Prophet Mohammad Was the First Anti-Racist


This is the title of the video below, asking what is the difference between an anti-racist and a non-racist? As this video explains, a non-racist is someone who believes it is wrong to discriminate against others based on the color of their skin or their ethnicity, but does nothing to fight against systemic racism. An anti-racist is one who does something about it. This video examines how prophet Mohammad was the first anti-racist as defined this way. 

This article covers the same topic in writing for those who may also wish to read it. The author of the article who speaks on the video is Dr. Craig Considine, a practicing Catholic with a surprisingly open mind regarding Islam, and Christianity (he accepts the prophethood of Mohammad as well as Jesus).  

And speaking of tolerance, which is the fruit of racial and human justice, Dr. Considine also finds the Quran to be enlightening: “When I read the Qur’an, I don’t interpret it as a book for Muslims, but rather for all human beings. The Qur’an (5:47) requests people to ‘discern what God has sent down to him.’” Is that not also how Muslims view it? And is it necessary to view the Quran especially as a book we use to proselytize, by which is apparently meant to bring people into the religion of Islam as a set of dogmas and rituals to which one then must adhere? Or can it be a book inviting all people to submit to Allah/God, each “finding a way to their Lord?” (76:29)

In that spirit, as we approach the culmination of the Hajj on Arafat, consider his idea of the city of Medina as a holy city not restricted to nominal Muslims but a place where those who believe in Allah and the last Day, such as Dr. Considine, regardless to their nominal religious affiliation, can visit and be moved by the example of prophet Mohammad and the faith exemplified in Islam, perhaps spurring more mutual cooperation and respect. 

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