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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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?
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
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 Treachery of Beliefs
The Momineen and the Kafirin
Whom did you call supremacist then for verse 3:85? This is
what you said:
"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.