28- Black people believe in Islam
Why do we see lots of black people convert to Islam? Did Islam played a part in the annihilation of slavery?
Lots of black people embrace Islam as it is the only religion that removes discrimination among people that based on sex, color or wealth. It laid the only measurement among people which is piety and fearing God, God says:
"Verily the most honored of you in the sight of Allah is (he who is) the most righteous of you." Surat Al-Hojorat, Verse 13.
And the apostle of God (May the blessing and peace of God be upon him) said: "O people, verily your Lord is One and your father is one, only by righteousness an Arab can exceed a non-Arab, a non-Arab can exceed an Arab, a red man can exceed a black man and a black man can exceed a red man." Narrated by Imam Ahmed after Abi-Nadrah.
Islam is the first religion that worked hard to free slaves; it is one of its rules and legislations. It made the penance of Dhehar (man who tells his wife that she is the same for him as his mother's back), breaking an oath and eating during a day in Ramadan without an excuse to free a slave. So we see Islam sets the legislations and rules that free man from slavery, besides Islam calls for complete equality in rights and duties among all people. It originates justice and fairness among all Muslims, it doesn’t favor or take the side of an honored man for his honor, it doesn’t leave a high ranked man for his prestige but all Muslims are the same in front of law. We know that when a high ranked woman stole something at the time of the prophet (May the blessing and peace of God be upon him), her family hurried to Osama Ibn-Zayd to intercede to the prophet, Orwa said: When Osama talked to the prophet about her, his face got different colors and he (May the blessing and peace of God be upon him) said:
"You talk to me about the limits set by Allah? Osama said: Ask Allah to forgive me o apostle of Allah. In the evening the apostle of Allah stood and preached people, he started by praising God then he said: The people before you were perished because when an honored man amongst them stole something they left him and when a weak man amongst them stole something they punished him. By Him Who owns my life (God) if Fatimah daughter of Mohammed steals something, I will cut her hand."
Narrated by Al-Bukhary in his Saheeh after Orwa Ibn-Az'zubayr.