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Muslims Should Refrain From Seeing Themselves as Superior to Non-Muslims

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 said,

“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 or non-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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  • GM sb,  You are dodging the question.
    My explanation is very clear. 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". If you call this supremacism, you are entitled to your opinion.
    I am glad that you made a distinction between "supreme" and "supremacism". The Quran being the last of the revelations and containing the complete and perfected religion, a distinction not enjoyed by any other Scriptures, is supreme among the scriptures. This is not to deny that  the earlier scriptures are also inspired by the same Supreme Allah. I hope you keep the distinction between "supreme" based on objective criteria and "supremacism" which is lording over without justification.
    By Naseer Ahmed - 1/16/2019 11:00:59 PM

  • Naseer sb., 
    If you want to go by your understanding of the verse, you must at the same time admit that you are a supremacist.

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 1/16/2019 2:03:38 PM

  • The verse is from the Quran, and the same for all. It is not different for you and me. It is as follows:
    وَمَن يَبْتَغِ غَيْرَ الْإِسْلَامِ دِينًا فَلَن يُقْبَلَ مِنْهُ وَهُوَ فِي الْآخِرَةِ مِنَ الْخَاسِرِينَ
    The keywords are ghayra (other than)  l-is'lāmi (Islam) dīnan (as religion)
    If you accept the verse, then translate it and show your translation to be accurate.
    By Naseer Ahmed - 1/15/2019 11:05:28 PM

  • For you, the verse 3:85 means: 

    "And whoever desires other than Islam as religion - never will it be accepted from him."

    For me, the verse 3:85 means:
     "And whoever desires a religion which does not require being righteous, just and peaceful - never will it be accepted from him"

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 1/15/2019 2:16:45 PM

  • You tell me what your position is about 3:85. I have already given my understanding of it. 

    Do you believe in it? If you do, how do you translate it?

    By Naseer Ahmed - 1/14/2019 11:03:31 PM

  • Do not read Quran 3:85 alone!  It should be read with Quran 3:86 together.  
    Quran 3:85-86 (Mohsin Khan translation), "...whoever seeks a religion other than Islam, It will never be accepted of him, and in the Hereafter he will be one of the losers."  
    The phrase, whoever seeks a religion other than Islam, could refer to one who seeks either a religion who exercises their faith in Allah or a religion who does not exercise their faith in Allah.
    As the word, Hereafter, in Quran 3:85 can be in paradise, it implies Quran 3:85 should refer to those who cannot enter into paradise.
    Quran 2:62 (Mohsin Khan translation), "Verily!  Those who believe and those who are Jews and christians, and Sabians, whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day and does righteous good deeds shall have their reward with their Lord, on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve."
    As Quran 2:62 mentions those who believe in Allah and does good deeds can proceed to paradise or the so called hereafter in Quran 3:85, the phrase, whoever seeks a religion other than Islam, in Quran 3:85 should refer to those who seek a religion that does not exercise faith in Allah.  This conclusion is confirmed by subsequent verse in Quran 3:86, "(that mentions) How shall Allah guide a people who disbelieved after their belief...".  The phrase, a people who disbelieved after their belief, in Quran 3:86 implies these people believe in Allah yet join another religion without exercising faith in Allah.  Thus, Quran 3:85 does not support Islam has any supremacism over other religions who exercise faith in Allah.  It only comments on those who believe in Allah yet join other religions who does not exercise their faith in Allah.  To them, they are the losers since they will lose benefit in the hereafter or paradise due to they reject to exercise faith in Allah.  Remember!  Only those who have faith in Allah and do good deeds will have the access to paradise.  People might join different religions other than Islam.  As long as they believe in Allah and do good deeds, they will have a place in heaven.  To them, there is no supremacism over each other.
    Quran 3:85 only condemns those who reject faith in Allah join other religions that have nothing to do with Allah.

    By zuma - 1/14/2019 6:50:21 PM

  • Naseer sb. asks, "who are you calling supremacist except the author of verse 3:85?"

    If you believe in 3:85 

    (whoever desires other than Islam as religion - never will it be accepted from him,) you are a supremacist. You can justify your supremacism by saying that your Holy Book recommends it, or you can raise questions about what could God really have meant. I do not think God wants us to be supremacists. I do not even think God demands submission. He demands peace and righteousness. I do not think the word "Islam" means submission. It means peace.

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 1/14/2019 1:40:15 PM

  • Hats Off has picked this forum to show off his cleverness because he would be thrown out of most other forums post haste!

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 1/14/2019 12:02:09 AM

  • So, who are you calling supremacist except the author of verse 3:85?
    I have reproduced exactly what I said. Where is the deception? The deception is his in twisting what I said.
    GM sb cannot distinguish between calling somebody Muslim and the Quran considering all those who submit to Allah (by any name) as Muslim and their religion as Islam which is what I said and established through verses from the Quran.
    It is he who twisted that into calling others Muslim and the Hindus resenting it. He is the one who is lying and is deceptive. He can argue only against his twisted version and therefore twists what I said and fights against his own twisted version.
    By Naseer Ahmed - 1/13/2019 10:31:56 PM

  • when a no true scotsman fights a straw man, all bets are off.
    By hats off! - 1/13/2019 5:41:36 PM

  • Naseer sb. quotes himself and says, "The promise of Allah is to all those who submit to Allah and practice good deeds."

    He forgets that the point of disagreement is that it is not necessary to call devout  Hindus   "Muslims". Is he forgetful or just deceptive?

    And let me repeat what I said before:   
    It is supremacism to say,"If anyone desires a religion other than Islam, never will it be accepted of him." Submission to Allah may be basic in Islam but we cannot lay down the rules for  other religions. If we do, we are supremacists.

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 1/13/2019 1:22:59 PM

  • GM sb now wants to preach to me what I have myself said in my comment and also brought out through my articles based on the Quran! That is exactly what I said in my first comment in this thread:

     The promise of Allah is to all those who submit to Allah and practice good deeds.

    By Naseer Ahmed - 1/5/2019 6:22:35 AM

     That is exactly what I said in three of my articles:

     Is It Possible To Logically Derive A Single Meaning Of Every Verse Of The Quran? Or, Does Allah Provide A Level Playing Field To All The People?

    The Treachery of Beliefs

    The Momineen and the Kafirin

    Whom did you call supremacist then for verse 3:85? This is what you said:

     "The phrase "submission to Allah" is not in 3:85. Out of seven translations, three mention it but four translations just use the word Islam without any qualification. We cannot pretend Islam is just submission and not a complete religion. Hence to say, "Ifanyone desires a religion other than Islam, never will it be accepted of him," is supremacism.

    By Naseer Ahmed - 1/12/2019 10:45:21 PM

  • Naseer sb. says, " It is enough if I and every Muslim consider other devout persons equally as Muslims."

    It will never enter his head to say simply  that all devout persons are equally favored by God. He just does not understand the subtle differences between various ways in which one expresses oneself.

    He again accuses me of calling God a "supremacist", when I have clearly said that God is supreme. Words like "supremacist" may apply to some persons or some religions but not to God. Why does he persist in repeating the same lies again and again?

    Words like kafir are  words that Naseer sb. uses. I do not use them.

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 1/12/2019 1:32:50 PM

  • GM sb will never understand anything! I am not calling others Muslim nor asking them to accept that they are Muslims nor is it necessary for me or others to do so. It is enough if I and every Muslim consider other devout persons equally as Muslims irrespective of the name by which they call God. I was responding to Hats Off's comment "allah or the prophet (sometimes it becomes difficult to understand who is who in the Qur'an) have categorically stated that no other religion except islam is acceptable to them." to explain that the meaning of Islam and Muslim in the Quran is not what you or the bigots among the Muslims think it is, but it is inclusive of all those who submit to Allah by any name.

    You are arguing against this explanation and have even accused the author of verse 3:85 as a supremacist!

    I guess, the most offended by it are not the non-Muslims but the bigots among the Muslims who consider all non-Muslims as kafir who must be scandalized by what I say.

    By Naseer Ahmed - 1/11/2019 10:45:58 PM

  • Just Islamic hypocracy who chanted 5 times this slogan
    la ilaha illallah muhammad rasulullah
    and here preaching others such dialog that Muslims should refrain from seeing themselves as superior to non muslims, what about their sentiments and religious belief.

    By Virat - 1/11/2019 9:06:54 PM

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