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Virtue is based on Taqwa and not ethnicity

Question

Is this Hadith authentic?

يا أيها الناس، ألا إن ربكم واحد، وإن أباكم واحد، ألا لا فضل لعربي على عجمي ، ولا لعجمي على عربي، ولا أحمر  على أسود، ولا أسود على أحمر، إلا بالتقوى

 

Answer

Imam Ahmad (rahimahullah) has recorded this Hadith. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) had mentioned this in the sermon he delivered during the days of Hajj.

(Musnad Ahmad, vol. 5 pg. 411)

 

‘Allamah Haythami (rahimahullah) has declared the narrators reliable.

(Majma’uz Zawaid, vol. 3 pg. 266. Also see Targhib, vol. 3 pg. 612)

 

Translation

O People! Certainly your Rabb is one, your father is one. An Arab has no virtue over a Non Arab, nor does a Non Arab have virtue over an Arab, a red skinned person is not more virtuous than a dark skinned person nor is a dark skinned person more virtuous than a red skinned person except through Taqwa.

 

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar