Islam and Slavery


African slaves driven by African slavers, 1859 wood engraving. (By Everett Collection/Shutterstock).  Not sure if slavers in this case were Muslim Arabs but their pale complexion makes me think they were.


Muslims have enslaved infidel women throughout history.  Raymond Ibrahim compiled a collection of paintings that illustrate this which from which the above painting was taken.  His collection can be viewed here.




Slavery is part of Jihad, and Jihad will remain as long there is Islam.

Sheik Saleh Al-Fawzan,
member of the Council of Religious Edicts and Research,
the Imam of Prince Mitaeb Mosque in Riyadh
and a professor at Imam Mohamed Bin Saud Islamic University.
(Saudi Sheik: Slavery is a Part of Islam   11/10/03)



Sheik Saleh Al Fawzan's words are proven right in Libya and elsewhere.  In Libya migrants from West Africa are being openly traded in “public slave markets”.  The word for a black person in Arabic is abid, or slave.   An amnesty report reveals that as of 2018 43 thousand people, around 1% of the population of Mauritania, are still enslaved.  when we speak of slavery in the Muslim world, we think of Mauritania (with 600,000 slaves), Niger (600,000 slaves), Mali (200,000 slaves), and Libya (where slave markets have opened in nine sites during the last two years).  Under great pressure from the West Saudi Arabia offically abolished slavery n 1962 but he cruel and savage treatment of foreign domestic workers, their inability to free themselves from arduous work conditions because their employers keep their passports and other documents, amount to slavery in all but name.

Raymond Ibrahim wrote:

Islamic slave raids into Africa began in the mid to late seventh century; then, according to Muslim records, astronomical numbers of Africans—in the millions—were enslaved in the name of jihad.  By the time seafaring Europeans reached the coasts of West Africa, the Islamic slave trade was bustling. While most Western historians are aware that it was African “tribesmen” who captured and sold enemy tribesmen to Europeans, left unmentioned is that the “tribal” differences often revolved around who was and was not Muslim. As John Alembillah Azumah, an African academic and author of The Legacy of Arab-Islam in Africa, explained in an interview: Slavery was a very important part of Islamic expansion in West Africa, and in fact in the Sudan, and from the very earliest period of Islamic penetration of Africa.  … Slavery was a very endemic part of Islamic interaction with Africa.  And in West Africa, the jihad’s period of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries involved massive slave raiding and slave trading; and many of the slaves that were captured and sold and sent to the transatlantic slave trade [were captured by Muslims]; most of those who were doing the slaving at the time were Muslim communities (emphasis added).

 Muslim corsairs, frequently took fair-skinned slaves as well as dark skinned slaves, seizing upwards of a million western Europeans between 1500 and 1900. Until the 1640s, there were more British slaves in North Africa than there were African slaves in all the British colonies in the New World.

   One might have naively hoped that in the age of the internet Muslims would have been exposed to the idea that slavery was a bad thing and give it up but instead they use apps to sell slaves. 

   The Quran justifies slavery. Allowing female slaves taken as booty were a way Muhammad to reward his Jihadis to make war.  Here is one of many relevant verses:

33:50 - "Prophet, We have made lawful to you the wives to whom you have granted dowries and the slave girls whom God has given you as booty."

Muslims were enslaving black Africans long before any slave ships sailed for the New World.  Muslims were taking and making slaves all over the lands they had conquered.  Later, when slave ships were loaded with black slaves, often, a Muslim slave broker had the human cargo all ready to go.  American slavers rarely had to go into inland to capture slaves, they were already waiting there, courtesy of some Muslim ruler, and/or slave broker!  In many cases, if the black slaves were not sent to the New World, they were sent to the Mideast to be enslaved by Arabs, or kept by other black Muslims as slaves. 

Silas author of a web page about slavery wrote:

 Although Muslims took slaves from all over the lands they conquered, many of the Muslim slaves were black Africans.  There were forced to do the harshest labor.


            There was a famous black slave revolt in Iraq where thousands of black slaves revolted and killed tens of thousands of Arabs in Basrah.  There slaves were forced to work in the large Muslim saltpeter mines.  During their revolt, they conquered the city of Basrah, in Iraq.  They conquered city after city, and they couldn't be stopped.  Their uprising and drive for freedom lasted for about 11 years.  ["The History of Islam", Robert Payne, p.185.]


            As the Muslim armies continued to conquer land, they acquired many slaves.  Bernard Lewis in "The Arabs in History" writes:  "polytheists and idolaters were seen primarily as sources of slaves."


            Ibn Warraq writes:  "Arabs were deeply involved in the vast network of slave trading - they scoured the slave markets of China, India, and Southeast Asia.  There were Turkish slaves from Central Asia, slaves from the Byzantine Empire, white slave from Central and East Europe, and Black slaves from West and East Africa.  Every city in the Islamic world had its slave market."


When Muslims conquered areas of Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Greece and the Mediterranean, over a million Europeans were carried off into slavery. Medieval Catholic religious orders of the Trinitarians or Mathurins collected donations to ransom people from Muslim slavery. Muslims enslaved an estimated 180 million Africans over its 1,400 year expansion.  When Louis Farakhan criticizes Jews for owning slaves because a few did, he should criticize Muslims for not only owning but enslaving them but he won't do that because he is a Muslim.  It was white Christians that opposed slavery and that fought a civil war in the United States to end slavery.  Despite that there are more slaves today than at any time in human history. 

     James Lewis wrote in the American Thinker that:

The ancestors of most current African-Americans were Bantu-speaking people, who were raided, raped, and kidnapped by other African tribes, who brought those painful caravans of human beings in chains to Arab Muslim slave-traders, where they were sold to mostly Caucasian slave ships for the horrible trans-Atlantic voyages.  Arabs are a kind of tanned Caucasian people, and the Maghreb (North African) population, and the Egyptians, are not black.  They look quite different.  African tribes colluded in the kidnapping and sale of other Africans, because human tribes have always traded in human slaves.  I'm sorry – it's very a bad thing, but it's true.  The Vikings took white slaves in Europe; Muslims raided the south of England until well into the 19th century; and yes, African tribes routinely raided and enslaved other African tribes.  The Atlantic slave trade was finally abolished after a long campaign by white Christian abolitionists in Britain and America, a campaign that also ultimately gave us the Civil War.  Close to a million Americans died to make men free.  Almost all of them were white. 

 Peter Hammond in his book Slavery Terrorism and Islam wrote that the Muslim slave trade dwarfed the trans-Atlantic slave trade and the North American slave trade was only 5% of the trans-Atlantic slave trade.  Since its inception ISIS has had a brutal record of murdering men and enslaving women.  Slavery in Muslim countries is also currently taking place in countries such as Sudan and Saudi Arabia.  Peter Hammond wrote that:

    at least 28 million Africans were enslaved in the Muslim Middle East.  As at least 80% of those captured by Muslim slaver raiders were calculated to have died before reaching the slave markets, it is estimated that the death toll from the 14 centuries of Muslim slave raids into Africa could have been over 112 million.  When added to the number of those sold in the slave markets, the total number of African victims of the Trans Sahara and East African slave trade could be significantly higher than 140 million people. 

There were many children born to slaves in the Americas, and millions of their descendants are citizens in Brazil and the USA to this day, but very few descendants of the slaves that ended up in the Middle East survive.  Most of the male slaves destined for the Middle East slave bazaars were castrated and most of the children born to the women were killed at birth - in order to maintain Arab numerical supremacy.

The Dogon tribe in Africa would place wet mats on their roofs to cool their homes.  The water would evaporate and cool the air which would flow downward into the home because cold air is heavier than warm air.  I looked them up on the internet to learn more about them and read in Wikipedia that:

Historically, Dogon villages have frequently fallen victim to Islamic slave raiders.[1] Neighboring Islamic tribal groups acted as slave merchants,[2] as the growth of cities increased the demand for slaves across the region of West Africa. The historical pattern has included murder of indignenous males by Islamic jihadists and enslavement of women and children.[1] As early as the 12th century AD the Dogon people fled west to avoid conversion to Islam and enslavement.[1]

At the end of the eighteenth century, the jihads that were triggered by the resurgence of Islam caused slaves to be sought for warfare

     Jack Kerwick explained that:

The very word “slave” stems from “Slav,” which in turn derives from the Slavish people’s experience of having been enslaved en masse by North African Muslims.

     In his fact-filled work on the history of the Muslim Arab slave trade in Africa, Murray Gordon wrote that this trade pre-dated the European Christian African slave trade by a thousand years and continued after the Europeans had abolished the practice. Jack Kerwick wrote that the:

British Empire, ... brought the full weight of their military and economic weight to bear upon Africans, Arabs, and Asians who had to be coerced into abandoning the practice of slave-trading.

Currently the "Woke" leftists of the West spread propaganda that America is an oppressor of blacks and that America's founders were evil slave owners.  Robert Wedge in an article The Truth About Slavery explains that:

The media, Hollywood, and academia are consumed with race, tribalism, and hatred for our Founding. The real agenda here is power, divide and conquer to pursue some ill-conceived Utopia....Thomas Sowell of the Hoover Institution, in his book Black Rednecks and White Liberals, provides a great deal of depth and clarity about race and slavery.

Slavery's salient points:

Slavery’s been part of every culture on every inhabited continent throughout history
Africans conquered other Africans, enslaved them, and sold them for profit
It existed in Western indigenous peoples for centuries before Columbus arrived
Considered a fact of life until 17th century Christians attacked its immorality
During the peak of the Atlantic slave trade, Africans retained more slaves for themselves than were sold to the West

Our Founders were born into a world they did not make. Inherited agricultural estates included slaves as property. Washington, Jefferson, and Madison detested the institution. Records of their writings and actions are clear on this. Washington freed his slaves upon the death of his wife. His will stipulated that those who were infirm or disabled were to be cared for by his estate.

Efforts continued regarding abolition by the Founders. Their depth of character, persistence, and resolve on this issue is unassailable.

Even if they could abolish slavery, they faced the problem of what to do with an uneducated population that was not likely to assimilate easily into society. A race riot like the 1791 Santo Domingo rebellion was a real concern.

Thomas Jefferson’s pursuit to end slavery was relentless. His first draft of the Declaration of Independence included a mocking condemnation of King George III for enslaving Africans and disallowing emancipation. How many Americans know this?

Robert Spencer wrote:

The Qur'an commentator Maulana Bulandshahri explains the wisdom of slavery and longs for the good old days:
During Jihad (religion war), many men and women become war captives. The Amirul Mu’minin [leader of the believers, or caliph – an office now vacant] has the choice of distributing them amongst the Mujahidin [warriors of jihad], in which event they will become the property of these Mujahidin. This enslavement is the penalty for disbelief (kufr).

He goes on to explain that this is not ancient history:

None of the injunctions pertaining to slavery have been abrogated in the Shari’ah. The reason that the Muslims of today do not have slaves is because they do not engage in Jihad (religion war). Their wars are fought by the instruction of the disbelievers (kuffar) and are halted by the same felons. The Muslim [sic] have been shackled by such treaties of the disbelievers (kuffar) whereby they cannot enslave anyone in the event of a war. Muslims have been denied a great boon whereby every home could have had a slave. May Allah grant the Muslims the ability to escape the tentacles of the enemy, remain steadfast upon the Din (religion) and engage in Jihad (religion war) according to the injunctions of Shari’ah. Amen!

   Slavery of Filipinos is alive and well in Saudi Arabia and maybe even in their diplomatic compound in the U.S.

Serge Trifkovic in his excellent book The Sword of the Prophet writes that the Spanish and Portuguese originally purchased black African slaves for their American colonies from Arab dealers.  As mentioned before Arabs collected slaves for themselves as well.  Trifkovic writes:

Every year, for about 600 years, the Nubian kingdom was forced to send a tribute of slaves to the Muslim rulers in Cairo. 

Muslims wanted castrated slaves because they wanted those slaves to guard their harems of female slaves.  As a result the slave dealers would castrate their African captives.   The method of castration was gruesome and many slaves died as a result.  Murray Gordon estimates that only 1 out of 10 castrated slaves survived.  Susan Stephan wrote that:

The taking of slaves – in razzias, or raids, on peaceful African villages – also had a high casualty rate. Gordon notes that the typical practice was to conduct a pre-dawn raid on an unsuspecting village and kill off as many of the men and older women as possible. Young women and children were then abducted as the preferred “booty” for the raiders.

Young women were targeted because of their value as concubines or sex slaves in markets. “The most common and enduring purpose for acquiring slaves in the Arab world was to exploit them for sexual purposes,” writes Gordon. “These women were nothing less than sexual objects who, with some limitations, were expected to make themselves available to their owners.  Islamic law, as already noted, catered to the sexual interests of a man by allowing him to take as many as four wives at one time and to have as many concubines as his purse allowed.” Young women and girls were often “inspected” before purchase in private areas of the slave market by the prospective buyer.

The Barbary pirates, sometimes called Barbary corsairs or Ottoman corsairs, were Berber pirates and privateers who operated from North Africa,  According to Wikipedia "Their predation extended throughout the Mediterranean, south along West Africa's Atlantic seaboard and even South America,[1] and into the North Atlantic as far north as Iceland, but they primarily operated in the western Mediterranean. In addition to seizing ships, they engaged in Razzias, raids on European coastal towns and villages, mainly in Italy, France, Spain, and Portugal, but also in the British Isles,[2] the Netherlands[citation needed] and as far away as Iceland.[3] The main purpose of their attacks was to capture Christian slaves for the Ottoman slave trade as well as the general Arab slavery market in North Africa and the Middle East.[2]   Corsairs captured thousands of ships and repeatedly raided coastal towns. As a result, residents abandoned their former villages of long stretches of coast in Spain and Italy. The raids were such a problem coastal settlements were seldom undertaken until the 19th century. 


Arabs have slaves today.  Trifkovic writes:

the Anti-Slavery Society's findings (1982) and those of Africa Watch (1990) point to the existence of at least 100,000 "full-time" slaves and additional 300,000 half-slaves all of them black, still being held by Arab Mauritanians...  Even the old Arab practice of forming slave armies is being revived in Mauritanian, where thousands of Haratines were forcibly recruited, armed and sent to take over black African villages in the south, where they massacred the inhabitants.

   Benjamin Skinner wrote in the National Post (7/4/2008) about widespread female slavery in modern Dubai. 

Alyssa Lapen, wrote  a review of Francis Bok's book Escape from Slavery: The true story of my ten years in captivity—and my journey to freedom in America, in 10/17/03. 

The cruelty that Francis Bok experienced at age seven defies civilized human conception. One day in 1986, his mother Marial sent him to Nyamlell’s market from their Southern Sudan Dinka village of Gourion to sell eggs and peanuts. That day, the Catholic boy nicknamed Piol, for rain, lost his childhood and world to the murahaliin. After torching the nearby villages and slaying their inhabitants, 20 light-skinned Juur horsemen charged into Nyamlell. They severed the heads of all Dinka men with single sword strokes, left them rolling in the blood-soaked market dust and stole off Piol’s older friends Abuk, Kwol and Nyabol in different directions. A rifleman permanently silenced a crying girl with a bullet to her head. A swordsman more “mercifully” sliced off her sister’s leg at the thigh like the branch of a small tree. Francis tried to flee. Terror squelched his cries. He was halted at gunpoint, grabbed and slung astride a small saddle, crafted specifically to carry abducted children, and ridden far north...

Bok was beaten, forced to tend and sleep with animals, fed rotting meat, and cursed as a jedut—maggot—even after his master pressed a Muslim name and prayers upon him. Abdul Rahman ironically means “servant of the compassionate one.” But there was not one second of compassion during Bok’s 10 years of captivity, although he was one of the lucky ones. He many times tried to escape, and failed. His penalties were mere beatings. Other Dinka escapees routinely lost their limbs when recaptured. Giemma Abdullah threatened the same; Bok didn’t believe him, until he saw other Dinkas, limbless. Finally, at 17, Francis Bok took the cows one morning, and from the road near their grazing area ran all the way to Mutari. After further privations and imprisonments, Bok finally hid in a truck en route to ed-Da’ein, fled to Khartoum, to Cairo, and as a refugee, in 1999, to the U.S. He landed in the U.S. poor, illiterate, and 20...

These grotesque privations sound highly unusual, perhaps even unique. In reality, however, Bok’s experience precisely tracked that of oppressed non-Muslim peoples throughout 13 centuries of Islamic history, according to pre-eminent Islamic scholar Bat Ye’or. Non-Muslim peoples like the Dinka, conquered by Islamic Jihad, were soon rendered inferior, subjected to slavery, mass deportations, and forced conversions like those suffered by two million Dinka around Nyamlell and throughout Southern Sudan.

The Islamic system of enslavement was by no means limited to Greece. Bat Ye’or tells us, “eyewitness accounts over the centuries and from several regions mirror [current] events…. Even at the end of the 19th century, constant Jihad in the Sudan is strikingly similar to accounts from the Jacobite, Armenian, and Greek chronicles of the early Middle Ages and later periods.” ...

Islam captured and enslaved probably millions of children -- under the Seljuks and Ottomans, over 500 years, in Greece, Serbia, North Africa, India and over 1,400 years of Islamic history wherever Islam reigned.

A  Greek priest, Isidore Glabas described,  the Ottoman system of enslaving non-Muslim children.

What would a man not suffer were he to see a child, whom he had begotten and raised…carried off by the hands of foreigners, suddenly and by force, and forced to change over to alien customs, and to become a vessel of barbaric garb, speech, and piety and other contaminations, all in a moment? … Shall he lament his son because a free child becomes a slave, because being nobly born he is forced to adopt barbaric customs? Because he who is rendered so mild by motherly and fatherly hands is about to be filled with barbaric cruelty? Because he who attended matins in the churches and frequented the sacred teachers is now, alas, taught to pass the night in murdering his own people, and in other such things?...

Ms. Lapen quotes a Drina passage:

It was already the sixth year since the last collection of this tribute of blood, and so this time the choice had been easy and rich; The necessary number of healthy, bright and good looking lads between ten and fifteen years old had been found without difficulty, even though many parents had hidden their children in the forest, taught them how to appear half-witted, clothed them in rags and let them get filthy, to avoid the aga’s choice. Some went so far as to maim their own children, cutting off one of their fingers with an ax….A little way behind the last horses in that strange convoy straggled, disheveled and exhausted, many parents and relatives of those children who were being carried away forever to a foreign world, where they would be circumcised, become Turkish, and forgetting their faith, their country and their origin, would pass their lives in the ranks of the janissaries or in some other, higher, service of the Empire. They were for the most part women, mothers, grandmothers and sisters of the stolen children. When they came too close, the aga’s horsemen would drive them away with whips, urging their horses at them with loud cries to Allah….. The mothers were especially persistent and hard to restrain. Some would rush forward not looking where they were going with bare breasts and disheveled hair, forgetting everything about them, wailing and lamenting as at a burial, while others almost out of their minds moaned as if their wounds were being torn by birth pangs, and blinded with tears, ran right onto the horsemen’s whips and replied to every blow with the fruitless question: “Where are you taking him? Why are you taking him from me?”

Where many went, their mothers would not like to have known: Throughout Islamic history, boys’ darkest use was as eunuchs. Islamic trade in castrated male slaves persisted until Europe pressured the Ottomans to stop in the 19th century.

   Serge Trifkovic writes in the Sword and the Prophet how in Pakistan

girls as young as five are auctioned off to highest bidders and... women who accuse a man of rape are in turn condemned to death for adultery.

   Daniel Pipes wrote an article about how Saudis import slaves into America. (Saudis Import Slaves Into America, Daniel Pipes Frontpagemagazine 6/14/05).  8 Arab princesses from the United Arab Emirates were tried in Belgium for smuggling slaves into Belgium for their own use.  Human rights activists have long accused Gulf States of supporting "modern slavery." They point to organizations that recruit workers in impoverished regions of Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan, promising them well-paid jobs in the Arab region. But once they arrive in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain or the UAE, they find they have to work hard around the clock and do not get paid promptly or regularly. Many of them are abused and beaten.

Isn't it ironic that black people in America join the very Islam that enslaved them.


There is a lot of propaganda about white privilege and hispanics are considered an oppressed class.  However the Spanish imported many more slaves than the British did, into the Americas.  The Spanish government which is portrayed as evil actually passed laws protecting the indigenous people.

The following are interesting items I came across about slavery.

Iberian Roots of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, 1440–1640

Many enslaved women and men in Iberia were Muslims born in North Africa or the eastern Mediterranean, either captured abroad or purchased as slaves in foreign or local markets. Alongside these moros (“Moors”) and berberiscos were Iberians of Muslim ancestry known as moriscos. Though some enslaved Muslims and moriscos were black, or of mixed racial background, many were described as “white slaves.” Iberia’s slave population also included smaller numbers of captives brought from India and China, as well as native Canary Islanders and indigenous peoples from the Americas.

In some instances, armed black slaves and free people of color are known to have fought alongside Spanish forces—the most famous example being the “black conquistador” Juan Garrido, an African-born former slave who participated in the conquests of Puerto Rico, Cuba, and Mexico, and the exploration of Florida...

Within the first few decades of contact with Iberians and Africans, Native populations declined throughout the Americas, most drastically in the Caribbean. In response, the Spanish Crown instituted policies designed to protect Amerindians from mistreatment and enslavement, most notably the “New Laws” of 1542, and the new repartimiento (labor distribution) system instituted in 1549.

Reaction to the New Laws was swift and drastic: all over the Spanish Americas, conquistadors and settlers were enraged. Blasco Nuñez Vela, the Spanish Viceroy, arrived in the New World in early 1544 and announced that he intended to enforce the New Laws. In Peru, where the former conquistadors had the most to lose, the settlers rallied behind Gonzalo Pizarro, last of the Pizarro brothers (Juan and Francisco passed away and Hernando Pizarro was still alive but in prison in Spain). Pizarro raised an army, declaring that he would defend the rights that he and so many others had fought so hard for. At the battle of Añaquito in January of 1546, Pizarro defeated Viceroy Núñez Vela, who died in battle. Later, an army under Pedro de la Gasca defeated Pizarro in April of 1548: Pizarro was executed.  Read the New Laws to learn more.

It is estimated that between 1 million and 1.25 million Europeans were captured by pirates and sold as slaves between the 16th and 19th century. Reports of Barbary raids and kidnappings of those in Italy, France, Iberia, England, Ireland, Scotland and as far north as Iceland exist from this period.[5] Famous accounts of Barbary slave raids include a mention in the Diary of Samuel Pepys and a raid on the coastal village of Baltimore, Ireland, during which pirates left with the entire populace of the settlement. Such raids in the Mediterranean were so frequent and devastating that the coastline between Venice and Malaga[6] suffered widespread depopulation, and settlement there was discouraged. It was said that this was largely because "there was no one left to capture any longer".[7]

Since the United Nations-backed and NATO-led overthrow of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's regime in 2011, Libya has been plagued by disorder and migrants with little cash and no papers have become vulnerable. Libya is a major exit point for African migrants heading to Europe. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) published a report in April 2017 showing that many of the migrants from Sub-Saharan Africa heading to Europe are sold as slaves after being detained by people smugglers or militia groups. African countries south of Libya were targeted for slave trading and transferred to Libyan slave markets instead. According to the victims, the price is higher for migrants with skills like painting and tiling.[13][14] Slaves are often ransomed to their families and in the meantime until ransom can be paid tortured, forced to work, sometimes to death and eventually executed or left to starve if they can't pay for too long. Women are often raped and used as sex slaves and sold to brothels and private Libyan clients.[13][14][15][16] Many child migrants also suffer from abuse and child rape in Libya.[17][18]

After receiving unverified CNN video of a November 2017 slave auction in Libya, a human trafficker told Al-Jazeera (a Qatari TV station with interests in Libya) that hundreds of migrants are bought and sold across the country every week.[19] Migrants who have gone through Libyan detention centres have shown signs of many human rights abuses such as severe abuse, including electric shocks, burns, lashes and even skinning, stated the director of health services on the Italian island of Lampedusa to Euronews.[20]

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