Prophet Mohammed (Peace be upon him) chose Bilal (may Allah be pleased with him) a black Muslim to give the first ever ‘Adhan’ (the call to prayer) at a time when black people were slaves and not even considered as human beings and were regarded as little more than chattel

Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) 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 white person is not better than a black person and a black person is not better than a white person, except in piety”.

In prayers since the time of Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him), all Muslims stand together irrespective of their color, race, wealth or social standing and there is no difference between the wealthiest or the poor in front of Allah.

Islam is a religion that is premised on universal brotherhood because the origin of all humanity is the same- the parents Adam and Eve, and the Creator of all humans is the same-Allah: And of His signs is the creation of the heavens and the earth and the diversity of your languages and your colors. Indeed in that are signs for those of knowledge. (The Quran, Chapter 30 Verse 22).

Allah admonishes people who cause division and strife, and tells us “not be divided among yourselves” (The Quran, Chapter 3 Verse 103).

The diversity of skin colors, facial features, and physical build are not the basis upon which humans should judge one another. The supremacy of one person over another is to be based purely on their deeds rather than anything else.

Prophet Mohammed’s life (peace be upon him) is an example of how Muslims need to treat each other as well as their fellow beings, irrespective of religion. There are several hadees relating his excellent treatment of neighbors and companions who were different from him in their race, physical characteristics and religion.

Islam has provided a great example of how racism can be ended.  The annual pilgrimage (Hajj) to Makkah shows the real Islamic brotherhood of all races and nations, when more than 2 million Muslims from all over the world come to Makkah to perform the pilgrimage every year.

As Muslims let’s stand united against racism, share and spread this message with your family and friends.