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There is No Racism in Islam

Racism In Islāmic View

www.thetruemuslim.com - Racism is surely unfit with every human being’s fitrah. Underestimating, humiliating, and insulting other people just because of the differences in rate, skin color, nation, or country. We get this racism still exist in some places in this world, and this is not what we expected. Knowing that Islam is a glorious religion that have removed and forbid this racism action in this world. Basically, every human being is in the same position and has the same human right, and it cannot be differentiated. One people is treated specially while the other one is being humiliated just because he has a different rate or nation.


Look at how Bilal bin Rabah, noble friend. He was an ex-slave who has black skin, but his position is high among the other friend. He had been witnessed to have special right to enter the heaven, the right that no other friend could have. [1] He was also a sayyid of the muadzin and the first muadzin of the Muslims. [2]

The prophet Muhammad Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam said to Abu Dzar

ﺍﻧْﻈُﺮْ ﻓَﺈِﻧَّﻚَ ﻟَﻴْﺲَ ﺑِﺨَﻴْﺮٍ ﻣِﻦْ ﺃَﺣْﻤَﺮَ ﻭَﻻَ ﺃَﺳْﻮَﺩَ ﺇِﻻَّ ﺃَﻥْ ﺗَﻔْﻀُﻠَﻪُ ﺑِﺘَﻘْﻮَﻯ

“Look, you will not be better than the red skin or black skin people until you surpass them in piety” [3]

Allah created us differently to make us know each other. What make us different in the sight of Allah is the piety. Take a look on the verse below

ﻳَﺎ ﺃَﻳُّﻬَﺎ ﺍﻟﻨَّﺎﺱُ ﺇِﻧَّﺎ ﺧَﻠَﻘْﻨَﺎﻛُﻢْ ﻣِﻦْ ﺫَﻛَﺮٍ ﻭَﺃُﻧْﺜَﻰ ﻭَﺟَﻌَﻠْﻨَﺎﻛُﻢْ ﺷُﻌُﻮﺑًﺎ ﻭَﻗَﺒَﺎﺋِﻞَ ﻟِﺘَﻌَﺎﺭَﻓُﻮﺍ ﺇِﻥَّ ﺃَﻛْﺮَﻣَﻜُﻢْ ﻋِﻨْﺪَ ﺍﻟﻠَّﻪِ ﺃَﺗْﻘَﺎﻛُﻢْ

 “Oh mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you people and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, the most noble of You in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you.” (Al-Hujurat:13)

We have been created in different tribe, race, and nation that we may know each other. Allah emphasizes in this verse that the most noble is the one who is the most righteous. At-Thabari interpreted as follow

ﺇﻥ ﺃﻛﺮﻣﻜﻢ ﺃﻳﻬﺎ ﺍﻟﻨﺎﺱ ﻋﻨﺪ ﺭﺑﻜﻢ ، ﺃﺷﺪﻛﻢ ﺍﺗﻘﺎﺀ ﻟﻪ ﺑﺄﺩﺍﺀ ﻓﺮﺍﺋﻀﻪ ﻭﺍﺟﺘﻨﺎﺏ ﻣﻌﺎﺻﻴﻪ ، ﻻ ﺃﻋﻈﻤﻜﻢ ﺑﻴﺘﺎ ﻭﻻ ﺃﻛﺜﺮﻛﻢ ﻋﺸﻴﺮﺓ

“The most noble in the sight of your Rabb is the one who is the most righteous in doing His command and avoid the immoral, not the one who has the biggest house or the one who has much family” [4]

Even Islam strictly prohibit any form of ta’assub, that is blindly defend on something based on certain tribe, race, or nation, no matter wrong or right, unjust or tyranny.

Take a look on the hadith below, from Jabir bin ‘Abdillah radhiallahu ‘anhu, he said

 ﻛُﻨَّﺎ ﻣَﻊَ ﺍﻟﻨَّﺒِﻰِّ – ﺻﻠﻰ ﺍﻟﻠﻪ ﻋﻠﻴﻪ ﻭﺳﻠﻢ – ﻓِﻰ ﻏَﺰَﺍﺓٍ ﻓَﻜَﺴَﻊَ ﺭَﺟُﻞٌ ﻣِﻦَ ﺍﻟْﻤُﻬَﺎﺟِﺮِﻳﻦَ ﺭَﺟُﻼً ﻣِﻦَ ﺍﻷَﻧْﺼَﺎﺭِ ﻓَﻘَﺎﻝَ ﺍﻷَﻧْﺼَﺎﺭِﻯُّ ﻳَﺎ ﻟَﻸَﻧْﺼَﺎﺭِ ﻭَﻗَﺎﻝَ ﺍﻟْﻤُﻬَﺎﺟِﺮِﻯُّ ﻳَﺎ ﻟَﻠْﻤُﻬَﺎﺟِﺮِﻳﻦَ . ﻓَﻘَﺎﻝَ ﺭَﺳُﻮﻝُ ﺍﻟﻠَّﻪِ – ﺻﻠﻰ ﺍﻟﻠﻪ ﻋﻠﻴﻪ ﻭﺳﻠﻢ – ‏« ﻣَﺎ ﺑَﺎﻝُ ﺩَﻋْﻮَﻯ ﺍﻟْﺠَﺎﻫِﻠِﻴَّﺔِ ‏» . ﻗَﺎﻟُﻮﺍ ﻳَﺎ ﺭَﺳُﻮﻝَ ﺍﻟﻠَّﻪِ ﻛَﺴَﻊَ ﺭَﺟُﻞٌ ﻣِﻦَ ﺍﻟْﻤُﻬَﺎﺟِﺮِﻳﻦَ ﺭَﺟُﻼً ﻣِﻦَ ﺍﻷَﻧْﺼَﺎﺭِ . ﻓَﻘَﺎﻝَ ‏« ﺩَﻋُﻮﻫَﺎ ﻓَﺈِﻧَّﻬَﺎ ﻣُﻨْﺘِﻨَﺔٌ ‏»

 “Once we used to be with the Prophet shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam in Gaza, then there’s a man of the Muhajirin hit the backside of a man of the Anshar. Then the Anshar shouted, “Oh Anshar people (help me).” The man of Muhajirin also shouted,“Oh Muhajirin people (help me).” Then Rasulullah shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam said, “What kind of jahiliyyah exclamation is this!?” They said “Oh Rasulullah, a Muhajirin man has hit the backside of an Anshar man.” He said “leave that kind of thing because it is bad” (hadith Al-Bukhari)

How to Respond the Racism Issue?
Alhamdulillah, we are graced with Islam, although in different tribe, race, and nation but we are all brothers that are united in Islam. Allah says

“Just remember the grace of Allah upon you when you were (in the jahiliyyah time) enemies, then Allah brought your hearts together, by His grace, brothers. (Ali Imran:103)

Foot Note
[1] From Abu Hurairah, he said Rasulullah said to Bilal after having Subuh prayer, “O Bilal, tell me your act that you expect the most the benefit of it in Islam! Because indeed, I heard the voice of your sandals in front me in heaven.” Bilal radiyallahu anhu answered, “There is no any act that I have done, what I expect the benefit in Islam rather than my hope towards my act who always do the sunnah prayer that I able to do in every time after having wudhu perfectly in the day or night. (hadith Muslim)

[2] The Prophet shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam said "Yes, that man is Bilal, the leader of the muadzin and it is not to follow unless the muadzin. The muadzin are the people whom the neck is long in qiyamah.” (hadith Thabrani)

[3] Hadith Ahmad,5:158. Syaikh Syu’aib Al Arnauth said that from the look of other sanad this hadith is valid.

[4] look at the tafsir of Ath-Thabari

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