Your beloved Prophet Mohammed, referred to by Muslims as “The Perfect Man,” was white as the driven snow and bought, owned, sold, and traded countless black African slaves. What’s more, many of his followers in the Middle East and Africa today are still owners of black slaves. A prominent Islamic historian once said: “The Negro nations as a whole are submissive to slavery because they have attributes that are similar to dumb animals.” As for Black Lives Matter and those supporting their demands, why do you never address the issue of “Muslim guilt?”
TOI.com How is it possible that such a monstrous event happened (and still happens in some parts of Africa and the Middle East) and yet unlike the trans-Atlantic slave trade which has been dissected under every angle possible, it was and largely still is, unknown by the public?
Two main routes were used for the Arab slave trade. The first one was the Trans-Sahara route where sub-Saharan blacks where rounded up in razzias, a word that comes from an Algerian Arabic pronunciation of the classical Arabic word ghawz meaning a military expedition or a raid.
These razzias would capture able bodied young men who were to traverse the Sahara on foot (in harsh conditions) and once in North Africa they would be used as servants or warriors of various caliphs in a number of sultanates, mainly in Egypt and later on when the Ottoman Empire came into being, in Turkey.
Black women captured were used as sex slaves and their offspring form today the Arabized black elite ruling in Sudan, Mauritania and Somalia.
From the port of Zanzibar the black slaves would be shipped to the Arabic peninsula or to the Persian Gulf to serve as slaves or soldiers in Saudi Arabia, Oman, Iran or Iraq.
These ships would go as far as India to bring black slaves to the Muslim rulers in what is today the Punjab region of India and Pakistan.
In most Muslim countries where there was a high number of black slaves (like Egypt, Turkey, Iran, India), there are virtually no significant black minorities today.
It is estimated that at least 50%, if not more, of the captured slaves died during travel. Many others died in work and due to mistreatment. Most of the male slaves were castrated (and died of the result of this barbaric operation) due to the fear that they would impregnate Muslim women.
It is estimated by serious studies that close to 15 million blacks were taken as slaves in the Arabo-Muslim slave trade when as many as two thirds died or during travel or not long after arrival. Black communities in Arab speaking countries outside of Africa are virtually inexistent due to the fact that most died in barbaric conditions.
Very few countries in the Muslim world have officially abolished slavery
Muslim slave trade in Africa has lasted 14 centuries and continues to this day in places like Mauritania, Saudi Arabia, and Sudan.
Over 17 million slaves (mostly black women and children) were transported out of Africa by Islamic traders. Another 85 million are believed to have died en route.
The Prophet Muhammad practiced and approved of slavery, and directed his men to do the same.
The Qur’an devotes more verses to informing Muslim men of their right to keep women as sex slaves, than it does to telling them to pray five times a day.
The Arabic word for “black” (Abd) is synonymous with the word for “slave”.
Muhammad’s father-in-law, Umar declared that Arabs could not be taken as slaves, and freed all Arab slaves. This led to the wide Islamic campaign to capture slaves in Africa, Europe and Asia.
Western slave trade exploited Africans primarily for agricultural labor. The Arab slave trade on the other hand, has more often used men for military service, and women for sex and for their wombs – to produce children who will be Muslims.
Many Muslim leaders since Muhammad have had harems of hundreds (or even thousands) of non-Muslim young girls and women to service their desires.
Converting to Islam does not automatically grant a slave his freedom, although this is said to increase the slave master’s heavenly reward.
According to Islamic courts, slave masters may treat their slaves however they choose without fear of penalty.