Islam has all the keys necessary to defeat racism in society and leaves no room for this type of discrimination. In case you are wondering exactly how it works, let me explain.
Islam is color blind
For starters, Islam teaches that there is no distinction in terms of a person’s color or race. In fact, the only purpose that our different races and cultures serve in Isam is to build bridges to get to know each other. As God clearly mentions in the Qur’an.
“O men! Certainly, We raised you from a man and a man, and made you as nations and tribes, so that you may know one another. Certainly, the most honorable of you, before Allah is the most pious. Certainly, Allah is Omniscient, Knower. ” [Holy Quran 49:13]
This means that this diversity is not a means of discrimination, but a means of education.
Diversity is a miracle of God
The color of our skin and all of our unique cultural characteristics are God-given traits that none of us chose to inherit at birth. The differences we share are in fact all signs of God’s magnificence and a reflection of His infinite creative power, as also mentioned in the Koran .
It is not through such characteristics that we perceive the greatness of ourselves, but rather we perceive and appreciate the greatness of the one who created us.
“And among His signs is the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the variety of your tongues and colors. Certainly, there are signs in this for the experts. ”[Holy Quran 30:22]
Humanity was all created out of clay
Islam teaches that all human beings were created essentially from the same thing – dirt. Therefore, it makes no sense to consider ourselves better than others when we are all designed with the same components, regardless of our different cultures.
The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:
“Truly, God the Exalted created Adam out of a handful that He took from the earth, so that the children of Adam would come according to the earth. Some come with red, white or black skin. ”[At-Tirmidhi]
Virtue is only through justice
In the eyes of God, our skin color or race does not grant us favors, on the contrary, it is simply ours and actions and acts that make all the difference.
In the Prophet’s farewell sermon, he made this point very clear by stating that white skin is no better than black, nor black skin is better than white. On the contrary, it is our justice that makes the difference.
“O PEOPLE, YOUR LORD IS ONE AND YOUR FATHER ADAM, IS ONE. THERE IS NO VIRTUE OF AN ARAB OVER A FOREIGNER, NOR OF AN ARAB OVER AN ARAB, NOR WHITE SKIN ON BLACK SKIN, NOR BLACK SKIN ON WHITE SKIN, EXCEPT FOR STRAIGHTNESS. DIDN’T I DELIVER THE MESSAGE? ”[MUSNAD AHMAD]
We Are All Slaves of God
Although we can all be of different nationalities, cultures and backgrounds, at the end of the day our comprehensive identity as Muslims dictates that we are all servants of God. There is no higher race or culture, we are all equal servants of God who need God as much as everyone else.
Nationalism Is Forbidden
In Islam, it is forbidden to boast about our race or culture insofar as it disparages or disparages people from other cultures. The Prophet ﷺ warned us about the dangers of this tribalism and stated that “He is not one of us who fights for it”.
The Messenger ﷺ said:
“He is not one of us who calls tribalism. He is not one of us who fights for tribalism. He is not one of us who dies following the path of tribalism. ”[Abu Dawud]
As mentioned earlier, the only standard for determining a person’s superiority is through his level of righteousness, which is, by the way, a characteristic that can only be truly determined by God alone