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FEATURED ARTICLE: The United Colors of Islam (part 1 of 3)

 

“God said: ‘What prevented you (O Satan) that you did not
prostrate when I commanded you?’  Iblees (the Satan) replied: ‘I am better than
him (Adam).  You created me from fire, and him You created from clay.” (Quran
7:12)

So begins the history of racism.  Satan thought himself
superior to Adam on account of his origins.  Since that day, Satan has misled
many of Adam’s descendants into also believing themselves superior to others,
causing them to persecute and exploit their fellow man.  Quite often, religion
has been used to justify racism.  Judaism, for example, despite its Middle­-Eastern
origins, is readily passed off as a Western religion; but the entry of Jews
into all levels of Western society actually betrays Judaism’s elitist reality. 
A pious reading of the bible verse:

“There is no God in all the world but in Israel.”
(2 Kings 5:15)

…would be to suggest that in those days God, or God, was
not worshipped except by Israelites.  However, Judaism today remains centered
around its boast of ‘chosen’ racial superiority.

“Say: ‘O Jews!  If you pretend that you are the beloved slaves
of God to the exclusion of the rest of humanity, then long for death if you are
really truthful.’” (Quran 62:6)

Conversely, while most Christians are overwhelmingly non­-Jew,
Jesus, as the last of the Israelite Prophets, was sent to none but the Jews.[1]

“And (remember) when Jesus, son of Mary, said:    ‘O Children
of Israel!  I am the Messenger of God sent unto you, confirming the Torah
before me and bearing glad tidings of a Messenger after me whose name shall be
Ahmad[2]…’”
(Quran 61:6)

And likewise every Prophet was sent exclusively to his
own people,[3]  every Prophet, that is, except Muhammad.

“Say (O Muhammad): ‘O People!  I am the Messenger of God sent
to you all…’” (Quran 7:158)

As Muhammad was God’s final Prophet and Messenger, his
mission was a universal one, intended for not only his own nation, the Arabs,
but all the peoples of the world.  The Prophet said:

“Every other Prophet was sent to his nation
exclusively, while I have been sent to all of humanity.” (Saheeh Al-Bukhari)

“And We have not sent you (O Muhammad) except as a bearer of
glad tidings and a Warner to all mankind, but most of people know not.” (Quran
34:28)

Bilal the Abyssinian

One of the first to accept Islam was an Abyssinian slave
named Bilal.  Traditionally, black Africans were a lowly people in the sight of
Arabs who thought them to be of little use beyond entertainment and slavery.  When
Bilal embraced Islam, his pagan master had him brutally tortured in the
scorching desert heat until Abu Bakr, the Prophet’s closest friend, rescued him
by buying his freedom.

The Prophet appointed Bilal to call the believers to
prayer.  The athan heard from minarets in every corner of the world
since, echoes the exact same words recited by Bilal.  Thus, a onetime lowly
slave won a unique honor as Islam’s first muezzin.

“And indeed We have honored the Children of Adam…” (Quran
17:70)

Western romantics hail ancient Greece as being the
birthplace of democracy.[4]  The reality was that, as slaves and
women, the vast majority of Athenians were denied the right to elect their
rulers.  Yet, Islam ordained that a slave could himself be ruler!  The Prophet
ordered:

“Obey your ruler even if he be an Abyssinian slave.”
(Ahmad)


Footnotes:

[1] The bible agrees.  Jesus is reported to
have said: ‘I have not been sent except to the lost sheep of the House of Israel.’
(Matthew 15:24).  Hence, every one of his famous twelve disciples was an
Israelite Jew.  The one biblical passage where Jesus tells them to: ‘Go and
preach unto all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy
Ghost.’ (Matthew 28:19), commonly quoted to prove the Gentile mission as well
as the Trinity, is not found in any pre-16th century manuscript and thus
considered ‘a pious fraud.’

[2] One of the names of Muhammad, may the mercy
and blessings of God be upon him.

[3] And We sent to every nation a Messenger
(saying): ‘Worship God (alone) and shun false deities.’ (Quran 16:36)

[4] Democracy is a Middle-Eastern invention,
first seen in the civilization of Ebla in 3rd millennium BC, and then in
Phoenicia and Mesopotamia during 11th century BC.  It did not appear in Athens
unti15th century BC.

 

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