Salaamu Alaikum shaikh recently on IA Forum (the pseudo salafi forum) there was a discussion going on they posted an article about a salafi preacher claiming that Arabs were/are superior/better over/then non arabs they also claimed that scholars like ibn taymiyya/imam ahmed supported this view.
how can/should we refute these racist talafi claims?
Dear Brother in Islaam, the Arabs may be superior over the non-Arabs because of their linage-being the decedents of Sahabah. But this superiority is of no use if one is deprived of Imaan and righteous deeds and hence it, as a matter of pride has no room in Islaam. Before the arrival of the Nabee of Allaahﷺ, the world was divided into various casts, tribes and nations. People used to feel superiority and despise each other on the basis of cast, colour, tribe, nation and even language. Take the example of Arabs who were so proud of their language that they considered all non-Arabs as Aj’ami—dumb. The Nabee of Allaah ﷺcondemned all forms of pride and taught humanity the divine lesson of universal brotherhood and human equality.
“O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know each other (not that you may despise each other). Verily the most honoured of you in the sight of Allah is (he who is) most righteous of you.” (Al-Hujuraat 49: 13)
“The believers are but a single brotherhood. So make peace and reconciliation between your two (contending) brothers.” (Al-Hujuraat 49: 10)
The Nabee of Allaah ﷺhas made it public in his farewell sermon that ‘all mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over black nor a black has any superiority over white except by piety and good action. Learn that every Muslim is a brother to every Muslim and that the Muslims constitute one brotherhood’.
He ﷺ also said: “Verily Allah has removed from you the stupidity of the Jahiliyya and their boasting of their ancestors. Whether you are god-fearing believers or wretched sinners, you are the sons of Adam, and Adam was created from dust.” (Sunan Abu Dawud, Babuttafakhur Bil Ansaab)
All the above-quoted divine messages tell us that people may bear different idea, character, colour, race and may belong to different nations and tribes, but they are all equal in their humanity. The only difference between them is the religion, and piety is the only yardstick of superiority before Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala.
Cast and tribe is not the bedrock of superiority or inferiority. Rather it is the means of recognizing one another by their cast and tribe, as the purpose behind dividing people into nations and tribes has been revealed in the above-cited verse of Suratul Hujraat.
But what an irony! People take cast and family lineage as a matter of pride. This evil has rooted in our society in such a way that even learned people and Ulamaa are involved in spreading this evil notion.
May Allaah save us all from the stupidity of the Jahiliyya and boasting of ancestors as people used to do, Ameen!