Abu ‘Ubaydah ibn Jarrah (radiyallahu ‘anhu) explains non racial supremacy


What is the primary source of this narration and is it authentic?

It is reported that Abu ‘Ubaydah ibn Jarrah (radiyallahu ‘anhu) said:

“O people! Yes, I am a man from Quraysh, but there is not a white man [literally: red], nor a black man amongst you who exceeds me in righteousness [taqwa] except that I wish I was in his skin.” (Siyaru A’alamin Nubala, vol. 1 pg. 18)



This statement of Sayyiduna Abu ‘Ubaydah ibn Jarrah (radiyallahu ‘anhu) is recorded in the following primary sources:

  1. At Tabaqatul Kubra of Imam Ibn Sa’d, vol. 3 pg. 315
  2. Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaybah: 35763
  3. Kitabul Mutaman-nin of Imam Ibn Abid Dunya: 40

The narrators in Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaybah are all reliable. The narration is therefore suitable to quote.


And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.


Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala


Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar