Published On: Thu, Jan 17th, 2013

Strength lies in differences, not in similarities




The heart of all faiths, be it Judaism, Christianity or Islam, is goodness. Part of God’s wisdom in creation is the diversity that beautifies the settling of Adam’s kids on earth. Allah said it many times in all his religious scriptures: ” If I wish i could make you one nation ” All sorts of evil, wrongness, and badness erect from the ashes of misjudging people, misinterpreting holy books and daring to embody the ultimate image of God in the universe .

Hatred, hostility and ill will come to existence whenever a group of people or any individual position themselves in the place of God and Start giving clear cut interpretations to what God wants on earth. Why the human mind can not stand the blessing of variety, difference and multiplicity. Some people think that when we accept the right of others to live think and worship, following their hearts, we lose credibility in what we are.

We have to believe and defend that different roads sometimes lead to the same end. That is to say that there is so much strength in our dissimilarities rather than in our similarities. Each Christian, Jew, Muslim, shaman, Zoroastrian, stone, ground, mountain, river, has a secret way of being connected with our almighty creator. Nobody among all human beings seek to hear his or her unique echo. We all hassan Strength lies in differences, not in similaritiessearch our opposites in hope to see ourselves in them .Strength lies profoundly in the differences that characterize us, not in the similarities that unite us. Let us meditate in the cosmos and universe themselves. They are brightening with colors and shapes of all sorts that our human brains are incapable to understand and decode. Here hides the fruit of variety and diversity. Unfortunately, most of us humanize God and approach the world with eyes of narrowness rather than wideness.

It’s naturally obvious that each community has its own belief and faith, but there is always a common ground upon which we all stand as human beings. Religion remains a vertical relationship that ties Man to the divine creator, not a tool of categorizing people within the human community. Neither religion heads, nor does one institution have the right and credibility to be God’s Voice in our ears and hearts. When a political regime colors its politicians’ ties with God’s words, the absolute and unavoidable outcome would be corruption, dictatorship, injustice and “sacred ignorance”. Theoretically speaking, all religions carry messages of peace, equality, Justice, human welfare, and salvation, but the human interpretation of these religious books is what shrinks minds and spreads winds of hatred among people. None among us has the right to speak in the name of God. Human interpretations of all religious books are open to debate, analysis and discussion.  We should plough seeds of knowledge in our fellows’ minds rather than ready-made ideas of perfection and passive truth. God is merciful, compassionate and beyond our poor images of picturing him.

In brief, God is worshipped through seeking knowledge and spreading it, not through distributing hell’s and heaven’s entry tickets to people. People understand religion as a set of commands, lists of prohibitions, dos and don’ts , books of punishment, long chapters of sacred regulations, uncrossed limits, and rules of Haram and halal, while religion is much deeper and more complex than this human immature interpretation.

Religion indeed is that innocent, pure and old love, for which we are brought into existence. It’s rather that permanent nostalgia that fills the void of our hearts to our homes of origin, from which we are thrown to this nonsense world. Religion is that spiritual thirst that gets our minds and hearts out seeking the healing source, from which we were all erected. Religion is the call of knowledge to the human beings. It’s neither wrong nor right, neither hell nor heaven. It’s the bridge that transports man from the state of not knowing to the state of knowing regardless of the mistakes we might commit. People are enslaved by the difficulty of living harmoniously with those who are different from them. Because of this, they discriminate against anyone who has any distinctive characteristic whether of belief, religion, language, thought or color.

I can imagine nothing more terrifying than a world filled with fellows, who are all the same. It is only the diversity of creatures on the surface of the globe that has made the trip life bearable and worth taking.

Keep your mother tongue; Love its sounds, its modulation and its rhythms. But try to walk together with people of different languages, and let your ears listen carefully to their voices and words. God apparently did not want a one world of sameness. That is why creation is so multitudinous. So it is with us human beings.


Edited by Mark Deans

All views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect Morocco News Tribune’s editorial policy


  • Jaky Lee Hart

    amazing; as always, it’s not only you know it; you also know how to put it out…

  • hassan

    good work fantastic

  • Hassan Bendouz Bendouz

    Thnx Jaky for passing by. you never miss the call of truth whenever it comes….keep on doing with the same enthusiasm ,passion and curiosity . see ya

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  • Souma Zao

    Very important item, i like it, and i wish you very good luck

  • Gewissens Bliss

    It is always easier to lead a nation of believers than a nation of doubters. That’s why religion is abused by politicians. Furthermore history shows that it is also very usefull to make a bogeyman out of “the different one”, the stranger…

  • Bart

    Good work! I like this phrase: “In brief, God is worshipped through seeking
    knowledge and spreading it, not through distributing hell’s and heaven’s
    entry tickets to people.”

  • Elena Terrizzi

    good job!!! you are a really great writer and I totaly agree with you..”it is only the diversity of creatures on the surface of the globe that has made the trip life bearable and worth taking”…really good job!greetings from italy

  • Malika Bendouz

    I really like your article, very interesting, especially the concluding sentence:” God did nt want a one world of sameness…”, and that’s it gives charm to life and the desire to live and discover its secrets yet: D

    good luck

  • Calvin Harasemchuk

    Love the article….For we all our of one…Many colours make up a rainbow..Peace be with you my friends….Greetings from Canada…

  • Bendouz Salma

    I’m with you 100% ! The one nation wouldn’t be there by itself so we all should contribute building it!! Nice work, great words. Greetings from Tunisia!

  • Hich Scham

    have you ever read the Babylonian Talmud? it is easy to juxtapose the three religions , but it is far more difficult to come to terms with the truth that the Talmud is one of “the most racist” books to exist on Earth.

  • Hassan Quidam

    good one mster Hassan;i wish u good luck

  • mzoudia

    A very important issue to address! Keep your insightful articles coming.

  • Kaoutar Hrari

    Indeed, strength lies in the diffrences not in the similarities!

  • Oriol Noguera

    Very well done Hassan. I am proud to say that reading this article does not fall short when expressing what every human being should think of him/herself and its peers. If only we were all so open-minded and tolerant the world would probably be a better place. Greetings from Catalonia!