10 Things You Need to Know About Slavery in Islam


1. Muslim slave trade in Africa has lasted 14 centuries and continues to this day in places like Mauritania, Saudi Arabia, and Sudan.

2. Over 17 million slaves (mostly black women and children) were transported out of Africa by Islamic traders. Another 85 million are believed to have died en route.

3. The Prophet Muhammad practiced and approved of slavery, and directed his men to do the same.

4. The Qur’an devotes more verses to informing Muslim men of their right to keep women as sex slaves, than it does to telling them to pray five times a day.

5. The Arabic word for “black” (Abd) is synonymous with the word for “slave”.

6. Muhammad’s father-in-law, Umar declared that Arabs could not be taken as slaves, and freed all Arab slaves.  This led to the wide Islamic campaign to capture slaves in Africa, Europe and Asia.

7. Western slave trade exploited Africans primarily for agricultural labor. The Arab slave trade on the other hand, has more often used men for military service, and women for sex and for their wombs – to produce children who will be Muslims.

8. Many Muslim leaders since Muhammad have had harems of hundreds (or even thousands) of non-Muslim young girls and women to service their desires.

9. Converting to Islam does not automatically grant a slave his freedom, although this is said to increase the slave master’s heavenly reward.

10. According to Islamic courts, slave masters may treat their slaves however they choose without fear of penalty.


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  • Adamo

    This is all a lie.. inshaAllah (God willing) when I have the time, I will write a point by point response to this nonsense. In short, to say that Islam “approves” of slavery is an over simplification. In the world in which Islam came (like the world of Moses and Jesus) slavery was a very strongly established part of society, it would not be possible to abolish it over night. Therefore, Islam came to regulate and limit it, and to establish egalitarian principles that would lead to the eventual emancipation of slavery. Yes throughout history there were Muslims who abused slavery.. but so did Christians! There are countless verses in the Holy Qur’an and Ahadith (sayings) of the Prophet (pbuh) that emphasis the rights of slavers, to treat them with fairness and dignity, and most of all to free them as one of the greatest deeds one can do. The Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) said about slaves, “Feed them as you feed yourselves, and cloth them as you clothe your own selves.” In another hadith he said do not even call them slaves, they are your brothers! There is another authentic hadith where a Muslim man slapped his slave and the Prophet (pbuh) ordered the man to free him at once, or else he would go to hell for what he did. I can be here ALL DAY quoting Islamic sources about freeing slaves and treating them with equity. I can quote the Bible as well about slaves ! Exodus 21:20-21 “And if a man smite his servant, or his maid, with a rod, and he die under his hand; he shall be surely punished. Notwithstanding, if he continue a day or two, he shall not be punished: for he is his money [property].”

    Slaves, obey your earthly masters with deep respect and fear. Serve them sincerely as you would serve Christ. (Ephesians 6:5 NLT)

    Christians who are slaves should give their masters full respect so that the name of God and his teaching will not be shamed. If your master is a Christian, that is no excuse for being disrespectful. You should work all the harder because you are helping another believer by your efforts. Teach these truths, Timothy, and encourage everyone to obey them. (1 Timothy 6:1-2 NLT)

    The servant will be severely punished, for though he knew his duty, he refused to do it. “But people who are not aware that they are doing wrong will be punished only lightly. Much is required from those to whom much is given, and much more is required from those to whom much more is given.” (Luke 12:47-48 NLT)

    This ridiculous article only shows your fear that Islam is true.. we are the fasting growing religion in the world.. Churches are empty and being closed down while Mosques are FILLED with our youth and new converts from all religions who are flocking to the truth… whiles Churches close, Mosques are being built! And this is how you cowards react, by quoting things out of context and you demonize us because you have no other way to handle your frustration. Why don’t you busy yourself with speaking out against the disgusting injustices of your corrupt Church? Laa ilaha il Allah, Mohammadan Rasul Allah.. There is no god but God and Mohammad is His Messenger ! peace be upon him !