Racism and Prejudice continues to be a hot topic today, despite efforts to denounce racism throughout the world, it still exists to varying degrees, most of which is very subtle these days. During March of 2005, a workshop was created to discuss racism and prejudice in N. Ireland, an area which has seen great turmoil in the way of paramilitary war and terror, but recently has become steeped in racism as immigration has accelerated with the end of the troubles in N. Ireland. As it was noted on the internet, “It’s perhaps the only city in the western hemisphere were the estate agents actually carry advertisements clearly stating “no blacks, chinese, indian, pakistani, etc etc”. Belfast has been labelled by the European Union as the most racist city in Europe and by the United Nations as the most racist city in the world. This programme was sponsored by a government funded function to discuss racism and prejudice, and in this case – hear what Islam says about the topic.
Allah, the Majestic mentions:
And among His Signs is the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the difference of your languages and colours. Verily, in that are indeed signs for men of sound knowledge. (ar-Rum, 30:22)
O mankind! We have created you from a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know one another. Verily, the most honourable of you with Allâh is that (believer) who has At-Taqwa [i.e. pious) . Verily, Allah is All-Knowing, All-Aware. (Al-Hujurat 49:13)
He it is Who shapes you in the wombs as He pleases. La ilaha illa Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He), the All-Mighty, the All-Wise. (Aali Imran 3:6)
Allah, it is He Who has made for you the earth as a dwelling place and the sky as a canopy, and has given you shape and made your shapes good (looking) and has provided you with good things. That is Allâh, your Lord, then blessed be Allâh, the Lord of the ‘Alamîn (mankind, jinns and all that exists). (Ghafir 40:64)
He has created the heavens and the earth with truth, and He shaped you and made good your shapes, and to Him is the final Return (At-Taghabun 64:3)
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