An Arabic calligraphy mural in Zimbabwe depicting the verse “We made you races and tribes, so that you may come to know one another” from the Holy Qur’an as a powerful reminder of the unity and equality of all people, regardless of race or ethnicity.The intricate and skillful calligraphy of the Arabic script, combined with the message of the verse, conveys the idea that no matter what one’s background may be, we are all equal in the eyes of God. The mural serves as a reminder of the importance of coming to know and understand one another, and of breaking down the barriers of racism and discrimination. The mural’s message is particularly relevant in Zimbabwe, where people of different races and ethnicities have historically faced discrimination and division.
The mural is a powerful symbol of hope and unity, reminding us that no matter what our differences may be, we are all part of one human family.
Zimbabwe has a long history of discrimination and division based on race and ethnicity. The country was colonized by the British in the late 19th century, and during that time, the British government implemented policies that favored white settlers over the native black population. This included the forced removal of black people from their land to make way for white settlers, as well as the establishment of a system of racial segregation and discrimination. This legacy of discrimination and inequality continued even after Zimbabwe gained independence in 1980, as the ruling government, led by Robert Mugabe, was accused of perpetuating discrimination against minority groups, including white people, and suppressing political opposition.
The Arabic calligraphy mural is one example of how art and culture can be used to promote a message of unity and equality, reminding all people in Zimbabwe that regardless of their race or ethnicity, they are all equal in the eyes of God and should be treated with dignity and respect.