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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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  • 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 supremacist.

    By Naseer Ahmed - 1/23/2019 11:26:40 PM

  • Naseer sb.,
    It is good to see that you have at last understood the connotation of the word 'supremacist'. Congratulations!
    It is also generous of you to grant legitimacy to Hinduism.

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 1/23/2019 1:40:38 PM

  • It amazes me that you have still not understood that the state of being supreme or enjoying supremacy in any field does not make the one who is supreme or the one who enjoys supremacy a supremacist.

    A supremacist on the other hand may neither be supreme or enjoy any supremacy. When he/they does/do enjoy supremacy, supremacism would be lording over others unjustifiably.

    Do the Hindus not believe that their dharma comes from Parmatma through those who have meditated and have come close to the Divine? Doe they not believe their scriptures to be divinely inspired and even the uncreated word?

    By Naseer Ahmed - 1/22/2019 10:11:47 PM

  • Naseer sb.,

    Who gave you the right to decide what is true dharma and what is false dharma? For Hindus to believe in their dharma, do they need permission from the mullahs?

    And how is it that you fail to acknowledge that you had made a fool of yourself on the question of supremacism. As I had said earlier your arguments on the matter would make even a school kid laugh. In fact your arguments made no sense whatever.

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 1/22/2019 12:22:05 PM

  • The old fool fails to notice that unless Dharma is defined as the religion of Allah, it is meaningless.
    What is trashed is the notion that all that goes in the name of dharma is dharma. As long as people follow the religion of Allah as their dharma, it leads them to the same goal.

    The dharma of the Pagan Arabs was not the religion of Allah and their dharma could not lead to the same goal which is why it was replaced by the religion of Allah.

    This fool will not understand the simplest of things!

    Is it not GM sb who has made a fool of himself with his notions of supremacism?  He appears to have not realized it. It takes time to sink into his head if at all it will. Truly there is no fool like an old fool.

    By Naseer Ahmed - 1/21/2019 10:18:46 PM

  • Naseer sb., after making a fool of himself on the question of supremacism, is now resorting to personal abuse to divert our attention!

    In one sentence he trashes the saying, "Sarva dharma sama bhava", but in the next sentence he goes on to endorse it! He seems to have lost his bearings.

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 1/21/2019 5:06:16 PM

  • 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?

    The Momineen and the Kafirin

    The Concept of Unity in the Quran While Celebrating Diversity

    Understanding the Religion of Allah through the Ages

    The Treachery of Beliefs

    By Naseer Ahmed - 1/21/2019 12:33:41 AM

  • 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 completely exposed.

     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.

    By Naseer Ahmed - 1/20/2019 11:22:53 PM

  • Naseer sb. has no answer so he again resorts to personal abuse. He ties himself into knots trying to distinguish between  being superior, supreme,  enjoying supremacy, and  being a supremacist,  with arguments that even a high school kid would laugh at. He sees no difference between claims of supremacy based on facts or logic,  and claims of supremacy made arbitrarily on behalf of faith systems which are not evidence-based but faith-based. He is not serving the cause of Islam with his grandiloquence which, in fact, Islam does not even need. The last thing that our world needs now is religions vying with each other trying to claim supremacy.
    Let us remember,  "Sarva dharma sama bhava".

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 1/20/2019 1:52:39 PM

  • 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  a  supremacist!

     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 military.

     Brazil enjoyed supremacy in foot-ball during the period Pele played for the country. 

    By Naseer Ahmed - 1/19/2019 10:39:39 PM

  • Poor Naseer sb. is again reduced to making  personal insults. He thinks denouncing supremacism is equivalent to asserting political correctness! He cannot understand that supremacism in matters of religion is an unmitigated evil. 

    It is true that evangelists and dawa mongers touted the superiority of their belief systems but in today's world such tactics will be frowned upon. Dawas now shall emphasize the good points of one's religion rather than make claims of superiority,

    When Naseer sb. proclaims, "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," as if that is a proven fact, he lays himself open to ridicule.

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 1/19/2019 1:47:58 PM

  • 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 ignoramus GM sb is trying to spread the canard that Islam was a a new ideology or religion brought by Muhammad (pbuh).

    He is a cheap politician given to mouthing hollow political slogans. It is a self-evident law that if two things are not identical, then they are unequal.  Can he get around this law with his hollow political slogans? He should learn to live in the real world rather than in his make-believe world.

    At some point in the past, his forefather converted to Islam from whatever religion he was born into because he considered Islam to be superior and he was not a reverse supremacist to reject Islam simply because he was not born into that religion. If GM sb disagrees with his ancestor, he should walk the talk and revert to the religion of his ancestors rejecting the superiority of the Quran and acknowledging the equality of the religion/Scriptures of his ancestors.

    By Naseer Ahmed - 1/18/2019 10:35:01 PM

  • If Allah has placed Islam to have supremacism than other religions that do exercise their faith in him, why should Quran 85:11 permits people as long as they have faith in Allah to have the entry to paradise? Instead, Allah should block those who believe yet join other religion from the entry to paradise if he treats Islam to have supremacism over other religions. As he permits all who believe and do righteous deeds to the entry to paradise, it implies Allah does not treat Islam to have special right as compared to other religions that do exercise their faith in him. The following is the extract: Chapter 85 The Mansions of the stars سورة البروج - Al-Burooj: Verse 11 إِنَّ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ لَهُمْ جَنَّاتٌ تَجْرِي مِنْ تَحْتِهَا الْأَنْهَارُ ۚ ذَٰلِكَ الْفَوْزُ الْكَبِيرُ For those who believe and do righteous deeds, will be Gardens; beneath which rivers flow: That is the great Salvation, (the fulfilment of all desires)"
    By zuma - 1/18/2019 4:17:20 PM

  • Quran 65:3 mentions sufficiency is for those who believe in Allah: Chapter 65 Divorce سورة الطلاق - At-Talaq: Verse 3 وَيَرْزُقْهُ مِنْ حَيْثُ لَا يَحْتَسِبُ ۚ وَمَنْ يَتَوَكَّلْ عَلَى اللَّهِ فَهُوَ حَسْبُهُ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ بَالِغُ أَمْرِهِ ۚ قَدْ جَعَلَ اللَّهُ لِكُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدْرًا And He provides for him from (sources) he never could imagine. And if any one puts his trust in Allah, sufficient is (Allah) for him. For Allah will surely accomplish his purpose: verily, for all things has Allah appointed a due proportion." For instance, if Allah demands all believers to join Islam and in his mind that Islam should have supremacism over other religions that do exercise their faith in Allah, the phrase, any one puts his trust in Allah...sufficient is (Allah) for him, should not be mentioned in Quran 65:3. This is due to Allah should find it not sufficient for them only to believe since he demands also they should join Islam to achieve his sufficiency. As the phrase, if any one puts his trust in Allah...sufficient is (Allah) for him, is mentioned in Quran 65:3, it implies Allah is contented as long as people have put their trust in Allah and he does not demand that they must be in Islam. This is due to Allah considers those who believe in Allah to be sufficient in him and he is contented with their action to put their trust in him.
    By zuma - 1/18/2019 4:09:35 PM

  • فَبِمَا رَحْمَةٍ مِنَ اللَّهِ لِنْتَ لَهُمْ ۖ وَلَوْ كُنْتَ فَظًّا غَلِيظَ الْقَلْبِ لَانْفَضُّوا مِنْ حَوْلِكَ ۖ فَاعْفُ عَنْهُمْ وَاسْتَغْفِرْ لَهُمْ وَشَاوِرْهُمْ فِي الْأَمْرِ ۖ فَإِذَا عَزَمْتَ فَتَوَكَّلْ عَلَى اللَّهِ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ يُحِبُّ الْمُتَوَكِّلِينَ
    It is part of the Mercy of Allah that thou dost deal gently with them Wert thou severe or harsh-hearted, they would have broken away from about thee: so pass over (Their faults), and ask for (Allah's) forgiveness for them; and consult them in affairs (of moment). Then, when thou hast Taken a decision put thy trust in Allah. For Allah loves those who put their trust (in Him)."
    The phrase, Allah loves those who put their trust (in Him), as mentioned in Quran 3:159 implies Allah's love is towards those who put their trust in Allah.  As Allah's love is not bias against any who put their trust in him, it is irrational to support Allah's love is bias towards Islam and has set Islam to have supremacism than other religions that too exercise their faith in Allah.  If Allah has set Islam to have supermacism over other religions that exercise their faith in Allah, it is irrational for the phrase, Allah loves those who put their trust (in Him), be mentioned in Quran 3:159.  Instead, it should mention Allah only loves those who are in Islam.  As the phrase, Allah loves those who put their trust (in Him), is mentioned in Quran 3:159, it implies his love is not bias towards only those who join Islam but also those who believe in Allah yet join other religions.

    By zuma - 1/18/2019 4:00:20 PM

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