Grace Beats Race

Written by: Amara Khalil ur Rehman

The term Race refers to classification of the human according to corporeal characteristics. It’s dividing the human species into groups based on visual traits (such as skin, color, cranial, facial features, or type of hair), ancestry, genetics, or social affairs, or the relations between them. It is only a belief with the intention of inherent differences among the various Human racial groups establish cultural or individual achievement, usually Involving the idea that one’s own race is superior and has the right to dictate the others.

Racism is the faith of a particular race is superior or inferior to another that a person’s social and moral traits are prearranged by his or her inborn natural characteristics. Racial separatism is the reliance, most of the time based on racism. The most widely used human racial types are those based on the classification of humans. Grace by distinction, is unmerited favor by God. Muslims believe that God Almighty grants His Grace and Mercy to those who have faith and who do good works. Grace is an obscure word in the Quran. Allah, in rendition from the Arabic, is either the ‘Most Gracious’ or the ‘Most Beneficent. God Almighty says: “And He (God) answers those who believe and do good works, and gives them more out of His Grace.” (Quran 42:26). God Almighty tells us that His Grace, Mercy, and Love are for those who “believe” and do “good works”: In another place Allah says: “Indeed, those who have believed and done righteous deeds – the Most Merciful will appoint for them affection.” (Quran 19:96).

Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said: “…Be aware that none among you can attain Salvation only by virtue of his own deeds.”

The people asked him: “O Allah’s Messenger, not even you?”

To which, the Prophet (SAW) replied: “Not even me, unless Allah encompasses me with His Mercy and Grace.”

According to Abu Huraira (RA), Prophet Muhammad (SAW) once said “None amongst you can get into Paradise by virtue of his deeds alone … not even I, but that Allah should wrap me in his grace and mercy.” The thought that Allah loves every human being might be a nice fluffy neo-hippy ideal, but it is nonsensical and it is not supported by Allah’s Message.
Islam is a religion which gives value to both inner belief as well as outer works. Being a Muslim does not involve that one merely carries out acts of ritual worship, nor that one only hold a certain belief in the heart without it being visible in one’s actions. Islam teaches with the intention of inner faith is the earliest, foremost, and most important is the five pillars are fundamentals of Islam. Islam teaches the facilitate salvation is accomplish by Allah’s Grace and that God grant his Grace upon those who have both inner belief and outer good works.

To conclude the matter, whoever is loved by Allah will enter the Abode of Heaven, and Allah bestows his Love and Grace upon the good achiever, those who believe with true sincerity and who do works of justice. Allah grants his Grace only upon those who strive to achieve it. This grace is different than mercy. From the divine perspective, mercy is not getting punished for what you deserve whereas grace is being blessed even when you don’t deserve it. When you run alone, it’s called race and when God runs with you, it’s called grace.

Grace beats race every time!


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