Racism is to treat someone badly or to think that you are better than them, just because they are of a different race or skin colour to you. Racism is something that has unfortunately always existed and is still around today and is a very sad and terrible thing to experience.
IslamTo enter into peace through surrender to God teaches that it isn’t what you look like, or where you are from that matters, but rather what kind of person you are on the inside. You are not judged on who your father may be or what colour skin he has, but what is in your heart and how you behave towards others.
In Muhammad’s last sermon he addressed the people saying “O People! Your God is one; your father is one…there is no preference of an Arab over a non-Arab or vice-versa; nor for a white person over a black person or vice-versa…” Thus Islam made a strong point of the equality of all people regardless of their wealth, race, colour or status.
Islam taught the people of MakkahThe city in Saudi Arabia where the Kaba is, (who were extremely racist at that time) that racism was a horrible and dreadful thing. This encouraged people to realise that it is unfair and wrong to judge and look down on people because of things such as their skin colour.
There is a famous story from the early history of Islam that shows how the people of Makkah were encouraged by Muslims to move away from their racist ways. This story involves a man called Bilal, a MuslimOne who surrenders willfully to God who came from Africa (and was black) and Abu Dhar, an Arab Muslim.
Bilal was a slave to one of the biggest leaders in Makkah. He was often mistreated because of his colour. Like some others around him, Bilal became a Muslim after he heard the teachings of MuhammadBelieved by Muslims to be the last Prophet sent from God to ... More. When his masters found this out, they beat him and tried to force him to give up his faith.