26 March 2021
Superiority complex is a virus that spreads like wildfire. It takes in its grip everyone around. This virus spreads like an epidemic, fast and furious, and becomes more dangerous if it is about religion.
In these troubled times a 'sense of religious superiority' is a visible cause of the catastrophe our world is facing. Sense of religious superiority is behind the majoritarianism, which is diminishing all other values of peace, brotherhood, and mutual religious respect among us around the world.
Superiority Complex is actually a by-product of the trait of 'Inferiority Complex' in one's personality. The real rich, for instance, do not show off their wealth; the really powerful do not brag of their powers for they do not care if others acknowledge it or not. As against this the weak and inferior like others to acknowledge their being strong and powerful. And if it is not acknowledged, they become threatening and dangerous for the people around them.
To save the world in general and Muslims in particular, from this virus of superiority complex, the Prophet (SAW) says in his Last Sermon:
"All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a White has no superiority over a Black nor a Black has any superiority over a White except by piety and good action.”
It is a command from the Prophet for all the mankind. And if the Muslims style their lives according to it their actions and thoughts will bring them closer to a pluralistic approach towards the societies they are living in and they will be accepted as a part of the society.
This command of the Prophet needs to be understood and practiced by Muslims, whether they are living as a minority or a majority. This should be practiced in every sphere of life be it social status, religion, race. It will end the feeling of animosity or jealousy for everyone to respect other’s social upbringing and fashion of living.
Muslims have stopped practicing the core teaching of Islam, and hence they are lost in the dark alleys of the world and find themselves trapped in it, unable to come out in the brightened horizon of peace and tranquility that Allah has created for them.
Although Sunnis and Shias are two sides of the same coin, Islam, but they also fight among themselves for the same reason of not practicing what the above mentioned last sermon of the Prophet says. These two Islamic sects are struggling to prove themselves right and the other wrong. If every Muslim sect understands what the Last Sermon of the Prophet says to them, half of the problems of the world will be solved. Islam bashers and Islamophobic powers will not gain ground to spread hatred among the believers of Islam.
Muslims are trapped in the net of the lust of worldly power thrown towards them by the Islamophobic and Islam hating powers. Muslims must understand the nefarious designs of their enemies and take the Straight Path, which will take them to the glory of their Golden Age.
Muslims always need to remember, ‘All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab”, and practice this for their own good.
And Allah knows the best.
Arman Neyazi is a columnist with NewAgeIslam.comNew Age Islam, Islam Online, Islamic Website, African Muslim News, Arab World News, South Asia News, Indian Muslim News, World Muslim News, Women in Islam, Islamic Feminism, Arab Women, Women In Arab, Islamophobia in America, Muslim Women in West, Islam Women and Feminism