Originally published in NY Daily News
Johnson City, N.Y.: Islam has taught racial equality since the very beginning. Prophet Muhammed was a stout supporter of equality and never treated anyone from another race, religion or gender unequally. The prophet allowed the very first ahzan (call to prayers) to be done by Bilal, an African. Islam fosters love, union and tolerance for people who are different in race, color, culture or sex. So as the prophet teaches, as American Muslims, this Black History Month, we condemn all forms of racism.