Black History Month holds a special meaning for me. It not only defines equality for African-Americans, but it also universally welcomes cultural diversity. As American Muslims, we celebrate this month with honor toward all human beings of all races and color. We recognize that our nation has come a long way, but we still have long ways to go -- and we can achieve that by fostering mutual love and affection to bring human togetherness.
Prophet Muhammad declared mankind's equality 1,400 years ago, "Just as the fingers of both hands are alike, nobody can claim to have any distinctive right or greatness over another." Moreover, it is not impossible to conceive that each one of us could be alike in culture, language and color. It is only the diversity in life which makes this world colorful and wonderful.