THE FIRST TO SPEAK AGAINST RACISM

THE FIRST TO SPEAK AGAINST RACISM

On one occasion, a Companion of the Prophet disparagingly said to Bilal, “You son of a black woman.” Hearing this, the Prophet swiftly rebuked this Companion for his racism saying, “Are you taunting him about his mother? There is still some influence of ignorance in you.”¹

unequivocally condemned racism when he said: “All mankind is descended from Adam and Eve. An Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab. And a non-Arab has no superiority over an Arab. A white person has no superiority over a black person, nor a black person has any superiority over a white person, except by piety and good action.” This declaration was the first of its kind in human

Set forth by al-Bukhari in al-Ṣaḥīḥ, 1:20 $30. Set forth by Aḥmad b. Hanbal in al-Musnad, 5:411 §23536. •Abü Nu’aym in Hilya al-Awliya’, 3:100.

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