My inspiration for this post came from recent events that have distressed me very much. It is only through personal experience that one can truly understand the emotional burden of racism.
Racism was highly dominant at the time of our beloved prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم). The Quraysh considered themselves and Arabs in general superior to all humankind. Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم) delivered the message that Arabs neither have more authority nor superiority over non-Arabs:
يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ إِنَّا خَلَقْنَاكُمْ مِنْ ذَكَرٍ وَأُنْثَى وَجَعَلْنَاكُمْ شُعُوبًا وَقَبَائِلَ لِتَعَارَفُوا إِنَّ أَكْرَمَكُمْ عِنْدَ اللَّهِ أَتْقَاكُمْ إِنَّ اللَّهَ عَلِيمٌ خَبِيرٌO mankind! Lo! We have created you from male and female, and have made you nations and tribes that ye may know one another. Lo! the noblest of you, in the sight of Allah, is the best in conduct. Lo! Allah is Knower, Aware. (Holy Quran, 49:13)
So, does it really matter what the colour of our skin is, or where we are from? Are we not all slaves of Allah (swt)?
We all need to establish, in our hearts and minds, the fact that superiority is neither by birth nor colour nor blood, but by God-fearing, righteousness and love.