By Abu 'l-Faraj Ibn al-Jawzi, Translated by Adnan Karim, Dar al-Arqam, paperback, 320 pages
It is reported that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) delivered a sermon wherein he stated, "O people, indeed your Lord is one and your forefather is one. Indeed, there is no superiority for the Arab over the non-Arab nor the non-Arab over the Arab, and there is no superiority for the white over the black nor the black over the white. Have I conveyed the message?" The people replied, "The Messenger of Allah has conveyed the message." [Musnad Aḥmad (23489, ṣaḥīḥ)]
The author said, "I bore witness to a group of eminent Ḥabash who were disheartened due to the darkness of their skin colour. I thus clarified to them that the matter upon which consideration is placed is good deeds rather than one's appearance, and I wrote this book for them to mention the virtue of many from amongst the Ḥabash and black people."
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