Racism & Islam
The Facts about Racism & Islam
by Hisham Zoubeir
Racist against other religions?
"Say: We believe In God, and in what Has been revealed to us And what was revealed To Abraham, Isma'il(Ishmael); Isaac, Jacob, and the tribes, And in (the Books) Given to Moses, Jesus, And the Prophets, From their Lord: We make no distinction Between one and another Among them and to God do we Bow our will( in Islam)." Holy Quran 3:84
"Let there be no compulsion in matters of Religion" Holy Quran 2:256
"Verily, those who believe (in the Quran) And those who follow the Jewish( scriptures) And the Christians and the Sabians, Any who believe in God And the Last Day, And work righteousness Shall have their reward With their Lord; on them Shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve." Holy Quran 2:62
Racism towards other races?
"(The Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca) was an exhilarating experience to see people belonging to different colours, races and nationalities, kings, heads of states and ordinary men from very poor countries all clad in two simple white sheets praying to God without any sense of either pride orinferiority. It was a practical manifestation of the concept of equally inIslam."
Cassius Clay, now Muhammed Ali.
"The Europeans in South Africa dread the advent of Islam, as they( Muslims) claim equality with the white races. They may well dread it. If brotherhood is a sin, if it is equality of the coloured races that they dread, then their dread is well-founded."
Mohandas K. Ghandi
"I have been struck over again by this indivisible unity of Islam that makes a man instinctively a brother. When you meet an Egyptian, an Algerian, an Indian and a Turk in London, what matters is that Egypt is the motherland of one and India is the motherland of another." Sarojini Naidu
"Never have I witnessed such sincere hospitality and the overwhelming spirit of true brotherhood as is practised by people of all colours and races here in this ancient Holy Land, the home of Abraham, Muhammed, and all the other prophets of the Holy Scriptures. For the past week, I have been utterly speechless and spellbound by the graciousness I see displayed all around me by people of all colours."
"Allah is to be praised and thanked for ridding us of the vices and pride of the days of ignorance. O People! Note that all men( the noun includes women as well) are divided in two categories only: the pious and God-fearing who are esteemable in Allah's reckoning, and the transgressors and hard-hearted, who are lowly and contemptible in the eye of Allah."
Prophet Muhammed, peace be upon him.
"O Mankind! Most certainly, it is We( God almighty) who have Created you all From a single (pair) Of a male and a female, And it is we who Have made you into Nations and tribes, That ye may recognise each other (Not that ye may despise each other). Verily, the noblest of you In the sight of Allah Is (he who is) the most Righteous of you."Holy Quran 49:13
"And mankind is naught but a single nation."Holy Quran 2:213
"And among His Signs Is the creation of the heavens And the earth, and the variations In your languages And your colours; verily In that are Signs For those who know."Holy Quran 30:22
"All men(includes women) are equal in Islam, the Arab has no superiority over the non-Arab, nor does the non-Arab have superiority over the Arab, save in the fear of God."
Prophet Muhammed, peace be upon him.
"The extinction of race consciousness as between Muslims is one of the outstanding achievements of Islam, and in the contemporary world there is, as it happens, a crying need for the propagation of this Islamic virtue."Professor A.J. Toynbee in New York 1948
"I hope the time is not far off when I shall be able to unite all the wise and educated men of all the countries and establish a uniform regime based on the principles of the Quran which alone are true and which alone can lead men to happiness."
Islam is not a racist religion, nor does it preach racism. The peoples of other faiths have always enjoyed religious toleration under Islam; when the Jews were being persecuted in the rest of Europe, they found freedom and sanctity in Muslim Spain. Their historians regard that as one of their Golden Eras. In the Muslim countries today, Christians are permitted to practise their faith as freely as any country; the Churches in my home town of Abu Dhabi are large in number, and one of my closest family friends, an Anglican priest. Inter-cultural marriages are common in Islam; I am the composite of five different cultures.
Peace be upon you.