Most Read in the Category of Racism

1-) about Marriage

A Muslim lady can get married with everyone, except a non Muslim. Also among Muslim nations, she can make a marriage with any nationality she likes. This situation is valid for the Syed families as well.

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2-) Racists In Muslims.

Racism has been forbidden in Islam. It is Haram. And racists will be punished in the here after. But no one knows what the punishment of it is except Allah. Worldly punishment of racism is determined by Islamic courts.

Verses about racism in the Qur’an:

“Mankind! We created you from a male and female, and made you into peoples and tribes so that you might come to know each other. The noblest among you in God's sight is that one of you who best performs his duty. God is All-Knowing, All-Aware. (The Qur'an , 49:13)”

“Those who disbelieve filled their hearts with fanatical rage - the fanatical rage of the Time of Ignorance - and God sent down serenity to His Messenger and to the believers, and obliged them to respect the formula of heedfulness which they had most right to and were most entitled to. God has knowledge of all things. (The Qur'an , 48:26)”

And the text given below is what our Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) told about racism in his last sermon:

 “All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over a black, nor does  a black have any superiority over a white- except by piety and good action. Learn that every Muslim is a brother to every Muslim and that the Muslims constitute one brotherhood. Nothing shall be legitimate to a Muslim, which belongs to a fellow Muslim unless it was given freely and willingly. Do not therefore, do injustice to yourselves.

Remember one day you will appear before Allah and answer for your deeds. So beware, do not stray from the path of righteousness after I am gone.”

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What is the criterion of superiority in the sight of Allah (SWT)? Is there any particular race or nation that Allah (SWT) favors?


3-) How does Islam view Racism?

The following verse forbids racism:

“O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other (not that ye may despise each other). Verily the most honoured of you in the sight of Allah is (he who is) the most righteous of you. And Allah has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things).” (Surah Al-Hujuraat, 13)

In the same surah, the following is stated:

“The Believers are but a single Brotherhood: So make peace and reconciliation between your two (contending) brothers.”

As it is understood from the verses above, God regards only believers as brothers not people of other nations. According to Islam, a person who is not a believer cannot be the heir of his believing father. When there is no belief, worldly, organic and racial relations lose their importance.

The apostle of God (PBUH), who said, “No man is a true believer unless he wants for his brother that which he wants for himself”, guides us about how this verse has a reflection on our realm of deed and emotion.

What should be done when hatred and enmity occur between believers though they are supposed to love each other? The continuation of the verse orders the following: “make peace and reconciliation between your two (contending) brothers.” Let their hostility turn into friendship, love and brotherhood.

Yes, according to the decree of the Qur’an, all believers are brothers of one another. They are a family. On one line. The people who cause separation between them are considered to have worked for enemies knowingly or unknowingly. 

A divine lesson from the surah of Hud: In the event of Noah’s flood, when Noah said, “O God! My son is also from my family. (my breed)” O Noah, he is not from your family (breed).” So a person’s unbeliever and rebellious son is not considered from his breed. Then, an unbeliever from his race cannot be his friend or brother. Here is a related verse from God where there is no room for intentional misinterpretation:

“O ye who believe! Take not for protectors your fathers and your brothers if they love infidelity above faith: if any of you do so they do wrong.” (Surah at-Taubah, 23)

This verse is another explanation of the verse, “The Believers are but a single Brotherhood” in which there is a fine and deep consciousness.

Your father or brother who does not believe is not your friend.

Those who befriend them are considered to have disobeyed the truth and oppressed.

He is considered to have used his sense of love, which is given to him by God as a gift, in the wrong place and oppressed…

He/she caused himself/herself to be put into Hell with his/her wrong decision. He/she has suppressed his/her soul.

By doing so, the unbeliever has a better place than a believer in his/her heart and he/she has become an oppressor with his/her great injustice. 

Allah who is “Malik Yawm  ad-Deen” (The Owner of the Day of ad-Deen) states the following: “The Day whereon neither wealth nor sons will avail. But only he (will prosper) that brings to Allah a sound heart..” (Surah ash-Shuara, 88-89)

Is the relation between the son and father not the first step and the most advanced level of racial closeness? This verse informs us that this closeness will have no value at all on the Day of Judgment. So what value does racism have at this point? On that day, no property or the number of sons of any person will have any value at all.

On that day, the only valid thing will be the Submitted Soul. The pure heart of a person which is submitted to and become the slave of his Creator’s orders. A soul who does not tied his affection to anything but Him. This soul is precious no matter who owns it. And Paradise is the place where the reward is given to the submitted souls. Every believer will be given a position according to his/her ihklas (sincerity), deeds, morals and ambition there. All positions exist there according to these values. There are no separate positions for races in that place.  

4-) What is anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism? Is it appropriate for a Muslim to adopt these ideologies?

Anti-Semitism: It means to bear enmity against the Jewish race. Such an ideology is wrong. It is not right to bear enmity against any race without differentiating between the rightful and the wrong. Such a view does not fit Islam or humanity.

Anti-Zionism: It means to bear enmity against an anarchic Jewish organization which originated among the Jewish people and which asserts the superiority of their race and hence views every unlawful means as legitimate to dominate the world in order to command all the humanity. It is a natural right of everybody to stand up against such an ideology.

Anti-Zionism is true to the degree that anti-Semitism is wrong.