Are Arabs superior to Malays, Pakistanis, Africans and everyone else? Imam Shafi’i and Ibn Taymiyya think so!

“Oh Mankind! Behold, We have created you all out of a male and a female, and have made you into nations and tribes so that you might come to know one another. Verily, the noblest of you in the sight of God is the one who is most deeply conscious of Him. Behold, God is all-knowing, All-Aware.” (Qur’an 49:13)

“And on some of you God has bestowed more abundant means of sustenance than on others: and yet, they who are more abundantly favoured are [often] unwilling to share their sustenance with those whom their right hands possess, so that they [all] might be equal in this respect. Will they, then, God’s blessings [thus] deny?” (Qur’an 16:71)

“And they say, “Never will the Fire touch us, except for a few days.” Say, “Have you taken a covenant with Allah? Allah will never break His covenant. Or do you say about Allah that which you do not know?” (Qur’an 2:80)

“But the Jews and the Christians say, “We are the children of Allah and His beloved(hibbaohu).” Say, “Then why does He punish you for your sins?” Rather, you are human beings from among those He has created. He forgives whom He wills, and He punishes whom He wills. And to Allah belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth and whatever is between them, and to Him is the [final] destination.”  (Qur’an 5:18)

“Surely We created man from a sperm-drop, a mingling, trying him; so We made him constantly hearing, constantly beholding.” (Qur’an 76:2)

“Behold! the angels said: “O Mary! Allah has chosen you and purified you- chosen you above the women of all nations.” (Qur’an 3:42)

You are the best of peoples, evolved for mankind, enjoining what is right, forbidding what is wrong, and believing in Allah. If only the People of the Book had faith, it were best for them: among them are some who have faith, but most of them are perverted transgressors.” (Qur’an 3:110)

“O Children of Israel, remember My favor which I have bestowed upon you and that I preferred you over the worlds.” (Quran 2:122)

“Lo! you are those who are called to spend in the way of Allah, yet among you, there are some who hoard. And as for him who hoards, he hoards only from his soul. And Allah is the Rich, and you are the poor. And if you turn away He will exchange you for some other folk, and they will not be the likes of you.” (Qur’an 47:38)

“O Prophet! say to those who are captives in your hands: “If Allah finds any good in your hearts, He will give you something better than what has been taken from you, and He will forgive you: for Allah is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.” (Qur’an 8:70)

This entry is to soundly refute the unfounded and baseless assertions made by two respected scholars from our brothers in the Ahl Sunnah, in particular, Abū ʿAbdullāh Muhammad ibn Idrīs al-Shāfīʿī and Abu Zakaria Muhiy ad-Din Yahya Ibn Sharaf al-Nawawi; or we will refer to them as ‘Imam Shafi’i‘ and ‘Imam Nawawi‘.

You know it is rather a tongue in cheek when many of these so-called ‘traditionalists‘ lament about ‘the good ‘ole days‘.  Especially in the imaginary chess game of ‘Islam vs the West‘. What a rather clever, and sinister thing to do; rally the masses to throw off one oppressor only to clothe themselves in another tyranny.

Ah to be young and naive again. 🙂

So before the drubbing beings let us take a look at what some from Ahl Sunnah have to say shall we?

*WARNING*  If you are at work please do read this latter. You need to read this in the privacy of your own home so if you get a little upset with the nastiness that drips out from this person you can quickly calm down. Also, I am not quite sure if this is a troll site because there are numerous other articles here that are simply bizarre. However, there have been people within our tradition who have held some of the views that he posts.  As regards this particular article everything he says here checks out. It checks out meaning he did not misquote any of the sources. 

I am going to produce the totality of what is said here:

http://islamicvirtues.com/2013/12/13/non-arab-men-are-not-suitable-for-marriage/

In the name of Allaah

Recently I’ve noticed a trend among Arab Muslim families, especially those living in the West, where they allow their daughters to get married to non-Arab men.

Yes, it is true, I am not making this up.

How disgusting!

Yes, I know that it is not haraam to do so, but neither is rubbing feces on your face! Would you do that as well?

Brothers and Sisters, our deen is clear. It is recommended for people to marry someone who is their kafa’a (religiously suitable match), and non-Arab men are NOT a suitable match for Arab women.

This is well-established in our faith. Read, for example, my previous post about how Arabs are the most superior of all races. But if that isn’t enough, read what our worthy scholars have told us about this matter. We see the following regarding the kafa’a for marriage in the classic Shafi’i manual of Islamic law titled ‘Umdat as-Salik wa ‘Uddat an-Nasik (Reliance of the Traveller and Tools of the Worshipper):

والكفاءةُ في: النسَبِ والدِّينِ والحريةِ والصَّنعةِ وسلامة العيوبِ المُثْبِتَةِ للخِيار، فلا يُكافئ العجميُّ عربيةً، ولا غيرُ قُرَشيٍّ قُرشيَّةً، ولا غيرُ هاشميٍّ أو مُطَّلبيٍّ هاشميةً أو مطَّلبيةً، ولا فاسقٌ عفيفةً، ولا عبدٌ حرةً، ولا العتيقُ أو من مسَّ آباءَهُ رِقٌّ حرةَ الأصلِ، ولا ذو حِرفَةٍ دنيئةٍ بنتَ ذي حِرفةٍ أرفعَ، كخياطٍ بنتَ تاجرٍ، ولا معيبٌ بعيبٍ يُثْبِتُ الخِيارَ سليمةً منهُ، ولا اعتبارَ باليسارِ والشيخوخةِ، فمتى زوَّجها بغَيْرِ كُفءٍ بغَيرِ رضاها ورِضا الأولياءِ الذينَ هم في درَجتهِ فالنِّكاحُ باطلٌ، وإن رَضُوا أو رضيَتْ فليسَ للأبعدِ اعتراضٌ.
(Taken from the section of Kafa’a in the chapter of Nikaah in the text)
Translation:
Kafa’a (Suitability in marriage for a female) is in the lineage (ancestry of the man), and in religiousness, and his being a free man (not a slave), and in his profession, and his being free of defects that can cause the annulment of the marriage. And the ajami (non-Arab) is NOT suitable for an Arab woman, and a non-Qurayshi is NOT suitable for a Qurayshi woman (Quraysh was the tribe of the Holy Prophet (S)), nor is a non-Hashimi or non-Muttalabi suitable for a Hashimi or Muttalabi woman (Hashimites are the members of the clan to which the Holy Prophet (S) belonged to, and Muttalabites are the descendants of the grandfather of the Holy Prophet(S)). Nor is an immoral man suitable for a virtuous woman, nor is a slave suitable for a free woman, nor is a freed slave or one whose ancestors were touched by slavery suitable for a (free) woman whose ancestors were free. Nor is a man of a lowly profession suitable for the daughter of someone with a noble profession, such as a tailor wanting to marry a tradesman’s daughter.
 
 

So we see that the following are NOT kafa’a (suitable for marriage) for women:

  • Non-Arab men for Arab women
  • Non-Qurayshi man for a Qurayshi woman
  • Non-Hashimi or non-Muttalabi for a Hashimi or Muttalabi woman
  • Sinful man for virtuous a woman
  • A slave or a freed slave for a free woman
  • A free man but one whose ancestors might have been slaves for a free woman whose ancestors were not slaves
  • A man with a lowly profession for a woman whose father has a noble profession

Brothers and Sisters, your deen is not a game. Do not ignore the instructions of our scholars who labored long and hard for our benefit and left us with such treasures. As for this book, you might be pleased to know that there exists a partial translation of this work in English as well, which you can read more about here and here. The translator included the Arabic text I’ve quoted above in the book (pages 523-524), but did not translate it into English. It seems that he is also one of these “modern Muslims” who stoops low to ingratiate the Western kuffaar by ignoring the teachings of our Muslim scholars.

So I warn you again, do not ignore your deen for the sake of worldly desires or to please the kuffaar Westerners, and keep your daughters and sisters away from non-Arab men, descendants of slaves, and those in lowly professions.

But that is only if you are Arab. If you do not belong to this superior race, then these conditions do not apply to you, so do with your women as you please.”

Wow! What a mouthful!  But then we also have the comments to deal with.

They continue with:

“SubhanAllaah! What has the ummah come to when Muslims ban you for quoting Imam Nawawi! You’re right, Imam Nawawi has been very clear about this issue in his Minhaj. He says:

وَخِصَالُ الْكَفَاءَةِ‏:‏ سَلَامَةٌ مِنْ الْعُيُوبِ الْمُثْبِتَةِ لِلْخِيَارِ وَحُرِّيَّةٌ، فَالرَّقِيقُ لَيْسَ كُفْئًا لِحُرَّةٍ، وَالْعَتِيقُ لَيْسَ كُفْئًا لِحُرَّةٍ أَصْلِيَّةٍ، وَنَسَبٌ، فَالْعَجَمِيُّ لَيْسَ كُفْءَ عَرَبِيَّةٍ، وَلَا غَيْرُ قُرَشِيٍّ قُرَشِيَّةً، وَلَا غَيْرُ هَاشِمِيٍّ وَمُطَّلِبِيٍّ لَهُمَا، وَالْأَصَحُّ اعْتِبَارُ النَّسَبِ فِي الْعَجَمِ كَالْعَرَبِ، وَعِفَّةٌ فَلَيْسَ فَاسِقٌ كُفْءَ عَفِيفَةٍ، وَحِرْفَةٌ فَصَاحِبُ حِرْفَةٍ دَنِيئَةٍ، لَيْسَ كُفْءَ أَرْفَعَ مِنْهُ، فَكَنَّاسٌ وَحَجَّامٌ وَحَارِسٌ وَرَاعٍ وَقَيِّمُ الْحَمَّامِ لَيْسَ كُفْءَ بِنْتِ خَيَّاطٍ، وَلَا خَيَّاطٌ بِنْتَ تَاجِرٍ أَوْ بَزَّازٍ، وَلَا هُمَا بِنْتَ عَالِمٍ وَقَاضٍ، وَالْأَصَحُّ أَنَّ الْيَسَارَ لَا يُعْتَبَرُ، وَأَنَّ بَعْضَ الْخِصَالِ لَا يُقَابَلُ بِبَعْضٍ، وَلَيْسَ لَهُ تَزْوِيجُ ابْنِهِ الصَّغِيرِ أَمَةً، وَكَذَا مَعِيبَةٌ عَلَى الْمَذْهَبِ، وَيَجُوزُ مَنْ لَا تُكَافِئُهُ بِبَاقِي الْخِصَالِ فِي الْأَصَحِّ‏.‏

Minhaj al-Talibin – al-eman.com
(Alternative link: http://shamela.ws/browse.php/book-12096/page-236)

Translation:

The characteristics of suitability (kafa’a) are the following:
Absence of permanent (bodily) defects
And freedom: The male slave is not suitable for a free woman. And the freed slave is not suitable for a woman who is free since birth (
hurratun asliyyah).
And genealogy:
The non-Arab male (A’jamiy) is not suitable for an Arab woman, nor is a non-Qurayshi male (suitable) for a Qurayshi woman, nor a non-Hashimi or non-Muttalibi male for a Hashimi or Muttalibi female. Rather the consideration of genealogy among non-Arabs is to be taken into account just as it is with Arabs.
And virtuousness: An evil-doer man is not suitable for a virtuous/chaste woman.
And occupation (job/profession): A male with a lowly occupation is not suitable for a woman whose rank (in society) is higher than his. A sweeper, a cupper (or barber), a doorkeeper (or guard), a shepherd, a person who works at a bathhouse (hummaam) are not suitable for the daughter of a tailor. And a tailor is not suitable for the daughter of a merchant or clothier. And neither of those are suitable for the daughter of a scholar or judge.
Differences in ease of circumstances (wealth) are not considered (in suitability for marriage).
Defects in certain characteristics (of suitability) are not compensated by (excellence in) other characteristics.
(As for men) A man cannot marry his minor (
sagheer), son, to a slave woman, for this is dishonorable for the religion (madhab), but it is allowed for him to marry his son to a woman even if the remaining suitability conditions (mentioned above) do not match his.
We might as well throw this link in as well:

http://islamicvirtues.com/2013/12/12/superiority-of-the-race-of-arabs-over-non-arabs/

Brace yourself for round two!

“Bismillaahil ADheem

From the beginning of Creation, humans of every race have been wondering which race is the most superior. Alhamdulillah, with the arrival of our Blessed Prophet (S), this question has been thoroughly answered to the satisfaction of all. For our Blessed Prophet (S) has said in this authentic narration:

حَدَّثَنَا خَلاَّدُ بْنُ أَسْلَمَ الْبَغْدَادِيُّ، حَدَّثَنَا مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ مُصْعَبٍ، حَدَّثَنَا الأَوْزَاعِيُّ، عَنْ أَبِي عَمَّارٍ، عَنْ وَاثِلَةَ بْنِ الأَسْقَعِ، رضى الله عنه قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏ “‏ إِنَّ اللَّهَ اصْطَفَى مِنْ وَلَدِ إِبْرَاهِيمَ إِسْمَاعِيلَ وَاصْطَفَى مِنْ وَلَدِ إِسْمَاعِيلَ بَنِي كِنَانَةَ وَاصْطَفَى مِنْ بَنِي كِنَانَةَ قُرَيْشًا وَاصْطَفَى مِنْ قُرَيْشٍ بَنِي هَاشِمٍ وَاصْطَفَانِي مِنْ بَنِي هَاشِمٍ ‏”‏ .‏ قَالَ أَبُو عِيسَى هَذَا حَدِيثٌ حَسَنٌ صَحِيحٌ ‏.‏
Narrated Wathilah bin Al-Asqa’:
that the Messenger of Allah (S) said: “Indeed
Allah has granted eminence (istafa) to Isma’il [the ancestor of the Arabs] from the children of Ibrahim, and He granted eminence to Banu Kinanah from the children of Isma’il, and He granted eminence to the Quraish [the tribe of the Prophet(s)] from Banu Kinanah, and He granted eminence to the Banu Hashim [the clan of the Prophet(S)] from the Quraish, and He granted eminence to me from Banu Hashim.”
http://sunnah.com/urn/634660

As well as in this authentic narration from Imam Muslim’s Saheeh:

حَدَّثَنَا مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ مِهْرَانَ الرَّازِيُّ، وَمُحَمَّدُ بْنُ عَبْدِ الرَّحْمَنِ بْنِ سَهْمٍ، جَمِيعًا عَنِ الْوَلِيدِ، – قَالَ ابْنُ مِهْرَانَ حَدَّثَنَا الْوَلِيدُ بْنُ مُسْلِمٍ، – حَدَّثَنَا الأَوْزَاعِيُّ، عَنْ أَبِي عَمَّارٍ، شَدَّادٍ أَنَّهُ سَمِعَ وَاثِلَةَ بْنَ الأَسْقَعِ، يَقُولُ سَمِعْتُ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم يَقُولُ ‏ “‏ إِنَّ اللَّهَ اصْطَفَى كِنَانَةَ مِنْ وَلَدِ إِسْمَاعِيلَ وَاصْطَفَى قُرَيْشًا مِنْ كِنَانَةَ وَاصْطَفَى مِنْ قُرَيْشٍ بَنِي هَاشِمٍ وَاصْطَفَانِي مِنْ بَنِي هَاشِمٍ ‏”‏ ‏.‏

Wathila b. al-Asqa’ reported:
I heard Allah’s Messenger (S) as saying: Verily
Allah granted eminence to Kinana from amongst the descendants of Isma’il [the ancestor of the Arabs] and he granted eminence to the Quraish amongst Kinana, and he granted eminence to the Banu Hashim amongst the Quraish, and he granted me eminence from the tribe of Banu Hashim.
http://sunnah.com/muslim/43/1

And in a similar authentic narration from our Blessed Prophet (S), he said:

أنا محمدُ بنُ عبدِ اللهِ بنِ عبدِ المطلبِ ، إنَّ اللهَ تعالى خلق الخلْقَ فجعلني في خيرِهم ، ثم جعلهم فرقتَين ، فجعلَني في خيرِهم فرقةً ، ثم جعلهم قبائلَ ، فجعلني في خيرِهم قبيلةً ، ثم جعلهم بيوتًا ، فجعلني في خيرهم بيتًا ، فأنا خيركُم بيتًا ، وأنا خيرُكم نفسًا

(The Prophet(S) said): ‘I am Muhammad bin ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abdul-Muttalib. Indeed, Allah created the creation and made me from the best of them, and He then made them two groups (Arabs and non-Arabs) and made me from the best of them (the Arabs), then He made the tribes and made me from the best tribe, then He made the houses and made me from the best house. So I am the best house among them, and I am the best person among them.’”

This narration has been recorded and authenticated by Shaykh Albani in his Saheeh Jami` al-Sagheer, hadith number 1472 (the book (in Arabic) can be read here: http://www.alalbany.net/4314)

The following is the text from the scanned PDF of this text:

Shaykh Albani's authentication in his Sahih Jami' al-Sagheer, hadith number 1472
This narration has also been authenticated in the following texts:

  • Shaykh Albani also authenticated it (as narrated by Abbas bin Abd al-Muttalib) in his Takhreej Mishkat al-Masabeeh, hadith number 5689
  • Imam Ahmad bin Muhammad Shakir authenticated it in his Umdah at-Tafseer, volume 1, page 819
  • Imam Ibn Hajar al-Asqalaani said it is sound (Hasan) in his Al-Amaali al-Mutlaqah, page 70
  • Imam Ibn Hajar al-Haythami authenticated it in his Mujma` al-Zawa’id, vol 8, pg 218
  • Imam Ibn Katheer said it has a good (jayyid) chain in his Jami` al-Masaneed wal-Sunan, hadith #5933

Shaykh Amjad Rasheed of SunniPath.com has also clarified this matter for us:

It is obligatory on a Muslim to believe that Arabs are preferred over other nations because there is a proof for it. However, this is not one of the pillars of our religion such that if someone rejected this, they would be considered outside of Islam. But if one does reject this, one has sinned for not believing in it because it is an affirmed matter according to a clear rigorously authenticated hadith.

http://qa.sunnipath.com/issue_view.asp?HD=7&ID=9427&CATE=1

So, dear brothers and sisters, do not be deceived by the propaganda of the Westerners, who wish to debase the deen of Allaah because of their own racial inferiority. But what Allaah has elevated, no one can debase!

To close, I will leave you with this statement from Shaykh al-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah in his IqtiDaa’ Siraat al-Mustaqeem, volume 1, page 419:

فإن الذي عليه أهل السنة والجماعة اعتقاد أن جنس العرب أفضل من جنس العجم عبرانيهم وسريانيهم رومهم وفرسهم وغيرهم وأن قريشا أفضل العرب وأن بني هاشم أفضل قريش وأن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم أفضل بني هاشم فهو أفضل الخلق نفسا وافضلهم نسبا


Indeed it is the belief of the Ahlus-Sunnah wal Jama’ah that the race of Arabs is superior to the race of non-Arabs, the Hebrews (Jews), the Syrians (Arameans), the Romans (Europeans), the Persians, and others. And indeed the Quraysh [tribe of the Prophet (S)] is the most superior among the Arabs. And indeed the Banu Hashim [the clan of the Prophet (S)] is the most superior among the Quraysh. And indeed the Prophet, may the Blessings and Peace of Allaah be upon him, is the most superior of the Banu Hashim, for he is the most superior of all creation by his own self, and also the most superior among them because of his lineage (ancestry).

PDF Scan of the above:
Ibn Taymiyyah on the superiority of Arabs over non-Arabs
http://www.riyadhalelm.com/book/1/347_hqtza.pdf (see page 384)”

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As far as preference and superiority are concerned. Allah (swt) has himself informed us that he has given preference to some people over others in various situations.

It is very possible and even factual that there are people who are ‘superior’ to myself in terms of mathematical knowledge, basketball skills, archery skills, typing speed, etc..

Vice versa is also true. However; this has absolutely nothing to do with my ethnic or racial identity.  So basically the ‘adab’ or the hierarchy when it comes to phenotypes according to Shaykh Ibn Taymiyya and Imam Al Shafi’i are as follows:

 

 

Time for the refutation!

Now let us see that when we use the Qur’an as the primary source the platform of the opponent is swiftly and soundly squelched!

“And on some of you God has bestowed more abundant means of sustenance than on others: and yet, they who are more abundantly favoured are [often] unwilling to share their sustenance with those whom their right hands possess, so that they [all] might be equal in this respect. Will they, then, God’s blessings [thus] deny?” (Qur’an 16:71)

Notice too that Allah (swt) also admonished that those who given material wealth often squandered it over others.

Allah (swt) didn’t give the Blessed Messenger (saw) any sons.  He gave other prophets many sons.

Allah (swt) has reminded humanity of their lowly origins in the following verse:

“Surely We created man from a sperm-drop, a mingling, trying him; so We made him constantly hearing, constantly beholding.” (Qur’an 76:2)

The Blessed Messenger (saw) was brought into this world through conjugal relations.

Contrast that with the following:

“Behold! the angels said: “O Mary! Allah has chosen you and purified you- chosen you above the women of all nations.” (Qur’an 3:42)

Christ Jesus’ miraculous birth did not evolve the use of sperm.

Also, it is impossible for the Arabs to be above all people as this would include their women too. The Qur’an flat contradicts this assertion by asserting that the Blessed Mother Mary was above women of all nations.

This would mean that Arabs could not be de facto superior to Jews; because a Jewish woman is above all their women. Preferred by none other than Allah (swt)

Notice what Allah (swt) says to the children of Jacob

“O Children of Israel, remember My favor which I have bestowed upon you and that I preferred you over the worlds.” (Holy Quran 2:122)

Yet, in the Bible we find:

 

” Thus says the LORD, which gives the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divides the sea when the waves roar; The LORD of hosts is his name: if those ordinances depart from before me, says the LORD, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me forever. Thus says the LORD; If…the foundations of the earth [can be] searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done, saith the LORD.”  Source: (Jeremiah 31:35-36)

Thus, being in favour with Allah (swt) is contingent.

You are the best of peoples, evolved for mankind, enjoining what is right, forbidding what is wrong, and believing in Allah. If only the People of the Book had faith, it were best for them: among them are some who have faith, but most of them are perverted transgressors.” (Qur’an 3:110)

  1. This verse shows that being the ‘best of people’ is contingent upon a) enjoining what is right. b) forbidding what is wrong
  2. This verse cannot refer to Arabs (only) because there were and are many Arabs who are not-yet-Muslims.  Many of them (Arabs) even killed those near and dear to the Blessed Messenger (saw).

“Lo! you are those who are called to spend in the way of Allah, yet among you, there are some who hoard. And as for him who hoards, he hoards only from his soul. And Allah is the Rich, and you are the poor. And if you turn away He will exchange you for some other folk, and they will not be the likes of you.” (Qur’an 47:38)

“O Prophet! say to those who are captives in your hands: “If Allah finds any good in your hearts, He will give you something better than what has been taken from you, and He will forgive you: for Allah is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.” (Qur’an 8:70)

Again, Allah (swt) would not threaten the people of that time with being replaced by another folk if their status was not contingent.

We also know as the verse above and others like it show us Allah (swt) only replaces with that which is better.

Imam Shafi’i and Ibn Taymiyya can say what the belief of ‘Ahl Sunnah Wal Jammah‘ is until the cows come home. It is absolutely irrelevant.

They crafted their positions for a number of reasons. Chief among them is that their rivals the Ibadi Muslims (found mostly in Oman, Algeria, and Tanzania) are egalitarian.  Many of the people who were of the slave classes were greatly attracted to the Ibadi position on leadership, much like the downtrodden and oppressed were attracted to someone’s message earlier.

Sounds familiar? hmm…

Our brothers from the Ahl Sunnah manipulation for political power that the Caliph can only come from the Quresh as well as the Imamiyyah sects manipulation that the Caliph /Imam can only be of the Blessed Prophet (saw) family.

We can clearly see that Jews started to develop such doctrines themselves. In fact, the Talmud is filled with disdain for Non -Jews.

It can be easy being a member of the 12 tribes of Israel or as Jews are the descendants of Judah and thinking that since they are ‘chosen‘ they are somehow superior.

“But the Jews and the Christians say, “We are the children of Allah and His beloved(hibbaohu).” Say, “Then why does He punish you for your sins?” Rather, you are human beings from among those He has created. He forgives whom He wills, and He punishes whom He wills. And to Allah belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth and whatever is between them, and to Him is the [final] destination.”  (Qur’an 5:18)

So less those Arabs who are descendants of Banu Hashim the only thing you have to take pride in is in your guidance by Allah (swt).  Allah (swt) didn’t see fit to guide all your ancestors to Islam just as he didn’t see fit to guide all my ancestors to Islam.

This kind of false pride leads one to invent oral traditions stating that the Blessed Messenger (saw) uncle and father died as Muslims.

Running around with a chip on your shoulder thinking you’re inherently superior to other races when your own ancestors were not guided to Islam and died as Non-Muslims probably doesn’t score a lot of brownie points in the bragging department.

Say: “O Allah! Lord of Sovereignty! You give power to whom You please, and You strip off power from whom You please: You endow with honour whom You please, and You bring low whom You please: In Your hand is all good. Verily, over all things You have power.” Qur’an 3:26)

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6 responses to “Are Arabs superior to Malays, Pakistanis, Africans and everyone else? Imam Shafi’i and Ibn Taymiyya think so!

  1. Omer

    Very interesting post brother.

    This issue of perceived superiority by some for Arabs ironic because I recall a verse in the Qur’an that says something negative about Arabs….the translations and commentators says the word Arabs meant bedouins in the verse which is convincing but still interesting how Allah chose the word “Arabs” to be in the Qur’an, the final and safeguarded revelation from
    Allah (swt).

    Also, it is interesting that most who consider themselves Arabs are likely not Arabs mostly but mostly of other ethnic groups like ancient Egyptians and other groups who were Arabized over the centuries. I may be wrong but that is my guess since the population of the Arabian peninsula was probably smaller than the combined neighboring countries that adopted Arabic.

    wasalam wa rahmatullah wa barakatuhu,

    Omer

  2. Soldier of Isa

    Brother, are you Arab? You speak and read Arabic very good mashallah. According to some scholars, even you would be considered Arab even if not originally Arab.

    • Bismillah, my racial-ethnic make up has no baring on the subject. I would care not if speaking a particular language would make me part of a ‘privileged class’ because it finds absolutely no support in the Holy Qur’an.

      We have to be very careful about these teachings respected brother, first they start off with the idea of a hierarchy , you know there is a hierarchy of angels, messengers, and that souls are not equal in what they can bare etc…

      After some time this fairly innocuous concept turns into arguments for racial supremacy,in particular Arab racial supremacy.

      Ask Sudanese Arabs if they consider themselves ‘Black’. I suggested that to one brother once and he seemed very taken a back by it.

      These issues, must and need be addressed.

      Someone may argue like this:
      “So a good Muslim with knowledge of Arabic is better than a good Muslim without it, and an Arab with good practice of Islam is better than an Arab without it.”

      But the moment you say an Arab with good practice of Islam is better than a non-Arab with good practice of Islam, simply because of the so called “virtue” of him being an Arab than we have a problem.

      We have a very real problem.

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