"All people are equal, as the teeth of a comb. There is no claim of merit of an Arab over a non-Arab, or of a white over a black person, or a male over a female. Only Allah-fearing people merit a preference with Allah" - Hadith in al-Musnad by Ahmad ibn Hanbal
Author: Dr. Muhammad Abdul-Rauf was born in Egypt in 1917. By the age eight, he had committed the entire Qur'an to memory. After graduating from al-Azhar University in Cairo, he traveled to England, where he earned B.A. and M.A. from Cambridge, and a Ph.D. from University of London.
His vast experience includes founding the Muslim College in Malaysia in 1955 and the department of Islamic studies at the University of Malaysia. He has been the rector of the International Islamic University of Malaysia, the director of Islamic Missions at al-Azhar, The Islamic Cultural Center in New Tork, The Islamic Center of Washington DC, and chairman of the Council of Imams of North America. His writings include several books and articles on Islamic history, culture, and civilization.