Let Muslims and Dalits united against injustice

It was a coincidence that on the same day when about 100 Dalit families of Haryana converted to Islam publicly at Janta Mantar, I delivered a lecture at New Delhi calling upon Muslims to stand up against injustices irrespective of who the victims or the culprits were. It is being made to appear in the media that Dalit families converted primarily in protest against the atrocities committed against them by Hindu upper classes and this conversion had nothing to do with any special appeal in the tenets of Islam. While this may be true that the original trigger for them might have been their sustained persecution at the hands of fellow HIndus of higher castes, if they decided to convert to Islam, it could not have been without their basic knowledge about the unique Islamic concept of equality and brotherhood.

This is common knowledge to even Islam bashers that Islam stands for equality, and if there is any criterion of differentiation in Islam, it is based on the quality of performance. This quality of performance, however, makes one privileged in the eyes of God and not in terms of any social privileges in this world.

Equality is inherent in the Islamic social system. The Qur’an speaks of the equality of the whole mankind by stating that all men and women had the same father and mother, Adam and Eve. The holy book shuns supremacy of someone on any basis other than the superiority of deeds. Islam knows no races and castes; in religious matters, social obligations and also in the eyes of law all are equal.  

Dr Javed Jamil

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 October 2015 on page no. 11

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