Al-Tirmidhi Hadith - 38

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Narrated AbudDarda'

Allah's Messenger (peace be upon him) said: Allah created Adam when He had to create him and He struck his right shoulder and there emitted from it white offspring as if they were white ants. He struck his left shoulder and there emitted from it the black offspring as if they were charcoal. He then said (to those who had been emitted) from the right (shoulder): For Paradise and I do not mind. Then He said to those (who had been emitted) from his left shoulder: They are for Hell and I do not mind.

Transmitted by Ahmad.

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  Abdul Rahman    
  10 years 3 weeks ago


Assalaamu Alaikum fellow muslim brothers.., i have a question concerning this Hadith and that is, "Does this mean that all Bani Adams (Humans) that are white inherits Paradise and all Bani Adams that are black goes to the hell fire???

I am really confused and need your help. Jazakumulahi Ghairan.


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  max Flunck   in reply to  
  5 weeks 4 days ago
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  Syed Husain    
  10 years 3 weeks ago
Assuming this is an authentic hadith, it’s impossible to seriously and honestly accept that “white” and “black” here refer to the caucasian and black races when one considers other ayaat and ahadith on the subject of race. As for ayyat, we have http://alim.org/library/quran/ayah/compare/49/13/ which establishes Allah (swt) created humans in a way that there would eventually arise different races but nonetheless established taqwa as the criteria for measuring a person’s worth. Some tafasir mention this verse revealed in response to a racist remark made by Abu Sufyan about Bilal. As for other ahadith on this subject, we have http://alim.org/library/hadith/SHB/256/9 , http://alim.org/library/hadith/tir/1361 , and “You should know that no Arab is superior over a non-Arab and, no non-Arab is superior over any Arab, no white is superior over black and no black is superior over white. Superiority is by righteousness and God-fearing [alone]. (Ibn Hanbal, Musnad, 411 [this collection is not yet available on this site]). Amongst the sahaba who were black were Bilal and Zayd Ibn Harithah, the latter of whose son, Usama, was also a sahabi. These are all “heavyweight” sahabis – Zayd for example was placed in charge of the army by the Prophet (s). Hence, obviously the Prophet (s) succeeded in making race a non-issue amongst his followers. So black and white in this hadith must refer to the characteristics of people rather than their skin color.
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  nuhu umar    
  10 years 2 weeks ago

Assalamu alaikum brothers and sisters, Islam being a universal religion is a guide to humanity as a whole irrespective of race, colour, status, belief etc. Therefore the interpretation of the above hadith cannot be from race perspective, I tend to agree with Syed Husain's interpretation of the hadith as a result of the various sections of the Holy Quran cited. Allah swt has created all people equal and it is our deeds in this life that defines who we are and our relationship with our creator, not our race, colour, wealth or status, educational attainment etc. May Allah swt continue to guide us and strenghten our iman, ameen ya Rabb. 
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  Mariama Bojang    
  9 years 51 weeks ago
Assalamu Alaikum, Alhamdulillah, I thank Allah for sending to us the Holy Prophet Muhammad(SAW)....I thank Allah for being part of this great Umma.. The outside content (the body) my Soul is placed in is black. In no way that determines who I am... I thanked Allah (SWT) for giving me a chance to see through how sacred we are as children of Adam.. If you do wrong to a "white" or "black" young or old the pain or punishment of this wrong doing is felt almost immediately on you the wrong doer... It is the Soul that determines who we are once the Soul returns to Allah the body decomposes to its original form dirt, mud, sand.. May Allah forgive us for sins we know and the ones we have no knowledge about.... May Allah increase our knowledge and help us to be on the right path and stay there.... Ameen...... Assalamu Alaikum
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  Musa    
  9 years 50 weeks ago
Assalamu alaik.Alhamdulillah.i tend to agree with all of you base on the religious comments poured for the sake of Islam.The holy prophet(p.b.h)did not brought to us islam on any basis non like equality,love,peace,obedient and submission to the Almighty God.Hence the hadith above has nothing to do with racism or differences in color or skin but the believe and faith in Allah...jazakumunllahu-alkhair!
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  Ameen Rais    
  4 years 23 weeks ago
Assalaamullahi alaikum,

I am so glad to see the respons of all my brothers on this hadith, but my own understanding is this; even if the hadith is authentic then it needs an interpretation, meaning the "white offspring" refered to in the hadith means "Cleanhearted, God fearing offspring" and the "black(en) offspring" referes to the "Sinning heart of humankind".
Therefore it is not in any form refered to the skin complexion as it where not mentioned in the hadith but was mention in a verse of the Holy Quran which is superior than Hadith in terms of ruling, here is the Verse;

"O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female and made you into nations and tribes that ye may know each other (not that ye may despise each other). Verily the most honored of you in the sight of Allah is (he who is) the most righteous of you. And Allah has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things)." (Chapter 49:Verse13).

MashaAllah
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