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2 I LOCAL & NATIONAL NEWS Passion Islam I November 2008
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How quick are you to judge?
We look around and notice people he explains what it was during this blessed have no Islamic backing and are similar
struggling to keep their heads above the journey that made him so profoundly shift to the arguments and dispute sduring the
financial water, pressure of social life and his perspective on race and racism: Days of Ignorance. We quarrell and bicker
disharmony between families and friends, “There were tens of thousands of pilgrims, with people who are actively trying to
we see people crying out for our help but from all over the world. They were of achieve something for the sake of Islam.
yet not willing to accept that the problem all colors, from blue-eyed blondes to Why are we so quick to judge others with
is myself but always seem to direct to black-skinned Africans. But we were all out realizing the reasoning some one may
someone else and say why don’t they participating in the same ritual, displaying be performing that act.
understand. a spirit of unity and brotherhood that my A story comes to mind; One man
It has been narrated in Muslim from experiences in America had led me to was spying on an individual, he saw him
Jabir bin Abdulah; Allah’s Messenger believe never could exist between the sat with a woman on the river bank, had
(saw) said: ‘The food of one person white and the non-white.” a wine glass in his hand and he saw a
suffices for two people, the food for two The Quran emphasizes the boat gliding along the river. The spy was
persons suffices for four persons and the brotherhood when Allah says; “O enraged on the fact that the man was sat
food of four persons suffices for eight Mankind, We created you from a single with a strange woman, with a wine glass in
persons’ (pair) of a male and a female and made his hand and there was a boat, with music
It is evident, the blessing of sharing you into nations and tribes, that you may and dancing etc which started to sink. The
and to be there for one and another. know each other. Verily the most honored man could no longer keep his rage under
Islam does not practice greed or of you in the sight of God is he who is the control, he got up, ran up to the man in
selfishness; however it promotes unity most righteous of you, verily God is All- question and demanded answers. The
and togetherness. The teachings of Allah Knowing, All-Aware” (49:13) man listened and responded respectively;
and his Prophet are one of unanimity. The Prophet (SAW) explained this in “This glass is the only glass I have, all I
During the era prior to the Prophets his Last Sermon; “Oh people, remember have is water.” He emptied the contents
arrival, people were disjointed from that your Lord is One. An Arab has no and lo and behold it was fresh water. “This
society. People where showing no regard superiority over a non-Arab nor a non- is my mother, she wasn’t feeling well so
to etiquettes or even logic. Islam brought Arab has any superiority over an Arab; we decided to get some fresh air” The
about the light of Imaan which shone also a black has no superiority over white, spy listened, now getting embarrassed.
on to the believers a vision of truth and nor does a white have any superiority “Now my friend, you have questioned me
harmony. Islam taught the people that it over black, except by piety and good and I responded, let me ask you this. You
is alright to be different skin and gender action (Taqwa). Indeed the best among judged me by using presumptions, now
as we are still all Allah’s creation. The you is the one with the best character how am I to judge you after you thught
first person that the Prophet turned to (Taqwa). Listen to me. Did I convey this ill of me?”
was Hadhrat Khadija, who aided him. to you properly? People responded, Yes, The spy thought, red faced, “I am
Regardless of gender the first person O messenger of God.” (Excerpt from the sorry, I didn’t know”
that he told those emotional words Prophet’s Last Sermon) How many times are we in this
‘Zammilooni Zammillooni’ (cover me) was It is evident from the Quran and situation? How many times do we
a female whose gender at one point was Hadith that Islam does not pay any regard presume and build false assumptions?
a questioned one. to colour, race, nationality or gender. Let us help the people that are around
The Prophet (SAW) connected to so Then why is it that we are constantly us, rather thancritisizing them and under
many Muslims, but never did he criticise disregarding this matter. mining or even spreading false rumours
anyone by their personal attributes. The We must look at things that affect us, about them.
Prophet and his companions instigated a let us stare at how disjointed we have If the Al-Mighty does not have any
social structure built on trust and unison. become in our surroundings and fellow regard to colour and race, then why do
A social configuration was founded on companions. we, mere mortals, have so much attention
trust of fellow believers and of fellow Let us try to find the faults in ourselves to the matter?
community members. The underlining first before we criticize others. Jalaluddin May Allah give us the ability to unite
factor that binds people together is the Rumi sums this up by saying; Many of the together as one Ummah. May the Al-
factor of faith. The dynamics of faith is faults you see in others, dear reader, are Mighty give us the talent and skill to find
built in such a unified way that it fuses your own nature reflected in them. Let us our finer fault rather than critisizing others
mankind irrespective of their race, ponder on how we perceive people and hence creating a more universal society
nationality, and other factors which are how we can promote unity and abbolish which will encompass all involved, one
irrelevant when it comes to bonding on discrimnation of all kinds in our hearts that is a replica to the social life at the
an ideological creed. and minds. time of the Prophet (SAW).
In a letter Malcolm X, Malik El- Too many times we have petty quarrels Imam Zakir
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