Saturday, July 28, 2012

Islam is Totally Against Racism

Allah said: ‘What prevented you (O Satan) that you did not prostrate when I commanded you?’ Iblees (the Satan) replied: ‘I am better than him (Adam). You created me from fire, and him You created from clay.” (Quran 7:12)

So begins the history of racism. Satan thought himself superior to Adam on account of his origins.

Likewise every Prophet ( IN ALMOST EVERY RELIGION) was sent exclusively to his own people, every Prophet, that is, except Muhammad (PEACE BE UPON HIM)

“Say (O Muhammad): ‘O People! I am the Messenger of God sent to you all…’” (Quran 7:158)
As Muhammad was God’s final Prophet and Messenger, his mission was a universal one, intended for not only his own nation, the ARABS, but all the peoples of the WORLD. The Prophet said:

“Every other Prophet was sent to his nation exclusively, while I have been sent to all of humanity.” (Saheeh Al-Bukhari)

“And We have not sent you (O Muhammad) except as a bearer of glad tidings and a Warner to all mankind, but most of people know not.” (Quran 34:28)

One of the first to accept Islam was an Abyssinian slave named Bilal. Traditionally, black Africans were a lowly people in the sight of Arabs who thought them to be of little use beyond entertainment and slavery. When Bilal embraced Islam, his pagan master had him brutally tortured in the scorching desert heat until Abu Bakr, the Prophet’s closest friend, rescued him by buying his freedom.
The Prophet appointed Bilal to call the believers to prayer. The athan heard from minarets in every corner of the world since, echoes the exact same words recited by Bilal. Thus, a onetime lowly slave won a unique honor as Islam’s first muezzin.

Quite often, religion has been used to justify racism. Judaism, for example, despite its Middle­-Eastern origins, is readily passed off as a Western religion; but the entry of Jews into all levels of Western society actually betrays Judaism’s elitist reality. A pious reading of the bible verse:
“There is no God in all the world but in Israel.” (2 Kings 5:15)
…would be to suggest that in those days God, or God, was not worshipped except by Israelites. However, Judaism today remains centered around its boast of ‘chosen’ racial superiority.

“Say: ‘O Jews! If you pretend that you are the beloved slaves of God to the exclusion of the rest of humanity, then long for death if you are really truthful.’” (Quran 62:6)
“And (remember) when Jesus, son of Mary, said: ‘O Children of Israel! I am the Messenger of God sent unto you, confirming the Torah before me and bearing glad tidings of a Messenger after me whose name shall be Ahmad[2]...’” (Quran 61:6)

Its roots go back hundreds of years, almost a 1000 years- a time when Hinduism and its influence on politics was at its prime.
Hindus were originally divided into Varnas. Varna refers to how light or dark your skin is. The priests and those in charge of translating the vast Hindu scriptures (they literally put the rest of the world's religions to shame in terms of the volume) also happened to be rather light skinned. They called themselves Aryans
“And indeed We have honored the Children of Adam...” (Quran 17:70) Yet, Islam ordained that a slave could himself be ruler! The Prophet ( PEACE BE UPON HIM) ordered:

“Obey your ruler even if he be an Abyssinian slave.” (Ahmad)

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