Thursday, August 18, 2011

Slaves in Islam: it's OK!

There are many quotes substantiating and upholding slavery in Islam,  the anti-slavery people will have a hard road ahead trying to prove slavery has nothing to do with Islam. 

Well, it does, and here are only two of many Qur'an quotes to prove it:

“Allah will not call you to account for what is futile in your oaths, but He will call you to account for your deliberate oaths: for expiation, feed ten indigent persons, on a scale of the average for the food of your families; or clothe them; or give a slave his freedom” (5:89).

“The believers must (eventually) win through, those who humble themselves in their prayers; who avoid vain talk; who are active in deeds of charity; who abstain from sex, except with those joined to them in the marriage bond, or (the captives) whom their right hands possess, for (in their case) they are free from blame…” (23:1-6). A Muslim is not to have sexual relations with a woman who is married to someone else – except a slave girl: “And all married women (are forbidden unto you) save those (captives) whom your right hands possess. It is a decree of Allah for you” (4:24).  (Thanks to Jihad Watch)

Sudan, Saudi Arabia and Mauritania have a good portion of the slave trade under their thumbs and some Muslim countries, specifically Mauritania did not ban slavery until as recently as 1981.  Islam does not give up any of its traditions without a fight, and then reluctantly.  There will always be some enforcement of sharia, in anticipation of Islam to come.

From Middle East Online August 18

Mauritania prosecutor seeks prison for slavery activists

NOUAKCHOTT - The Nouakchott public prosecutor on Wednesday called for jail terms to be handed out to nine anti-slavery activists accused of "rebellion".

The nine members of an anti-slavery NGO appeared in court charged with "unauthorised gathering and rebellion", after they organised a sit-in protest against child enslavement.

The accused were arrested on August 4 during their protest in front of a Nouakchott police station against the enslavement of a 10-year-old girl.

They claimed the woman accused of keeping the child as a slave had been freed on the day of the protest, while the child was missing.

Mauritania abolished slavery in 1981 but it continued unabated and a law making enslavement punishable with up to 10 years in prison, introduced in 2007, has not been applied.

Human rights organisation Anti-Slavery International says on its website some 600,000 people are estimated to be enslaved in Mauritania.

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