Racism in Islam

{ Monday, February 27, 2012 }
You don't have to be a scholar to know that racism has absolutely no basis in Islam. Yet, some Saudi sheikhs seemed to have been ill on the day they discussed this issue in the madrasa, or they simply chose to forget it.

What caused me to write this post? In light of the controversy around the tweets of Hamza Kashgari, a Saudi sheikh called Abdulaziz Abdullatif  stated that it would be considered a "good deed" to insult Hamza's race, which is Uzbek. If you don't know Hamza Kashgari, he wrote some tweets about the Prophet (pbuh), which were considered disrespectful, and now several Saudi's are calling for his death. Nevermind that he has apologized. He's considered an infidel now that needs to be killed.
I really wonder about Saudi Arabia. It's the cradle of Islam, yet it seems they know nothing about it.
So now, they think that the whole Uzbek race is responsible for what Hamza has done, and they deserve to be slandered and insulted. Is it just me, or does the word "Nazi Germany" come up in one's mind when reading this?

One doesn't need to be an expert in Islam to know how wrong all of this is.
First, Shariah law states that an apostate (if Hamza is to be considered as such) has the right to change his mind and become Muslim again. He shouldn't be harmed in that case. I think the ample apologies Hamza wrote are proof enough. Yet, Saudi sheikhs keep on calling for him to be tried in front of a Shariah court (or the Saudi version of it).

"Say: O My servants who have transgressed against their own souls, despair not of the mercy of Allah. Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. Truly, He is Most Forgiving, Most Merciful." (Surah az-Zumar 39:53) 

And who can forgive sins except Allah? (Surah Ali Imran 3:135)

Then, on insulting Hamza's race.

First, everyone is responsible for their own deeds.

 "Whoever goes right, then he goes right only for the benefit of his ownself. And whoever goes astray, then he goes astray to his own loss. No one laden with burdens can bear another’s burden…" (Al-Isra',15)

 "Whosoever does righteous good deed it is for (the benefit of) his ownself, and whosoever does evil, it is against his ownself, and your Lord is not at all unjust to (His) slaves." (Fussilat, 46)

 "And no bearer of burdens shall bear another’s burden, and if one heavily laden calls another to (bear) his load, nothing of it will be lifted even though he be near of kin…" (Fatir,18)

Second, it doesn't befit a Muslim to slander another person (Muslim or not), at all.

The Messenger of Allah ﷺ (peace be upon him) said:“A true believer does not taunt or curse or abuse or talk indecently.” (At-Tirmidhi)

“The servants of the Merciful are those who walk upon the earth easily and when the ignorant address them harshly, they say words of peace,” (Qur’an, 25:63)

"Be kind, as Allah has been kind to you" (Al Qasas, 28:77)

And do not backbite, would one of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother; you would surely hate it (so you should likewise hate backbiting) [Al Quran 49:12].

the Prophet (peace be upon him) says: The strong man is not the good wrestler, but the strong man is he who controls himself when he is angry.

the Prophet (peace be upon him), said to one of the Sahabah: ``You have two qualities which Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta'alaa) likes and loves: one is mildness and the other is toleration''.

And last, and this counts for more than just one person in Saudi: There is no place for racism in Islam. No, you are not better than Indians, Pakistani's, Asians or whatever race just because you're Saudi. Now would you please get over yourselves, because I don't care which tribe you're from, and neither does God. 

“Verily Allah does not look to your faces and your wealth but He looks to your heart and to your deeds.” (Muslim)

The Prophet (pbuh) said: “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 black nor a black has any superiority over white except by piety and good action. Learn that every Muslim is a brother to every Muslim and that the Muslims constitute one brotherhood.”

SubhanAllah, that person calls himself a sheikh, yet it's so easy to prove him wrong. Shame on you! May Allah swt guide all racists like you to the straight path, ameen!


HijabRockers said...

Seriously it's an individual thing. Got nothing to do with his race. May Allah gives hedayat.

SS said...

These thoughts only complicates your fragile belief in Islam...don’t think negatively about something which is not at all effects you life..
You can criticize culture and other stuffs...but any harm on prophet and Quran is little bit serious...more over we are not learned enough to tackle those sensitive matters..Leave it to the scholars…you are only in your 20’s…why these serious matters on religion bothers you when you are still a learner struggling to adjust your new belief?.

ARE YOU ATLAS OF THE WORLD?..Carrying the world on your head?.

Muslim Butterfly said...

Regardless of individual thing or race thing, who are we to play judge and take his life? Only Allah (swt) can decide to take that life or not.

Becky said...

I hate racism, this kind of behaviour disgusts me.

Safiyah said...

@ SS, On the contrary, it has nothing at all to do with Islam. I feel negatively because it's about racism and prejudice, and I think I'm "learned" enough to recognise that when I see it. I don't call this sheikh a scholar either. Why would we call someone a scholar who has no knowledge?

@ HijabRockers, Muslim Butterfly and Becky: I very much agree with you!

DD said...

I've heard through the grapevine that whoever insults the Prophet (saaw) is to be killed regardless of whether he repented or not. Allahu Alam. Something interesting to look into anyway.
Racism is totally haram and satanic in origin! I hate it and completely don't understand it..

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