Muhammad bought, owned, sold and traded black African slaves.
These three hadith show us Muhammad owned black slaves and bought an Arab slave with two black slaves because black slaves had less value.
“I came and behold, Allah’s Messenger was staying on a Mashroba (attic room) and a black slave of Allah’s Messenger was at the top if its stairs. I said to him, ‘(Tell the Prophet) that here is `Umar bin Al- Khattab (as king for permission to enter).’ Then he admitted me.” -Bukhari 7263
“Allah’s Messenger was on a journey and he had a black slave called Anjasha, and he was driving the camels…” -Bukhari 6161
“A slave came and pledged to the Prophet to emigrate, and the Prophet did not realize that he was a slave. Then his master came looking for him. The Prophet said: ‘Sell him to me,’ and he bought him for two black slaves…” -an-Nasa’i 4184
Muhammad kept people in slavery. Jesus never owned slaves.
“A man manumitted (freed) a slave and he had no other property than that, so the Prophet canceled the manumission (and sold the slave for him). Nu’aim bin Al-Nahham bought the slave from him.” -Bukhari 2415
“‘Imran b. Husain reported that a person who had no other property emancipated six slaves of his at the time of his death. Allah’s Messenger called for them and divided them into three sections, cast lots amongst them, and set two free and kept four in slavery; and he (the Holy Prophet) spoke severely of him.” -Sahih Muslim 1668a
How does the hadith repeatedly describe the color of Muhammad’s skin?
“’Who amongst you is Muhammad?’ At that time the Prophet wassitting amongst us (his companions) leaning on his arm. We replied, ‘This white man reclining on his arm.’” -Bukhari 63
“I saw Allah’s Messenger that he had white complexion and had some white hair…” -Sahih Muslim 2343a
“I said to Abu Tufail: Did you see Allah’s Messenger? He said: Yes, he had a white handsome face.” -Sahih Muslim 2340a
“Then the Messenger of Allah stepped out with a red mantle on him and I was catching a glimpse of the whiteness of his shanks (shins).” -Sahih Muslim 503a
“The Prophet rode and Abu Talha rode too and I was riding behind Abu Talha. The Prophet passed through the lane of Khaibar quickly and my knee was touching the thigh of the Prophet. He uncovered his thigh and I saw the whiteness of the thigh of the Prophet.” -Bukhari 371
“...Then Allah’s Messenger came out. As if I were now looking at the whiteness of his leg.” -Bukhari 3566
“The Prophet was carrying earth with us on the day of the battle of Al-Ahzab (confederates) and I saw that the dust was covering the whiteness of his ‘Abdomen...’” -Bukhari 7236
“I still seem to see the whiteness of the forearms of the Messenger of Allah when he rolled up his sleeves.” -Dawud 3206
“The Prophet raised his hands (during the invocation) to such an extent that the whiteness of his armpits was visible.” -Bukhari 1030
“I saw the Messenger of Allah (may peace be open him) pronouncing taslim on his right and on his left till I saw the whiteness of his cheek.” -Sahih Muslim 582
We have just reviewed 10 hadith that clearly describe Muhammad with white skin. Could
this many hadith be incorrect about the colour of Muhammad’s skin? And if they are incorrect, can we even trust the hadith? I have spoken to many Muslims, and when I first encountered some of them I thought they were from Russia or Eastern Europe, but I was corrected and they were from the Middle East. Muhammad was a white man who owned and traded black slaves. You can view Sheik Muhammad al-Yaquobi, a relative of Muhammad pictured to the right. His lineage is the 34th Grandson of the Prophet Muhammad.
Muhammad would make racist comments saying black people were raisin heads.
Black people had such low dignity that Muhammad clarified that you need to listen to your ruler even if he’s a black man.
“Allah’s Messenger said, ‘You should listen to and obey, your ruler even if he was an Ethiopian (black) slave whose head looks like a raisin.’” -Bukhari 7142
These three hadith describe good being white and bad being black. Satan is described as a black man. The people who go to Heaven have white faces and the people who go to Hell have black faces. And a black woman symbolizes the coming of sickness and disease.
“The apostle said, ‘whoever wants to see Satan let him take a look at Nabtal b. al-Harith!’ He was a sturdy black man with long flowing hair, inflamed eyes and dark ruddy cheeks.” -Ibn Ishaq pg. 243
“On the Day [some] faces will turn white and [some] faces will turn black. As for those whose faces turn black, [to them it will be said], ‘Did you disbelieve after your belief? Then taste the punishment for what you used to reject.’” -Surah 3:106
“The Prophet said, ‘I saw (in a dream) a black woman with unkempt hair going out of Medina and settling in Mahai’a. I interpreted that as (a symbol of) epidemic of Medina…’” -al-Bukhari 7040
Black Americans identify Christianity with slavery; but how many black Muslims are aware of the Arab Islamic slave trade? Dr. John Azumah, who was born in a Muslim family in Ghana and left Islam, wrote a book documenting “The Legacy of Arab-Islam In Africa”.
Islamic Slave Raids in Africa
- Enslaving anywhere between 17 to 20 million Africans.
- Two out of every three slaves were women.
- Many men died from castration.
- Mortality rate during transit was 80% to 90%.
- The purpose was mainly sexual exploitation.
- Few descendants survived; over 140 million should be alive today.
Trans Atlantic Slave Trade
- Enslaving 11 to 12 million. 5% went to America,
95% went to Brazil, Jamaica, Caribbean, Haiti.
- Two out of every three slaves were men.
- Mortality rate during transit was 10%.
-The purpose was mainly agricultural work.
-Most descendents survived.
-11.7 million - 100 million progeny (offspring).
The last two countries in the world to outlaw slavery were Saudi Arabia in 1960 and Mauritania in 1981, both Muslim countries. The only reason they abolished slavery was because the United Nations pressured them; they did not do it of their own volition. In many Muslim countries slavery is legislated as illegal but is practiced anyway. Please search Youtube and you will find the 1999 video of Baroness Caroline Cox freeing slaves from Muslim slave raiders in Sudan. [ www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_PB0lg2TSc&t=4s ]
All nations are guilty of enforcing slavery in their history, but it was Christianity that led the world into abolishing slavery.
“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” -Gal 3:28
The abolition of slavery was initiated by a Christian named William Wilberforce. In 1807 slavery was eradicated in practice. It wasn’t really eradicated until the 1830’s; it took time to enforce abolition of slavery.
The civil war in America in the 1860’s was to eradicate slavery. Abraham Lincoln in 1858 stated, “A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure permanently half slave and half free. It will become all one thing or all the other.” It was America’s bloodiest war with over 600,000 American men killed to free black African slaves. After the war was over, the Constitution was amended to free the slaves, to assure “equal protection under the law” for American citizens, and to grant black men the right to vote.
The Underground Railroad was a network of people, many of whom were from Christian abolitionist groups, who compassionately wanted to rescue slaves. In the 1850’s the 2nd Fugitive Slave Act passed, encouraging the capture of escapees and sending them back to the south for slavery. An estimated 30,000 to 100,000 Black Americans fled to Canada to avoid U.S. jurisdiction and to be in a country with no slavery.
This is an honest analysis.
Muhammad was a white man who owned black slaves and saw black people as inferior and equated anything black as evil. If you’re in doubt, just verify these hadith yourself. It was Christianity that gave the black slaves the hope and strength for them to overcome the suffering of slavery.
47% of Black Americans attend church once a week, more than Whites, Asians and Latinos.2 Christianity is the main single reason black Americans have risen out of the tribulation of slavery and become great contributors to the molding and shaping of America.
Dear Muslim, have you ever read Isa’s words? Did you know not a single teaching of Isa is in the Qur’an; the only thing he says is “I am a slave of Allah”. Has your prejudgment of the Bible stopped you from reading the prophet Isa’s words? Here is a teaching from the Bible about love:
“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” -1 Cor 13:1-7
This is just one of hundreds upon hundreds of teachings in the Bible that the Qur’an doesn’t have. Why do Muslims believe the Bible is corrupted when the Qur’an says no one can change God’s words? If the Bible is corrupt, why couldn’t the Qur’an be corrupted? Why does the Qur’an say the Bible is a guidance and a light if it can’t be trusted?
“And in their footsteps, We sent Jesus the son of Mary, confirming the Law that had come before him: We sent him the Gospel: therein was guidance and light, and confirmation of the Law that had come before him…” -Surah 5:46
Dear Muslim, please read the Bible. Your soul depends on it.
Christianity is often described as a white man’s religion. It’s rather obvious Christianity didn’t start in Europe—Jesus was born in Bethlehem in the nation of Israel. Many black North Americans are attracted to Islam, and the highest number of black converts is within the prison system. “Some Muslim religious leaders in the U.S. asserted that Islam was the natural religion of black people, broadly drawing upon the narratives of African Muslims captured centuries ago and sold as slaves in the Americas.” 1
But is Islam the one true faith for black Africans, as opposed to Christianity? Let’s research the most authoritative sources of Islam and be honest with ourselves about the evidence provided.
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