To the uninformed, one might be forgiven if he or she thinks that once one becomes a Muslim, the discrimination that one once faced as an Untouchable @ Dalit / Harijan / Parayan, etc might be a thing of the past.
Not as I have learned. It is shocking to see these unwarranted forms of apartheid being practiced by those who claim to be Muslims.
I will not pretend that there are no such behaviors amongst the Muslims of Malaysia but to see these absurd levels of segregations being allowed to divide and separate the ummah over there in India just makes me seethe with anger and be sad and dismayed simultaneously.
What kind of people do we have there masquerading as the alims, ulema and scholars of Islam whilst at the same moment allow such bias and discrimination fester amongst the obviously confused and ignorant lot of India’s Muslim communities?
Fair enough, we have to accept the fact that even in the life and times of Prophet Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam, there were slaves who were mostly persons belonging to a particular race or ethnicity namely Abyssinians or Africans like Sayyidina Bilal ibni Rabah.
But then when Sayyidina Bilal was freed from his bondage, he was treated as an equal by the early Muslims, Companions of Prophet Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam.
Only those who are ignorant of true Islamic teachings will resort to differentiating between fellow Muslims and go around strutting like a vain peacock claiming to be from this or that lineage, proudly stating to be from the genealogy going back to the Holy Prophet.
To people like this, I’d say that I am from the Prophet of Allah’s lineage too, just like every other person here on Earth! I am also a Son of Prophet Adam Alaihis Salam so do all other human beings!
I am sad to see these unwarranted apartheid system permeate there in India and all other parts of the world.
I call upon those who have a position to change the way things are taking place in India, to work towards abolishing such cruelty.
There is no law in both the Holy Quran or the Prophet’s Hadiths allowing for such a system in the lives of Muslims.