Sister Umm Adam over in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the same kingdom where you can get 200 lashes for talking to the media about being gang-raped and blamed for the crime, has an interesting piece on her experience with Saudi and other non-black women in Saudi Arabia who openly and matter-of-factly told her she was “black and ugly” and basically “how could a white man marry you”.
Despite what some Muslims may tell you, or to those who say I try and insert American notions of race in the Muslim World where they do not belong, race is very real in the Muslim World and particularly in the Arab World where black skin is seen as a sign of inferiority and this is something that predates colonialism.
Tawoos, a student of Abdullah Ibn Abbas (R.A.) and a Tabieen, believed to father children with black women was haram because it was “changing the creation”. Ibn Kaldun and Ibn Batutta, two men a lot of more liberal-minded Muslims like to quote, writings were full of statements demeaning to blacks.
I encourage all to read the the post by Umm Adam and to then check out the sister over at Southern Muslimah who has a heart-felt post about the number of heart-broken white women she knows who have suffered trying to be the “perfect Arab wife” and both posts speak to the fact that no matter how much you try to sweep these issues under the rug they are as real in Mecca as they are in Montgomery, AL.