- Almighty Allaah told Prophet Muhammad to tell his followers, “know me before you worship me, because how will someone worship me if does not know me (that is what Allaah likes and abhors)
- A Muslim (both male and female) is an individual who is always hungry and thirsty to learn more about the teachings of the Glorious Qur’an and Hadeeth of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon his noble soul)
Islaam places so much emphasis on knowledge in order to the guide the day-to-day activities of Muslims. This is why the first five Aayaat (verses) revealed to Prophet Muhammad in the Cave of Hiraa’ in modern day Makkah in Saudi Arabia is about knowledge.
The topic of this article is not on knowledge, but the issue of discourse is based on knowledge, as ethnic jingoism, racial discrimination and religious bigotry, among related issues bedeviling the world, is because so many Muslims just do not know what their religion teaches them. Suffice to say that people of other religions also suffer from the same malady.
Almighty Allaah succinctly elaborated on love for every human being based on his character and consciousness to Allaah, but not on ethnicity or race. The purpose of coming from different race or ethnic group is simply for identification.
In Suuratul Hujuraah, Aya 13, that is Chapter 49, verse 13 of the Glorious Qur’an, Almighty Allaah addressed the issue of racism, tribal sentiment and ethnocentrism, among others, where He told mankind that the person who is most conscious about his Creator is the most honourable. This implies that Allaah is interested in people with piety, but not those who are tribalistic or racist.
Prophet Muhammad also advised Muslims against ethnocentrism. The Prophet of Allaah made it known that anyone who is racist, tribalistic or ethnocentric is not part of the true Muslims.
On the issue of religious bigotry, extremism and extremist views, Allaah made it known in Suuratul Baqara, Aya 256 of His Book (chapter 2, verse 256) that “there is no compulsion in religion.” Muslims and people of other faith should not coerce or force anyone against his will to practise their religious beliefs.
To cap it up, Islaam frowns at all manners of behaviours that would compel people to do things against their will as well as downgrading people, who are not of our skin colour, language, among other things which differentiate us.