Assalamu Alaikum Brothers in Islam,
I found myself a bit queasy reading what the Great Imams and Scholars of Fiqh had to say regarding Al-Kafa'a.
Here are some of their views,
Imaam Abu Haneefah (RA) has stated: وقال أبو حنيفة لا تكافئ العجم العرب ولا العرب قريشا
“A non-Arab is not suitable in marriage for an Arab, nor is a non-Qurayshi Arab (suitable) for a Qurayshi.”
And Imaam Nawawi (RA) says in his Minhaj at-Talibeen that: فالعجمي ليس كفء عربية ولا غير قرشية ولا غير هاشمي ومطلبي لهما And the non-Arab male is not suitable in marriage for an Arab female, nor is a non-Qurayshi male or a non-Hashimi male suitable in marriage for a Qurayshi or Hashimi female
Apparently out of the 4 Great Imams of Fiqh, All of them except Imam Malik (RA) subscribed to such a discrimination.
Is this proven from the Sunnah? How can this be accepted to be part of Islam when our beloved Prophet (Saw) was sent to dismantle all types of discrimination?