RACISM AND ISLAM

..O mankind, surely We have created you from a male and a female, and made you tribes and families that you may know each other. Surely the noblest of you with Allah is the most dutiful of you.” (Q.49:13)…”
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…continued from yesterday…

Nevertheless, believers and unbelievers alike continued to believe in the inferiority of darkerskinned people. Such was the feeling of disdain for them that after the conquest of Mecca, when the Prophet gave the honor of climbing onto the Kaabah and calling out the Adhaan for the first time to Bilal, it is reported that one Harith bin Hisham said:

“Could not Muhammad find anybody else besides this black crow to call out the Adhaan?”

The Prophet soon after this received a revelation:

“O mankind, surely We have created you from a male and a female, and made you tribes and families that you may know each other. Surely the noblest of you with Allah is the most dutiful of you.” (49:13)

Before revealing this to the people, the Prophet addressed them, saying:

“O people Allah has abolished all forms of discrimination based on lineage or creed. There are only two classes of men. A pious and Godfearing individual is honored in the sight of Allah while a disobedient and sinful individual is debased in the sight of Allah.”

The Holy Prophet Muhammad then recited what had been revealed to him, illustrating that the only thing which distinguishes one person from another in the sight of Allah is his or her individual behavior and adherence to Islamic teachings.

The Ahmadiyya Anjuman Isha‘at Islam Lahore is perhaps by nature uniquely qualified to spread the message of tolerance. Members of the movement are all very familiar with the fact that it is prohibited to denounce as kafir anyone who recites La ilaha illallah, Muhammad-ur Rasul-allah.

Islam is also the only religion which protects the rights of non-Muslim citizens in a Muslim state.

Similar to these protections, according to the Quran and Prophet Muhammad, a Muslim may not discriminate against another Muslim or non-Muslim simply on the basis of physical appearance. It is senseless to harbor such prejudices. Does the color and makeup of human blood vary with skin color? Is it skin color that stops one human being from donating his or her blood or organs to another person of a different color and sustaining that individual’s life? Certainly not. Islam teaches unity and brotherhood.

True individual worth is, in the end, determined by Allah, Who will judge according to what He has revealed in the Holy Quran:

“O you who believe, be upright for Allah, bearers of witness with justice; and let not hatred of a people incite you not to act equitably. Be just; that is nearer to observance of duty.” (Q. 5:8)

…concluded…

(Paigham-E-Haqq, pp. 16-18)
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