of the times. Rather than put them in jail, the slaves were distributed to eachhousehold and they were responsible for the welfare of the slaves. TheMessenger of Allah (saws) exhorted the believers to feed them what they atethemselves, and dress them in the clothes that they themselves dressed.Thus, there arose a issue with the women who were captured as Prisoners of War, and were not exchanged, nor ransomed, nor had any place to return to.Most times the wars were with tribes, and whoever won these wars, the losingtribes were completely annihilated. Thus there was no place to send thePrisoners of War back to, and it became imperative that these people wereinculcated within the society. Thus there were two choices left with the slavegirls:Leave them alone in society with no family and no protection.Give them under the guardianship and protection of an existing family.
Option-1. Leave them alone in society with no family and no protection.
This would not have been a good option. There was obviously a fear that thesewomen, who had absolutely no family and tribe to protect or feed them, wouldstart immoral practices if left to fend for themselves. And because no one coulddetermine their lineage, no honorable person at that time would marry themoutright. And also it would not be right to just leave these women, who hadabsolutely no means, no family, and no protection in a foreign land.
Option-2.Give them under the guardianship of an existing family.
The state would determine which slave girl to which household. Neither thepeople who received the slave girl, nor the slave girl had a choice. Whatever was allotted by the state was received by them. This was considered the bestand novel system to eradicate slavery and accept the slaves as members of society. We must not try to imagine this system of distribution and acceptance intoday’s society, but rather 1400 years at the time of the Prophet (saws). Thetraining and discipline of the noble companions of the Prophet (saws), and thetrue Islamic society which was created in light of the Holy Quran and theguidance of the Messenger of Allah (saws) must be kept in view to get a fullpicture of the condition of the times.
Your comment: What is a concubine?
The slave girl that was allotted by the state to the respective household, thusbecame the consort of one member of the household. Only this person wasallowed to have a sexual relationship with this slave girl. The difference betweenthis person’s wife and the slave girl was that his wife came into his house throughthe proper marriage contract (Nikaah), and the slave girl was allotted by thestate.
Your comment : What is their status in a man’s life, esp a married person’slife?