Wednesday, January 12, 2011

So,what color are you?

I love this photo! Other than cute, it is so meaningful. The picture shows that Islam unites people around the world, no matter what's color you are or what's language you used to speak and yeah, Islam not considering race or lineage as determining factors in distinguishing people.

"O mankind! Be careful of your duty to your Lord Who created you from a single soul and from it created its mate and from them twain hath spread abroad a multitude of men and women." (The Holy Qur'an, Chapter 4(An-Nisa'): Verse 1)

"And it is a sign of Allah that he created the heavens and the earth And He created the diversity of languages and colors" [The Holy Qur'an,Chapter 30 (Ar-Rum) : Verse 30;22]

However, its criterion is piety and righteousness. Allah Almighty says:

'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." [The Holy Qur'an, Chapter 49 (Al-Hujurat) : Verse 13]

Even the Prophet's companions after embracing Islam, they called themselves Muslims. Only Muslims. They're so cool, don't you think so?  They never differentiated themselves from any other Muslim who is from different race even there were some companions who were non-Arabs, like Suhayb, who is from Rome , He did not address himself as Roman Muslim. Neither did Bilal(r.a). Did he call himself as African or Abisynian Muslim? No!

They are nothing but names which you yourselves have given, you and your forefathers. God has sent down no authority for them. They are following nothing but conjecture and what their own selves desire. And that when guidance has reached them from their Lord! [The Holy Qur'an, Chapter 53 (An-Najm) : Verse 23]

Once there's a man visited the Prophet's masjid in Madinah. He saw a group of people sitting and discussing their faith together. So he went to join the conversation. Among them were Salman (who came from Persia,Iran now ), Suhayb who grew up in the Eastern Roman empire and was regarded as a Greek, and Bilal who was an African. The man then said:

"If the (Madinan) tribes of Aws and Khazraj support Muhammad, they are his people (that is, Arabs like him). But what are these people doing here?"

The Prophet was so upset when this was reported to him. Straightaway, he went to the masjid and summoned people to a Salat. He then addressed them saying:

"O people, know that the Lord and Sustainer is One. Your ancestor is one, your faith is one. The Arabism of anyone of you is not from your mother or father. It is no more than a tongue (language). Whoever speaks Arabic is an Arab." 
(As quoted in Islam The Natural Way by Abdul Wahid Hamid p. 125

Other then this, there are many hadith, which repeatedly strike on the Arab pride of jahiliyyah. Arabs before Islam used to look down upon others especially blacks people. The Prophet repeatedly contrasted the believing Africans versus non-believing Arab nobles.

The Prophet said: You should listen to and obey your ruler even if he was an Ethiopian slave whose head looked like a raisin (Bukhari).
Now lets ponder on this: When the Muslims conquered Makkah, victorious after years of persecution, then war with the non-believing Quraysh, the Prophet went straight to the Kaba. This was the height of the victory of Islam. He brought some other Muslims with him. He could have chosen only Muslims from the Quraysh, people of his own ethnic and tribal background. He also could have chosen only Arabs or only those of the old noble classes. 
But two of the people who entered the Kaba with the Prophet were Bilal ibn Rabah and Zaid ibn Haritha. Bilal, an African and a former slave. Zaid was also not of high status from the tribal Quraysh point of view. Then entered a Qurayshi, Abdullah bin Omar, may Allah be pleased with all of them. On this day of victory, success and happiness was for all Muslims, no matter who they were or where they come from.

It is confirmed in the narration of the two freedmen among the Companions who quarreled, whereupon each one hurled at the other the name of his ethnic origin by way of insult, namely: "You Copt!" and "You Abyssinian!" Hearing this, the Prophet (saws) said to them: "Stop this, for you are now both from Aal(family) Muhammad." (Abu al-Yusr `Abidin _al-Qawl al-Wathiq fi Amr al-Raqiq_ citing al-Sayyid al-Hifni's _ al-Jawahir al-Hisan fi Tarikh al-Habashan)

'The Prophet said: 'Indeed my friends and allies are not the tribe of so and so. Rather, my friends and allies are the pious wherever they may be.'

Can you imagine if the Prophet and his companions just care about their tribe, Islam would never reach your country, it will just stay in Arab land and for Arabs. Does it makes sense to you? We are Muslim, we are brothers and sisters by Aqidah. Support each other, love each other by recommend good deeds and avoid bad deeds. Never look down to others as you don't know, he/she might be much better than you in Allah's sight. Allahua'lam.



  1. ASalamu ailakuam! I just found your blog through Sisterswhoblog :)I really liked this post, ma'shaAllah <3

  2. Waalaykumsalamwarahmatullah sister, hey thanks for dropping by :)
    Feel free to share inshaallah

  3. Assalam walaikum wr wb ..
    Loveeeeeeeeeeed Your Blog sister ^_^
    May Allah Subhana Wa Ta'ala always Bless you :)

  4. Waalaykumsalamwarahmatullah..hey thanks my adorable sister! amieeen thumma amien :) ^_^


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