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Racism

 

Islam seeks to eliminate racism.

 

Allah created all humans and the differences are there to be valued.

 

It says in the Qur?an: ?And among His signs is the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the variations in your languages and your colours; verily in there are signs for those who know.? (Surah Ar Rum, Chapter 30 Verse 22)

 

?O mankind, We created you from a single pair of male and female, and made you in to tribes an nations that you may know each other. Verily, the most honoured of you in the sight of Allah is he who is the most righteous...? (Surah Al Hujurat, Chapter 49 Verse 13)

 

In Islam the differences in colour, tribe, race or traditions are not to be used as reasons for unjust treatment. All humans are equal in the eyes of God with distinction lying only in their actions.

 

Muslims are not a distinct racial or ethnic group but a family united by faith.

 

The most striking example of this equality is during Hajj (Pilgrimage), when people from all over the world gather together in one place, dressed the same, standing side by side to worship Allah.

 

This is not only seen at Hajj but also in our everyday life. In mosques, everyone prays side by side in rows regardless of colour.

 


War

 

  • Like Christianity, Islam permits fighting in self-defence, in defence of religion, or on the part of those who have been expelled forcibly from their homes.
  • It lays down strict rules of combat that include prohibitions against harming civilians and against destroying crops, trees and livestock.
  • As Muslims see it, injustice would be triumphant in the world if good people were not prepared to risk their lives for a righteous cause.

 

One reads in the Qur'an: "Fight in the cause of God against those who fight you, but do not transgress limits. God does not love transgressors." (Surah Al Baqarah, Chapter 2 verse 190)

 

"And fight them until persecution is no more, and religion is for God. But if they desist, then let there be no hostility except against wrongdoers." (Surah Al Baqarah, Chapter 2 verse 193)

 

"If they seek peace, then you seek peace. And trust in God for He is the One that hears and knows all things." (Surah Al Anfal, Chapter 8, verse 61)

 

  • War is therefore the last resort, and is subject to the rigorous conditions laid down by the sacred law.
  • The often misunderstood and overused term jihad literally means "struggle" and not "holy war" (a term not found anywhere in the Qur'an). Jihad, as an Islamic concept, can be on a personal level--inner struggle against evil within oneself; struggle for decency and goodness on the social level; and struggle on the battlefield, if and when necessary.

 

Human Rights

 

  • How does Islam guarantee Human Rights?
Freedom of conscience is laid down by the Qur'an itself: "There is no compulsion in religion. Truth stands out clearly from falsehood; whoever rejects evil and believes in God has grasped the most trustworthy hand-hold that never breaks. And God is All-Hearing and All-Knowing." (Qur'an 2:256)

 

  • The life, honour and property of all citizens in a Muslim society are considered sacred whether the person is Muslim or not. Racism and sexism are incomprehensible to Muslims, for the Qur'an speaks of human equality in the following terms:

 

"O mankind! We created you from a single soul, male and female, and made you into peoples and tribes, so that you may come to know one another. Truly, the most honoured of you in God's sight is the greatest of you in piety. God is All-Knowing, All-Aware." (Qur'an 49:13)




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