You do not know the history of slavery if you do not know about Islam and slavery. Slavery is a very important part and a highly developed doctrine in Islam. It has a 1400-year-old history, which is still alive today in Africa. Mohammed was a slaver who dealt in every aspect of slavery.
It is impossible to study the history of Mohammed and the beginnings of Islam and not become involved in the role of slavery. The ‘politically correct’ version of slavery is that it only happened when white men showed up in wooden ships off the coast of Africa, went into the bush, captured slaves and brought them back to sell in America. That is the generally accepted history of slavery in America.
That does contain an element of truth, but it's not even remotely the story of world slavery, or even how slave trading worked in the Americas.
To study slavery from the standpoint of the world, you must study Islam, because Islam has enslaved all others - the African, the European, the Asian – Islam has enslaved everybody.
Francis Bok, a Christian, appeared at a university to give a talk. It was interesting, because he was an actual freed African slave. He and his sister had gone to the market to sell beans and, while they were in the market place, Muslim jihadis showed up. They captured his sister and him, along with others, and set out on a forced march. Every night the members of the troop raped his sister. When they finally got to the jihadis' camp, they were put on the block and sold as slaves. Once Francis was sold, he was taken to his new master's home. He was placed in the center of the family, and every member of the family took a small stick and began to beat him with it. Then they informed him that he no longer had any name. From this day forward there was no more Francis Bok. There was only abd - A-B-D - black slave.
Now this is interesting. ‘Abd’ is an Arabic word, but it's only one of about forty different words that Islam has for a slave. That's very interesting because, in the English language, we simply have one word - slave. Now ask yourself a question: Why would the Arabic language have so many words for ‘slave?’ Abd means ‘black slave’ and an ‘African.’ Think about that for a moment. ‘Abd’ means both ‘black slave’ and ‘African.’ There is an entire history in those two meanings.
There's a word for a white slave, as well—‘mamluk.’ There's also a word for a Hindu slave. Perhaps you're beginning to gain some idea that over a long period of time, Arabs have had a lot to do with the slave trade, because you don't change a language overnight. It takes a long time to accumulate 40 words for a slave.
Francis Bok was given a room with the animals in the barn. They gave him some straw to lie on. This is interesting, because when the subject of slavery is brought up, Muslims will admit that it happened in the past, but that it's long-since passed; and besides, they will say that they treated their slaves really well. Perhaps that message was not given to Francis Bok's masters, because he slept in the barn with animals. He tried to escape but was captured and beaten.
By the way, as soon as he escaped, the Arabic language had a new word for him. The Arabic language has a word for an escaped male slave, and it has a word for an escaped female slave. It even has a word for an escaped child slave. The Arabic language has honed its details of slavery to a fine point.
Francis kept working and plotting, and growing a little older and a little stronger. Finally, he found an opportune time and escaped, setting out on his own forced march. This time, however, it was not a forced march to slavery, but a forced march to freedom. He got to Egypt, and managed to get to America, where he works with an organization called Iabolish.com, which was the group that sponsored him to attend a university.
Francis was asked from the audience, "Who captured you?" His reply was, "Muslims.” Later, someone said, "Muslims can react very violently. Indeed, they can kill you if they don't like what you say about them. Are you afraid for your own life, in saying that ‘Muslims captured and enslaved me?’" His remark was memorable. He said, "I am now a free man. Now I can die, because I will die as a free man." Think about that. ‘I will die as a free man.’ You can learn more about Francis Bok by searching the Web under his name.
Now, let's stop and take a closer look at the white man's involvement with slavery. Did he show up on the coast of Africa in a wooden ship to get slaves? Yes, he did. But he didn't go into the bush to get them. He went to the slave market, where he bought them at a wholesale price, in wholesale lots. Bills of sale, money and invoices were exchanged. He left with his boatload of slaves that he got from the Muslim slave trader. The Muslims had been trading slaves and capturing slaves in Africa for 1400 years, and the white man merely represented a new market. That's all. Muslims had been enslaving before the white man, and when white people put together the code that eliminated slavery and the slave trade, Muslims just kept on with their old business. The laws of the kafir do not inhibit them.
We know that Mohammed had black slaves. It says so in the Hadith. It says so in the Sira. So, slavery is nothing new to Islam, because slavery is the ideal in Islam. The ideal Muslim is the slave of Allah, and indeed, Mohammed called himself the slave of Allah, because inside of Islam, there is no freedom. Everything has been prescribed. Everything you need to do has been recorded---laid out---and your job as a Muslim is to be a slave to Allah and follow all the rules, which includes the Sunna of Mohammed. A slave is the ideal Muslim. This is reflected in one of the Muslim names, Abdullah. ‘Abdullah’ is a combination of two words: Abd - slave; and Allah - slave of Allah.
Islam has enslaved many peoples, including Europeans. It's estimated that a total of 25 million Africans have been sold as slaves, and we know that about a million Europeans have been sold into slavery. Indeed, the one word that we have for slave comes from the Slavic people---the Slavs. The Muslims took many slaves out of Eastern Europe, and the primary ethnic group they preyed upon was the Slavs. So we adopted the term "slave" from the poor Slavs.
There are different uses for different races of people as slaves. The blacks were usually put into rough, hard work, and frequently died at it. It was a death sentence to be a black slave in the Saharan salt mines.
Whites were usually put to work in what we would call white-collar jobs. They could even become leaders in the army. The highest-priced slave in the Meccan slave market for 1400 years never changed. It was always a white woman who brought the highest price. Writings from medieval Islamic documents show that they were very free and open in discussing which race you used for which job. For instance, the white woman was preferred as a slave of pleasure, but if you could not afford her, since she was the most expensive, then an Ethiopian woman---or as they called them then, Abyssinian woman---was the second-best choice.
It is very unfortunate, but Mohammed put this sale of white women in place. You see, Mohammed had all manner of slaves, and his favorite sexual partner was a white woman. Her name was Miriam. She was a Coptic Christian. Since Mohammed's Sunnah determines what everything shall be, this means that the preference of all Muslims who wish a slave of pleasure should be the same that Mohammed had---a white slave. So, the Sunnah of Mohammed was very bad for white women.
There is an interesting special kind of slave that was used in Islam---that of the Eunuch. Generally, these were black slaves, and the castration process removed everything about the sex. Eunuchs are even referred to in the Koran, because they can see the woman of the house unveiled. The Koran is very clear about slavery. It's quite desirable, and it has only one limitation---you cannot enslave Muslims. Only kafirs (infidels) can be enslaved, and poor Francis Bok, being a Christian, was a kafir.
Now, Francis ran away to get his freedom, but he might have escaped being a slave if he had chosen to become a slave of Allah, a Muslim. The rules of slavery inside of Islam---and there are many rules---is that it is good to free slaves, because that brings a great merit with Allah---but you don't free a kafir slave. So perhaps Francis could have converted to Islam and been freed through that path. But Francis Bok wanted to be a Christian. He did not want to be a Muslim, so he had to take the only path open to him, which was flight.
The full history of slavery is not taught in any university in the United States. Nor is it easy to find books written that include the fact of Islam's role in world slavery. The only acceptable history of slavery is the 200-year white man theory---and, BTW, while we're talking about the white man and slavery, I’d like to point out that it was the white man who actually did the most to stop the international slave trade. The British Navy was commanded to intercept all slave ships. This did not stop the Islamic enslavement of Africans, however.
Out of the 25 million slaves that were taken out of Africa, 11 million were sold in the Americas. The other 14 million were sold in West and North Africa, where Islam is, and in the rest of Asia.
There was a terrible side effect of slavery. For every slave captured, the slavers had to kill others. For instance, Francis Bok's parents were killed. The slavers showed up with armed troops, and killed all those who tried to defend their tribe. When the slavers finally killed all the defenders, they could then take the best of the survivors as slaves. The old, the sick and the very young were left behind, because they couldn't take the forced march that comes right after capture. The estimate of the collateral damage there was, from taking each slave, varies. Some of those who visited Africa during the peak slave-trading days said that as many as ten had to die to produce one slave in the wholesale market. Others said no, only five. So, using the lower figure, we can see that out of the 25 million enslaved, there were over 100 million Africans---as many as 120 million Africans---who have died over the 1400 year period, including today. These figures are never talked about.
Now then, let's talk about Mohammed's role in slavery. He had slaves in his family. His first wife, Khadijah, owned slaves. Indeed, one of Mohammed's first converts was a black slave, and Mohammed himself owned black slaves. Mohammed was deep into slavery. As a matter of fact, slavery was one of the chief ways he financed jihad. He would have kafir men killed so their women and children could be made slaves. He sent his own jihadists out on slave missions. He gave away slaves as gifts. He owned all kinds of slaves, including males, females and black slaves. He passed around slaves, for the purpose of sexual pleasure, to his chief lieutenants. He stood by and prayed while others beat slaves. He shared the pleasure of forced sex with female slaves after conquest. He captured slaves and wholesaled them, to raise money for jihad. One of his favorite sexual partners was a slave who bore him a son. He got slaves as gifts from other rulers. A slave made the very pulpit he preached from. Some of his cooks were slaves. A slave treated him medically. He had a slave tailor. He declared that any slave who ran away from his master would not have his prayers answered. Now, that didn't work out for Francis Bok, because he did escape from slavery. His prayers were answered, because his prayer was to be free.
It is interesting to note how slavery falls under Islam's two fundamental principles-- submission and duality. Slavery includes submission, for who is more submissive than a slave? Slavery also includes duality, because the Islamic doctrine creates a separate legal classification---an ethical classification---for the slave.
It's no wonder that for all these years, Islam has been involved in slavery, because Allah likes a slave, and Allah wants Muslims to enslave others---because after you keep them as a slave long enough, they will convert to Islam; and if they don't, then, their children will. The Koran and Islam see slavery as a great good.
Now you might say to yourself, "If it's in the Koran, why don't they still do it?" In fact, Muslims are indeed still involved in slavery. Women who are brought in from the Philippines to work in Saudi Arabia are treated as slaves---their passports are taken away; and they may never get back home. So, Islam has always been involved in the slave-trading business. It's there, it's in the Koran---it's in the Sunnah---and the only reason they don't do it openly anymore is because they're simply not militarily strong enough. But slavery cannot be removed from the Islamic doctrine because, unlike our Constitution, for instance, Islamic doctrine is eternal; it's permanent; it's forever.
When David Livingston was in Africa, he saw the slave trade up close. He said that the paddle wheels on the boat he was on frequently hit slaves who had drowned in the river, or the bodies of those who were killed in the process of trying to get slaves. He described a peculiar disease among slaves, which the slave owners told him about. "The strangest disease I have seen in this country really seems to be broken-heartedness, and it attacks kafirs who have been captured and made slaves. Speaking with many who later died from it, they ascribe that their only pain was to the heart, and place the hand correctly on that spot. Some slavers expressed surprise to me that these men would die, seeing that they had plenty to eat and no work. It really seems that they died of a broken heart."
He talked with slave traders for a long time about what they did, and the Muslims told him that their object in capturing slaves is to get them into their possession and make them of their religion.
Now this history is quite sad, but the saddest thing about this whole history of Islam---and slavery---is that it's not taught. Our universities don't teach it. In fact, the universities don't even teach how white people were enslaved, or how many Hindus were sold into slavery. It is not enough that slavery has been in our past. We must teach the complete history of slavery in our schools and universities. Only then can we fully understand this dreadful history.
Every Muslim is a slave of Allah. Slavery is Islam's dark secret. Islam has enslaved Europeans, Africans and Asians. Unfortunately, the Western intellectuals, including blacks, are determined to cover up Islam's crimes against humanity.
The text above is taken from the website Political Islam.