ON WHAT IS MOST IMPORTANT
Aboo Hurayrah(ra) reported that the Messenger(saw) of Allah(swt) said,
“Verily Allah(swt) does not look at your bodies nor at your appearances, but He looks at your hearts and your deeds.” (Muslim)
People today place great emphasis on clothing and physical appearance. Intelligence, ability, and even value is judged by the shape of the body, the colour of the skin, the texture of the hair, the features of the face or the cost of the shoes. Even piety is sometimes measured by a turban or a face veil. Allah Almighty (swt), is above our limited way of judgement and focuses on the essence of the individual. The heart is the root of our feelings and our conscience.
So people should be more aware of character (See Hadeeth #6) and actions than rhetoric and empty promises. This approach can enable us to overcome racism, pride and petty differences.