Of all the planets and celestial objects we know so far, the Earth – which is estimated to be 4.54 billion years of age – is the only planet to harbor life.

We, Human beings, were created at most 2 million years ago, a very recent era on the geological time scale. With time, we learnt to live together (we still aren’t always successful at doing that) and to share the same planet, knowing one truth and reality. That is:

We are all born equally free and independent, and have the same rights, regardless of ethnicity, skin color, gender, wealth or beliefs …

In this article I won’t exactly be bringing new thoughts or insight into this matter. This article is simply a little reminder, since it seems that we need more reminders that what we already received in order to come back to our senses. And since quoting others is much easier than writing when you’re frustrated with what’s happening around you.

So, I present to you hereby a short collection of religious texts and literary quotes about equality among all Human Beings. You’ll probably notice; it isn’t a very difficult concept to understand.

Equality in Religion

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” (The Book of Genesis 1:27)

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 “O mankind, We have created you male and female, and appointed you races and tribes, that you may know one another. Surely the noblest among you in the sight of God is the most godfearing of you. God is All-knowing, All-aware.” (Quran, Verse 49:13)

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“People are equal, like the teeth of a single comb. the Arab has no superiority over the non-Arab and superiority is only in piety.” (Prophet Muhammad 571-632)

“O people, verily your Lord is One and your father is one. Verily there is no superiority of an Arab over a non-Arab or of a non-Arab over an Arab, or of a red man over a black man, or of a black man over a red man…” (Prophet Muhammad 571-632)

Equality in literature and History

«Since when you have taken people for slaves and they were born free»” (Omar Ibn Khattab 584-644)

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(Motto of the French Revolution 1789)

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“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”  (United States Declaration of Independence 1776)

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“ I say that Humanity has a synonym: Equality; and that there is only one thing under the sky before which we must bow, genius, and only one thing before which we must kneel, kindness.” (Choses vues 1887, Victor Hugo)

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“My cause, was and is that of the black man; not because he is black, but because he is a man.

A man, is “the image of God,” but “a little lower than the angels;” possessing a soul, eternal and indestructible; capable of endless happiness, or immeasurable woe; a creature of hopes and fears, of affections and passions, of joys and sorrows, and he is endowed with those mysterious powers by which man soars above the things of time and sense, and grasps, with undying tenacity, the elevating and sublimely glorious idea of a God.” (Frederick Douglass 1818-1895)

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“We need enlightenment. We need more light about each other. Light creates understanding, understanding creates love, love creates patience, and patience creates unity. Once we have more knowledge (light) about each other, we will stop condemning each other and a United front will be brought about.” (The Man and his Times, Malcolm X 1925-1965 )

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“We, the disinherited of this land, we who have been oppressed so long, are tired of going through the long night of captivity. And now we are reaching out for the daybreak of freedom and justice and equality.” (Martin Luther King, Jr. 1929-1968)

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“I would like to be known as a person who is concerned about freedom and equality and justice and prosperity for all people.” (Rosa Parks, 1913-2005)

That’s all for now.

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