Monday, June 23, 2014

Historian Ziauddin Barni, Slave Dynasty and Caste System among Muslims
By Aftab Ahmad, New Age Islam

21 June, 2014

Islam opposed any segregation of society on the basis of caste, race, rank or birth.  After the advent of Islam, the entire humanity was brought together and the principle of equality of human beings and honour of man was established on earth. The Prophet (pbuh) made it clear that no Arab had any preference over any Ajami or a white man over a black one except by virtue of Taqwa (piety). The Quran also said that God created humanity from Adam and Eve and that only Taqwa was the basis for one’s superiority over others. Caste, colour, birth or race was not the basis for pride for anyone.

“O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you. Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Acquainted. “(Al Hujurat: 13)

God also says in the Quran that all the human beings, the offspring of Adam were respectful and honourable. That’s why no human being should be considered lowly or ignoble.

“We gave the sons of Adam honour.”(Bani Israel: 17)

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