Ethno-Centric and Religio-Centric Discrimination vs. Islam

Racism is one of the severe diseases of human society in this age. When Allah's (swt) Messenger, upon him be peace and blessings, was raised as a Prophet, the same kind of racism, under the name of tribalism, was prevalent in Mecca. The Quraish considered themselves in particular, and Arabs in general, superior to all the other peoples of the world. Allah's (swt) Messenger came with the Divine Message and proclaimed that no Arab is superior over a non-Arab, and no white is superior over black and superiority is by righteousness and God-fearing alone (Surat Al-Hujurat, 49:13). He also declared that even if an Abyssinian Black Muslim were to rule over Muslims, he should be obeyed. Allah's (SWT) Messenger eradicated the problem of racial or colour discrimination so successfully that superiority is not by birth or colour or blood, but by God-fearing and righteousness. The message of Islam is for the entire human race. Unfortunately, many people...including Muslims of various ethnic and sectarian groups discriminate against one another. This of course is un-Islamic and leads to the downfall of the transgressor, because "Allah (swt) does not like the transgressor". Allaho A'alam.

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