Islam and Fourteen Centuries of the Black African Slave Trade

by 1389 on May 6, 2012

in 1389 (blog admin), human trafficking, Islam, North Africa, Shari'a

Yes, Muslim slave-trading of black Africans (and not only of black Africans) continues to this day. If you think that Islam is any friend of black people, or of the oppressed, think again! As Pamela Geller points out, “Under Islam all black peoples are called abeed, plural for slaves.”

Islam and Slavery

(h/t: Atlas Shrugs)

Uploaded by IslamAndSlavery on Oct 16, 2008

When doing research on African slavery I came across this video and was surprised about the slave trade in the Middle East, especially around North Africa. This explains the current genocide that is going on in Darfur and the Sudan. I could see the link with the past that this has been going on for 14 centuries. This person wrote this book about slavery in Islamic states: John Alembillah Azumah. The book is called Legacy of Arab-Islam in Africa: A Quest for Inter-Religious Dialogue. This book reveals the dark secret of Islam and slavery of black people in Africa and the history of how Arab Muslims went to war on and captured black men, women and children and turned them into slaves. While slavery only lasted 3 centuries in the west, it has lasted 14 centuries in the Middle East and exists today in many Muslim countries. He explains the book in this short video and it is very interesting. It explains that when Arab slave traders would raid black villages to the south they would kill the adults and kidnap the children. The boy children were indoctrinated into an Islamic army for the Arabs and the girls were taken as household and sex slaves. The reason their were not that many black descendants in the middle east is because the black male children were castrated so they could not reproduce. There were a few black Africans who grew up and because they curried favor with their masters were allowed to also be slave traders. A very interesting history of black African slave trade and the Muslim Arab world. People need to know this history, BUT instead sadly people will never get enough of watching Souljah Boy dance dude, 50 cent, old Tupac Shakur Rap videos, Britany Spears and other videos and never know the truth, especially white and black converts or reverts. This is part of the legacy of slavery that most African American people should know. Many black converts or reverts do not know this history before they converted believing that they were originally Muslim before they were sold into slavery. They were not. People should research their history before they convert or revert.

Islamic jurisprudence has always justified slavery, and it still does. In Muslim countries, de facto enslavement commonly takes place even when there are secular laws against it.

Activists Arrested in Mauritania after Burning Islamic Jurisdiction Books Legitimizing Slavery

(h/t: Atlas Shrugs)

Published on May 3, 2012 by
Activists Arrested in Mauritania Following Burning of Islamic Jurisdiction Books Legitimizing Slavery – Al-Arabiya TV (Dubai/Saudi Arabia) – April 30, 2012
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Transcript of MEMRI Clip No. 3429, April 30, 2012:

Activists Arrested in Mauritania Following Burning of Islamic Jurisdiction Books Legitimizing Slavery

Following are excerpts from a report on the movement for abolishing slavery in Mauritania, which aired on Al-Arabiya TV on April 30, 2012 :

Reporter : The issue of slavery has taken center stage in Mauritania once again. A human rights organization fighting slavery burnt books of the Maliki school of jurisprudence, prevailing in Mauritania, claiming that they provide a religious justification for continuing slavery. The act took place at the end of a special prayer of slaves, which emphasized their right to lead Muslims in prayer. The burning of the books sparked fury among the public.

Sheik Hamad Ould Al-Tah, head of the Islamic Scholars Association in Mauritania : There has not been much slavery in Mauritania for a long while. A fatwa that was issued by the country’s scholars, and was ratified by the authorities, abolished slavery.

Reporter : Demonstrations erupted throughout the country in condemnation of what was perceived as an affront to [Islam’s] sanctities. The president of Mauritania met with the protestors, and promised to implement the [penalties] of Islamic law upon the leaders of the manumission movement, who burnt the books. The president ordered them arrested and handed over to the courts.

The anti-slavery movement apologized to the Mauritanians for the burning of the Maliki books. The movement explained that this was a symbolic act, in order to draw attention to jurisprudent views legitimizing slavery.

Human rights activist : We hereby apologize to the people of Mauritania and to all good Muslims who felt affronted by this act. We call upon them all to contemplate the feelings and dignity of the thousands of slaves.

Reporter : The activists deemed the reactions to the burning of the books to be extremist, and said that [the protestors] failed to see the connection between some religious texts and the suffering of slaves in Mauritania.


Anti-slavery activist Abeid Ould Amigin : I cannot accept the claim that slavery does not exist. After all, a slave-owner was found guilty, a few months ago, of enslaving two minors. I cannot accept that slavery does not exist, when the state legislated a law in 2007 criminalizing slavery. A state does not legislate laws for things that do not exist.

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1 plemmen May 8, 2012 at 8:19 am

When I was spening a lot of time in the Saudi Arabian peninsula, my Muslim hosts took me to Oman’s slave market where, at that time, it was possible to purchase an eastern European female as a slave. Brunette’s garnered about $20K and blonde’s were sold at a premium, usually an additional $10K. These were all young, thin, beautiful women. In contrast, a black African female slave, in similar age and condition was available at roughly $6K, Moroccan girls with golden skin and green eyes ran about $10K. Moroccan boys were more expensive, about $15K (between 10-12 years old). This was in 2005-6 so it is recent and I haven’t seen where the government of Oman has stopped the slave trade. 👿

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