Prejudice and discrimination are attitudes that cause people to be treated differently. Prejudice is an incorrect and unjustified attitude towards an individual while discrimination is such a behavior negative towards an individual or group of people especially based on social class, race, or sex. Islam, indeed, is against Prejudice and discrimination.
Holy Prophet(SAWW) rejecting all kinds of discriminations said in his last sermon:
“There is no superiority of Arab over non Arab or of a non Arab over an Arab, and no superiority of a white person over a black person or of a white person over a black person over a white person, Except based on personal piety and righteousness.”
In this article, we will quote Islamic history about Prejudice and discrimination before the arrival of Islam, other non-Muslim world facing Prejudice and discrimination, modern Muslim world observing prejudice and discrimination, and some other aspects.
What Islam Teaches To Humanity
Islam teaches peace, harmony, equality, brotherhood, and fraternity. Islam rejects Prejudice, discrimination, hatred, jealousy, and all other such feelings which cause a disturbance in society. Islam never allows us to ignore human beings even if they are non-Muslims. All human beings have an equal status in Islam, and it doesn’t allow them to force others to accept Islam.
The holy Quran says:
“There shall be no coercion in matters of faith.”
Prayer gives a great lesson of unity for Muslims. Every day Muslims have to offer five times a day, Muslims of all cultures and backgrounds stand shoulder by shoulder without any discrimination in Salat (prayer).
Muslims of different countries, races, and colours all face the same place for prayer. This single basic pillar of Islam puts forward a great lesson to avoid discrimination. Further, the mosque is a place where every Muslim come to offer salat keeping inside Prejudice, disputes, hatred, and discrimination with one another
Is Muslim Ummah A Single Entity?
If we peek into other religions, we hardly find the concept of unity as is in Islam. The concept of Muslim Ummah gives birth to feel the pain of suffering Muslim brethren; it teaches to unite in days of sorrows and pain. It doesn’t matter whether you are black Muslim or white, Kashmiri Muslim or Chechen Muslim who so ever maybe your colour or country, Islam teaches to support the oppressed Muslims. If You cannot help physically just raise hands in prayer to ask for divine help for suffered Muslims. Indeed, this is the weakest manifestation of faith in Islam.
Marriage A Binding Force
If we look into history, we find Prophet(SAWW) married from different races. Marriage is a door to open to other cultures. It ends the cultural tag; it unites Muslims and gives a sense of fraternity. Islamic law allows Muslim males to marry a female of Christians and Judaism except for an idolator. In case, idolator accepts Islam; then there is no restriction on such a marriage. That is why marriage is called a binding force and an excellent source to eradicate discrimination and Prejudice among societies and nations as a whole.
Effects or Results of Prejudice And Discrimination
Indeed, Prejudice and discrimination are social-malice. They are the root causes of many social upheavals like war, crime, murder, and genocide. These lead human beings to harm one another. Education, good relations, and interactions can help to stop these stereotype feelings prevalent among nations. These types of negative beliefs take birth when we become selfish. We stop considering the needs of others. As a result, these types of feelings take birth and lead us towards a chaotic environment. Islam strictly forbids us to be jealous of or to feel negative about any human being.
Islam warns in these words:
“Jealousy and any other stereotype feeling devour your deeds as fire devours the wood.”
These biased feelings must be controlled otherwise this world might become a place of disharmony.
Racial segregation in the United States
This term relates to opportunities, services, facilities in the USA along racial lines. This term also relates to the separation of African Americans from European Americans and ethnic minorities residing over there. Till 1948, black groups were separated from white groups, separate walking, drinking, and eating tracks were made. Separate graveyards were built, white for only white black not allowed. Nowadays, such type of racial discrimination seems to decrease in some areas of American states. But, Americans cannot alleviate this social issue until to date completely.
It is illogical to say all Muslims behave in an ideal way. Most of Muslims are also not following the exact preaches of Islam. It is not surprising all human beings are the abode of errors, so do the Muslims but not Islam, they can also make pitfalls. But, it will be wrong to say Islam supports any malice. It’s founder holy Prophet(SAWW) always practised and taught to avoid Prejudice, discrimination any such other evils in everyday life as already discussed above; these social evils cause destructive effects on relations and happy lives.
There is a very long American history of Prejudice and discrimination prevailing over there for a very long time. American Muslims say they have been experiencing discrimination as American natives look at them with suspicion, single out by airport security, calling with derogatory names, and so forth. Americans accept this truth that Christians suffer the least discrimination. Besides, Leaders Americans can never tolerate the progress of any nation like the rise of China, Japan, and friendly relations between Pakistan and China all are eye-sore for them.