Islam’s Connection towards Slavery and Racism

The “religion of peace” is shrouded in slavery and racism, Muslims are unaware that Muhammad shared a common passion along side names such as: David Rice Atchison an owner of many slaves and a plantation. Vasco Núñez de Balboa was a Spanish explorer, governor, and conquistador who always searched for gold and slaves while enlarging his territory. Robert Ruffin Barrow was an American sugar planter and slave owner from Louisiana. He owned a dozen plantations and hundreds of slaves.

Muhammad’s name is among such people, we can look into the Muslim sources to see what’s been documented about ha-Meshuggah (Hebrew: מְשֻׁגָּע‬‎, “the Madman” or “the Possessed”) as the Jews called him.

In the Bible the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob hated slavery, it’s a common theme running through the Bible. One such event comes to mind which is the captivity of the children of Israel in Egypt. The Israelites came into bondage. Israel’s sons sold Joseph into slavery recorded in the book of Genesis.

Genesis 37:28 Then there passed by Midianites merchantmen; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmeelites for twenty [pieces] of silver: and they brought Joseph into Egypt.

Joseph lived in Egypt for 17 years. During that time he gained the favour of Pharaoh and became second ruler only to Pharaoh himself. There was a great famine and Jacob brought his father (Israel) and brothers into Egypt after years of believing Joseph was dead. Information about Joseph is found in Genesis chapters 37-50.

After the death of Jospeh the 2nd Pharaoh at that time didn’t know Joseph (Exodus 1:8) and placed the children of Israel under slavery. They were under hard bondage for 400 years, in which God raised up a deliver in Moses. God used Moses to free the Israelites out of slavery, proving the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob is against slavery.

What about Islam? The best way to view Islam’s position on slavery is to look at Muhammad “the best example to mankind” according to Muslims. I must admit before looking into it my first impression of Muhammad was that he was a dark man.

To my surprise I found out that Muhammad is actually a white man. The Hadith’s give us insight into what he looked like, such words used to describe him are: white thigh, white armpit, white man and rosy color. Let’s first establish this fact of Muhammad’s “whiteness”.

White thigh
Narrated Abdul Aziz Anas said, ‘When Allah’s Apostle invaded Khaibar, we offered the Fajr prayer there (early in the morning) when it was still dark. The Prophet rode and Abu Talha rode too and I was riding behind Abu Talha. The Prophet passed through the lane of Khaibar quickly and my knee was touching the thigh of the Prophet. He uncovered his thigh and I saw the whiteness of the thigh of the Prophet. … — Sahih al-Bukhari 371, Book 8, Hadith 23, Vol. 1, Book 8, Hadith 367

White armpit
The narrator Anas added that the Prophet (ﷺ) raised his hands (during the invocation) to such an extent that the whiteness of his armpits was visible. — Sahih al-Bukhari 1030, Book 15, Hadith 25, Vol. 2, Book 17, Hadith 140

White man
Narrated Anas bin Malik: While we were sitting with the Prophet (ﷺ) in the mosque, a man came riding on a camel. He made his camel kneel down in the mosque, tied its foreleg and then said: “Who amongst you is Muhammad?” At that time the Prophet (ﷺ) was sitting amongst us (his companions) leaning on his arm. We replied, “This white man reclining on his arm.” … — Sahih al-Bukhari 63, Book 3, Hadith 5, Vol. 1, Book 3, Hadith 63

Rosy color
Narrated Rabi`a bin Abi `Abdur-Rahman: I heard Anas bin Malik describing the Prophet (ﷺ) saying, “He was of medium height amongst the people, neither tall nor short; he had a rosy color, neither absolutely white nor deep brown; his hair was neither completely curly nor quite lank. …” — Sahih al-Bukhari 3547, Book 61, Hadith 56, Vol. 4, Book 56, Hadith 747

It’s clear Muhammad wanted us to know how white he was, establishing these facts through the Muslim sources we can see how important it was to him. Moving one we’ll see that Muhammad owned black slaves.

Jabir (Allah be pleased with him) reported: There came a slave and pledg- ed allegiance to Allah’s Apostle (ﷺ) on migration; he (the Holy Prophet) did not know that he was a slave. Then there came his master and demanded him back, whereupon Allah’s Apostle (ﷺ) said: Sell him to me. And he bought him for two black slaves, and he did not afterwards take allegiance from anyone until he had asked him whether he was a slave (or a free man) — Sahih Muslim 1602, Book 22, Hadith 152, Book 10, Hadith 3901

Yahya related to me from Malik from Thawr ibn Zayd ad-Dili from Abu’l-Ghayth Salim, the mawla of ibn Muti that Abu Hurayra said, “We went out with the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, in the yearof Khaybar. We did not capture any gold or silver except for personal effects, clothes, and baggage. Rifaa ibn Zayd presented a black slave boy to the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, whose name was Midam. … — Book 21, Hadith 25, Book 21, Hadith 986

I came and behold, Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) was staying on a Mashroba (attic room) and a black slave of Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) was at the top if its stairs. I said to him, “(Tell the Prophet) that here is `Umar bin Al- Khattab (asking for permission to enter).” Then he admitted me. — Sahih al-Bukhari 7263, Book 95, Hadith 17, Vol. 9, Book 91, Hadith 368

Narrated Anas bin Malik: Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) was on a journey and he had a black slave called Anjasha, and he was driving the camels (very fast, and there were women riding on those camels). Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said, “Waihaka (May Allah be merciful to you), O Anjasha! Drive slowly (the camels) with the glass vessels (women)!” — Sahih al-Bukhari 6161, Book 78, Hadith 187, Vol. 8, Book 73, Hadith 182

Narrated `Urwa on the authority of `Aisha: On the days of Mina, (11th, 12th, and 13th of Dhul-Hijjah) Abu Bakr came to her while two young girls were beating the tambourine and the Prophet (ﷺ) was lying covered with his clothes. Abu Bakr scolded them and the Prophet (ﷺ) uncovered his face and said to Abu Bakr, “Leave them, for these days are the days of `Id and the days of Mina.” `Aisha further said, “Once the Prophet (ﷺ) was screening me and I was watching the display of black slaves in the Mosque and (`Umar) scolded them. The Prophet (ﷺ) said, ‘Leave them. O Bani Arfida! (carry on), you are safe (protected)’.” — Sahih al-Bukhari 987, 988, Book 13, Hadith 36, Vol. 2, Book 15, Hadith 103

Seems Muhammad was fond of owning black slaves, for a religion which claims to be “peaceful” and grant equal rights to people these Hadith’s contradict that narrative. Lastly, what’s Islam’s view on the position of black people? We’re told that satan looks like a black man.

The apostle said, “Whoever wants to see Satan let him take a look at Nabtal b. al-Harith!” He was a sturdy black man with long flowing hair, inflamed eyes, and dark ruddy cheeks. … (Sura 9:61) (Ibn Ishaq, Sirat Rasulallah, translated as, The Life of Muhammad by A. Guillaume, page 243)

Mohsin Khan: On the Day (i.e. the Day of Resurrection) when some faces will become white and some faces will become black; as for those whose faces will become black (to them will be said): “Did you reject Faith after accepting it? Then taste the torment (in Hell) for rejecting Faith.” — Surah 3:106

There’s your proof, Islam is rife with racism, Muhammad is reported as saying that whites will go to Jannah (Paradise) while blacks will go to Hell. How can this be a “religion of peace”, Muslims read your own sources. These verses show Islam is false, a man made religion which places you in bondage. Come to Jesus Christ for freedom and salvation.

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