The Koran discriminates against black people

Friday sermon (PDF)

Racism is cursed!


Dear Congregation!

Bilal Habeshi, one of the Prophet's closest companions and also his muezzin, was a black-skinned slave. His mother was black too.

One day the following incident occurred between him and Abu Dhar, another companion of our Prophet: The two were at odds in a conversation and the difference of opinion continued until Abu Dhar said that Bilal, the son of a black woman, did not have the necessary knowledge could. With this hurtful and insulting statement, Abu Dhar had taken the skin color of his counterpart as a target.

Bilal, who was deeply hurt by this statement, went to the Prophet and asked him the following question:
O Messenger of Allah! Do I still have to take on such allegations about my origin and color when I have become a Muslim?

The Prophet then called Abu Dhar and asked him if he had actually confronted Bilal with such a racist remark. Abu Dhar was ashamed to be able to answer and so the Prophet admonished him as follows: “That means that you still have bad habits of the pre-Islamic times in you. How can a person be judged based on the color of his skin? Shouldn't the fear of God be decisive for us? "1

Abu Dhar then, plagued by remorse and shame, went straight to Bilal, lowered his head to the threshold of his door and said the following:
Oh Bilal! As long as you do not step over my simple head with your noble feet, I will not leave your door!

But Bilal helped him to stand up and replied:
Get up my brother Your head isn't worth lying on the floor, but it's worth kissing. I forgive you! And so they hugged and made up.

Dear siblings!

It is with regret that we have to discover that today people are still exposed to systematic racism and discrimination because of their skin color, their origin or their religion. What effects this racism can have psychologically as well as physically and that it can take on proportions that can lead to the death of individuals or entire groups, we see not least in the events of the last few days and weeks in America. In light of recent events, in today's Friday sermon we would like to draw your attention to racism, especially against black people.

Dear Congregation!

Racism is a poison. This poison brings hatred, injustice and destruction with it. Racism prevents peaceful coexistence. Racism stands against justice and the preservation of life and thus against the fundamental core statements of Islam. Because Islam positions itself clearly and vehemently against racism in any form.2 To this end, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) spoke the clearest words in his closing sermon, which contains a universal message: “O people, your Sustainer is one. Your father is one too. Neither does the Arab stand above the non-Arab or the non-Arab above the Arab, nor does the light-skinned person stand above the dark-skinned person or the dark-skinned person above the light-skinned person. Superiority consists only in being mindful of God. "3

Nobody chooses their skin color or their origins themselves. It is only up to the will of Allah where a person is born and what characteristics he wears. To act in a racist manner against this decision of Allah with pride and arrogance is undoubtedly a diabolical behavior. The first racist in history was the Iblīs (devil) when he refused to prostrate himself to Adam (peace be upon him) because Adam was different from himself. The Koran says: "He (Allah) said:" What prevented you about to prostrate you after I command you to? " He (Iblis) said: "I am better than him. You created me from fire, but you created him from clay!"4

Dear siblings!

The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) stood up for the equality of all human beings his whole life and with his message he was a pioneer for equality. He said: "Anyone who is racist and stands up for racism does not belong to us."5

Human dignity is inviolable and its preservation, regardless of place and time, is a command of our religion and thus not only our duty, but a responsibility that affects us as individuals and as a society.

Systematic solutions have to be found against the ongoing and unfortunately current developments all over the world. It is particularly important to listen to those affected, report racist experiences, rethink your own actions and help develop solutions.

With the necessary empathy towards the victims, we position ourselves as Muslims and teach the sensitive character and sincerity of our religion. Islam does not differentiate between people: we as believers not only have to understand tolerance, dignity and respect, but also work to ensure that these are implemented in ourselves, in our communities and around the world.

At the end of the Hutba we ask Allah to light up our hearts with His Mercy and to remove every little sign of pride in us. Allah, help us to recognize systematic oppression as a problem and to put an end to racism and injustice. Help us to follow the right path that the Prophet has shown and explained to us and help us to help those who have experienced oppression and racism. Amine!


The DITIB Sermon Commission


1 Ahmed b. Hanbal, V, 158.
2 Koran, Hudschurat, 49/13.
3 Ahmed b. Hanbal, V, 411.
4 Koran, al-A`raf, 7/112.
5 Abu Dawud, Adab, 111-112.


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