Sunday, April 12, 2009

A Black Imam for the Grand Mosque

Islam prohibits racial segregation and superiority of one race over another; it calls for human equality and justice. An Arab is not superior to a Persian nor is a Persian superior to an Arab. Likewise, the white race is not superior to the black race; all humans sprang from the seeds of Adam. Despite the good teachings of the Qur'an and the authentic Hadith, many Muslim nations have been adamant at giving racial equality the chance to flourish. Whether in Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Jordan, UAE, Syria, or Bahrain- almost everywhere in the Middle East-people of color continue to suffer tremendous racial discrimination and other forms of human injustices. Despite the existence of such demeaning and dehumanizing practices for a long time, Muslim/Arab leaders vested with authority have been adamant in one way or the other. Even places of worship like mosques have not been exempt from racial segregation/discrimination. For a long time, it has been impossible (and continues to be so to this day) for a black Imam to lead a congregation of Arab worshipers in prayer.

Finally, a distinguished, black Islamic scholar has found his dream come true. Sheik Adil Kalbani has been appointed the Grand Imam of the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia. He is young, articulate, educated, and well-versed in the Qur'an and Hadith.

Perhaps, other Arab nations will follow suit and give racial equality a chance to thrive. Don't the Arabs see the wind of change that has swept the U.S.? Allah has given talent to all humans regardless of race, creed, color, or national origin.

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