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Pakistani families follow “caste” system, (Kaum), Why is this wrong?

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In Pakistan, there is a “caste” system for families and many will only marry within caste (e.g. Choudhary, Butt etc). However, this only reflects family heritage. If our Holy Prophet (SAWS) was from the Honorable Tribe of Quresh, which also represents a family heritage, then why are Pakistani people criticised for following their heritage? Awaiting your reply. Jazakallah Khair.


It is not prohibited for a person to marry within his heritage. However, it
is prohibited for a person of any heritage or caste to regard themselves as
superior and look down upon others.

Allah Ta’ala says, ‘Verily the most honoured among you is the most pious among you.’

and Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

Mufti Ebrahim Desai

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