The Prophet’s ﷺ reality and his personal relationships call to diversity; he was exposed to diverse people of gender, colour, age and ethnicity from a young age; this theme furthers throughout his ﷺ lifelong relationships. Imam Khalid Latif invites us to meet such personages as Umm Ayman Baraka and engage with otherness through the lens of love and empathy.
Imam Khalid urges us to reflect on the nature of identity, he tells us that we go through the steps of self affirmation and we place ourselves in boxes of identity, and once we do that we compare ourselves by that which we are not. The Prophet ﷺ was able to be an individual for all people, and generations for all time; this behooves us to ask ourselves who we are and what our relationships are really based on.
Resources for Seekers
- Reflection is the Light of Hearts – An Aphorism of Ibn Ata’illah
- Race To The Top – Imam Zaid Shakir
- Love Of The Prophet And Following His Example
- Are Culture and Religion Mutually Exclusive?
- Relationships are Connections of the Heart Supported by Reason
- Nelson Mandela: A Reminder for Us All
- Do You Respect The Women Around You?
Cover photo from flickr. We are grateful to ICNYU for this video.