Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad: Champion of Equality

Racism and equality are words on the world’s lips given recent events. Saqib Jajja, a junior journalist writing for Tahir Magazine, has gone back through the years to research how Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad (may Allah be his Helper) dealt with this important subject throughout his life. 

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad has a strong connection with Africa. Not only did he live for eight years in Ghana as life-devotee of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, but he also served the country by showing it is possible to grow wheat there. One man who knew Huzoor when he was younger has mentioned: “Huzoor’s humility was incredible. He was a member of the family of the Promised Messiah (as) but he never acted superior. Instead, he always showed humility and treated the African people with great respect.” Even after becoming Khalifa, Huzoor has not forgotten his ties with Ghana and continues to show great love, visiting Ghana and other African countries in 2004 and 2008. 

In the Western World too, Huzoor had called on the world to establish racial equality. In the USA in 2018, Huzoor mentioned that “Irrespective of differences of race, religion or social background, we are united as human beings,” Huzoor further stated “In all respects, dialogue is crucial to breaking down barriers and increasing mutual understanding and knowledge.” 

In a Friday sermon in November 2018 in the USA, Huzoor spoke about some of the attitudes about racism people have developed. Huzoor mentioned “In the non-Muslim world, there exists discrimination between the black and white race. In fact, now certain leaders have even claimed that the mental abilities and faculties of people belonging to the white race are superior to those of non-white. Such is the state of their arrogance and every Ahmadi should abstain from such thinking.”

Similarly, Huzoor stated at Jalsa Salana Germany 2017 that: “Islam proclaims that all people are born equal, no matter where they hail from or the colour of their skin.”

All of Huzoor’s beautiful teachings are based on the values brought by Islam 1400 years ago. As the Holy Quran chapter 30, verse 23 it states “And among His Signs is the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the diversity of your tongues and colours. In that surely are Signs for those who possess knowledge.”

Only when the world listens to the Khalifa-of-the-time and establishes true justice, will we see true racial equality in the world.
26th June 2020