Do Arabs hate Persians?

Mudassir Ali
Feb 18, 2020 05:25 AM 0 Answers
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Mudassir Ali
- Feb 18, 2020 05:25 AM

Yes there is a significant hatred.

In the Ancient times, the Persians established several large and powerful empires which interacted with the Arabs either through conquest or trade. The result was the stirring of a strong hatred and aversion towards Persians among Arabs who felt disrespected by them.

This saw many atrocities committed in Persia when the Arabs conquered it along with the creation of rumors that Persians were hated by God himself. As well as countless slurs such as the word Ajam as it was claimed that Persians were too stupid to speak coherently and thus mumbled.

This actually forced numerous Islamic Scholars to try to defuse hatred towards Persians, as seen in the following exchange between the 13th century Hanbali scholar Ibn Taymiyyah and an Arab Muslim on the Persian language:

Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah (may Allaah have mercy on him) was asked:

“In what (language) will Allaah address the people on the Day of Resurrection? Will Allaah address them in the tongue of the Arabs? Is it true that the language of the people of Hell will be Farsi and that the language of the people of Paradise will be Arabic?”

He replied:

Praise be to Allaah, the Lord of the Worlds. It is not known what language the people will speak on that Day, or in what language they will hear the words of the Lord, may He be exalted, because Allaah has not told us anything about that, nor has His Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). It is not true that Farsi will be the language of the people of Hell, or that Arabic will be the language of the people of Paradise. We do not know of any discussion of that among the Sahaabah (may Allaah be pleased with them), rather all of them refrained from speaking of that because speaking about such a thing is discussion of something unnecessary…

Majmoo’ al-Fataawa (4/299) (For those not aware, Farsi is the name of the Persian language in Arabic)

However it should be noted that this hatred is not one-sided.

While the question deals only with Arabs (and thus I focused only on Arabs), I will end my answer by pointing out that many Persians also hate Arabs often for historical reasons as well.

So this isn’t a lopsided affair but a historic rivalry based in animosity.

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