How the Sahabah Treated Pride

Mockery is an indication of something greater: Pride.

Racism is a form of mockery. When Abū Dardā said to Bilāl, ‘you son of a black woman,’ he did not technically say anything that was incorrect. It is not about whether what you said was true or not. It is about how the statement is perceived by the person. Whenever you say these and other words or statements in a racist manner it is Ḥarām. Bilāl was no doubt the son of a black woman, but this statement was meant to put him down.
When the Prophet saws heard of this he told Abū Dharr,
إِنَّكَ امْ رؤٌ فِيكَ جَاهِلِيَّة ‘You are someone who has inside of you some ‘jaahiliyyah’’
[Sahīh Bukhāri]

This is an extremely powerful statement because the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم had also said that if the Imān of Abū Dharr was to be placed on one side of a scale and the Imān of everyone else placed on the other side, his Imān would outweigh everyone else’s. Abū Dharr was therefore a great person but this form of mockery was a form of pride. Abū Dharr therefore had to treat this disease with its opposite. He went and put his face in the dirt and told Bilāl to step on his face. Treat extremes with extremes.

  1. #1 by darknesstobrightness on February 8, 2013 - 2:21 am

    Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh Dear Sister! :)

    JazakAllahu Khair! May AllaahSWT bless you and make this blog be a source of His Mercy and Guidance for you, your family and anyone who comes across this! :)

    I dont know… I have come across the Imaan part as Abu Bakr (radiAllahu ‘anhu) and not Abu Dhar (radiAllahi ‘anhu). Maybe Im wrong :s …but I thought ill tell you bcz i have come across couple of times across the same narration but in those Abu Bakr (radiAllahu ‘anhu) is mentioned…Wallahu ‘Alam! i hope you can confirm..just incase yaani :)

    also can I repost any of your articles on my blog?

    JazakAllahu Khairan! :)

    • #2 by almuqarraboon on March 5, 2013 - 10:06 pm

      Walaykumasalam wa rahmatullahi wa baraktuhu sis :)

      Im afraid i have not responded to this comment! You might be right about the narration, inshaallah i will get back to you

      And yes you may repost inshaAllah :)

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