This thing has always confused me. If a muslim dude randomly walks up to me and says "Hey, man. Wanna be my slave?" and then I reply "Yeah. No problem bro.", does that legally make me his slave (by Islamic law)?

I'm not saying that I wanna be a slave (I don't), but if I did (for any weird reason), what would I have to do?

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    I'm sure the answer of your question is already covered on the site
    – Medi1Saif
    Oct 15, 2016 at 14:52
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    So are there any hadith that mentions the circumstances under which slavery is legal? If not, then wouldn't that mean there are no restrictions to how one can become a slave? Because if that's the case, anyone can become a slave by will.
    – user16329
    Oct 17, 2016 at 5:22
  • You -theoretically- can either be a war prisoner or a born slave in a Muslim household, but making a Muslim a slave is even haram. See islam.stackexchange.com/a/26399/13438 for some details and here for more islam.stackexchange.com/a/26402/13438
    – Medi1Saif
    Oct 17, 2016 at 12:02
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    @Medi1Saif Could you give English references that muslims cannot be enslaved? The fatwa you link to here is not available in English, unfortunately.
    – G. Bach
    Oct 17, 2016 at 17:59
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    And what about turning free non-muslims into slaves? If some Jewish guy agreed to be my slave (for any weird reason), would it be halal to make him my slave?
    – user16329
    Oct 18, 2016 at 16:20

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The definition of slave is:

a person who is the legal property of another and is forced to obey them.

Taking a free person as a slave is not permissible in Islam. The prophet 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'. Source: al-Bukhari and Ibn Majjah

In an Islamic State, a person can't legally be a slave of another person even if he wants to. Cause the other person doesn't have the right to force him to do things that are unacceptable in Islam.

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