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United Colors Of Islam

Posted on: 15 July 2012

One only need look to the Nazis' brutal
persecution of the Jews earlier this century or the more recent genocide of the
Bosnian Muslims to see how ethno-religious groups can suffer so terribly at the
hands of racists. Quite often however, religion is itself responsible for racist


Middle-Eastern origins aside, Judaism is
regarded as a Western religion. But the almost complete assimilation of Jews
into all levels of Western society actually betrays Judaism's elitist


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


A pious interpretation of such biblical verses
would be to suggest that in those days, God (Allah) was not worshipped except by
the Israelites. However, even today Jews still consider themselves as the
exclusively chosen race of God.


Conversely, while most Christians are
overwhelmingly non-Jews, Jesus as the last of the Israelite Prophets was sent to
none but the Jews. In the Bible, he is reported to have said:


'I have not been
sent except to the lost sheep of the House of Israel.'


And likewise every other prophet was sent
exclusively to his own people; every prophet that is, except Muhammad.


Say (O Muhammad): People! I am the Messenger of Allah sent to
you all. (Qur'an, 7:158)


As Muhammad was Allah's final Messenger to
humanity, his message was a universal one with the capacity to unite not only
his own nation, the Arabs, but all the peoples of the world.


And We have not sent you (O Muhammad) but to
the whole of mankind as a giver of glad tidings and a warner, but most people
have no knowledge. (Qur'an, 34:28)


earliest converts to 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 converted to Islam,
his pagan master had him brutally tortured in the scorching desert heat until
Abu Bakr, the Prophet's closest friend, rescued Bilal by buying his freedom.
Muhammad appointed Bilal as his muezzin and the call to prayer announced from
minarets in every comer of the world today echoes the exact same words
proclaimed by Bilal. Thus, a onetime despised slave achieved one of the highest
positions of honour in becoming Islam’s first muezzin. Although ancient Greece
is accredited with being the birthplace of democracy, it was a democracy only
for its Free citizens - the majority of its population, being slaves, were
denied the right to elect their ruler. Yet Islam ordained that a slave could
himself be ruler! The Prophet ordered: 'Stick to obedience (i.e. 'Obey your
ruler) even if he be an Abyssinian slave.'


SALMAN THE PERSIAN Like most of his
countrymen, Salman was raised a devout Zoroastrian but after an encounter with
some Christians at worship in their Church he accepted Christianity as
'something better'. As a Christian, Salman travelled extensively in
search of knowledge. His journey took him from the service of one learned monk
to the next, the last of whom said to him:


'O son! I do not know of anyone who is on the
same (creed) as we are. However, the time of the emergence of a prophet will
shade you. This prophet is on the religion of Abraham.'


The monk then proceeded to describe this
prophet, his character and where he would appear. Salman immigrated to Arabia,
the land of the Prophecy, and when he heard about and met Muhammad, he
immediately recognised him from hi, teacher's descriptions. Salman's long search
for the truth was finally over and he embraced Islam.


Salman became renowned for his knowledge and
was in fact the first person to translate the Qur'an into another language,
Persian. Once, whilst the Prophet was amongst his Companions, the following
verse was revealed to him:


It is He (Allah) Who had sent among the
illiterates (i.e. the Arabs) a Messenger (Muhammad) from among themselves ...
and (also to) others (i.e. non-Arabs) among them who have not yet joined them.
(Qur'an, 62:2-3)


Allah's Messenger placed his hand on Salman
and said:


'Even if the Faith were near (the star of)
Pleiades, a man from amongst these (Persians) would surely attain it.'



One such man was Imam Muhammad Isma'eeI of
Bukhara (a predominately Persian city). His famous collection of hadith
(narrations of the Prophet) entitled As-Sahih was unanimously declared by the
scholars of Islam to be 'The most authentic book
after the Book of Allah (i.e. after the Quran).'


SUHAYB THE ROMAN Blonde-haired and fair
complexioned Abu Yahya SUHAYB was born into the luxurious house of his father, a
client governor for the Persian emperor. Whilst still a child, SUHAYB was
captured by a Byzantine raiding party to be eventually sold into slavery in
Constantinople[2] SUHAYB eventually escaped from bondage
and fled to Mecca, a popular place of asylum, where he soon became a prosperous
merchant nick-named 'ar-Rumi' (the
Roman) due to his Greek tongue and Byzantine up-bringing. When SUHAYB heard
Muhammad preach, he was at once convinced of the truth of his message and
readily embraced Islam. Like the rest of the early Muslims, SUHAYB was
persecuted by the idolatrous Meccans and had to trade all his wealth in exchange
for safe passage to join the Prophet at Medina. When SUHAYB finally arrived at
Medina, the Prophet, delighted to see him, greeted him thrice: 'Your transaction has been fruitful, O Abu Yahya. Your
transaction has been fruitful.'
Allah had informed the Prophet of
Suhayb's exploits even before they were reunited:


And there is a type of man who gives his
life to earn the pleasure of Allah. And Allah is full of kindness to His
servants. (Qur'an, 2:207)


The Prophet loved SUHAYB a great deal
and described him as having preceded the Byzantines to Islam. Suhayb's piety and
standing among Muslims was so high that when Caliph Umar was on his deathbed, he
selected SUHAYB to lead the Muslims whilst they were choosing a successor.


another nation that the pre-Islamic Arabs held in contempt. Many Jews and
Christians had been expecting a new prophet to appear in Arabia during the time
of the Prophet Muhammad. Jews from the Levite tribe in particular had settled in
large numbers in and around the city of Medina. However, when the
much-anticipated prophet came not as a Hebrew son of Israel, but as the Arab
descendant of Ishmael, the Jews rejected him. Except that is for a few like
aI-Husayn bin Salam. Al-Husayn was a learned rabbi and leader of the Medinan
Jews but was denounced by them when he embraced Islam. The Prophet renamed
al-Husayn, 'Abdullah', meaning 'Servant of Allah' and in his own lifetime the
Prophet gave Abdullah the glad tidings that he was destined for Paradise.
Abdullah addressed his tribesmen, saying: 'O
assembly of Jews! Be conscious of Allah and accept what Muhammad-has brought. By
Allah, you certainly know that he is Allah's Messenger and you can find
prophecies about him and mention of his name and characteristics in your Torah.
I for my part declare that he is the Messenger of Allah. I have faith in him and
believe that he is true. I recognise him.'
Allah revealed the
following verse about Abdullah:


... and a witness from the Children of Israel
testifies that this Qur'an is from Allah like (the Torah). So he believed while
(most of) you (Jews) are too proud (to believe). (Qur'an, 46:10)


Thus, in the ranks of the Prophet Muhammad's
Companions could be found Africans, Persians, Romans and Israelites;
representatives of every then-known continent. The Prophet said: 'Indeed my friends and allies are not the tribe of so and
so. Rather, my friends and allies are the pious wherever they may


(al-Bukhari & Muslim)


This point was further emphasised by
the Prophet when he said: 'There is truly no
excellence for an Arab over a non-Arab, nor for a non-Arab over an Arab; nor for
a white man over a black man, nor for a black man over a white man; except
through piety.'


O humanity! We have created you from a
single male and female and have made you into nations and tribes that you may
know one another (not that you may have pride over one another). Verily the most
honorable of you in the sight of Allah is the one most pious. (Qur'an,


The Prophet Muhammad said: 'The parable of the Believers in their mutual love and
mercy is like that of a (living) body; if one part feels pain, the whole body
suffers in sleeplessness and fever.'


Such a universal brotherhood was championed by
the' Prophet's Companions after him, including his immediate temporal
successors: Abu Bakr, Umar, Uthman and Ali (known collectively as the four
Rightly-Guided Caliphs). When the Companion Ubada ibn as-Samit led a Muslim
delegation to Muqawqis, the Christian patriarch of Alexandria, Muqawqis
exclaimed: 'Get this black man away from me and
bring another to talk to me. ... How can you be content that a black man should
be the foremost among you? Is it not more fitting that he be below you?' 'Indeed
Ubada's comrades replied, ‘for although he is black as you see, he is still the
foremost among us in position, in precedence, in intelligence and in wisdom; for
darkness is not despised among us.'


Verily, the Believers are but brothers (to
one another). (Qur'an, 49:10)


The spread of nationalism with its separating
of Muslims along ethnic, linguistic and tribal lines is an evil and divisive
innovation in Islam. Allah says in His Book:


Say: If your fathers, your sons, your
brothers, your wives, your tribe, the wealth that you have gained, the commerce
in which you fear a decline, and the dwellings in which you delight are dearer
to you than Allah and His Messenger and striving hard in His Cause, then wait
until Allah brings about His Decision. And Allah guides not a rebellious people.
(Qur'an, 9:24)


In fact, the Muslims in and of themselves
constitute one nation:


Thus We have made you (Believers into) a
(single) justly balanced nation. (Qur'an, 2:143)


The Prophet said: 'Whoever leaves off obedience and separates from the
Jam'ah[3] and dies, (then) he dies a death of
jahiliyyah (i.e. pre-Islamic ignorance and disbelief). And whoever fights under
the banner of the blind, becoming angry for nationalism or calling to
nationalism or assisting nationalism and dies, (then) he dies a death of


While those who disbelieved placed in their
hearts pride and haughtiness - the pride and haughtiness of jahiliyyah, Allah
sent down His tranquillity upon His Messenger and upon the believers. (Qur'an,


A FINAL POINT Still repeated in some
circles and perhaps one of the greatest barriers to its acceptance by Westerners
is the fallacy that Islam is primarily a religion for blacks or dark skinned
people. No doubt, the racial injustices against many blacks, be they Abyssinian
slaves of pre-Islamic Arabia or twentieth century African-Americans, has
prompted many to embrace Islam, but this is beside the point. The Prophet
Muhammad was himself of pale complexion, described by his Companions as being
'white and ruddy'. And unbeknown to most people is the fact that Europe has more
indigenous white Muslims than it has coloured immigrants. Albanians, for
example, descended from the ancient Illyrian-Celts, are one of Europe's oldest
tribes and amongst the earliest inhabitants of the Balkans. Today, 80%. of all
Albanians Are MUSLIMS.[4] In fact, the world's leading Muslim
scholar, the Reviver of Islam, Champion of the Sunna (practice of the Prophet)
and mountain of knowledge, Shaykh Muhammad Nasir-ud-Deen al-Albani, is, as his
title suggests, Albanian. Some anthropologists believed that the Caucasus
Mountain region of SE Europe was the cradle of 'the white race' and white people
are still described as 'Caucasian'. Today, six of Russia's seven autonomous
Caucasus republics are Muslim republics. In fact, Islam peacefully entered parts
of Europe long before Christianity. Over a thousand years ago, 'In times long ago, when the Russian Slav had not yet
started to build Christian churches on the Oka nor conquered these places in the
name of European civilisation, the Bulgar[5] was already listening to the Qur'an on
the banks of the Volga and the Kama.'
(S.M. Solov'ev, Istoria Rossis
Drevneishikh Vremen. Moscow 1965, p.476)


This century too has seen large numbers of
Europeans embrace Islam. In the UK alone there are estimated to be tens of
thousands of reverts to Islam (mostly Anglo-Saxon and Celtic women) and within
the next 20 years their number is expected to overtake the immigrant Muslim
population that brought the faith here (The Times, 11/9/1993). Neither has the
large awakening to Islam gone unnoticed by US administration. Hillary Rodham
Clinton recently remarked: 'Islam is the fastest-growing religion in America, a
guide and pillar of stability for many of our people...' (First Lady Breaks
Ground with Muslims, Los Angeles Times, 5/31/1996)


Truly, We created (all) humans in the best
of moulds. (Qur'an, 95:4)


Every faith besides Islam calls for the
worship of creation in some way, shape or form. Moreover, race and colour play a
central and divisive role in almost all non-Islamic belief systems. In
Christianity, through the Prophet Jesus and the saints and in Buddhism, through
Buddha and the Dalai Lama men and women of a particular race and colour are
worshipped as deities in derogation of Allah. In Judaism, salvation is withheld
from the non-Jew Gentile. Hinduism's caste-system likewise degrades and checks
the spiritual, not to mention social, political and economic aspirations of the
'unclean' lower castes. Islam, however, seeks to unite and make one all the
creatures of the world upon the Unity and Oneness of their Creator. Thus, Islam
alone liberates all peoples, races and colours in the worship of Allah


Verily, I am Allah - there is nothing
worthy of worship but Me. Therefore worship Me (alone). (Qur'an, 20:14)


'No other society has such a record of success
in uniting in an equality of status, of opportunity and endeavour so many and so
varied races o mankind. The great Muslim communities of Africa, India and
Indonesia, perhaps also the small community in Japan, show that Islam has still
the power to reconcile apparently irreconcilable elements Of race and


(H.A.R. Gibb, Whither Islam, London, 193Z p.


'The extinction
of race consciousness as between Muslims is one of the outstanding achievements
of Islam and in the contemporary world there is, as it happens, a crying need
for the propagation of this Islamic virtue...'


(A.J. Toynbee, Civilisation on Trial, New
York, p. 205)


,How, for
instance can any other appeal stand against that of the Moslem who, in
approaching the pagan, says to him, however obscure or degraded he may be
"Embrace the faith, and you are at once equal and a brother." Islam knows no
colour line.'


Leeder, Veiled Mysteries of Egypt)


And among His Signs is the creation of the
heavens and the earth and the (wonderful) difference of your languages and
colours. Verily, in that are indeed signs for people of sound knowledge.
(Qur'an, 30:22)



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[1]. Hence every one of the famous twelve
disciples of Jesus was an Israelite Jew. The one biblical passage where Jesus is
supposed to have told his disciples to 'Go and preach unto all nations,
baptising 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-sixteenth century manuscript and is thus considered 'a pious

[2] The Byzantine or East Roman Empire was
finally brought to an end when its ancient capital, Constantinople, was
conquered by the young Ottoman Sultan, Muhammad al-Fatih, in 1453CE. The
conquest was a watershed in world history, marking the end of the Middle Ages as
well as the fulfilment of a prophecy of the Prophet Muhammad.

[3] 'Al-Jam'ah' refers to the group of
Believers who are united upon the pure, unadulterated Islam of Muhammad and his

[4] Other 'native' European Muslims
include the Bosnians, Pomaks and Ajarians,

[5] In 922CE Islam became the official
religion of the Volga Bulgars, a turkicised Iranic tribe originating from the
ancient Afghan city of Balkh. The present-day Bulgarians, Volga Tatars, Chuvash
and various Caucasus tribes all trace their ancestry back to the ancient

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