By: Zuhair Shaath

O Mankind! We have created you from a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, so that you may know one another. Surely, the most honorable of you in the sight of Allah is the one who has Taqwa. Indeed, Allah is All-Knowing, All-Aware. (49:13)

The purpose of our languages, nationalities, ethnicities, and differences is “So that you may know one another” as Allah has stated in the Qur’an.

Why is that?

Why is it that a Bangladeshi and a Jordanian should get to know each other? Or a Canadian and a Somali? Or an American and a Turk? Why? Why should we leave our comfort zones? Our comfort zones are filled with so much comfort – we all speak the same language, eat the same food, and watch the same shows. So why should we leave our comfort zones?

Because staying in your comfort zone also means you think the same way – and you cannot grow and develop if your thought process stays the same way.

I know that it can be difficult. Removing yourself from your comfort zone requires work, sometimes it is very uncomfortable work. But as they say, the only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.

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They say “One is too small a number to achieve greatness” and I wholeheartedly believe that.

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