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Dignity. Islam is against all forms of racism. All races are equal to Allah and the only characteristic that makes someone superior to another is righteousness. Allah has dignified all humans: ‘We have certainly honored the children of Adam …’ (Quran 17:70)


Recognition. Allah created different races and tribes so that we would recognize each other: ‘O mankind, verily, We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another …’ (Quran 49:13)
Superiority. “O people, verily, your Lord is one and your father Adam is one. There is no favoritism of an Arab over a foreigner, nor a foreigner over an Arab, and neither red skin over black skin, nor black skin over red skin, except through righteousness.” (Ahmad)
Rebuke. Once a Sahabi told Bilal radhiallahu anhu: “O son of a black woman!” Bilal radhiallahu anhu told the Prophet sallallahu alaihi wa sallam who became angry and said to the Sahabi: “By the one who revealed the Book to Muhammad sallallahu alaihi wa sallam, none is more virtuous over another except by righteous deeds …” (Bayhaqi)
Lineage. “There are certainly people who brag about their ancestors who have died. Verily, they are coal for Hellfire such that they are more contemptible to Allah than the beetle that rolls dung with its nose …” (Tirmidhi)
Tribalism. “He is not one of us who calls to tribalism. He is not one of us who fights for the sake of tribalism. He is not one of us who dies following the way of tribalism.” (Abu Dawud) 
Adapted from Article by By Abu Amina Elias
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