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Islamic Human Slavery

Many people are unaware that Islam still condones and practices human slavery. The following article and video clips address this issue in more detail.

Islamic Slavery and Racism


When Tuaregs and Islamists swarmed in to seize Northern Mali, one of the oldgrievances animating their campaign was slavery. The Tuaregs were not formerslaves, they were, and in some cases still are, slaveholders.

The French invasion of Northern Mali, liberating towns and villages underIslamist rule, was a historical echo of the original French emancipation ofTuareg slaves back in the colonial period.  Despite French efforts, theTuareg did their best to hang on to their slaves and Muslim Tuareg still continue tohold thousands of slaves in Northern Mali.

Mali is not unique. The Sudanese genocide was given theological and politicalforce by the attitude that Arabs and Muslims had the natural right to asuperior position over African Animists and Christians. And today Omar Hassanal-Bashir, the Butcher of Sudan, continues to enjoy the support of the Muslimworld despite being indicted for genocide by the International Criminal Court.

The supporters of the Muslim world’s campaign to displace the indigenousJewish population of Israel in favor of the Arab colonists and settlerscasually accuse Israel of apartheid. Every year Israeli Apartheid Week is heldon college campuses in an attempt to compare Israel’s refusal to allow Hamasterrorists access to its territory with racial discrimination.

But racial Apartheid is very much a reality in the Muslim world. The sameMuslim students who show up to denounce Israel as an apartheid state often comefrom countries where there is true apartheid when it comes to black skin.

In North Africa, the Haratin, a Berber word meaning dark skin, are theremnants of the indigenous African population. Many are still enslaved. Otherslive apart from mainstream society, forced into degrading or difficultoccupations.

Mauritania is the country with the world’s largest proportion of slaves.There hundreds of thousands of Haratin serve the Bidhan, the so-called “WhiteMoors”.  The Bidhan pass on the Haratin as property from generation togeneration. And even those who are not legally property face a grim life.

In the 80s, Mauritania ethnically cleansed tens of thousands of Africansfrom its territory. Even Human Rights Watch stated, “It is fair to say that theMauritanian government practices undeclared apartheid and severelydiscriminates on the basis of race.”

The best kept secrets of the Muslim world include large populations offormer African slaves in places like Pakistan, Iraq and Turkey.  WhileAfricans in Israel are not descended from slaves, Afro-Arabs, Afro-Turks andAfrican-Pakistanis are living reminders of a Muslim slave trade that sometimesstill lingers on.

The site of the world’s greatest slave rebellion was in Basra, Iraq, wherehalf-a-million African slaves rose against the might of the Arab AbbasidEmpire.

The Zanj rebellion was brutally suppressed, but its legacy lives on in the modern day cityof Basra where hundredsof thousands of Afro-Iraqis live as a despised minority tauntedwith the slur “Abd” or Slave. That same Arabic word is often widely appliedto black people in the Middle East.

While Muslim propagandists have exploited the legacy of slavery in theUnited States to win black converts, slavery in the Muslim world began longbefore the United States and ended a century later.

President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1862. Bycontrast, Saudi Arabia only abolished slavery in 1962. That same year Yemenabolished slavery and the United Arab Emirates abolished slavery a year later.

Saudi Arabia’s ruling family did not embark on this course out of thegoodness of their hearts, but under pressure from President Kennedy, at a timewhen the House of Saud did not yet have the United States economy and itsforeign policy in a headlock. The abolition of slavery was a compromise.Kennedy had wanted representative government and civil rights. He had to settlefor a belated emancipation.

Slavery has been officially abolished; unofficially it lingers on. There isstill a silent unofficial slave trade that is carried on and leading Saudi clerics haveinsisted that slavery is a part of Islam. Saudis living abroad are oftendiscovered to have domestic workers who live like slaves leading to criminalcases.

The situation is worst in North Africa where Arab colonization largelydisplaced and suppressed the indigenous peoples, like the Nubians in Egypt.Ethnically cleansed to make way for the Lake Nasser project, Egyptian Nubianshave, like so many other North African indigenous peoples, been reduced to apersecuted minority within their own land.

Some may argue that Islamic slavery, like Islamic terrorism, has nothing todo with Islam, and yet the rationale for racial slavery can be found in theKoran and the Hadiths which discuss Mohammed’s trade in black slaves.

Al-Tabari wrote that, “Noahprayed that the hair of Ham’s descendants would not grow beyond their ears, andthat whenever his descendants met Shem’s, the latter would enslave them.” This theological justification provided a religious manifest destiny forthe Arab conquests and acts of ethnic cleansing in Africa.

The great Muslim historian Ibn Khaldun justified slavery by relegating blackpeople to the rank of animals, writing, “The only people who accept slavery arethe Negroes, owing to their low degree of humanity and proximity to the animalstage.”

The legacy of Islam makes the permanent abolition of slavery and racismimpossible. Egypt and its Mamaluk slave empire fell in the 19thcentury and British attempts to abolish slavery appeared to have done the job,but the new Muslim Brotherhood constitution droppedthe old ban on slavery. Mauritania officially outlawed slavery numerous times,but it still widely persists. Saudi Arabia abolished slavery, but its elitefamilies, of whom the Hadiths say, Allah chose the Arabs above all others andchose the Quraysh above the Arabs, still fall back into their old habits evenin the West.

The oil-rich tyrannies at the heart of the Islamic Gulf are maintained byarmies of slave laborers with few rights. The skyscrapers of Dubai and Doha arebuilt with the blood of thousands of foreign workers who are paid a pittanceand are only allowed to leave with the approval of their masters.

Ali al-Ahmed, a leading Saudi scholar and the director of the Institute forGulf Affairs, put it bluntly inForeign Policy magazine. “Blacks, who make up around 10 percent of thepopulation, are banned from judgeships — as are women and Muslims who observe adifferent version of the faith — because the monarchy’s religious traditionstill views blacks as slaves, other Muslims as heretics, and women as halfhuman. There is only one word to describe such a system: Apartheid.”

While Saudi money goes to sponsor propaganda that accuses Israel ofApartheid for fighting Saudi-backed terrorist groups, the brutal kingdomcontinues an ancient policy of slavery and repression.

And in North Africa, Africanmigrants look to the West to escape racism in lands colonized by Islam.“Arabs hate black people. And that is not from today, it is in their blood,” ayoung African man named Aboubakr says. “Blacks have no rights here.”


Black Slave Trade

Black Slave Trade