Racism and the Evil of Man's Superiority over Man from an Islamic Perspective
The topic of racism has no basis in Islam. The Prophet (peace be upon him and mercy of God) is reported as to having said: * "There is no superiority of the white over the black, nor of the black over the white". In Islam, all are equal; only one who is more righteous is better in the sight of God, and God alone will decide who is really righteous.
The diversity nurtured in human nature described by Quran is for enabling human beings to develop their relations up to the best extant to the human values but we witness a kind of barrier and different kind of hostilities amongst the human fellows. Although Quran has ordained the respect for the individuality of each human being but the misunderstanding or the scant pondering capabilities cause the severe damages in the relations of human beings and sometimes the clashes explicitly attack the dignity and values of the human fellows. The pre-Islamic (Period of Folly) superiority of man over man has been condemned in the noble text of Quran by describing entire humanity a progeny of a single man. And more particularly Quran has mentioned the status of the human community by citing their values based on piety rather than based on color, ethnicity, region and languages. Thus, this status of equality even within the entire humanity eliminates the sense of superiority of man over man.
Keywords: Racism,Superiority,human community,values,color,ethnicity,region,language.
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences, International Islamic University Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Marrital status: married with 5 kids.
Lecturer, Faculty of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences, International Islamic University Malaysia.
Religious studies and their intergration in the Humanities.