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Judaism, Islam, Christianity, & Slavery

Judaism, Islam, Christianity, & Slavery

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Published by: Ambakisye-Okang Olatunde on Jul 27, 2010
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Question:Does Islam condone slavery? Does Islamic teaching allow Muslim men tokeep women as sex slaves?Summary Answer:Far from ignoring or condemning slavery, Islam condones the horribleinstitution like no other religion.Muslims are encouraged to live in the way of Muhammad, who was a slaveowner and trader. He captured slaves in battle. He had sex with his slaves.And he instructed his men to do the same. The Qur'an actually devotesmore verses to making sure that Muslim men know they can keep women assex slaves than it does to telling them to pray five times a day.The Qur'an:Qur'an (33:50) - "O Prophet! We have made lawful to thee thy wives towhom thou hast paid their dowers; and those (slaves) whom thy right handpossesses out of the prisoners of war whom Allah has assigned to thee" Thisis a special command that Muhammad handed down to himself, allowinghimself virtually unlimited sex. Others are limited to four wives, but mayalso have sex with an unlimited number of slaves, as the following versemake clear:Qur'an (23:5-6) - "..who abstain from sex, except with those joined to themin the marriage bond, or (the captives) whom their right hands possess..."
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This verse allows the slave-owner to have sex with his slaves. See alsoQur'an (70:29-30).Qur'an (4:24) - "And all married women (are forbidden unto you) save those(captives) whom your right hands possess." Even sex with married slaves ispermissible.Qur'an (8:69) - "But (now) enjoy what ye took in war, lawful and good" Areference to war booty, of which slaves were a part. The Muslim slavemaster may enjoy his "catch" because (according to verse 71) "Allah gaveyou mastery over them."Qur'an (24:32) - "And marry those among you who are single and those whoare fit among your male slaves and your female slaves..." Breeding slavesbased on fitness.Qur'an (2:178) - "O ye who believe! Retaliation is prescribed for you in thematter of the murdered; the freeman for the freeman, and the slave for theslave, and the female for the female." The message of this verse, whichprescribes the rules of retaliation for murder, is that all humans are notcreated equal. The human value of a slave is less than that of a free person(and a woman's worth is also distinguished from that of a man's).Qur'an (16:75) - "Allah sets forth the Parable (of two men: one) a slaveunder the dominion of another; He has no power of any sort; and (theother) a man on whom We have bestowed goodly favours from Ourselves,and he spends thereof (freely), privately and publicly: are the two equal?(By no means;) praise be to Allah." Yet another confirmation that the slaveis is not equal to the master. In this case it is plain that the slave owes hisstatus to Allah's will. (According to 16:71, the owner should be carefulabout insulting Allah by bestowing Allah's gifts on slaves - those whom thegod of Islam has not favored).
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From the Hadith:Bukhari (80:753) - "The Prophet said, 'The freed slave belongs to the peoplewho have freed him.'"Bukhari (52:255) - The slave who accepts Islam and continues serving hisMuslim master will receive a double reward in heaven.Bukhari (41.598) - Slaves are property. They cannot be freed if an ownerhas outstanding debt, but rather used to pay off the debt.Bukhari (62:137) - An account of women taken as slaves in battle byMuhammad's men after their husbands and fathers were killed. The womanwere raped with Muhammad's approval.

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