Source: Muslim Sunrise Fall Volume 2020
Editorial by the Chief Editor Mubasher Ahmad
The United States of America is not alone in suffering from the fatal malady of racism; the entire world is affected in one form or another through the downgrading of ethnic groups who are marginalized on the basis of their color and/or genealogical background.
For example, in India, since ancient times, people are divided into many castes, some considered superior over others on the basis of family lineage and profession. Stories were fabricated that the Brahmins, the highest caste, were born from the mouth of god Purusha, while the Kshatriya out of his arms, the Vaishyas from his thighs, and the Shudras from his feet. Consequently, the Shudras were the lowest of the low, and considered as ‘untouchables’. This caste system was based on the family a person was born into, so no one could escape the consequential racist treatment meted out solely on account of his or her birth in a certain family.
Many among the European white races considered themselves superior and held strong prejudice against blacks. Not only did the white races conquer many of their lands but also brought thousands upon thousands to their own countries as slaves. In America, the establishment of slavery was the root cause of racism, and we are still experiencing its tragic effects.
In this issue of the Muslim Sunrise, we have tried to cover several aspects of the racism that is so deeply embedded in the world, and we have made an effort to provide answers to questions such as: What is racism?
What does Islam teach to overcome racism? How to converse on topics related to racism. We cover articles that detail the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’s approach to solve the problem.
We are thankful to the ‘Review of Religions’ for allowing us to publish an important article entitled ‘Islam and Black Lives Matter’ by Abid Khan, UK.
Please read the articles and give us your feedback.