Have you ever described someone by the way they look? By the height, color of their skin and eyes? Often would be the answer of the majority. Have you ever thought of describing someone without using the above attributes? Difficult isn’t it?
WHAT DOES MY COLOR MEAN
God (Allah the Almighty) gives us the reason why he made people from different parts of the world different in their skin color and their physical attributes:
He (Subhanawataala) says in the Quran: 49.013
O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other (not that ye may despise (each other). Verily the most honored of you in the sight of Allah is (he who is) the most righteous of you. And Allah has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things).
RESPONSE TO COLOR
However when people of one color are not used to seeing people of another color, they are wary and suspicious when they come across someone of a different color. The onlooker then has to draw upon their personal or celluloid experience to determine the significance of this person of a different skin color than them.
Allah Subhanawataala says in the Quran:
030.022: And among His Signs is the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the variations in your languages and your colors: verily in that are Signs for those who know.
FEAR OF NOVELTY
If the onlooker is afraid of the other person or has in the past heard or experienced something negative of similar people, he judges him to hold all the characteristics of the person they had experience with.
CREED, CASTE AND COLOR
Sometimes religions and cultures endow people of certain color or lineage as inferior, an example of this being the Shudras or “untouchables of India who if born in the home of an untouchable are forever confined to their caste and forbidden to rise above the untouchable state by economic or educational means.
Many people who are from the castes of untouchables either convert to Christianity or Islam to escape this lifelong noose of the caste system, and others migrate to foreign lands away from India where people may be unaware of their untouchable status.
THE HISTORY OF COLOR IN AMERICA
America has a history of having slaves that were black in color and thus given that status, some people still fall back on the past and try to look down on the American blacks of African origin.
WHAT DOES ISLAM SAY ABOUT COLOR
Islam, the religion of Submission to one God, removes all power from individuals by revealing to them their finite weaknesses. All human beings are born and all human beings die and they have no power over the process. All power lies in One God who is our Creator.
WHO IS THE BEST AMONGST US?
Islam levels the playing field for all human beings. God Almighty says that all humans are created equal and “the best of them are the ones who are most righteous and have “taqwa”
Taqwa is a complex word and is defined as having love, respect, fear, and obedience for God the Almighty.
WHAT IS THE BASIS OF A COLOR BLIND SOCIETY
Islam is a religion that promotes a color blind society; its basis is three fold:
* Harmony in society, by modulating individual behavior so that an individual’s personal bad habits do not harm society.
* Personal spirituality and connection with God Almighty through prayer at designated times and protocol. Prayer being the primary source of strength and serenity in a person at any given time.
* The concept of the Hereafter and the Day of Judgment where each person is individually accountable for all of ones actions in life. The final judge being God Almighty
WHAT IS THE OUTCOME OF A COLOR BLIND SOCIETY?
A society based on this threefold leads to harmony internally in each individual thus relieving stress, as well as externally, thus discouraging personal and global oppression and injustice.
HOW TO USE COLOR?
Color, according to the tenets of Islam is just an attribute to describe someone so that he is recognizable in a crowd. It neither connotes a level of intelligence nor an attribute of superiority nor inferiority.
HOW TO ATTAIN EQUALITY IN COLOR?
Every one is born a Muslim with a pure fitra (inner core of purity) and is equal in the eyes of Allah at birth. Each individual determines his excellence, by what he writes in his book of life by his actions.
Each person’s book will be read on the Day of Judgment where upon deciding his status in the Hereafter.
THE GREAT EQUALIZER
Islam is a great equalizer, not only for the people of color, but gender and nations also. The belief in One God gives strength and serenity individually and collectively, creating a harmonious society.
Color is never to be used as anything other than a way to recognize people as a group from a certain geographical place.
For further information on Islam and Color contact your local Mosque
I wrote this as an experiment, to see if this would convey the islamic spirit of “color”
photo courtesy of flickr: I dont remember the exact url:(