American Muslims for Palestine stands against all forms of racism and bigotry

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In its efforts to educate Americans about Palestine and its rich heritage, the American Muslims for Palestine upholds inherent human rights for all people everywhere and firmly stands against all forms of bigotry and racism.

Specifically, the struggle for the inalienable rights for Palestinians is categorically opposed to all forms of racism and bigotry, including Islamophobia, anti-black racism, anti-immigrants, anti-Semitism, and other forms of bigotry directed particularly toward people of color and indigenous peoples everywhere. 

The tenets of justice and equality are interwoven throughout Islam; and, indeed, the Quran celebrates the vast and rich diversity that exists among the global human family. "Surely in the creation of the Heavens and the Earth and in the variety of your tongues and your complexions are signs of wonderment." Surah Ar-Rum, 30:22.

Building on this ‘wonderment,’ however, is the reminder that superiority is not granted based upon skin color or ethnic background but upon the content of our character.  As Muslims we believe that the diversity of the human family has a divine purpose. We hold that racism, at its core, is a process of disruption of human potential.  Palestine is served through manifesting the divinely ascribed diversity and by practicing acts of inclusiveness. Our work for justice, therefore, should focus on unjust acts and conduct, and those who perpetrate them, and not on the essence and humanity of all.

Almighty Allah has said, “… [We] have made you nations and tribes that ye may know one another. Lo! The noblest of you, in the sight of Allah, is the best in conduct. Lo! Allah is Knower, Aware.” Surah al-Hujurat (49:13). 

Finally, AMP follows the words our Prophet Muhammad (May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), who reminds us in his farewell sermon of the interconnectivity of all human beings: “All mankind is from Adam and Eve. An Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over a black nor does a black have any superiority over a white, except by piety (taqwa) and good action.”