Slavery in Islam vs. North America
Channel: Tom Facchine
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How can Islam claim to liberate all people, and particularly black people, when it allowed slavery to exist?
There are two answers to this doubt. The first answer is that slavery was allowed within Islamic law for only one reason. And that is to protect refugees, and to incorporate them into Muslim society. There was no other legitimate way for someone to become a slave. You were not allowed to just go ambush someone on the road or in their home and kidnap them and make them your slave No way. And another thing this type of slavery was not based on race. It was not based on the color of your skin. The Companions who were freed slaves at the time of the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam were from every nation. And they had every skin tone. So hey, was from room which is today in
the area around Italy. And Greece, Sandman, the Pharisee was from Persia. Billa was from Ethiopia. They it wasn't out of
all of them were slaves.
Then how did they become slaves? If a battle was fought between two sides, one side wins, and the other side loses? What do you do with the enemy soldiers who were defeated? Do you let them go home so that they can fight you again tomorrow? What do you do with the families and dependents of those enemy soldiers who were killed in battle? Their women, their children, the elderly? Do you leave them alone to fend for themselves? Who will take care of them? Today, we have the United Nations. We have refugee camps. We have resettlement centers. We have one in Utica. These things did not exist 1400 years ago.
And even if they did,
the system that we have today is not a perfect system.
Ask any one of the many people in our community that have spent time in these refugee centers.
Sometimes they are not safe.
Sometimes there is no security. Sometimes people get exploited in these refugee camps. Sometimes you spend the best years or even decades of your life in these camps.
1400 years ago, Islamic law had a very practical solution. Bring them back to the Muslim territory, place them within homes
of the Muslims. treat them with dignity. Let them see Islam in practice, and give them a pathway to freedom and an independent life. Once again. Remember, the Prophet Mohammed says a long way he was Southern Command and Muslims to feed their slaves the same food that they themselves ate and commanded them to clothe them in the exact same types of clothes that they themselves have wore, and even to share in the labor together. Islam also recommended slaves to be freed as an act of pious worship at every single opportunity. If a Muslim slipped up and broke his fast or broke his pledge or committed manslaughter or many other offenses in Islamic law, his expiation was to free one of
his slaves. This is a completely different system from the system of slavery that existed in North America since the year 1609, where unsuspecting African people were brutally kidnapped from their homes and packed onto slave ships in chains, without food, without water, without a place to go to the bathroom in such brutal conditions that countless people died before they even reached North America. And then when they made it to their final destination, the slave master lived in the big house. While his slaves lived in shacks, the slave master or expensive clothes, and the slaves wore rags. The slave master ate the finest foods that could be purchased, and the slaves got crumbs. The
slave master lived a life of luxury and ease, while the slaves toiled from sunup to sundown.
And where Islamic law put a huge emphasis on the freedom of slaves and freeing slaves, North American slavery was designed to keep you and your descendants of slave forever and ever.
These two systems are so completely different, and so completely opposite, that they shouldn't really even be called the same thing.
So this was the first answer to our question, the institution of slavery in Islamic law, if we want to call it that was intended to protect and settle refugees, and it functioned completely opposite to slavery as practiced in North America. The second answer
to how we can explain the existence of slavery in Islam can be found in an old saying, you will know a tree by its fruit. That means if something is good, it will produce good results. And if something is bad, it will produce bad results. When you get to the second and third generation of Muslims. You will notice that freed slaves or the children of freed slaves made up most of the leaders of Muslim society, both religious and political leaders during his reign. On a given us a thought, well, the Allahu Anhu he went on a pilgrimage, either Umrah or Hajj and when he was on the road, he ran into the governor of Mecca. Who did you leave in charge? Omar asked if an Absa replied the governor.
Who's that said Omar. Omar had never heard of him before. The reply came he's a freed slave. Upon hearing this Omar said Emma in new Samira to Nabi sallallahu alayhi wa salam Yeah, cool. In the law, he yells that will be heard that Dean up while we're here, but I will be here. Funny.
Didn't I hear your Prophet said, Surely Allah will elevate some nations with this religion.
And he will bring others down because of it.
There is also a conversation that took place between the Omega Caylus optometric even Mattawan and the famous scholar as suffering
of the Maillet asked, as Sophie, where are you coming from? As Sophie said, I'm coming from Mecca.
Abdul Malik asked, Who's in charge of Mecca right now. As we told him, I'll call him Robert.
The king of the medic asked him, Is he an Arab? Or is he a freed slave?
a freed slave says.
How was he the leader of the thematic sets as though free replies because he knows the most about the deen and he understands it the best? Yes, as it should be automatic sets and he knows that this is the right thing to say. But you can tell from the way the conversation is going that he's not entirely happy with a freed slave as the leader of Mecca. So he starts asking about the other regions and the other cities under Muslim control Yemen, who's in charge there. Oh, whoops. Egypt. Yes, even Abby Habib. What about Shan Nakuru? What about Al Jazeera Mamoon even better on what about for Assam and Bihar given Mazagon What about Basra and has never been sweet? Every single time?
Automatic is asking is this person of Arab or a freed slave and every single time he says he's a freed slave, every single one of those previous people.
Until finally optometric asks about Kufa, who's in charge in Kufa
and as author he says it's Ibrahim enough. I mean, he's in charge. Is he an Arab? I'm the medic says yes. As of resets. Finally, optometric must have been thinking. Then he says something that maybe we've heard before in our own times optimatics says these freed slaves are taken over.
Soon they will be giving the football from the top the member and US atoms will be sitting underneath them just listen to
listen to Zoe's response. As often he says yeah, I mean, we need
In the man who Emeril law he Medina
men have you know who said
woman lawyer who set up.
Oh Commander of the Faithful. This is a laws decree and this is a laws Dean.
Whoever takes care of it is the leader.
And whoever loses it or squanders it is going to fall.
You will know a tree by its fruit.
If the system of slavery in a snap, or we can say that Islam permitted at the time of our prophets of Allah body, he was salam and the companions. If it had been oppressive, then this would not have been its results.
We would not see freed slaves and their children making up the bulk of religious and political leaders of the Ummah, if it were truly oppressive. We would see something like we see in the United States of America, where the descendants of enslaved people are still carrying the weight of intergenerational trauma. Sir Edom Andrew Beck, is proof of this, a black man, a freed slave and the Eman of the second generation of Muslims