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"So by mercy from Allah, [O Muhammad], you were lenient with them. And if you had been rude [in speech] and harsh in heart, they would have disbanded from about you" (Quran: 3:159).
"O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you." (Surah Al-Hujuraat:49:13).
A major problem facing mankind today is racism; the developed world can send a man to the moon but cannot eliminate the causes of racism and hatred among communities.Fourteen centuries ago, Islam had wiped them out and established ties of love and brotherhood between Muslims.
Despite the material progress that the world has reached, yet racism is still a malignant disease eating out societies. Despising the colored people and looking down on them is very common in some countries claiming they are leading the free world. The material model detached from religion has not succeeded and will never succeed in overcoming this problem.On the other hand, anyone searching for the truth can see clearly how Islam - the last religion sent by Allah to His last Messenger Muhammad (Peace be upon him)- has dealt with this problem, and how Islam removed its reasons from the spirits of the believers, fifteen centuries ago. Islam will always offer solutions for humans due to a simple and clear reason: It is a Divine religion revealed by the Almighty Allah, the One True God, the Creator of the universe and everything in it.
This book, Bilal ibn Rabah: Islam's Attitude to Racial Discrimination, outlines the history of Bilal ibn Rabah, a former slave from Abyssinia who became a companion of the Prophet.