely, he who has the most ‘God-consciousness’ is he who is most honoured, as Allah & His messenger both proclaimed.
“The most honourable among them with Allah (people) is the one with the most taqwa”. [Bukhari]
The level of our taqwa, therefore, should be our source of happiness, because in it lies our value as human beings. As Yasmin Mogahed puts it:
“Don’t let your source of fulfillment be anything other than your relationship with God. Don’t let your definition of success, failure or self worth be anything other than your position with Him”. [Reclaim your heart, page 19]
Similarly, he whose ‘taqwa’ increases the most in this blessed month has indeed surpassed us all, and will emerge 1st place at the end of the ramadan race. [2:183]
May Allah (swt) make us of those who live with the whole Qur’an, in heart and in mind, ameen.