Saturday, May 8, 2010

How to End Racism


How to End Racism

Recent events remind us that racism remains rampant. How can it end? Only understanding and education can end racism. People must realize that God created all humans from one couple. The entire human race is therefore one large extended family. God says: O mankind! Be careful of your duty to your Lord who created you from a single soul and from its mate; and from the two of them He spread abroad a multitude of men and women (Qur'an 4:1).

Furthermore, we must understand that no race is superior to another. When we see a garden with many different flowers we apperciate the beauty of the entire arrangement. We do not object to the color of any flower since we realize that each contributes something to the beauty of the garden. In a similar way we may see the world as a garden decorated with people of different colors. Let us appreciate that each variety of people contributes something to the spe of life in this world. God says: O mankind! We have created you male and female, and have made you nations and tribes that you may know each other. The noblest of you, in the sight of Allah is the best in conduct" (Qur'an 49:13).

The noblest is the best in conduct. Such people may belong to any race or country. What really matters is their conduct and behavior. This is why the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) in a public address said that the Arabs are not superior to the non-Arabs, and one color is not superior to the another. He also said that people should obey their leader even if he is a black person. He himself appointed a black person, Osamah, son of Zaid, to lead a Muslim task force. As a result of following these teachings, many people are able to end racism in their thoughts and actions. You can still see racial harmony today in the mosques of cosmopolitan cities. There you will find people of various colors worshipping together, all with equal status before God. Rich or poor, black or whit king or pauper all line up side by side to worship. No special preference is given to anyone based on color, or social status. In many mosques the leader is black and the followers white. There is no such concept as a "black mosque" or "white mosque" Islam removes such destructive concepts.

Source :

Please  visit my new ISLAMIC BLOG

No comments:


Related Posts with Thumbnails