Interracial Marriages In Islam
A touchy topic, yet a topic that NEEDS to be addressed, I have been getting so many emails regarding this, so here is my view, remember everyone has the own views-outlooks, and it may be what you agree or not, so if you disagree with me, don’t be rude, but respect the fact that I have a view.
يَـٰٓأَيُّہَا ٱلنَّاسُ إِنَّا خَلَقۡنَـٰكُم مِّن ذَكَرٍ۬ وَأُنثَىٰ وَجَعَلۡنَـٰكُمۡ شُعُوبً۬ا وَقَبَآٮِٕلَ لِتَعَارَفُوٓاْۚ إِنَّ أَڪۡرَمَكُمۡ عِندَ ٱللَّهِ أَتۡقَٮٰكُمۡۚ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ عَلِيمٌ خَبِيرٌ۬
“O mankind! We have created you from a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know one another. Verily, the most honourable of you with Allah is that (believer) who has At-Taqwa Verily, Allah is All-Knowing, All-Aware.” (Surah Al-Hujurât 49:13)
Allah The Most High also says’s:
وَهُوَ ٱلَّذِى خَلَقَ مِنَ ٱلۡمَآءِ بَشَرً۬ا فَجَعَلَهُ ۥ نَسَبً۬ا وَصِهۡرً۬اۗ وَكَانَ رَبُّكَ قَدِيرً۬ا
“And it is He Who has created man from water, and has appointed for him kindred by blood, and kindred by marriage. And your Lord is Ever All-Powerful to do what He will.” (Surah Al-Furqan 25:54)
Rasulullah (SAW) said: “All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any “superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over a black nor a black has any superiority over white except by piety and good action. Learn that every Muslim is a brother to every Muslim and that the Muslims constitute one brotherhood. Nothing shall be legitimate to a Muslim which belongs to a fellow Muslim unless it was given freely and willingly. Do not, therefore, do injustice to yourselves.” (A part from Rasulullah (SAW)’S last sermon)
“O people, your Lord is One and your father [i.e., Adam] is one. There is no superiority of the Arab over the non-Arab, or of the non-Arab over the Arab, or of the red over the black, or of the black over the red – except with regard to Taqwa.” (Imam Ahmad, 22391)
3 people who were of different race yet very beloved to Rasulullah (SAW):
- Bilal (RA) was Black, and the 1st Muezzin of Islam.
- Um Ayman (RA) was Ethiopian and she was practically a 2nd mother to Rasulullah (SAW) and he loved her.
- Usamah Ibn (RA) was black and he was very beloved to Rasulullah (SAW).
The point to remember that if the person you would like to marry is of different race, he/she should be Muslim, be pious and you should be compatible.
Parents (at least not mine)- family, bring up the culture difference, to me, culture is what people make up, Islam did not, I personally find it to be a very weak excuse forbidding someone to marry out of culture or race.
A marriage failing to difference in race- only happens when people instigate such thoughts to someone, especially when they see someone happy. Yes there would be times when ethnic’s clash, working it out, talking about it, will Inshallah bring you and your spouse stronger together and fill your marriage with love, no marriage is 100% argument free, you always have to work things out, and rely on Allah.
Rather than race, the focus should be on religion. In Islam, this is especially the case for the girl, simply because Islam grants so many rights to women that need to be safeguarded. A non-Muslim man may not be aware of her rights, or may see no need to adhere to them and she may find it more of a struggle to practice a faith that is not shared by her husband. Of course, that issue may still exist with Muslim men, seeing as there are bad and good everywhere. But he is accountable to Allah for her happiness and wellbeing and should grant her rights. Rights in Islam are very important to Muslim or not, SOME Muslim men sadly use non-Muslim women for their own pleasure, once they done, they leave them. Is this the right attitude? I say NOT!!! They may not be Muslim, but they have feelings, and hurting a creation of Allah is simply not allowed. So please don’t lead them on.
I personally have seen interracial marriages filled with piety, love, and happiness, yes in my own family, and would I say yes go ahead with the right Islamic reasons in mind I would, BUT with your parents blessings, for their blessings are the crown of your relationship, some parents are “set” in their ways, be kind, loving and gentle with this topic, if you can, get a mediator to talk to them.
May Allah fill everyone’s marriages’ with piety, Taqwa, love and happiness, Aameen.
Please feel free to state your views, REMEMBER rude ones will not be posted.