This is how the Quran condemns racism.

This is how the Quran condemns racism.

Racism is a belief that favors discrimination of all different sorts. It’s a
belief that all members of each race possess characteristics, abilities,
or qualities that distinguish the race as inferior or superior to another
race or races. It’s a prejudice, discrimination directed against other
races resulting from the false sense of superiority and the baseless
hatred against a particular race, group, language, culture, or ethnicity.
• To quote Scott Woods, “Racism is a complex system of social and
political levers and pulleys set up generations ago to continue
working on the behalf of whites at other people’s expense, whether
whites know/like it or not. Racism is an insidious cultural disease.
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Mishary Alafasy

June 30, 2020
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    Racism and its history • Racism is a belief that

    favors discrimination of all different sorts. It’s a belief that all members of each race possess characteristics, abilities, or qualities that distinguish the race as inferior or superior to another race or races. It’s a prejudice, discrimination directed against other races resulting from the false sense of superiority and the baseless hatred against a particular race, group, language, culture, or ethnicity. • To quote Scott Woods, “Racism is a complex system of social and political levers and pulleys set up generations ago to continue working on the behalf of whites at other people’s expense, whether whites know/like it or not. Racism is an insidious cultural disease.
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    • It is so insidious that it doesn’t care if

    you are a white person who likes black people; it’s still going to find a way to infect how you deal with people who don’t look like you. Yes, racism looks like hate, but hate is just one manifestation. Privilege is another. Access is another. Ignorance is another. Apathy is another. And so on. So while I agree with people who say no one is born racist, it remains a powerful system that we’re immediately born into. It’s like being born into air: you take it in as soon as you breathe. It’s not a cold that you can get over. • There is no anti-racist certification class. It’s a set of socioeconomic traps and cultural values that are fired up every time we interact with the world. It is a thing you have to keep scooping out of the boat of your life to keep from drowning in it. I know it’s hard work, but it’s the price you pay for owning everything.”
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    Holy Quran and Racism • Islam is known as a

    faith for all people and for all times. Allah tells us that the diversity of life, and the various languages and colors of human beings, is a sign of Allah’s majesty, and a lesson for us to learn about humility, equality, and the appreciation of differences. There is no room for racism in Islam. If you read the holy text with translation, you will know how Islam heavily condemns racism. It is an absolute guide for everyone. For those it is hard to take out some time from their busy routines to sit down and read it with translation are recommended to learn Quran online. The following verse of the Holy Quran preaches diversity and hence denounces racism.
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    • "And among His wonders is the creation of the

    heavens and the earth, and the diversity of your tongues and colors. For in this, behold, there are messages indeed for all who are possessed of innate knowledge!" • The holy Quran preaches equality. Islam conveys a message that everybody is equal regardless of their religious beliefs, language, culture and traditions, skin color, and ethnicity, etc. There is discrimination based on any such factors among humans. We all are creations of Allah. The sayings of prophets make it even more clear that Islam is an all-inclusive religion. In the following hadith, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) says, • "O people, your Lord is one and your father Adam is one. There is no favor of an Arab over a foreigner, nor a foreigner over an Arab, and neither white skin over black skin, nor black skin over white skin, except by righteousness. Have I not delivered the message?"
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    Inclusivity • The Holy Book of Allah is brimming with

    the verses that carry the message of inclusivity. With its inclusivity, Islam not only rebukes racism and all kinds of discrimination but also sends a loud message that all humans are equal. The Glorious Qur’an has abolished racism in a clear-cut categorical manner. In surat Al-Hujrat, verse 13, we read: • ‘O mankind! We have created you from a single male and female and made you into nations and tribes so that you may know each other. The most honorable of you in the sight of Allah are surety the righteous.” • Islam with its universal concept of this brotherhood and equality rejects all man-made marks of distinction. Racism brings nothing but destruction and war. It results from unfound hatred destroys the life of not only the one who gets discriminated against but also the one who discriminates. There is nothing good in it for anyone. The skin color of humans can never be a marker of distinction nor any other factor for that matter. The following verse is another rebuke to racism based on color.
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    • “Do you not see that Allah sends down rain

    from the sky? With it, we then bring out produce of various colors. And in the mountains are tracts white and red, of various shades of color, and black intense in hue. And so amongst men, and crawling creatures, and cattle – they are of various colors. Those truly fear Allah, among His Servants, who have knowledge. For Allah is Exalted in Might, Oft-Forgiving” (Quran 35:27-28). • Racism divides people into ‘us’ and ‘them,’ based one’s color and caste. And it happens when people feel that it’s acceptable to treat others badly as they go about their daily lives. • God created us from a man and a woman meaning that we are all the same. Moreover, we are created through the same process, not in a manner in which some are created with a better mechanism than others.
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    • The racism today continues to exist on different human

    levels. The holy with its elaborate verses strictly rebuke racism based on any factor. No one is made superior. Everyone is equal in the sight of Allah. The only distinction, however, is based on the righteousness of a person. In different ways and through different messages, the Holy Quran abhors and criticizes the racism completely. In the Quran, Allah says, • “And among His wonders is this: He creates you out of dust, and then, behold! You become human beings ranging far and wide!” (Quran 30:20).