On this episode of Islamic Faith in Focus with Imam Hassan, following on last week’s episode, he addresses hate and racism from the Islamic perspective.
Imam Hassan says that hate and racism has no place in Islam or in a Muslims heart. He emphasizes his point by quoting the Quran chapter 49, verse 13, that says “O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you. Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Acquainted.”
He goes on to recall an assignment that he would give to his students in his sociology class where they had to interview another student from a different ethnic background. He noticed that with his students this assignment would breakdown various walls and expectations, he goes on to say that one student who did this assignment is still good friends with another student to this very day.
The Imam goes on to quote another verse from the Quran pointing out that we, as Muslims, are taught that it is wrong to dislike someone based on the color of their skin – we need to treat every human equally, regardless of their race, sexually orientation, gender, background, or faith.
Imam Hassan also cites the last sermon of the Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) where he stated “Remember, one day you will appear before ALLAH and answer your deeds. So beware, do not stray from the path of righteousness after I am gone.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 (taqwa) and good action.”
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