We have reached the conclusion of this series.  We have shared some information about African and world history, and talked extensively about “race;” we have spoken about some of the causes of racism–and the blight that racism has been on humanity.  God-willing, we will now talk about ways to remedy this disease and heal the hearts that have been infected and/or affected by it (God-be-willing).

It was mentioned in the previous post that racism is largely a failure to recognize what is the supreme purpose of our existence.  Human beings are forgetful creatures. Frequently, we forget what this life is all about and place too much emphasis on the transient–the passing.  Whether we be “brown” or “yellow,” “black” or “tan,” “white” or “red,” whether we be from an economically wealthy nation or an impoverished one, whatever language we speak–or if we speak several, whether we are female or male, rich or poor, the people we love–and the ones we despise–all share something in common… we will all certainly die.  That’s not to sound morbid, but to simply bring to mind that our ultimate outcome on this plane of existence is death.  We must not forget this—we have to get our priorities in order.

Racism is one of those things that distract us from realizing our higher potential. As a matter of fact, it was “racism” that was the original cause for the worst degradation, that is, blasphemy. We are informed in the Qur’an that after God created Adam, the Angels and Iblis (the father of the jinn) were commanded to make prostration to Adam (as a sign of respect and not worship). The Angels immediately complied with the Divine Command of the Creator, but Iblis objected. Iblis defied God’s Command and refused to prostrate to Adam, because he felt that he was inherently superior to Adam because of his physical essence (Iblis being created from fire and Adam from soil). It was pride, arrogance, and racism that led to Iblis blaspheming and is the cause for him to be the most accursed of the creatures. It is very often that this racial pride leads to hatred and the commission of human atrocities.

It is this racial pride and racism that Iblis and his demonic minions use to divide people and turn people away from the Path of Islam. The Qur’an informs us, however, that humanity has a single origin:

“O mankind! Allah created you from a single pair of a male and female [Adam and Eve], and made you into nations and tribes, that you may get to know one another. Certainly the most honored of you to Allah is the one who is the most righteous.” (Al-Hujurat, 49:22)

Also, the Qur’an tells us that to marvel at the diversity of the human family—not to hate people because of differences in complexion or their languages:

ArafatAnd among Allah’s Signs is the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the variations in your tongues and colors: verily in that are Signs for those who know. (Ar-Rum, 30: 22)

Furthermore, the Prophet Muhammad said:

“Allah judges you not according to your bodies and appearances, but rather according to your hearts and your deeds.”

And conversely, the Prophet Muhammad unequivocally condemned those who engage in`asabiyah”–unjust tribal partisanship. That is, to support someone from one’s tribe (and by extension, nation or race) for no other reason than tribal (or national-racial) affiliation—and with no regard for justice. We all know about the swath of destruction and the deaths of tens of millions of human beings in the past century in the name of “nationalism” and ethnic and racial hatred, so there is no need to further recount the evils of `asabiyah.

Racism assigns value to something that ultimately does not matter. Our purpose in life is not to be a certain color (or race or nationality). We will not be punished in the grave or on the Judgment Day because of our complexion or race. Humans will be judged for their deeds and their creeds.

The ultimate purpose of life is to worship the Creator, and I don’t think anyone who claims to believe in God would say otherwise. The Creator is greater than everything else, and deserves our ultimate devotion and greatest degree of submission. To worship the Creator, one must first believe in the Creator (Allah) properly. The Creator exists (for this universe can be neither self-created nor beginningless). The Creator has no beginning or end. The Creator was before the creations; hence, the Creator does not need the creations. Before there was a Heaven and Earth, before light and darkness, before time and place, distance and direction, God existed. Allah is Perfect and does not develop or change. God exists without being in time, direction, or place. The Creator is not a material or spiritual being. Allah is not an object or an image—Allah is not a spatial entity of any dimension. Whatever one imagines, the Creator is totally different from that.

Allah sent Prophets, the last being Prophet Muhammad, with Sacred Laws to instruct humanity about what is for our benefit in this life—and for our long journey into the Hereafter. Islam invites people to unite on something more substantial than incidental matters of “race,” or skin color, or arbitrary boundaries drawn on maps. Islam invites people to unite on the ultimate purpose of life: to believe in the Creator properly and to worship the Creator and nothing else. By sincerely following the Sacred Laws revealed to Prophet Muhammad, one can be liberated from this American Race-Matrix (and other forms of racism/tribalism) and find solace and genuine peace in one’s identity as a True God-Worshiper, who understands that this life is merely a passageway to other dimensions of existence.

The wise recognize the momentous nature of this life. They strive to use their time well. They examine themselves and scrutinize their motivations. They work to rid themselves of character defects and make their hearts pure and sincere. The wise purge themselves of arrogance–and the affiliated spiritual disease of racism. They seek to obey the Creator without ostentation or pride.

The wise seek their salvation—not through their skin color or race—but through the proper belief in Allah and the Prophets and pure-hearted righteous deeds. And it is righteousness–and righteousness alone–that is the remedy for racism.   May Allah make us among the wise and the righteous and grant us salvation.

Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds.

For one to become Muslim, one says:

I bear witness nothing is worthy of worship except Allah and MuHammad is the Messenger of Allah.

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