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The Term for Racism in Islamic Text

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Mr. Hamza Yusuf said that there is no word for “racism” in classic 7th century Arabic, and that the closest word is “Jahl” (ignorance).
However, that is not the case.

The Holy Qur’an (2:34 | 15:33 | 38:76) tells us:
God created Adam from hot clay and told Iblees to prostrate to Adam.
Iblees said: “I am better than him! You created me from fire and him from clay”. Iblees became “arrogant” and refused to bow to Adam, disobeying God’s direct command.
This is the first case of racism, where Iblees (Satan) believed that his race (made from fire) is superior over a race made from mud. The word used for it in the Qur’an is “arrogance” (Istikbar) إستكبار

Another word for “racism” that is used in Prophetic traditions (Hadith) is Asabya عصبية (believing that one is superior over another based on tribe or race).

These terms are encompassing and go beyond race, it would include tribe, culture, even gender, or anything that would make you feel superior over another human being.

May God the Almighty protect us from the evils of Satan, arrogance, and any type of supremacy.

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Come near …


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Listen, my dear, to words I have to say
Fill up the cup, and drink away

On the path of Love, devils roam
trying hard to take you away

Come near and listen to Angels
Don’t let the music die, sing away

Elders speak out of experience
Grow up with them, and listen away

Logical folks can never explain Love
On this path, logic? Throw it away

As you pass through this path of Love
Come near Hafez, and kiss away

True Friend

A thousand enemies targeting me
with spears, arrows, and swords

No fear!

As long as You are my Friend!

– Hafez Shirazi

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What will it be?

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Better than divine wine, what will it be?
My destiny and fate, what will it be?

How much sorrow can this heart endure?
Get to joy, not worry about what will it be.

Tell that impatient bird to worry for herself
Hunter’s trap, its mercy what will it be?

Be happy not sad, don’t listen to fads
People’s hearsay, its quality what will it be?

Your tired hands better that reaches dreams
You’ll know not reaching dreams what will it be.

The grand Master gave us a puzzle last night
From your cup to Heavens, what will it be?

All the music, Hafez, in this heart
For infamous me, punishment what will it be?

“خوشتر از فکر می و جام چه خواهد بودن”