The recent allegations of racism in football demonstrate that skills and ability on the pitch are no protection against racism. Every club that is committed to show racism the red card is to be applauded. We must all learn to respect others as fellow human beings regardless of their creed or colour.
Football grounds and pitches all around the country display a wonderful mix of God’s colourful family. He says in the Qur’an: “O mankind! We have created you from a single male and female and We have made you into nations and tribes so that you may recognise one another. Indeed the most honoured of you in the sight of God is the one who is most righteous. Indeed God is All-knowing, All-aware.” White, black and brown; rich and poor; young and old; men and women are all equal before God.
The Messenger Muhammad (peace be upon him) said, “Indeed God does not look at your faces or your bodies or your family connections, but He looks at your hearts.” He also said, “O people, indeed your Lord and Sustainer is One and your ancestor is One. All of you descend from Adam and Adam was made of earth. There is no superiority for an Arab over a non-Arab nor for a non-Arab over an Arab; neither for a white person over a black person nor a black person over a white person except the superiority gained through righteousness. Indeed the noblest of you to God is the one who is most conscious of God.”
Dear God, cleanse our hearts and give us the strength to be more righteous. Enable us to respect all human beings as equals and as members of Your family, amin.