How to End Racism
Recent events remind us that racism remains rampant. Yet we can easily end racism through understanding and education.
People should realise that God created all humans from one couple, thus making the entire human race 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 it its mate; and from the two of them He spread abroad a multitude of men and women (Qur’an 4:1).
Furthermore, we should understand that no race is superior to another. We appreciate a garden having many different flowers because we realise that each adds something to the beauty of the entire arrangement. This is why we do not object to the colour of any flower. In a similar way we can see the world as a garden decorated with people of different colours. Let us appreciate that each variety of people contributes something to the spice 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 Allah1, is the best in conduct (Qur’an 49:13).
The noblest are the best in conduct. Such persons may belong to any race or country. What really matters is their conduct and behaviour. The prophet Muhammad2 publicly declared that Arabs are not superior to non-Arabs, and one colour is not superior to another. In a day when light-skinned people could not imagine a black person as their leader, the prophet appointed a black person, Osama, son of Zaid, as a leader.
As a result of following these teachings, many people have banished racism from their thoughts and actions. You can still see racial harmony today in the mosques of cosmopolitan cities. You will find people of various colours worshipping together, all with equal status before God. Rich or poor, black or white, king or pauper all line up side by side to worship. No special preference is given to anyone based on colour or social status. The leader in a mosque is appointed for his learning in the religious sciences, regardless of skin colour. There is no such concept as a “black mosque” or “white mosque.” Islam removes such destructive concepts.
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