By Kaniz Fatma, New Age Islam
05 January 2019
Presenting oneself as superior to
non-Muslims in any way is one of the major sins according to the Sunnah of the
Prophet (peace be upon him), whether this superiority is on the basis of social
status, religion, race, caste, education or finance. The Prophet Muhammad
(peace be upon him) warned us against such superiority.
According to a Hadith, the Prophet said,
“There is no superiority of an Arab over a non-Arab and neither for a non-Arab
over an Arab; also there is no superiority of a white man over a black man,
neither for a black man over a white man except by piety (Taqwa)”.
This Hadith calls upon Muslims to understand
the importance of piety and refrain from the idea of superiority. Indeed one’s
superiority over others will be judged by one’s piety but this judgment can
only be done by God Almighty. Therefore piety can’t be used as a tool for
Muslims to measure themselves against each other.
The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon
him) is reported to have warned against pride which is part of supremacism. He
“No one who has
the weight of a seed of arrogance in his heart will enter Paradise.”
The Muslims should not feel pride in any
way. They can and should thank God Almighty for any blessings or gifts that
they have got in this world. Blessings like good health, good family, good
income, Islamic affiliation, deep relationship with God Almighty come as gifts from
God Almighty. So in reaction to these gifts, one should maintain one’s
humbleness and be thankful to God Almighty.
One of the signs of piety is that the more
piety one gets, the more humble and kind one becomes towards God Almighty and
His creatures. Therefore Muslims should not see themselves above other Muslims
Islam is gift from God towards Muslims, as
He guides whom He wills to His straight path. With this gift, Muslims should be
thankful and keep presenting good example of morality and noble character in
order for non-Muslims to observe the practical beauty of Islam.
Adopting the path of supremacism or waving
the flag of religious superiority is an attitude which keeps the people away
from beauty of Islamic faith.
In order for Muslims to present noble
characters, they should first differentiate between the sin and the sinner.
They can abhor, dislike or disapprove sins like Kufr, Shirk and
disbelief, yet they should not hate the disbeliever or the sinner. They can see
them with the eyes of mercy and compassion. If possibly, they can pray for
their guidance and returning back to God Almighty.
Islam commands Muslims to be modest and
humble so that they can observe the divine beauty in the creatures of God
Almighty. With this observation of the divine beauty, Muslims should never see
themselves above the creatures. Moreover Muslims should follow in the footsteps
of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) who
according to the Quran is “a Mercy to all worlds”.
Therefore, Muslims must see the beloved
Prophet as their role model of mercy, kindness and compassion and follow his
command of noble character and keep away from supremacism.
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I must congratulate myself for finally succeeding in making you
understand the meaning of supremacism. I however feel not quite satisfied
because you think it is the connotation and not the meaning. It is the meaning,
or the meaning explained GM sb, and not its connotation.
And I must congratulate myself once again by making you understand the
meaning of " Islam is the religion of Allah from creation and the religion
brought by 124000 prophets over 70,000 years to all regions of the earth. Islam
is not a new religion or ideology revealed in the Quran. The meaning of
Islam is inclusive of all faith systems that require submitting to Allah (by
any name) which is why people of all faiths have been considered by Islamic
rulers as "People of the Book".
Dim witted that you are, you had to be told specifically that it
includes the Hindus also, but that only includes the monotheists among them, because,
clearly by your dharma and your kalima, polytheism is adharma. And yet, in my below
cited articles, I say categorically without “maybe” and without the safe harbour
“Allah knows best”, that Allah provides a level playing field to those born
into a polytheistic religion and those born into a Muslim home.
Does Allah Provide A Level Playing Field To All The People?
The Momineen and the Kafirin
You have read those articles before and I have cited these once again in
my comment below. Only an idiot would think of someone (rather the only one on
this forum), who says categorically what I say in these articles, as a
GM sb says “Let us remember,
"Sarva dharma sama bhava"”
Oh really? If so, why did the Prophet preach Islam and
displace the Pagan faith? The statement falls flat on its face right here! All
that is dharma (Deen of Allah) however, leads to the same goals, and every Scriptures
based faith system is dharma or deen of Allah.
There are many practices that were/are based on false beliefs
and lead to different outcomes. Going beyond meaningless hypocritical political
slogans, say something meaningful like I have done in my articles:
Does Allah Provide
A Level Playing Field To All The People?
Concept of Unity in the Quran While Celebrating Diversity
Understanding the Religion of Allah through the Ages
The Treachery of Beliefs
No answer to which question? GM sb has run
out of meaningful questions. The old fool has lost his cool after his
ignorance of what "supremacism" means and does not mean has been
What the world needs or does not need and what we must do or not do are
political statements. GM sb is a cheap politician and his comments are hollow
political slogans and the hypocrite that every politician is, what they say is
to make them look good and they will never walk the talk.
As expected, the hypocrite will not walk the talk.
Now, I must give this ignoramus lessons in the English language to make
him understand that being superior, supreme, or enjoying supremacy in any
field, does not make the superior/supreme
The President of India is the supreme commander of the armed forces.
Does that make him a supremacist?
Kant talks about the "supreme principle of morality". Does
that make Kant a supremacist for preaching it and others for following it?
Nations compete for supremacy in sports and athletics when they
participate in the Olympics. Does that make them supremacists?
Tennis, cricket, players compete for the number one ranking or for
supremacy in their field. Are they supremacists?
There are things that the Indian cricket team must fix to sustain
their current supremacy.
Bangalore, Hyderabad and Pune are struggling for supremacy in
providing IT services.
In most democracies, the civilian authority has supremacy over the
Brazil enjoyed supremacy in
foot-ball during the period Pele played for the country.