Islam and Caste System

With the advancement of time and thought process of individuals on our planet earth,substantial transformation has been seen in different areas that mankind deals with.People have changed and so has their perception.Religion has sadly not managed to stay away from the innovations that were introduced from time to time by mankind.And ironically,the very fundamental teachings of it have been forgotten and barred from practice.We seem to have modified our religion as per our needs and requirements.The Qur’an clearly mentions about the completion of religion in Surah Maidah when Allah says,This day have I perfected for you your religion and completed My favor on you and have chosen for you Islam as a religion.” (5:3).But still we are hell bent on interpolating things by our free will.

Islam never taught us discrimination in any form whatsoever.I am amazed to see how matured people,who know Islam better than I do or anyone else does,facilitate the growth of Bid’ah in our society when it comes to marriages.Their priorities have changed drastically.Caste,social status,financial position and educational qualification are pillars on which stands the decision to select a bride or a bridegroom.This ‘Biradari’ system has had ocean deep imprints on the mentality of a common man.A number of verses and ahadith of Prophet Muhammad(PBUH) can be quoted about the subject.It comes in Surah Al-Hujurat The believers are but brothers, so make settlement between your brothers. And fear Allah that you may receive mercy.” (49:10)The same Surah later says,“O man! Behold, we have created you all out of a male and a female and have made you into nations and tribes so that you might come to know one another. Verily, the noblest of you in the sight of God is the one who is most deeply conscious of Him. Behold, God is all knowing, all aware”(49:13) .When Allah,the Almighty Himself has chosen something and ordered it to us for our own well-being,then who are we to make amendments and go against what has been ordained.Prophet Muhammad(PBUH) said “Verily Allah has removed from you the stupidity of the Jahiliyya and their boasting of their ancestors. Whether you are god-fearing believers or wretched sinners, you are the sons of Adam, and Adam was created from dust”.Just an example to discourage this practice comes to us as a clear evidence when we pray one beside the other and bow down to Him in submission.The rich,the poor,the Arabs,the non-Arabs,all stand adjacent to each other worshiping Him alone.And above all,there would be no leniency shown to the superior over the inferior on the day of Judgement.So,I would say do not indulge yourselves in this Bid’ah and promote the teaching of Islam,promote inter caste marriage.

Therefore,in the light of above references and proofs regarding caste system ,it is advisable for fellow Muslims to abstain from getting into what is disliked in Islam.Please do not make your sons and daughters sit at home just because there is no suitable alliance for them in your ‘Biradari’.

And Allah knows best.

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