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Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Islam on slave girls/concubines

It is true that a lot of people push this subject ‘under the rug’ and do not understand it or are sometimes ashamed of this concept. That is because, today’s society and behavior is absolutely different from the conditions prevalent 1500 years ago at the time of Revelation of the Quran. There is no place on earth where this concept is practiced today, thus to really understand the concept in its entirety, we must try to imagine the times of the Revelation of the Glorious Quran.

Since time immemorial, slavery was an accepted practice; thus it was not Islam that started this practice, but rather Islam was the first system to inculcate the freedom of slaves and take steps to make them equal citizens of society. Slavery was abolished in modern society only a couple of centuries ago, and was openly practiced in almost all parts of the civilized world even until the early 1900s. But Islam made it a virtue to free slaves, and inculcate them into society as equal citizens, almost 1500 years ago

The prophet said regarding the rights of slaves:

Your servants and your slaves are your brothers. Anyone who has slaves should give them from what he eats and wears. He should not charge them with work beyond their capabilities. If you must set them to hard work, in any case I advise you to help them.

Source: Bukhari, Iman, 22; Adab, 44; Muslim, Iman, 38–40; Abu Dawud, Adab, 124

Ali reported that the last words of the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, were: "The prayer! The prayer! Fear Allah concerning your slaves ! "

Source: Al-Adab al-Mufrad Al-Bukhari , Nr. 158.

· Jabir ibn 'Abdullah said, "The Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, advised that slaves should be well-treated. He said, 'Feed them from what you eat and clothe them from what you wear. Do not punish what Allah has created.' "

Source: Al-Adab al-Mufrad Al-Bukhari , Nr. 188.

· Sallam ibn 'Amr reported from one of the Companions of the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "Your slaves are your brothers, so treat him well. Ask for their help in what is too much for you and help them in what is too much for them."

Source: Al-Adab al-Mufrad Al-Bukhari , Nr. 190.

· Abu Hurayra reported that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "The slave has his food and clothing. Do not burden a slave with work which he is incapable of doing."

Source: Al-Adab al-Mufrad Al-Bukhari , Nr. 192.

Not one of you should [ when introducing someone ] say ‘This is my slave’ , ‘This is my concubine’. He should call them ‘my daughter’ or ‘my son’ or ‘my brother’.

Source: Ibn Hanbal, Musnad, 2 ,4

For this reason ‘Umar and his servant took it in turns to ride on the camel from Madina to Jerusalem on their journey to take control of Masjid al-Aqsa. While he was the head of the state, ‘Uthman had his servant pull his own ears in front of the people since he had pulled his. Abu Dharr, applying the hadith literally, made his servant wear one half of his suit while he himself wore the other half. From these instances, it was being demonstrated to succeeding generations of Muslims, and a pattern of conduct established, that a slave is fully a human being, not different from other people in his need for respect and dignity and justice.

"The masters were obliged not to put slaves under hardship; slaves were not to be tortured, abused or treated unjustly. They could marry among “themselves with their master's permission - or with free men or women ! They could appear as witnesses and participate with free men in all “affairs. Many of them were appointed as governors, commanders of army and administrators. In the eyes of Islam, a pious slave has precedence over “an impious free man." Source: Al-Tabataba'i, Tafsir ( vol.16, pp. 338-358 )

The Prophet, had stipulated in his "last pilgrimage" speech:

"And your slaves ! see that you feed them such food as you eat yourselves and dress them what you yourself wear. And if they commit a “mistake which you are not inclined to forgive then sell them, for they are the servants of Allah and are not to be tormented! "

Source: Ibn Sa'd, op. cit., vol. II:1, p. 133

"Serve God, and join not any partners with Him ; and do good to parents, kinsfolk, orphans, those in need, neighbours who are near, neighbours “who are strangers, the Companion by your side, the way-farer (ye meet), And what your right hands possess : for God loveth not the arrogant, the “vainglorious" Surah An Nisa, verse 36

The phrase "What your right hands possess" refers to one’s slaves (male and female). Allah swt ordains the kind treatment of slaves in the same verse where He commands man to worship Him and to treat his parents, relations and neighbours generously, and this signifies the importance of this ruling.

What were the rights of concubines?

The status was similar to that of wife. The children were exactly like the other children from the person’s legally wedded wife. They were to be given exactly the same rights as his other children. The children of the slave girl would inherit the property exactly as the other children. There was absolutely no difference amongst the children. And once any slave girl bore a child, she could not be sold to anybody else and thus became a permanent member of the household.

Then you will probably ask how is this any different from the modern days concept of a mistress/prostitution/adultery?

There is a huge difference between the slave girls of those times and the system of prostitution which is so prevalent as a disease in today’s society.

The slave girl was a social issue of the times, which if not solved by Islam would give rise to adultery and prostitution. In prostitution, the woman sells here services for a fee to anyone who is willing to pay. The slave girl was taken into a household as a full member.

In prostitution, the woman has sexual relationships with many men. The slave girl would have sexual relations only with the person she was given to; very similar to the husband-wife relationship, the only difference being that the wife came into the house through a marriage contract, and the slave girl was allotted to the person by the state.

Prostitution is a result of illegal lust, and is a huge sin in the eyes of Allah.

The allocation of slave girls was a issue of the times to envelope the woman taken as slaves in a war into the Islamic society. Prostitution and adultery do not have any responsibility attached to it. The man- woman have a one-off relationship and depart. The slave girls were a responsibility of the person, who spent on them, gave them a place to live, fed them, clothed them, and raised their children as his children.

The children from adultery and prostitution are regarded as born out of wedlock and grow up without the name and without the shadow of a father. The children of the slave girls were known as the children of the person, grew up with his other children, and had exactly the same rights and inheritance as the other offspring. The system of slave girls was accepted and respected by the Islamic society of the times. The slave girl was treated like his wife, and the children from these slave girls were treated like their children by society. No religion, no state, no moral society accepts and respects the institutions of prostitution and adultery. This is a disease of society and every moral society has tried to eradicate this disease with little success.

Despite this, it was not simply a case of forcing someone into having sex to satisfy your desires.

Below are three English translations to the Verse where Allah commands the Muslim men to not force their slave women into sex.

The following translations were taken from

Translation: Yusufali:

"Let those who find not the wherewithal for marriage keep themselves chaste, until God gives them means out of His grace. And if any of your slaves ask for a deed in writing (to enable them to earn their freedom for a certain sum), give them such a deed if ye know any good in them: yea, give them something yourselves out of the means which God has given to you. But force not your maids to prostitution when they desire chastity, in order that ye may make a gain in the goods of this life. But if anyone compels them, yet, after such compulsion, is God, Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful (to them), (The Noble Quran, 24:33)"

Translation: Pickthall:

"And let those who cannot find a match keep chaste till Allah give them independence by His grace. And such of your slaves as seek a writing (of emancipation), write it for them if ye are aware of aught of good in them, and bestow upon them of the wealth of Allah which He hath bestowed upon you. Force not your slave-girls to whoredom that ye may seek enjoyment of the life of the world, if they would preserve their chastity. And if one force them, then (unto them), after their compulsion, lo! Allah will be Forgiving, Merciful. (The Noble Quran, 24:33)"

Translation: Shakir:

"And let those who do not find the means to marry keep chaste until Allah makes them free from want out of His grace. And (as for) those who ask for a writing from among those whom your right hands possess, give them the writing if you know any good in them, and give them of the wealth of Allah which He has given you; and do not compel your slave girls to prostitution, when they desire to keep chaste, in order to seek the frail good of this world's life; and whoever compels them, then surely after their compulsion Allah is Forgiving, Merciful. (The Noble Quran, 24:33)"

In all three translations, we clearly see that if the slave woman desires to keep chaste, then her Muslim master must not compel her into sex. It might sound odd to us today, but pagans back then were used to having sex with and raping their slave girls, even the ones who were married:

Narrated Jabir ibn Abdullah: "Musaykah, a slave-girl of some Ansari, came and said: My master forces me to commit fornication. Thereupon the following verse was revealed: "But force not your maids to prostitution (when they desire chastity). (24:33)" (Translation of Sunan Abu Dawud, Divorce (Kitab Al-Talaq), Book 12, Number 2304)"

So to women back then, it was something normal for a married slave woman to sleep with her master. It was something normal in the society at that time.

Allah Almighty in the Noble Quran not only allows for the slave man or woman to earn their freedom from their Muslim master, and receive money from their Muslim master to help them start their free life, but also commands the Muslim men to not compel their slave women into sex.
Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him also said:

Narrated Abu Musa Al-Ash'ari: "The Prophet said, "Give food to the hungry, pay a visit to the sick and release (set free) the one in captivity (by paying his ransom)." (Translation of Sahih Bukhari, Food, Meals, Volume 7, Book 65, Number 286)"

Islam came to liberate all slaves and to end the Judeo-Christian and Pagan slavery that was practiced before Islam. When Allah Almighty made lawful for the Muslim men to have sex with their slave women, He did it to keep the Islamic society back then during Islam's weak, partial and venerable times under control.

Also, if any compulsion was made unto the slave woman, then Allah Almighty will add more mercy and forgiveness unto her in the Day of Judgement. Below is the commentary on this exact section and point in Noble Verse 24:33 by Minister (Sheikh) Abdullah Yusuf Ali; may Allah Almighty rest his soul:

"The poor unfortunate girls, who are victims of such a nefarious trade (i.e., slave trade), will yet find mercy from Allah, whose bounties extend to the lowest of His creatures."

When Islam was reveled to Prophet Muhammad, slavery was a worldwide common social phenomenon; it was much older than Islam. Slavery was deeply rooted in every society to the extent that it was impossible to imagine a civilized society without slaves.

In spite of this social fact, Islam was the first religion to recognize slavery as a social illness that needed to be addressed. Since slavery was deeply rooted in the society, Islam did not abolish it at once. Rather, Islam treated slavery in the same manner it treated other social illnesses. Islam followed the same methodology of gradual elimination in dealing with this social disease as it did with other social illnesses, for example: the prohibition of alcohol in three steps.

Concerning having slave women, we would like to let you know that it happens to be a practice necessitated by the condition in which early Muslims found themselves vis-à-vis non-Muslims, as both parties engaged in wars. Slave women or milk al-yameen are referred to in the Qur'an as “Those whom your right hand possess” or “ma malakat aymanukum”; they are those taken as captives during conquests and subsequently became slaves, or those who were descendants of slaves.

Thus, it was a war custom in the past to take men and women as captives and then turn them into slaves. Islam did not initiate it, rather, it was something in practice long ago before the advent of Islam. And when Islam came, it tried to eradicate this practice, bit by bit. So it first restricted it to the reciprocal practice of war, in the sense that Muslims took war captives just as the enemies did with Muslims.

But as it aimed at putting an end to such issue, Islam laid down rules which would eventually lead to eradicating the practice. So it allowed Muslims to have intercourse with slave women taken as captives of just and legitimate wars. In so doing, the woman would automatically become free if she got pregnant. What's more, her child would also become free.

Not only that, Islam also ordered a Muslim to treat the slave woman in every respect as if she were his wife. She should be well fed, clothed and given due protection. In the family environment, she had the opportunity to learn about Islam and was free to accept it or reject it. She also had the opportunity to earn her freedom for she could be ransomed.

In the light of the above-mentioned facts, and the nature of the question posed by people, it's clear that some people misunderstand the wisdom behind the permissibility of having female slaves and think that it is meant to unleash men’s desires and give them more enjoyment. Never! That is not the point! It is, rather, means of freeing slaves; and this is clarified above in the fact that if a master got a female slave pregnant, then he could neither sell her nor give her away as a present. And if he died, she would not be considered part of his property. She'd receive her freedom and her baby would also be free.

But, we have to stress that this case should not be confused with that of female servants or maids, for they are free and not slaves. Therefore, it is forbidden to engage in sexual relations with them except through an Islamic marriage.

Slavery has been abolished by international conventions, and goes in line with aims and objectives of Islam, as it has called for centuries ago.

As for marrying slaves, it is something permissible under two conditions: first, if one is unable to pay the dowry of a free woman. Second, if there is fear of committing adultery if one doesn’t get married. This is clarified by the following verse: “And whose is not able to afford to marry free, believing women, let them marry from the believing maids whom your right hands possess. This is for him among you who feareth to commit sin. But to have patience would be better for you.” (An-Nisaa’: 25)

This verse shows that Muslim men should abstain from illicit relations and seek enjoyment through marriage to free women or through their female slaves.

In conclusion, Allah has forbidden certain types of behavior and permitted other kinds of behavior as a safeguard to the individual and to the society. Allah has forbidden fornication and adultery. However, in the case of captives whom your right hands posses, it's something necessitated by the special circumstances which were created when the Muslims were at war.

This is not a practice for today which allows men to take extra sexual partners in addition to his wife, or a loophole as you put it. You have the same responsibilty to the slave girl as you would to the wife, with the same inheritence rights for the children born out of such relations hence it is more of a burden than a loophole to escape the 'treating wives equally' concept. Regardless of that, it is not a concept which is in practice today or encouraged for today. It was something specifically utilised and designed for 1500 years ago where the practice was already widespread. All Islam did was to bring structure to what was already in existence, and eventually aim to remove it all together. One may say it should be banned straight away, why the long drawn out process.

The reality is however human nature does not allow for such action. People gradually get use to change, and the Quran itself was revealed over a long period of time for this reason so people could gradually get use to the injunctions and guidelines and thus adapt better. That is exactly the case with this issue, rules were bought in to slowly eradicate the practice and give rights to women who without Islam would have nothing equivalent to rely upon


Anonymous said...

Jazakallah khair excellent analysis, this cleared up a lot of things for me.

kelfarra said...

Hadith Sahih al-Bukhari, Book of Sales chapter:
'Ata' said, "There is no harm in someone touching his pregnant slavegirl, short of intercourse. Allah Almighty says, "except from their wives or those they own as slaves." (Quran 23:6)
Why do you claim in the 10th paragraph from the BOTTOM that pregnant slaves automatically become free, whereas this hadith still refers to them as "slavegirls" even though they are pregnant?
Also, it states in a fatwa given on this website ( that:

if a slave woman becomes pregnant, the child belongs to the master and she becomes free when he dies, because she has become the mother of the master’s child (umm walad), and is subject to the same rulings as a wife. And Allaah knows best.

Dave Thompson said...

So you admit the Quran is not for everyone at all time..

Nice job!

Nisam said...

Flight Origin : 2250 BC, River Tigris, Babylon.
Flight Through : 600 AD, Arabia.
Flight Destination : 2008 AD, White House, Washington DC, USA.

The above flight will show what kind of a slavery it was.

Maria Muslimah said...


Maria Muslimah said...

That helped.

Anonymous said...

What a sick backward pig religion.

asiya said...

Ha, we'll just see who's the backwards pig at resurrection...

Anonymous said...

I do not believe that the almighty God chose to reveal himself through a 3rd Century camel trading pedophile. I have to tolerate your religion but I don't respect it in the least.

Anonymous said...

Can u pl tell if there is a war between musliks and nonmuslims in future will it be permssible to have sex with theslave girls

Nisam said...

>>Can u pl tell if there is a war between musliks and nonmuslims in future will it be permssible to have sex with theslave

Enslaving the prisoners of war had been the norm of this world, long before Mohammad The Messenger of God.

It was Mohammad The Messenger of God who transformed people from being the slave of puny humans to [b]The True Slaves of Almighty God.[/b]


1. [url=]Debate On Slavery - 1[/url]
2. [url=]The Code of Hammurabi[/url]
3. [url=]A Journey From Babylon to White House[/url]
4. [url=]Glimpses of World History[/url]

Islam stood for the Integration of the slave population with the main-stream community and for that it brought an extensive guideline. It gave her almost

the right that are equivalent to that of a wife. Islam commanded the master to deal with a slave girl, almost like his wife and part of that it permitted to

have intercourse with The Right Hand Women (Islam never said - a slave girl, rather it brought a respectful word.). It is a great deal to understand this

history. We will see US President Barrak Obama & Michelle Obama, Malcolm X etc playing a their role along with Mohammad The Messenger of God.

>>will it be permssible to have sex with theslave
If there exists a Muslim community based on the Principles of The Glorious Quran and The Teachings of the final Messenger, there will never be a Slave.

Anonymous said...

to #Annonymous
Your anger to Islam is natural in these times. Demonisation of Islam in the media is rife. It is welcoming that you take time to search Islamic forums. Inshallah (God willing) your heart will soften to Islam. Islam is perfect but Muslims are not. We are all human and make mistakes.
Try looking at all the multitude of similarities between Islam and the other monotheistic religions. There are so many common grounds. Perhaps you may find time to read a translation of one or two chapters of the Quran with an open mind?
Muslims fear hellfire and yearn for heaven. Something that everyone should feel. Hollywood portrays everyone going to heaven except the extremely evil. Read your religious books they also have reminders of hell and heaven. If a ticket to heaven was so easy do you not think that we Muslims would abandon our 5 daily prayers, our fasting, worshipping and remembrance of God? Why do Christians feel that Jesus died for their sins and thus will enter heaven so easily? What efforts and sacrifices do the majority of Christians make to pass the test?
Have you ever stopped to think that perhaps you are on the wrong path and that if you truly want peace in this life and the next that you need to do something more, something different.
I am lucky - being born Muslim. Had I been born into another faith or no faith perhaps I would feel what you do. It is difficult to change ones instilled beliefs.
I feel for you brother.
I will pray that you find the courage to study other religions and find the path to heaven. Death is certain. Meeting your maker is certain.
No Muslim is guaranteed heaven. We need to behave with integrity, compassion and humility so that we can attract others to our faith - it is our duty. I truly believe that God's last message and instructions to all mankind was revealed in the Quran - the last of the revelations in a long line of prophethood starting with Adam (peace be upon him)
May God guide you to a path of peace and hope.

Anonymous said...

ok so if rules are brought in slowly to eradicate such practices, why did the rules stop coming? In the case of alcohol it was finally banned. Why didn't God wait a little longer and finally ban this practice too?

Nisam said...

>>Anonymous said...
>>ok so if rules are brought in slowly to eradicate such practices, why did the rules stop coming?

Simply banning the practice of Slavery was NOT and is NOT the solution. Rather, Islam put forward a Controlled Demolition of Slavery. The rest of world neglected this idea of Controlled Demolition; they carry forwarded Slavery and all its practices (Refer

Due to the negligence of Islamic guidance of The Eradication of Slavery by Integration, we have, in this very 21st century, United States First Lady Michelle Obama. We have in this 21st century United States President and its Commander-In-Chief Barack Obama (Refer

najee karim said...

Who cares, about what you believes, islam is the answer to every social problem, you said lord, why don't tell us what ur bible says about slavery, and don't lie

najee karim said...

No dummy , islam don't allowed slavery, he eliminated, the bible and the torah allowed slavery , promote it by allowing the man to sell his daughter to slavery , also ur book regulate slavery and beating slaves with iron rod, while in islam , it opened 7 doors to free the slaves, did ur bible open 7 doors to free the slaves, in islam the hadith said who ever smack a slave , the only way to repent from his sin , is to free him, don't come here and look stupid with ur comments dummy, you just show how irrogant you are lol

najee karim said...

What a sick zionist snake

Nisam said...

Here is a debate going on between two colleaques on the issue of Slavery and the the stands taken by Mohammad The Messenger of God. Following are some of the introductory posts.

1. Debate On Slavery - Intro - 1

2. A Journey from Babylon To White House

3. The Code of Hammurabi

4. FWD by Sonia Gandhi - Glimpses of World History

5. The Roman Empire

6. Gladiators - The Bloody Sport of The Roman Empire

7. Egypt The House Of Slavery.

Anonymous said...

All abrahamic religions allowed slavery, that shows these are all man made religions which brought some positive results at their respective times, we have moved on and do not need religion anymore. Slavery in any form is abhorrent, there can be no justification. Apologists here are just playing with words.

Nisam said...

>>All abrahamic religions allowed slavery,
Not true. Mohammad The Messenger of God said -

"There are three categories of people against whom I shall myself be a plaintiff on the Day of Judgement. Of these three, one is he who enslaves a free man, then sells him and eats this money"

Above is a clear prohibition of enslavement of free people.

>>that shows these are all man made religions
Islam is a God made and God protected religion.

>>which brought some positive results at their respective times
Islam brought the solution for slavery that was not only for the respective time but also for the coming centuries till 18th century. Here comes the story of United States first Lady Michelle Obama and her husband, The President and The Commander-In-Chief Barrak Obama.

A Journey from Babylon to the present White House in Washington DC is started at

meelash said...

I think he simply wrote it ambiguously, it is obvious from the 8th paragraph from the bottom that he meant differently. If the master dies, then the slave girl and her offspring become free, and while he is alive, they cannot be sold or given to anyone.

Anonymous said...

premarital sex is a sin. simple a that. why would god allow his messenger to condone acts of lusts?

heres why:
a) mohamad was not from god and he knew that if he tried to abolish dirty dogs from rooting their slaves they would scrutinise his teachings in an attempt to finD flaws so as not to be muslims.
b) he didnt like the idea of not being able to fuck all the women he would capture upon his endeavours so he allowed the fucking of slave women.


Nisam said...

Permission to have intercourse with Right-Hand-Women was not for satisfying the lust. It has a great purpose, negligence of which resulted in the creation of millions of 21st century people like United States First Lady Michelle Obama.

Stay tuned at

Hamza said...

I spoke to a number of shiekhs regarding slavery and all of them said that Islam allows slavery,we are allowed to have unlimited number of female slaves and are allowed to have sex with them even if there husband's captured in war are in the next tent because the marriage of a female taken in war voids her marriage,I am very confused and shocked because I was allways telling people Islam abolished slavery and I feel like a hypocrite now,also when we keep saying that slavery started before Islam and that Islam did not start slavery is a poor excuse,because Islam is meant to be a blessing for the world so why did do nothing to stop it,infact by allowing it soldiers to take female slaves in warfare for sex it actually encourages slavery

Anonymous said...

they were just answering ur question simplictically. allows means used to happen n was not stopped. did they also tell u u had to wait till their period to see if they pregnant or not? That if under ur owenership she gets married no one other than her husband may have sex with her n the above stuff like if u have child then essentially ur wife by a different title? No because u didn't ask n weren't given a comprehensive answer. just check out Vietnam n prostitution if u want to c what happens if u don't force responsibility. multiple guys will rape the woman or she will prostitute herself.... ask urself if Islam wanted slavery y it always telling u to free them even for slight mistakes like breaking your oath?

Anonymous said...

Just below

Kel Azawad said...

Fatwa Against those that Deny Religion and those that Help Them

The Holy Quran says “To you your religion, and to me mine.” [109] yet what of those that deny all religion? They are the true worst sinners. Some Muslims say that we must kill the Jews and the Crusaders, and go to the Atheists for help- for you turn to a worse sinner to kill the Ahl al-Kitab, the People of the Book. Nations such as Cuba, North Korea, China, and Vietnam follow the ways of Karl Marx and the Juche Idea and oppress religion of any kind- yet some Muslims turn to them to help build weapons and provide weapons. These are the sinners! For the Holy Quran says "Verily! Those who believe and those who are Jews and Christians, and Sabians, whoever believes in God and the Last Day and do righteous good deeds shall have their reward with their Lord, on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve." [2:62] and "And there are, certainly, among the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians), those who believe in God and in that which has been revealed to you, and in that which has been revealed to them, humbling themselves before God. They do not sell the Verses of God for a little price, for them is a reward with their Lord. Surely, God is Swift in account." [3:199] and "Not all of them are alike; a party of the people of the Scripture stand for the right, they recite the Verses of God during the hours of the night, prostrating themselves in prayer. They believe in God and the Last Day; they enjoin Al-Ma'rûf and forbid Al-Munkar ; and they hasten in (all) good works; and they are among the righteous. And whatever good they do, nothing will be rejected of them; for God knows well those who are Al-Muttaqûn." [3:113-115] saying that the People of the Book could become Dhimmi. Nowhere is it said that those that not only deny the Prophets, but Deny that Allah exists can become Dhimmi- for they are the true enemies of Islam!

So let it be known, that for nations such as Iran to build rockets and nuclear weapons with the help, or in help, of North Korea they are surely sinning and not doing the will of Allah! For to help an Atheist is to promote hatred of Allah! It is not a Muslims duty to bring Jihad against the People of the Book, but against the people who Deny the existence of Allah. North Korea, Vietnam, Cuba, and China shall be brought to their knees until they abandon Marxism and Juche and allow Muslims to worships freely. Those that aid these countries will be judged as sinners.

Syndicat de Boucher-Leblanc

Anonymous said...

How dare the christians and jews or even hindus say that Quran is not for all times?!!! Have you guys ever read your bible or talmud or geeta ..... Its full of horrible things, and yet you come here to mock at muslims. Islam is a practical religion its not a santa clause or tooth fairy religion. You non muslims are a bunch of ignorant fools.

Mariam Hama said...

Jazaka Allah Khair
Behind every ruling their is a wisdom and khair to mankind. The only question i have is regarding where typically female slaves lived back then. If a female slave had the same kind of intimate relationship as a wife did she live in a separate home simalarily as it is done with co wives? And if they all lived in the same house did wives not feel as sensitve as a women would feel about it now?

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Anonymous said...

I am shocked that Allah, creator of the universe, could not come up with a better solution than allowing sex with female prisoners of war. This is on top of the 4 wives that has been allowed. Why could they not be taken as family members without having intercourse?
I disagree that and Wife and a slave girl has the same rights. In Sura Al Nisa: 4:3

" Allah's statement,
... فَإِنْ خِفْتُمْ أَلاَّ تَعْدِلُواْ فَوَاحِدَةً أَوْ مَا مَلَكَتْ أَيْمَانُكُمْ ...
But if you fear that you will not be able to deal justly (with them), then only one or what your right hands possess."

The Ayah commands, if you fear that you will not be able to do justice between your wives by marrying more than one, then marry only one wife, or satisfy yourself with only female captives, for it is not obligatory to treat them equally, rather it is recommended. So if one does so, that is good, and if not, there is no harm on him.

Thus this above verse obviously means that a man does not have the same obligations towards his slave as he would to his wife.

Allah forbade alcohol, pork, and so many other things but He could not forbid slavery?

Women had male slaves back then as well. What I want to know is why are women not allowed the same 'privilege' i.e have intercourse with their male slaves?

Please do not call this better than prostitution. This is in NO way better. It is just as worse. It encourages slavery and it allows sexual intercourse out of wedlock. At least prostitutes can stop their practices. Slaves cannot be freed until their master agrees.

Nisam said...


>>I am shocked that Allah, creator of the universe, could not come up with a better solution than allowing sex with female prisoners of war.<<

Your statement above is trying to connect two disconnected things.

When Mohammad The Messenger of God came, significant portion of the population were slaves. Please understand this first. In order to Integrate the Slave population with the main-stream community, Islam brought the solution of being a Right-Hand-Possession.

What is meant by a Right-Hand-Possession? You need to learn more. Or watch-out my blog

>>Why could they not be taken as family members without having intercourse?<<

Indeed this is a good question. Now listen carefully.

Islam permitted to have intercourse with a Right-Hand woman so that the children born in that intercourse will be father-full children. This child will be known before the society NOT as the son of a slave woman but as the child of the Master. You got the point?

The next generation will NOT be known for their slave identity and hence the Slave community will be integrated to the main-stream society. This is what happened in the wonderful, thoughtful history of Mohammad The Messenger of God.

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>>Thus this above verse obviously means that a man does not have the same obligations towards his slave as he would to his wife.<<

The above verse doesn't come in a sense that you understand. It is true that a master doesn't have the same obligation to a slave just like he has with his wife. But this doesn't mean that a master can do whatever he wants his slave.

For example, when a man marries a woman he needs to pay the dowry (man gives to woman). This is not required when a man takes a woman as his Right-Hand-Possession.

- Islam has defined obligations for a man towards his wife.

- Islam has defined obligations for a master towards his right-hand-possessions.

Both obligations have its own breadth & depth.


Nisam said...


>>Allah forbade alcohol, pork, and so many other things but He could not forbid slavery? <<

Prohibition is there, if you listen, you will understand. Mohammad The Messenger of God said -

"There are three categories of people against whom I shall myself be a plaintiff on the Day of Judgment. Of these three, one is he who enslaves a free man, then sells him and eats this money"

1. As a first step, Islam prohibited the enslavement of free men.

2. As a second step, Islam eradicated the remaining slaves by Integrating them to the main-stream society.

Thats all. It takes a big journey to understand the second point and for that a historical journey has started from Babylon to White-House at the below link.

>>What I want to know is why are women not allowed the same 'privilege' i.e. have intercourse with their male slaves?<<

This is really a thoughtful question. The aim of letting a Master to have intercourse with his right-hand-women is to integrate them to the mainstream society. In such a situation, it is possible for a Master to take care of multiple women. But it is NOT possible for a woman to take care of multiple men because of her natural instinct.

To my knowledge, the answer to this question is same as that of the question why Islam didn't allow a woman to marry multiple men.

But in Islam, there is a way that a free woman can have intercourse with any one of her right-hand-man. The glorious Quran says -

"... And give not (your daughters) in marriage to till they believe (in Allah Alone) and verily, a believing slave is better than a (free) idolater, even though he pleases you." Quran 2:221

The above verse is giving a great opportunity for a free woman to marry a slave man. So in this way a free woman can have intercourse with a slave man.

>>Please do not call this better than prostitution. This is in NO way better. It is just as worse.<<

- Prostitution produces Father-less children.

- Intercourse with a Right-Hand woman produces Father-full children.

If you can distinguish between what is meant by a Father-less child and a Father-full child.

Anonymous said...

Guys ..Y can't u just tell the fact that SEX with SLAVE GIRLS was totally & strictly BANNED by 2nd Caliph of Islam, Hazrat Umer(r.a) & now IT CAN't be PRACTICED in any means prophet(P.B.U.H) in his time said, Obeying the commands of Caliph in future will be like Obeying my commands. !!! SO after that NO MUSLIM CAN HAVE SEX WITH SLAVE GIRLS no matter what the scenario ...

Anonymous said...

@Nisam and author of this article - thank you for all your points. It cleared things up for me (as protecting non-Muslim women and their offspring after a war); as I read Quranic tafsir translation. May Allah increase our knowledge and continue to make us among the rightly guided, ameen.

To those who've made horrible comments, please do not open your mouths (and thus your keyboard) to the size of an apple, when your knowledge and intellect is smaller than a grain of rice. May God have mercy on you.

Anonymous said...

The Quran says oppression is worse than death isn’t slavery in whatever form oppression Is the Quran contradicting it's own teaching. the Quran cannot be change not even by Muhammed

Anonymous said...

What more do you want? In the era of darkness, when nobody thought of quitting keeping slavegirls, Islam gave chance of liberty and equality. Every fact of history has relevance to that particular era, but it doesnt mean that Quran is not for everyone alltime. It is definitely source of enlightment for those who are in search of it.. even in this era. May God show you the right path..

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kk said...

so i just quickly breezed through the text. wht your trying to dsy is tht the prophet hd sex with salves and he wsnt mrried to them.

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Anonymous said...

Im sure I read somewhere that if a slave wants to remain chaste she can refuse to have sexual intercourse with her master. And also the slave could leave her master aswell, she would have to ask him and he would be obliged to do so. A man can not have sexual intercourse with a woman without her permission otherwise that would be rape so surely the only way you could have sex with a slave is if she fell in love with you and wanted to have sex with you.

Anonymous said...

allah oe akhbar,you explained it so well nizam ,may allah reward you,i just cant seeem to understand why people dont see the beauty in islam,for some it takes one day for another years,me myself am a convert,hmdl allah guided me

Anonymous said...

Plz u cnt speak abt Islam dis way!! Islam always enlightened all frm evil practices! N today my faith on islam n quran is all time high

yusuf said...

Please read d whole (above) text well you misguided man! Itz clearly written islam eradicated alcohol in 3 stages! And msy I please bring this to your notice, religion like christianity also dont allow consumption of alcohol, I dnt remember d verses now but itz clearley written in bible, ' thy shall not drink wine'. But still people do my friend! Soo islam alwayz curtailed slavery but some people practised it for long span of time, wht islam will do in dat, those ppl will get sin! N they have to repent fr it

Anonymous said...

Really my friend than what christianity, jewism, hinduism propogates, shuld I tell you a fact king solomon was having 300 concubines, god Krishna had 16000 wifes and he was in extra marital affair also with Radha! What do this religion propogates, stop slave practice???????? Really they do????

Anonymous said...

Jzk, this was useful.

Anonymous said...

Aristotle's View On Slavery

Man had ever been influenced by his circumstance. His thoughts and actions were mostly derived from the circumstance in which he lived. The Greek philosopher Aristotle was not an excuse to this.

Aristotle was a well known Greek philosopher who lived around 300 BC. He lived around 2300 years before the arrival of Mohammad The Messenger of God. He is being studied even today in universities, throughout the world. He said -

"Slavery is natural; in every department of the natural universe we find the relation of ruler and subject. There are human beings who, without possessing reason, understand it. These are natural slaves." - ARISTOTLE'S POLITICS, translated by Benjamin Jowett.

• Just like there was and there is black and white people by nature, Aristotle opined that some people became Slaves by nature!

• Just like there was and there is tall and short people by nature, Aristotle opined that some people became Slaves by nature!

If a well known philosopher like Aristotle thinks that some people became slaves by nature (!) then what would be the conditions of this world?

Anonymous said...

Aristotle's View On Slavery

Man had ever been influenced by his circumstance. His thoughts and actions were mostly derived from the circumstance in which he lived. The Greek philosopher Aristotle was not an excuse to this.

Aristotle was a well known Greek philosopher who lived around 300 BC. He lived around 2300 years before the arrival of Mohammad The Messenger of God. He is being studied even today in universities, throughout the world. He said -

"Slavery is natural; in every department of the natural universe we find the relation of ruler and subject. There are human beings who, without possessing reason, understand it. These are natural slaves." - ARISTOTLE'S POLITICS, translated by Benjamin Jowett.

• Just like there was and there is black and white people by nature, Aristotle opined that some people became Slaves by nature!

• Just like there was and there is tall and short people by nature, Aristotle opined that some people became Slaves by nature!

If a well known philosopher like Aristotle thinks that some people became slaves by nature (!) then what would be the conditions of this world?

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UnrealScape said...

Kelfarra is right.

You can still have intercourse with a slave-women who was pregnant with your child because she is not free. However, she can not be sold to anybody else. This means that she is automatically free upon the master's death.

In other words, her rank increases to om-al-walad.


The child will already be free.

Just wanted to clear up some misconceptions :)

And Allah knows best.

Anonymous said...

Slavery is filthy and all the excuses in the world doesn't change that. If muhammad was against slavery why did he capture, buy and sell slaves?!

Anonymous said...

This makes no sense. I am kind of appluad. We keep talking about the slave girls well fare, how she is has just as much right as the wife, how her kids will be treated the same as the other children, how the slave girl will be taken care of, yet nothing about the wife herself? So the wife has no regard or respect in this factor at all? I wonder where we would be if today all men said they wanted to have a mistress on the side and take care of her just like he takes care of his wife! Why get married and be blessed and have nikah if a man can go out of his marriage? No regard for the women as a wife? So sad.

Anonymous said...

This is what i dont get about islam that even slave women who is married can have sex with her master thus committing adultery. Why would anybody commit adultery when you could just go out and buy a slave or slaves or be given one from the states. Islam is hard to understand especially when on one hand you will punished for adultery or even looking at a women and on the other hand you can have sex with as many slaves as you want.

Anonymous said...

Whoever saying it was a time or era thing thats total rubbish if god knows everything ie future then it cant be a era thing. And these acts or traditions are practiced today in modern islam in saudi, yemen , pakistan, india all over where muslims are exept for western countries where there is no slavery. If islam was a solution for slaves especially women slaves the why is there still slaves all over the muslim countries being used as concubines. I think follow islam and leave the concubine thing out it doesnt make sense not jus to me but millions of muslims all over dont get this bit about slaves concubines sex being legal and non punishable thats why slavery in muslim countries still lives today for lust and benefit.

Anonymous said...

What a well written load of bullshit.

nazbin naz said...

Thank you, you are making more sense then our scholars

Anonymous said...

Are people even reading anything before they comment?

guest1921 said...

oh my God I was in so much shock regarding this issue but this article and the comment of nisam has cleared it up for me Alhamdulillah, I was asking Allah for a answer.

Anonymous said...

My friend. The publisher of the article already listed that you can't force your concubines to have intercourse if she seeks chastity. At a time and place after wars and so on... when a man would recieve a concubine he would have to cloth, feed, shelter, and treat her with respect regardless if she was muslim or not. In the 7th century this to me sounds a million times better than living on your own in the desert with no food, water, support, shelter, etc... So look at it this way. It's basically bringing in a woman that has no support whatsoever, and making her a member in the family.

Anonymous said...

Not only did you take the verse out of context, you didn't even complete the verse. The ayah is stating that if you can't deal justly with orphan girls then get married ( up to 4 wives) and if you can't deal justly with 4, then marry one girl or what your right hands possess. Which means you can marry your concubine( if accepted) as if you can marry any other girl. Salam.

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Anonymous said...

Yes you are right. Slavery wasnt banned by Islam. It was banned by Non muslim states! Had my religion been true, how can my Lord allow a Sin ? A sin where having intercourse with women is permissible even if they dont want so? How can God allow somwthing that Has Saitan's role in it? If he is the true God?

Anonymous said...

You are wrong. To the author, mention a hadith that says that if the woman doesnt want, dont have intercourse with her! What you are referring to is Fornification meaning allowing the slave girl sleeping with others EXCEPT HIS MASTER! A slave girl becomes under possession of her master no matter what she denies or not ! See Bukhari9: 506

Baba Wayo said...

Thank you for your excellent article. It shows at least that muslims are concerned that their religion is misrepresented. The world has always been a complicit witness to slavery in its many forms - enforced poverty, mass labour, debt, interest and sex industries. The Quran is the first book in history to attempt to give the slave a place in the social order. In Islam slaves were for the first time given legal recourse and representation and could take their masters to a court - this is the origin of the trade union. However, the question of female slaves' right to chastity, a fundamental human right, is not apparently not offered by a literal reading of the Quran - therefore the question non-muslims have about sex slavery seems to be validated. At the same time, a deeper reading of the Quranic framework of morality and meaning of life is addressed to all Human Beings - slave and non-slave. The meaning of life being the fulfillment of one's spiritual life through worship and the unquestionable right to live without fear of injustice. Quranic morality is centred upon the kind treatment of all living things. Any discussion about Islam must be understood within this very pervasive and authoritatively stated Quranic framework. Thus a slave if kept at all, must be always be kept and treated with kindness and unfailing respect - and any breach of this is a sin against God.

Baba Wayo said...

Historically, the Islamic answer to the problem of slavery has never been to eject slaves into poverty for slaves, uneducated or economically incapacitated, to fend for themselves against the remainder of society, as we have seen in the modern era. Rather it aimed to transform the institution of slavery itself into a humane and enhancing path for slaves to own and manage their affairs, to be trained and educated even as they remain captive. while they and their owners are offered a reward of paradise if they treat one another with mutual respect, dignity and compassion. In modern terms, a partnership - hence the call for owners to work alongside their slaves.
Of course this has been abused by bad people for centuries and perhaps it was an idealistic dream to assume it could ever be achieved, but that is, in my opinion, God's best effort to help humanity out of lawlessness and depravity.
Of course the abolition of slavery was always the alternative. Coming after the zenith of the iniquitous global empires of slavery - the British, Spanish, Belgian and Portuguese empires and especially the Americas - when slavery was deemed inefficient as compared to capital incentivizing and threat of unemployment in place of emancipation. The outcome has been far from satisfactory- the children of slaves in the Americas are denied education, health care and basic human rights even in wealthy strata of society where integration has utterly failed and racism is rife and rising.

Baba Wayo said...

What we face today in terms of global inequality, debt and global poverty has no parallel in the ancient world. The solutions on offer from our existing economic and social models of which the Quran and sharia are their ancient forbears have all been equally unsuccessful.
I could suggest that young muslims need to appreciate that a literal interpretation of the Quran by allowing slavery represents an ideological regression in the understanding of their own faith - as we see in the crisis of ISIS interpretation of religion is highly vulnerable to abuse in the wrong hands.
I could also suggest that secularites of all persuasions will need to reckon with the utter failure of their own ideologies to improve the human condition in any shape or form, for the guns still run, the bombs fly and the helpless streams of humanity flow like blood over the plundered soil of Asia, Africa, Europe and America. A most pitiful status quo indeed and can surely not be blamed on any one religion.
What Islam offers is a way to change the world from the inside. Through resistance to oppression in every shape and form, even on the battlefield (although in modern times this has been fruitless) and in the home a light of love shines for the stranger who comes in peace, the fighter who lays down arms, the traveller who is weary, the neighbour in need, the child in despair and last but not least the slave.

candy said...

A very well written article. There are still some confusions in my mind which are enlisted below:
1. What if the slave girl denies or dislikes being intimate with her master, does she have a say in her marriage?
2.What if the slave girl is married and her husband is alive and well but also taken as a slave?
3. A man can marry upto 4 wives ONLY IF he can maintain equality, does this apply in the case of slave girls too?What if he can't maintain equality between his wife and the slave girl?

Please clarify with proper source>

girl with a BRAIN said...

I am shocked by how stupid people can be. I am a muslim woman, and very much committed to my iman, but guess what everyone? Allah has given us COMMON SENSE. The Qur'an is a guide for us, but we also have to THINK about things.

In islam, once you are MARRIED, it is considered ADULTERY to lust after anyone other than your SPOUSE (YES THIS MEANS YOU HAVE TO COMMIT TO YOUR WIFE). Therefore,marrying a slave girl for sex means that you have already regarded her in a sexual manner, and in doing so, already cheated on your wife. Same goes for marrying a 2nd wife. This makes you an adulterer for all intents and purposes. The verse in the Qur'an says that you can go to a slave girl IF you cannot AFFORD to marry, ie BACKUP PLAN: MARRY A SLAVE GIRL FOR FREE. I highly doubt that it means, enjoy a slave girl on the side and ignore the bond of marriage/nikah and the feelings of your WIFE, to whom you have, IN THE EYES OF ALLAH, COMMITTED YOURSELF TO.

guys who are similarly looking for an excuse to marry a newer, younger wife--if you're so desperate for fresh goods, divorce your wife, bc you are BEING UNJUST TO HER, and in the Qur'an you cannot marry another wife if there is risk of injustice to the first(translation--NEVER!! bc no woman will agree to this). To any guys who claim to be muslims but who are brainless fools who know nothing about islam and marry multiple wives: your wives should leave you if they have any backbone or self respect, may Allah give strength to weak women who stand for this sh*t, and may Allah give AQL to the men that so desperately need it.

If you are really so pious, why don't you stop thinking about what's in your pants and do something useful for the world? Why don't you help someone in need, be kind to a stranger, feed the hungry, adopt an orphan? Why don't you help IMPROVE society instead of focusing on your own sexual pleasure? Don't search religion for your horny satisfaction, bc I do believe there are more important things for Allah to worry about than your penises.

I'm not a feminist--happily married to an amazing man w/ practical Iman in Allah, who knows what is important in life. To all Christians/Jews/Muslims, we all have faith in the same God, and we are all equal to him. I wish the world could wake up and see that.

Losing Faith said...

I noticed that a lot of Muslims are avoiding the million dollar question. Its funny seeing people casually talking about whether it's allowed to have intercourse with the slave girl. Assuming she's willing to have sex that is. In most scenario slaves are not willing captives. A female slave is not going to willingly sleep with you knowing you're the reason her tribe/nation got demised. That you're the reason her brother male relatives are dead. So tell me what happens when this slave girl refuses to sleep with you?

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Anonymous said...

so funny, the apologetic argument that islam saved girls from prostitution by making them a slave. Typical degenerate morality from ANY religion, that you know better because of an ancient book. It is madness, it degrades women and makes men no more than sick self-important, self-serving narcissists. Religion is Perversion.

Mariam Adam said...

I understand a bit better now but what if the slave girl doesn't want to sleep with the master or do anything but work and chores . And since she has the status of a wife does she have the obligation and responsibilities as a wife does to her master.

786 M said...

JAK, this article was very helpful. Certainly, there's wisdom in every decision by Allah. I am just curious if female masters had male slaves and if similar rulings applied in that situation too. Thanks!

Pinyon Kelp said...
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Pinyon Kelp said...

Not one of you should [ when introducing someone ] say ‘This is my slave’ , ‘This is my concubine’. He should call them ‘my daughter’ or ‘my son’ or ‘my brother’.
Something is not right with this, how can u call a slave girl as ur daughter when u r allowed to have sex with her.
2nd thing mentioned in this article was that u r allowed to marry slave girl in order to abstain from zina/adultery/fornication. But why would a man need to marry a slave girl for having sex, when he can just do it even without being married to her.
3rd thing that said slavery protected the women from going into prostitution, how can u say for sure that women (if not taken captives and made slaves) would have definitely chosen prostitution for a living? They could very well be choosing any other profession or means which does not involve something immoral.
And then someone said in the comments, that a man can have sex with his slave if they fall in love. Well, this is just BS, cuz in the Qur'an it isn't written that u can have sex only if u fall in love with them, and as far as this feeling is concerned, what if the female master fell in love with her male slave, would that mean they can have sex too now? certainly not, so the feeling of love is not the requirement here.
And when u say that the practice of slavery was for that time only, even that doesn't seem true, cuz it's not condemned at any place in the Qur'an, although it is encouraged to free them bt that doesn't prohibit the practice in full, so in this century if a war takes place, the prisoners can be made slaves if one wills too, since it was the same rule of slavery back then too.
And as far as the times are concerned, homosexuality is more common now that doesn't mean that the teachings of qur'an condemning homosexuality were for the past times only and not now (since the ratio is different between past and present), same for slavery ( if it was allowed back then, it's allowed still, if homosexuality was forbidden back then, it's forbidden still)

Pinyon Kelp said...

@ Nisam , lol what kind of logic is this "Islam permitted to have intercourse with a Right-Hand woman so that the children born in that intercourse will be father-full children. This child will be known before the society NOT as the son of a slave woman but as the child of the Master. You got the point?"
So Islam allowed sex with slaves just for the sake of having 'father-full' children? what a joke, even in the west, when someone has a child with any woman be it one-night stand, the man has to pay the child-support no matter what. Does that mean it is allowed just bcz the man will be paying for the child born out of wed-lock. And what if the slave doesn't bear any child even after having constant sex, what would be the purpose then? just to have an orgasm, i suppose?
I agree having sex with slave is not considered sinful in Islam, bt atleast don't make up ur own reasons for it.

Anonymous said...

I don't understand that if a slave girl enjoys exactly the same status as a wife including rights of inheritance for her children, then why is she a "Slave girl'? Why is she not a wife? Whats the difference then between a slave girl and a wife?

Sceptical77 said...

I have a simple question for all muslim men who defends this issue: HOW WOULD YOU FEEL IF YOUR ENEMIES TOOK YOUR WIFE AS A SEX SLAVE AFTER A WAR??? just answer this pls

Moosa Ali said...

Idiot a wife of someone is not allowed to be a SEX SLAVE AS U SAY

Moosa Ali said...

Idiot a wife of someone is not allowed to be a SEX SLAVE AS U SAY

Sceptical77 said...

Yes it is, IDIOT!! "Abu Sa’id al-Khudri said: The Apostle of Allah (may peace be upon him) sent a military expedition to Awtas on the occasion of the battle of Hunain. They met their enemy and fought with them. They defeated them and took them captives. Some of the Companions of the Apostle of Allah (may peace be upon him) were reluctant to have intercourse with the female captives in the presence of their husbands who were unbelievers. So Allah, the Exalted, sent down the Qur’anic verse: “And all married women (are forbidden) unto you save those (captives) whom your right hands possess.” That is to say, they are lawful for them when they complete their waiting period." Abu Dawud 2:2150

monica tamayo said...

All I gotta say is that I am appalled that there is even a debate and rules about slave women. Why do women have to be made slaves in the first place? Islam seems to have a lot of rules to make sure that one way or another men can have lots of women and sex.

I find it ironic that women's slavery is justified and yet consensual same sex relationships are condemned.

And lets be frank, if you have just seen your village plundered and you were taken hostage by men, do you really think captive women will feel like they can refuse sex and suffer no consequences?

T Mitch said...

Monica Tamayo, its as if you are the first person to state the obvious. It seems to be the muslim way of argument to NOT confront the actual issue at hand but to talk of how it's a lesser of two evils (evils they grab out the blue) or worse, compare what other religions do if it is the same practice. Islam believes itself to be the true religion or better than others, then why even mention in the same breath what ANY other religion does? They are wrong, right? Speak for yourselves. They are really talking about how nice they have to be to people they CAPTURED ... like they didn't WILLINGLY GO WITH YOU! How 'peaceful" is this act? If muslims never took them for slaves, you wouldn't have to worry about elevating their status because ummmm ... THEY WERE ALREADY FREE!!!! Not gonna even mention whether this "peaceful" religion waged war on these places from the offensive, meaning antagonized war on a place that was not on the attack. Islam is ok with taking slaves and husbands hitting their wives --- SO PEACEFUL