The notion of ethnic or social superiority is absent from Islam, if not from the practice of all Muslims.

 “O humanity! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female and made you into nations and tribes that you may know each other (not that you may despise each other). Truly the most honoured of you in the sight of Allah is (the one who is) the most righteous of you. And Allah has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things).” [Quran 49:13]

There is a notion in western thinking of “blue blood.”

Not much openly discussed these days, it originated in Spain in the ninth century.

The Gothic nobles of the north proved that they were of pure pedigree by displaying the blue veins on their inner wrists, unlike the darker skinned Muslims.

Eventually it came to divide the lower and upper classes throughout Europe, with the original racist religious origins forgotten.

We saw a very clear illustration of the continuation of this ruler’s attitude towards “the other” in Pru Goward’s recent article.  [AFR, 19 October 2021]

Ms Goward, NSW Liberal minister for community services until 2019, and  a former federal sex discrimination commissioner, was appointed  Professor of Social Interventions and Policy in August 2019 by Western Sydney University, of all places.

Likening the “underclass, ” which she seems to think is linked to the proletariat, to the stoats and weasels of “The Wind in the Willows,” she writes…..”They were to be feared and were, to use my mother’s words, not very nice.”

“Government agencies view them with alarm as huge cost centres; they are over-represented in their use of government crisis services and are always the last to give up smoking, get their shots and eat two servings of vegetables a day.”

Echoing Malthus she says: “Their birth rates far outstrip those of professional couples and they are now a significant potential contributor to our workforce.”

They not only breed like rabbits but they are also mentally deficient: “… their children languish in the growing number of behavioural support classes in general high schools where they learn little.”

They might suffer from mental illness, cognitive disabilities and traumatic childhoods but they can be of service, presumably to the “blue bloods.”

They can help avoid the importation of large number of workers by being made more amenable to exploitation with some undefined but “well designed” social policy.

“I am convinced we can do better to harness the force that the people of the underclass represent. We need to make it a focus of social policy, not a by-product of it. We have little choice, or we will continue to import our workforce …”

This approach, coming from a Western Sydney Professor of Social Interventions and Policy, is concerning.

“A Demographic, Social and Economic Profile of Muslims in Australia 2015,” by Professor Riaz Hassan, pointed to evidence of social injustice, rather than inferiority, behind the picture.

Australian Muslims’ level of educational attainment compares favourably with the total population.

They are more likely to have completed Year 12 and Muslim men are more likely to have a bachelors or postgraduate degree.

A larger proportion of Muslims are in full-time education compared with all Australians.

Muslims live near employment opportunities, 75% living in Melbourne or Sydney.

The Muslim population is young, going on the profile of immigrants to this country, with over 60% of our Muslim population immigrant.

What does not match this well educated and productive profile is the level of income, of unemployment and ease of obtaining employment.

Muslim Australians are significantly underrepresented in the high-status occupational categories and overrepresented in lower socioeconomic categories.

Their rate of unemployment is about double that of all Australians and there is blatant discrimination in employment practices.

“To get as many interviews as an Anglo applicant with an Anglo-sounding name, an Indigenous person must submit 35 per cent more applications, … and a Middle Eastern person 64 per cent more applications.”

Blue blood mentality, Malthusian starve the poor to stop them breeding, God favours the good through prosperity, are all anti-human attitudes which still exist under the surface, only occasionally vomiting forth.

The Muslim community needs to step up front on such issues and defend basic morality.