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Sunday, 27 July 2008

Allegation that Muhammad was racist

This post is regarding the allegation concerning ‘Raisin heads’ which is often made by people against Islam and used as evidence of racism. The hadith being referred to is the following:

Translation of Sahih Bukhari, Book 11:

Volume 1, Book 11, Number 662:

Narrated Anas:

The Prophet said, “Listen and obey (your chief) even if an Ethiopian whose head is like a raisin were made your chief.”

Here in this hadith he is focusing on the issue of obeying your chief/leader whoever he is. Infact he is advising all whites to obey the chief even he is black, thus trying to force home the point to some of the Arabs who may have been prejudicial that all men are equal regardless of colour. By pointing out the outward appearance or external features of an individual, one does not commit a crime. Especially at that time where the Arabs felt they were superior to the Ethiopians, what the prophet said was groundbreaking. If you had to describe someone of similar appearance with one word, what would you use? Are you going to criticize the prophet because he did not share your vocabulary?

By bringing up this issue the anti islamists have infact shown that the prophet was a man who saw no boundaries based upon race, but was someone who tried to bring equality amongst all colours

If he was a racist and wanted to call them raisin heads, he would’ve called them raisin heads without saying Ethiopian. He was referring to the shape of a raisin, as we all know there are golden, purple, red, BLACK raisins, so to assume the use of the word raisin is racist is entirely wrong.

Lets not forget what the prophet said in his last sermon:

"All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a White has no superiority over a Black nor a Black has any superiority over a White except by piety and good action. Learn that every Muslim is a brother to every Muslim and that the Muslims constitute one brotherhood. Nothing shall be legitimate to a Muslim which belongs to a fellow Muslim unless it was given freely and willingly."


Anonymous said...

Saying that 'even if he is an Ethiopian whose head looks like a raisin' is racism. You can not get more racist than that. Muhammad here is preaching obedience to leadership, not forbidding racism.

Anonymous said...

That isn't in the least bit racist. He was addressing the racist attitudes of the Arabs. If he were racist then a) he wouldn't have said "a White has no superiority to a Black" and b) he wouldn't have demanded that an Ethiopian be obeyed as a leader. Why would a racist demand that leadership of "inferiors" be respected?

Anonymous said...

The whole quran talks really badly about being black

the prophet himself was referred to as white many times..even the virgins in heaven are refered in white - so pale that you can see their bone marrow

MaxxSteelTheGOD said...

Let them apologists tell it, Muhammad wasn't a pedophile either, even tho he was in his 50's having sex with a girl under 10 years of age..

Anonymous said...

MaxSteelTheGOD, I know you non-muslims, especially Christians are perverts and child-rapists par excellence, but you shouldn't assume that other people are like you.

As for pedophilia, I think you should be more respectful to your non-muslim ancestors, who according to your standards would be considered pedophiles. Remember, Marriages between adult men and "under age" young girls was actually quite common amongst non-muslims only a few centuries ago. That's because the laws regulating the age of marriage has changed over time, not that a brain dead non-muslim layabout like yourself would know anything about.

billydunn said...

I don't believe that mohammad was not a racist. After all mohammad married a 9 years old girl thus making him a pedophile according to today's laws. The fact that mohammad practiced kiddy fiddling makes him a very uncreditable source to me and is the reason why I denounced islam and the quran. God would not have give his word to a man who molested children, Therefore mohammad is a liar and a fraud.

Anonymous said...

So was Joseph when he was married to 12 year old Mary, and many of the other Church Fathers married 12 year olds. In fact, no one ever accused our beloved Prophet (SAW) of pedophilia until people like you did in the 20th century. So, Mr. Christian remain quiet before your own pack of lying cards crashes down. And if your religion was so great and God was on your side, why did he bestow upon the Muslims the greatest empire the world had ever seen up until that point, smashing the Christian Byzantine Empire and sweeping it away? And now you Christians are going down the drain again and being eradicated by atheists. Good riddance.

Anonymous said...

It seems that anyone who been brainwashed by a Religion is full of insane denial .
How in anybodies universe can you explain away 1400 years of slavery ,war , pillaging,
sexual barbarism , genocide ,land conquering , then come back and say " Our's is a
Region of Peace " How sick and ridiculous can you be ?

Anonymous said...

Its not about me/you/us its about ur "profit" vs Jesus. Jesus was sinless. Not a warrior nor piligamist nor took a child for a wife. "Turn the other cheek" "love your enemy" Christ who only gave his very life so we may live. Asks Only that we LOVE onto him and recieve Eternal life. Christ is Love

Anonymous said...

All humans are equal. Enjoy thier differances. Dont judge and be angry. Live and let live.
It is well documented Muhamad owned many slaves. And yes the term he used for a black slave was raisin. So jahadist will recieve 72 slaves after life on earth. Silly to believe that anyone should be a slave to anyone else. Get up and get ur own sandwich! Jesus served others he washed others feet.

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T. W. said...

We do not know Mary's age when she married.

Anonymous said...

A person who says that Muhammad pbuh was a racist should just die, it will make the world a better place.
As for thd Bible thumpers , Isaac married Rebekah when she was 3 in the Bible.

Anonymous said...

"A person who says that Muhammad pbuh was a racist should just die"

How very Islamic of you. Everyone who doesn't conform to my world-view should die. The religion of peace, thats for sure. And you wonder why no one wants you in their country? You don't belong in the developed word you vermin.

Anonymous said...

Provide Book and verse, or admit it's just another Islamic lie.

Anonymous said...

I don't believe in God, prophets, flying horses, or coming back from the dead, but I believe this, Jesus was a kind soul, Buddha was a kind soul, some of the Hindu deities preached kindness, the Sikh gurus were noble warriors who also urged kindness and compassion.
Compare these to Mohammed, a liar, a thief,a paedophile, a rapist,a murderer, a mass murderer,war criminal,a racist,I'm amazed that anyone of sound mind can read about this total degenerate and think he was a perfect man, Mohammed himself is proof that Islam is evil as evil can be.

Anonymous said...

"Saying that 'even if he is an Ethiopian whose head looks like a raisin' is racism. You can not get more racist than that."

Racism is racial discrimination, when he is preaching the opposite. That no matter appearance, Muslims should obey their leader. Keyword also is leader/chief. How are you racist and then make the supposed victim-of-racism your superior in rank? You don't. That is precisely the point. It is preaching against racism.

Anonymous said...

"I don't believe in God, prophets, flying horses, or coming back from the dead, but I believe this, Jesus was a kind soul, Buddha was a kind soul, some of the Hindu deities preached kindness, the Sikh gurus were noble warriors who also urged kindness and compassion."

Ever read Hindu text about these deities? Ever heard of the Mahabharatha or Ramayana? They are entirely ABOUT war. Every single one of those deities in it engaged in war and bloodshed, with noble intentions. Then there's deities like Shiva who's the God of Destruction, and the deity Kali who killed her own husband by accident.

Jesus, according to Christians, was murdered. How does that serve "kindness" if all it leads to is extermination? That's not kindness, that's willful oppression and ignorance to even promote it as "kindness". Buddha ran away from home because he was traumatized by disease-poverty-death which he saw in his fathers kingdom one day, and starved himself and yet couldn't save a SINGLE person from any of those ills that made him a Buddha in the first place.

Muhammad unlike the others was a STATESMEN, he actually had a country, economy and lives at stake. He actually saved his people from persecution at the hands of the Meccans. He actually preached all his followers to worship One God AND to not discriminate on race and color because All men were created by Him to worship Him (God). Unlike the others, historians aren't torn about whether he even existed. Because unlike the others HIS BODY and GRAVE actually exist, and his followers conquered the Persian and Byzantine Empires which are recorded factually. THAT is what makes a great leader: someone who cares about his people and their lives. He has what others don't, an actual accomplishment and legacy attributed to HIM. Not mere hearsay. And not mere words, because anyone on the internet can say the exact same words Jesus or Buddha supposedly said but physically do nothing.

Anonymous said...

hahahaha, Muhammad was a Redneck! That's like saying "you should always obey yous leaders, evem if they are niggers!"

Mustafa Sahin said...
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Mustafa Sahin said...

If I tried to describe a white person back in the 14th centuary to a group of Africans that never saw a white person in their life, by saying he has a circle head like a white bright moon at night, that would be racist too? Would it?

Stupid Islamophobes have no logic.

John said...

Where are all the people who said that it was Israel & the jews & the US govt?
muslims & the people who support the muslims blindly are in constant denial

Anonymous said...

Your quran says Mary was about 1500 years old, YES, 1500 YEARS OLD!

Here is what the Quran says about Mary, the mother of Jesus:

"Then she brought [Jesus] to her people, carrying him. They said, "O Mary, you have certainly done a thing unprecedented. O sister of Aaron, your father was not a man of evil, nor was your mother unchaste." - Quran 19:27-28

"And Mary, the daughter of Imran, who guarded her chastity, and We breathed into (her body) of our spirit; and she believed in the words of her Lord and of His revelations, and was of the devoutly obedient." - Quran 66:12

There are a number of "Mary" - also spelled "Maria" or "Miriam" in English - in the Bible. One of them is the mother of Jesus:

"Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: after His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit." - Matthew 1:18

But the Mary who is the "daughter of Imran" (spelled "Amran" in the Bible) and the "sister of Aaron" was the sister of Moses who lived in the 15th century BC:

"The name of Amram's wife was Jochebed the daughter of Levi, who was born to Levi in Egypt; and to Amram she bore Aaron and Moses and their sister Miriam." - Numbers 26:59

Therefore, unless Mary was 1,500 years old when she bore Jesus, indeed, unless Joseph married a 1,500 year old virgin - Muhammad mistook two different women in the Bible as the same Mary.

Why does the Quran contain such glaring errors?

The proximate reason is that Muhammad was illiterate and therefore could not read the Bible for himself. He had only a vague and often incorrect knowledge of the Bible (see Bible vs. Quran) from what others read to him.

The ultimate reason, of course, is that Muhammad was a false prophet who confessed to mistaking the voice of Satan as God's (see "Prophet" Muhammad) and who tried to cover up these and other embarrassing errors with Naskh.