Kevin Prince Boateng walked off when racially abused by football supporters. Many supported his actions but others including Sepp Blatter condemned his actions as caving into racists.
Here’s my thought. Muslim communities are blighted with racism. All parts of the Muslim community are affected by it. Pakistanis consider Bengalis and English Muslims and pretty much everyone else lesser as Muslims,… Arabs think that they are superior in religion even though the Messenger of God, peace and blessings be upon him, said: ‘There is no superiority of an Arab over a non-Arab or a non-Arab over an Arab except by piety.’ We refuse to admit it or speak about it but Muslims are hardcore racists, sometimes worse than any fascists or Nazis. Some mosques will not allow others to pray in them because of their ethnic origins and others stipulate committee members to be from a very particular town, city or region.
When one companion racially abused our master Bilal, may God be pleased with him, the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, addressed that companion by saying: ‘You are a person who has ignorance (jahiliyya) within you.’ Racism is a disease that has to be cleansed out of the heart of the believer.
So here’s my question: ‘What do you do if someone makes a racist comment in your presence? Do you remain silent? Worse than that, do you laugh with that person? Or do you do the right thing and say as the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said: ‘You are a person who has ignorance in you.”
Will we remain silent forever when we see and hear wrong? Or are we willing to do a ‘Kevin Price Boateng’ and show our hatred for such filth.
May Allah cleanse our hearts and tongues of such evil and gives us the strength to speak out when we see and hear wrong.