Dr. Amini Amir Bin Abdullah
6th March 2009
Although man was created identical in nature (fitrah), he may be very different from his neighbour and belong to another ethnic group or tribe. Among the differences are: race, origins, stock, culture, religion, language and others. Islam recognizes these differences and never makes any excuse that the multi-racial society is an obstacle in implementing the policies of Islam. Thus, Allah emphasizes the need for all human beings to know each other. These universalistic characteristics of Islamic teachings have made it possible for Islam to spread all over the world. Further, the Muslims under the guidance of the Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. have shown their capability to rule and implement Islam in a multi-racial society.
 For further details see Anwar Ahmad Qadri , Justice in Historical Islam, New Delhi: Kitab Bhavan.
 The non-Muslims are able to live under Islamic rule as long as they are convinced that their rights to pursue economic activities, enjoy works and life and practice their cultures are guaranteed. Various negative interpretations on Islam need to be corrected immediately. In Malaysia, the non-Muslims seemed to have received incorrect information regarding the elements of Islamic state as proclaimed by the government. The non-Muslim communities are able to live in a normal way and this should give confidence to non-Muslims in various other states that Islam is not as bad as it has been described.