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Photographs of African Americans killed by police line up the sidewalk of an encampment of activists outside the City Hall in Los Angeles, California, August 12, 2016. (Photo by AFP)
Photographs of African Americans killed by police line up the sidewalk of an encampment of activists outside the City Hall in Los Angeles, California, August 12, 2016. (Photo by AFP)

The Holy Qur’an says in surat al-Hujurat verse 13: "O people, We have created you male and female and made you nations and tribes that you may know one another. Verily, the most noble of you to Allah is the most righteous of you."

Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) set a powerful example against racism in the manner in which he treated his companions. Bilal, of African descent, was given the major honour of being the Muazzin even when Arabic was not his first language. He was chosen for his righteousness. The Holy Prophet (PBUH) broke all racism barriers by his treatment of Bilal.

But the world we live in today, especially the Western world, has completely different sets of values in matters of racism.

Recent media reports about Prince Harry of the British monarchy dating a biracial American actress has unearthed the racism prevalent in the Western media. There was much written about the possible tainting of the "blue blood" of the royals by the black blood of the actress. How do the two cultures compare?