Random Thought: Nations & Tribes

// July 3rd, 2008 // Blog

Hearing the news that one could cut the risk of cancer by 12%, just by adopting a couple of elements of the Mediterranean diet, immediately brought to mind a Qur'anic verse that many Muslims are familiar with, in which God promotes the benefits of human diversity:

O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other (not that ye may despise (each other). Verily the most honoured of you in the sight of Allāh is (he who is) the most righteous of you. And Allāh has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things). [Quran Al-Hujraat, Chapter #49, Verse #13]

The comparison of different cultures and environments is a key part of clinical study into the cause of disease – it's not all about the genes y'know. Imagine, if we didn't have Greeks, Japanese, and Scots, we wouldn't know that olive oil consumption may reduce your risk of cancer, eating small, light meals may increase your longevity, and devouring deep-fried Mars bars (as well as consuming copious amounts of alcohol and smoking your weight in cigarettes) contributes to heart disease and the general break down of your vital organs.

Truly, there is hikmah (wisdom) in all of God's creation.

11 Responses to “Random Thought: Nations & Tribes”

  1. iMuslim says:

    Note to self: if you want your entry to make grammatical sense, try to avoid writing it at stupid-o-clock. Why does Google Reader have to keep a record of my goofs? {hangs head}

    Anyway…

  2. boba says:

    *eagerly goes to g reader to find imuslim’s goofy post*

  3. piniyini says:

    oops that was me, this is what happens when i use the living room comp different profiles everywhere

  4. Abū Ilyās says:

    It’s nice to know that us Scots contributed something to world.

    When I was at Uni in Glasgow I think it was the stabbing capital of UK at the time. But that statistic changed shortly after I left, strange!

  5. UTP says:

    well yeah…no doubt about it…many things are made so simple just by reviewing the verses of The Holy Quran…it dazzles you…

  6. Lucy says:

    Italians are fit because of all that exercise they get from waving their arms about when they talk. Boy, am i going to get a pizza in the face for that stereotype.

  7. misspecs says:

    Oh, i never realized this was a goofy post. Its better than some of the best ones I’ve ever written. :)

    Its true, the hikmah of the Quran is often there staring at us in the face and its strange how we choose not to see it.

  8. iMuslim says:

    FYI: the ‘goofs’ were numerous typos that I made, that I only noticed after publishing the entry… the entry itself is not a ‘goof’, hehe.

    Abu Ilyas… strange coinkidink indeed. Is your home in Saudi now the new stabbing capital, by any chance?

    Lucy: I wouldn’t mind some pizza being thrown at my face… as long as it was in bite size pieces. Throw some olives on there too, to be healthy, hehe.

  9. Sumera says:

    Ive never had a fried Mars Bar in my life :p Infact it wasn’t even a Scottish invention! Some chippy owner in Carlisle or Newcastle started the craze :p

  10. Abū Ilyās says:

    Wikipedia cites Scotland as the origin of the fried Mars Bar. I was living in Newcastle at the time they hit the news and I can’t personally remember who to blame for it, just that it had some connection with my heritage.

    One thing I definitely know that was served in Newcastle chip shops was a deep-fried mince pie (the savoury ones, not the ones at Christmas time).

    A pastry based pie should obviously be oven baked not deep fried. It was really disgusting when you bit into it all the fat that had been absorbed literally poured out.

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