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Race, discrimination and bigotry in Islam

In today’s world, racism has integrated itself into the core fabric of social structures that govern our modern day societies. Do you know the place of racism in Islam?


In today’s world, racism has integrated itself into the core fabric of social structures that govern our modern day societies. It has manifested into one of the most prevalent diseases plaguing human communities today. Not one day goes by where you pick up a newspaper or put on a news channel or tune into the radio, and you are not bombarded with news of racial discrimination, violence, war and terror. One cannot help but wonder about the triggers of such tragic instances prevailing across the globe.

Contrary to popular Western belief, Islam strictly rejects the whole notion of racism and condemns it to its very core. The religion of Islam stands on a solid foundation based on the concept of mutual love and brotherhood, which in essence, out rightly rejects discrimination based on color, race, ethnicity, blood, power or any man-made distinctions, for that matter.

All were created equal in the eyes of Allah (SWT). Islam out rightly rejects favoritism be it in terms of monetary privileges or biological differences. The only distinguishing factors among individuals is their level of faith and piety.

“O mankind, We have created you from a male and a female and have made you into nations and tribes for you to know one another. Truly, the noblest of you with God is the most pious. Truly, God is All-Knowing, All-Aware” (Quran, 49:13)

Equality and justice in Islam leaves no room for injustice and racism to exist. During the Prophet’s (PBUH) time, the problem of racism was purposefully eliminated so the concept of superiority was only valid when it came to a person’s level of fear of Allah (SWT) and his righteousness. Islam places great emphasis on the concept of brotherhood among humans, irrespective of their characteristics and position. Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) highlighted this matter in his last sermon as well, where he said:

“O people! Your God is one and your forefather (Adam) is one. An Arab is not better than a non-Arab and a non-Arab is not better than an Arab, and a red (i.e. white tinged with red) person is not better than a black person and a black person is not better than a red person, except in piety” (Musnad Ahmad, 22978)

The religion of Islam is not confined to any nation, race or ethnicity; it is for the entire human race. It is universal. It brings together the entire human race under one umbrella of equality and unites them in their ultimate purpose of worshipping Allah (SWT) and Allah (SWT) alone. This equality is also practically demonstrated through Islamic practices of worship like Hajj, the annual pilgrimage, where people from all around the globe gather in Makkah with the sole purpose of worshipping Allah (SWT). And they do so, wearing the same piece of cloth, carrying out the same acts of worship and speaking the same words- to further emphasize the fact that at the end of the day, everyone is equal in the eyes of Allah (SWT).

Another point of equality visible in the Islamic realm is the rules and laws governing humans. The laws of prohibition and allowance are directed towards each and every living individual, it is not limited to any group or characteristic. What is lawful for one person is also lawful for the other, and whatever is prohibited for one individual is prohibited for the other as well. All rules and their consequences are applicable upon every human depending on what each individual deserves based on their deeds.

This speaks volumes about the anti-racism sentiment prevalent in the religion that is so dear to us. In truth, racism and any other kinds of man-made discrimination categories, are completely alien to the essence of Islam and what it means to be a true Muslim. Therefore, it is our duty to instill these fundamental beliefs in the coming generations and curb the negativity that is emanated through the practice of racism. No one is higher in rank in front of Allah (SWT) except according to our level of faith and devotion to Allah (SWT).

If you want to raise your rank in comparison to your fellow believers, increase your piety and work towards building a stronger bond with Allah (SWT) instead of running after temporary materialistic gains and monitory benefits. Instead of hatred and injustice, practice love and equality, for Allah (SWT) loves those who love His creation. Condemn racism and promote acceptance and tolerance, for it is our duty as Muslims to play our part, however little, in making this world a better one.


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Miracles of Prophet Muhammad Part 2 FOOD MULTIPLICATION

The Miracle in Wedding Dinner.

A SMALL AMOUNT OF FOOD FED 300 PEOPLE.

Anas b. Malik narrates:

During the feast on the occasion of the Prophet’s (PBUH) marriage to Zaynab bint Jahsh, my mother, Umm Sulaym said to me:

“O Anas! The prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is going to marry today. I think they do not have any food. Bring that oil here!” I brought it. My mum prepared a dish called hays by mixing pure Madinah dates only enough for the apostle of Allah and his wife with oil in an earthenware pot.

“O Anas! Take this dish to the Apostle of Allah and say to Him: ‘My mum has sent this to you. She is sending her kindest regards to you. Say to the apostle of Allah that this is a small and insufficient gift from us for you”.

I took it to the apostle of Allah and said:

“My mum is sending her kindest regards to you. This is a small and insufficient gift from us for you” Read more of this post

Miracles of Prophet Muhammad Part 1 THE WATER SPRINGING OUT FROM AMONGST HIS FINGERS

These are the references to show people who do not know Prophet Muhammad pbuh performed miracles. Source: Hadith of Bukhari and Muslim.


THE WATER SPRINGING OUT FROM AMONGST HIS FINGERS

(1) Narrated Anas bin Malik: saw Allah’s Apostle when the ‘Asr prayer was due and the people searched for water to perform ablution but they could not find it. Later on (a pot full of) water for ablution was brought to Allah’s Apostle. He put his hand in that pot and ordered the people to perform ablution from it.  I SAW THE WATER SPRINGING OUT FROM UNDERNEATH HIS FINGERS  till all of them performed the ablution (it was one of the miracles of the Prophet).  (Book #4, Hadith #170)


(2) Narrated Thabit: Anas said, “The Prophet asked for water and a tumbler with a broad base and no so deep, containing a small quantity of water, was brought to him whereby he put his fingers in it.” Anas further said, ‘NOTICED THE WATER SPRINGING OUT FROM AMONGST HIS FINGERS.” Anas added, ‘ estimated that the people who performed ablution with it numbered between seventy to eighty.”  (Book #4, Hadith #199)
(10) Narrated Salim bin Abi Aj-Jad: Jabir bin ‘Abdullah said, “The people became very thirsty on the day of Al-Hudaibiya (Treaty). A small pot containing some water was in front of the Prophet and when he had finished the ablution, the people rushed towards him. He asked, ‘What is wrong with you?’ They replied, ‘We have no water either for performing ablution or for drinking except what is present in front of you.’ So he placed his hand in that pot and the WATER STARTED FLOWING AMONG HIS FINGERS LIKE SPRINGS. We all drank and performed ablution (from it).” I asked Jabir, “How many were you?” he replied, “Even if we had been one-hundred-thousand, it would have been sufficient for us, but we were fifteen-hundred.”  (Book #56, Hadith #776)
(11) Narrated ‘Abdullah: We used to consider miracles as Allah’s Blessings, but you people consider them to be a warning. Once we were with Allah’s Apostle on a journey, and we ran short of water. He said, “Bring the water remaining with you.” The people brought a utensil containing a little water. He placed his hand in it and said, “Come to the blessed water, and the Blessing is from Allah.”I SAW THE WATER FLOWING FROM AMONG THE FINGERS OF ALLAH’S APOSTLE, and no doubt, we heard the meal glorifying Allah when it was being eaten (by him).  (Book #56, Hadith #779)


The Flowing of Water from his Hand like a Fountain – 3

This is a miracle which was occurred in Buwat Expedition. This is narrated in authentic hadith sources like Bukhari and Muslim. Hazrat Jabir narrates.

“The Apostle of Allah ordered His companions, Tell them to make wudu. However the companions informed Him that there was no any water. The Apostle of Allah (PBUH) said to them Find me a little water”. We brought him a little water. Then he put his hand over that little water and recited something. I had no idea about what he recited. Then, he said: Bring me the big water reservoir of the caravan.”  They brought it to me and I put it in front of the Apostle of Allah. HE PUT HIS HAND INTO THAT AND OPENED HIS FINGERS. I was pouring that little water onto his blessed hand. I SAW THAT TOO MUCH WATER FLEW FROM HIS FINGERS AND THE WATER RESERVOIR WAS FULL. I called those who needed water. All of them came, made wudu and drank from it. And I said to him “There is no one left.”THE APOSTLE OF ALLAH RAISED HIS HAND; THAT WATER RESERVOIR REMAINED FULL.”

Source: Muslim, Zuhd, 74, no. 3013; Ibn Hibban, Sahih, 8:159.


The Flowing of Water from his Hand like a Fountain – 2

Another miracle is narrated by Hazrat Jabir bin Abdullah:

The people were left without water on the Day of Hudaybiya. A group of people came to the Apostle of Allah PBUH) while he was making wudu from the pitcher. The Apostle of Allah asked them:

“What happened to you?”

They answered: “We are ruined O Apostle of Allah! We are ruined O Apostle of Allah!”

The prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said:

“You will not be ruined when I am among you!”

“O Apostle of Allah! We have no water left for making wudu or drinking other than the pitcher you have!”

Upon this, the Apostle of Allah (PBUH) put his hand over the pitcher and said;

“Here you are, In the name of God”. WATER WAS FLOWING FROM HIS FINGERS LIKE BUBBLING FROM A WELL-SPRING!

Muslims both drank water from it and made wudu.

Jabir b. Abdullah was asked:

“At that time, how many people were present there?

Jabir:

“We were a thousand and five hundred!  

Source: Bukhari, Manaqib: 25; Maghazi: 35; Tafsir: Surah Fath, 5; Ashriba: 31; Muslim, Imara: 72, 73; Musnad, 3:329; Ibn Hibban, Sahih, 8:110.


 

Moses Spoke Alone to God on Top of Sinai

The Christians bringing up the case of the witnesses when Prophet Muhammad pbuh got the first revelation from Allah through Angel Gabriel.

The first response I recommend, ask them if there was any witness when Moses facing god on top of the mountain. Here are many verses from their Bible and the commentaries.


Exodus 24

New International Version

The Covenant Confirmed

1Then the Lord said to Moses, “Come up to the Lord, you and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel. You are to worship at a distance, 2- BUT MOSES ALONE IS TO APPROACH THE LORD; THE OTHERS MUST NOT COME NEAR. And the people may not come up with him.”

12-The Lord said to Moses, “Come up to me on the mountain and stay here, and I will give you the tablets of stone with the law and commandments I have written for their instruction.”

13-Then Moses set out with Joshua his aide, and MOSES WENT UP ON THE MOUNTAIN OF GOD (he went up alone). 14-He said to the elders, “WAIT HERE for us until we come back to you. Aaron and Hur are with you, and anyone involved in a dispute can go to them.” Read more of this post

The Glorious Quran’s Moral Code: (100s of them)

From:

http://www.answering-christianity.com/quran_moral_code.htm


With Allah Almighty’s Grace, Mercy and Will, I have gone through the entire Glorious Quran, Word for Word and Verse for Verse, and came up with the list of the Moral Law and Code in our Holy Book.  All Praise and Glory and Thanks are due to Allah Almighty Alone!  The table below can also be used as a Topic Search on the Glorious Quran.  To do word searches on this page, press the “CONTROL” and “F” keys, and type in your topic. 

  • For example, you can search for “bribery” or “bullying”.  Simple word searches won’t find the Noble Verses that contain these topics.  But the table below will.

  • The following are the “Do” and “Do not do” Commands that Muslims are obligated to live by, in the Glorious Quran.  You can also use this website’s www.QuranSearch.com to verify all of the Noble Verses, below.
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    Tafseer Surah an-Nisa Ayah 142

    This is a reference for people who claim Allah is a Deceiver.


    The Hypocrites Try to Deceive Allah and Sway Between Believers and Disbelievers

    The hypocrites fluctuate between emaan and kufr. They pretend to have emaan but in their hearts they have kufr. Why? In order to gain benefits from the Muslims as well as the disbelievers. But what are they actually doing? Deceiving Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. In the beginning of Surat Al-Baqarah it was mentioned,

    يُخَـدِعُونَ اللَّهَ وَالَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا

    “They (think to) deceive Allah and those who believe.” Yukhadioona means to show on the apparent that is contrary to what is inside. In ayah 142, Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala states,

    إِنَّ الْمُنَـفِقِينَ يُخَـدِعُونَ اللَّهَ وَهُوَ خَادِعُهُمْ

    “Verily, the hypocrites seek to deceive Allah, but it is He Who deceives them.”

    There is no doubt that Allah can never be deceived, for He has perfect knowledge of the secrets and what the hearts conceal. However, the hypocrites, due to their ignorance, scarce knowledge and weak minds, think that since they were successful in deceiving people, using Islamic Law as a cover of safety for themselves, they will acquire the same status with Allah on the Day of Resurrection and deceive Him too. Allah states that on that Day, the hypocrites will swear to Him that they were on the path of righteousness and correctness thinking that such statement will benefit them with Allah. Allah’s statement, Read more of this post