“Worldly definitions cannot afford a person honour and greatness. In the sight of God Almighty, great is the one who is righteous.
اِنَّ اَکۡرَمَکُمۡ عِنۡدَ اللّٰہِ اَتۡقٰکُمۡ ؕ اِنَّ اللّٰہَ عَلِیۡمٌ خَبِیۡرٌ
“[‘Verily, the most honourable among you, in the sight of Allah, is he who is the most righteous among you. Surely, Allah is All-Knowing, All-Aware.’ (Surah al-Hujurat, Ch. 49: V. 14)]
“The various castes are no cause of honour. God Almighty has only made these castes a means of recognition. These days, even after four generations, it becomes difficult to confirm a person’s lineage. It does not behove a righteous person to fall into disputes over caste. Allah the Exalted has decreed that castes are no means of preference in His estimation. True honour and greatness comes from righteousness alone.”
(Malfuzat [English], Vol. 1, pp. 35-36)