THE HONOURER OF PEOPLE OF DIFFERENT ETHNICITIES

Every human being has an inviolable sanctity as they are created uniquely by God and endowed with life. Teaching this divine principle, the Prophet upheld the honour of all people irrespective of their race or ethnicity. Once, during the Prophet’s venerable life, there was a black woman who used to clean the Mosque. God’s Messenger did not see her for a few days, so he enquired about her. The Companions told him that she had died. The Prophet visibly distressed by this news asked, “Why did you not inform me?” It was as if they deemed her unimportant. The Prophet asked to be shown her grave so that he could pray for her. When he reached her grave, he prayed for her and told his Companions: “Indeed, these graves are filled with darkness for their inhabitants, but God fills them with light due to my prayers over them.”¹ Through his excellent conduct, Prophet Muhammad demonstrated the importance and worth of every human being and he did not discriminate against anyone because of their race, colour, or ethnicity.

I Set forth by al-Bukhārī in al-Ṣaḥīḥ, 1:175-176, 448 SS446, 2172. Muslim in al-Ṣaḥīḥ, 2:659 $956.

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