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Questions tagged [slavery]

Questions about slavery in Islam.

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Does Islam allow human trafficking?

So I came across few of these Hadiths about selling/ransoming a human being. Sahih Muslim 1438 a Abu Sirma said to Abu Sa'id al Khadri (Allah he pleased with him): O Abu Sa'id, did you hear ...
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What evidences for the permission on marrying a free woman to a slave are there?

As a continuation of my former questions on the marital relationship between a free and an enslaved person: Which conditions scholars have defined in case of a marriage between a free and a slave ...
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Which conditions scholars have defined in case of a marriage between a free and a slave spouse?

As a continuation to my previous question What rulings are there for the case of a free man marrying a slave girl? I'd like to know more about the marriage between a free person and a slave of the ...
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What rulings of polygny apply in the case of a free man marrying a slave girl?

After reading Did scholars define a limitation of concubines a man could have? I remembered that there's another verse later saying: And whoever among you cannot [find] the means to marry free, ...
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Did scholars define a limitation of concubines a man could have?

While verse (4:3): And if you fear that you will not deal justly with the orphan girls, then marry those that please you of [other] women, two or three or four. But if you fear that you will not be ...
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Can posting bond for someone in jail count as 'freeing a slave' for purpose of making up for missed days of fasting?

I live in the USA and the federal constitution here forbids slavery with the exception of those being punished for a crime. There are thousands of people in jail who cannot afford the bail money to ...
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What do Sections k32.1 through k32.4 in The Reliance of the Traveller say?

In Section k32 of The Reliance of the Traveller, the translator explains that the subsequent four sections (k32.1 through k32.4) are not translated, and instead writes: (n: This section, which ...
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Can sex with a prostitute be permissible if they become a temporary slave?

Can a prostitute be classed as "ma malakat aymanakum" (what your right hand possesses) as you through payment she becomes temporarily yours? Please provide clear evidences if possible.
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Is it permissible to have sexual relation with someone not married to you, such as someone your right hand possesses?

Is it permitted in Islam to have sexual relation with someone who is consent and willing yet not being in marriage bond?
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In mainstream Sunni Islam, when was the last time a slave was legally recognized?

In a fatwa by Dr. Hatem al-Haj of the Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America, we see: Islam restricted the tributaries of slavery and widened the out channels, which ultimately depleted the entire ...
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Can a master prevent their slave from getting married?

As we know, in Islam, slavery has never been abolished, suppose a slave wants to get married to satisfy his or her desires in halal, what is ruling about this, can the master prevent him or her?
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Is voluntary slavery Islamic?

As you know, in Islam sexual relations are allowed between spouses and possessions of the right hand, with the latter being gained from war. Is it halal for a women to voluntarily submit as a slave to ...
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Explicit context of warfare for “whom your right hand possesses” in the Quran?

I've recently come across the claim by Quranists that what is commonly translated as "whom your right hand possesses" in the Quran (e.g. 33:50) actually refers to oaths and that the Quran itself never ...
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In what sense are wives “captives” in the hadith “…they are but captives with you…”?

I'm surprised by the use of the word captive in this hadith: And indeed I order you to be good to the women, for they are but captives with you over whom you have no power than that, except if they ...
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Would you get away with abusing slave women in the time of the Prophet?

Being recognized as free woman in order to not get molested يَا أَيُّهَا النَّبِيُّ قُل لِّأَزْوَاجِكَ وَبَنَاتِكَ وَنِسَاءِ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ يُدْنِينَ عَلَيْهِنَّ مِن جَلَابِيبِهِنَّ ۚ ذَٰلِكَ ...
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What are the sources of slavery?

Muslims could buy/trade slaves that were prisoners of war. But with non-Muslims who may have captured leaves by other means, were they allowed to buy these slaves that were captured as free people but ...
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What circumstances are concubines allowed these days?

Concubines used to exist commonly before. Under what circumstances would they be allowed today?
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Were Muslims allowed to buy slaves?

I know Muslims were allowed to keep captives of war, and although this is hypothetical, were they allowed to buy slaves from other people (i.e. non-Muslims whose slaves were from other sources) or was ...
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Was slave prostitution allowed?

Forcing slaves to prostitution It is mentioned in this hadith; Jabir reported that 'Abdullah b. Ubayy b. Salul used to say to his slavegirl: Go and fetch something for us by committing ...
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Is hijab wajib (obligatory) for a slave woman?

In this article in Arabic, it is said that Ibn Taymiyyah and Ibn Al Qayyim hold the opinion that the hijab is fard (obligatory) for free women only: ذكر شيخ الإسلام ابن تيمية في تفسير سورة النور أن ...
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Relation between criminal law and slavery

In this answer it is claimed that In Islam the idea behind slavery is that the criminal, or enemy combatant's expenses are paid by his/her owner while the slave is expected to work for the ...
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Forcing a slave to be compliant

Slavery is acknowledged as lawful in fiqh. However, there seem to be certain limits of what the owner can do to his slave. I haven't seen a description of what the legal rights of an owner over his ...
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Were captured girls in the wars fought by Prophet Mohamed sold as slaves?

I heard that in the wars fought by Prophet Mohamed, the captured girls in the war were sold as slaves. Is it true? This question is motivated by the Islam-critical site Answering-Islam.org, who, ...
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Can you explain the hadiths regarding having sex with captive women?

Please can you explain this Hadith and similar ones? I don't understand that if the Muslims had just won a battle and killed the captive's husband, brother, son or other relatives or the men of her ...
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Did Muslim women possess male slaves as their right hand?

'What their right hand possess' is a phrase used a number of times in the Holy Quran. Does it refer only to the female slaves that the men had? Did the women not possess any male slaves? If they did ...
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How can someone legally be a slave according to Sharia law?

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 ...
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Is there a hadith to the effect of “freeing slaves was the act that God found most acceptable”?

On the BBC Slavery in Islam page the Prophet... stated that freeing slaves was the act that God found most acceptable I'm trying to pinpoint the hadith they're referring to. Question: Is there a ...
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Does Islam allowed the rape of female slaves? [duplicate]

I recently argued with a fellow peer on why Islam is a religion of peace. However, he brought up the fact that Muslims are allowed to rape female slaves, and how the Prophet (peace be upon him) ...
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Are the slave and the slave owner equal? (Quran 16:75)

From the Holy Quran 16:75: Allah sets forth a parable: There is one who is a slave and is owned by another and has no power over anything; and there is one whom We have granted good provision ...
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Can Muslims have sex with female slaves (Kaniz in Persian)? [duplicate]

There is a recent news about Islamic scholar Zakir Naik, who said Muslims can have sex with female slaves (Kaniz in Persian). Based on my current knowledge, I do not think there is a verse in the ...
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Are there any Quran verses or strong hadith about the treatment of slaves? [closed]

I read that in Islam, it is haram to mistreat slaves. Instead they must be treated with care. Could you provide some Quran verses or Hadith supporting this (with a brief explanation if necessary)?
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Islam and the enslavement of children: Punishing the sons for the sins of the fathers

This questions is not a duplicate of this one or this one. For those who don't know the story of Banu Qurayza, I can point to the wikipedia article which, while not being my primary source, is ...
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Doesn't Qur'an 47:4 put an end to slavery?

Qur'an 47:4 is as follows: So when you meet those who disbelieve [in battle], strike [their] necks until, when you have inflicted slaughter upon them, then secure their bonds, and either [...
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Why Maria al-Qibtiyya(r.a) is considered as a slave?

I know those who claim Maria al-Qibtiyya(r.a) was slave believe she later became free after giving birth to prophet's(s.a) son But my question is, was she slave before giving birth to prophet's son. ...
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Shouldn't a slave woman guard her private parts except from her spouse?

Quran 23:5-6 says among the qualities of Believers And who guards their private parts except from their spouses and what their right hands possess, then surely they are not blameworthy. Quran ...
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What is the meaning of “those your right hands possess” in 4:24? [duplicate]

I have read but I am not completely sure I understand that those your right hands possess means female slaves captured in war. Is this correct ? What does that mean in the context of 4:24? And [...
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Can I take a non-muslim(free) girl as my slave and have sex with her? [duplicate]

Since its lawful to have slave according to sharia.will this constitute zina?
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Is forced slavery (cause of rapes) allowed in Islam? [duplicate]

Inspired by this question Can slave woman show herself to her master? and although freeing a slave is better(Qur'an 90:13), we all know that slavery is allowed in Islam. And this could be one of the ...
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Can slave woman show herself to her master?

Some Muslims argue that male master can have sex with female slaves, even without marriage. See my answer here why they should be married for having relation with them Are Muslim men allowed to take &...
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if women are not to be harmed in wars, how were there females taken as war booty?

I have heard that its prohibited to hurt women, children and those who are not fighting you, during wars. But we still hear that women were taken as slaves during war, and they were distributed as ...
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Can Muslims be enslaved by other Muslims?

Islam permits slavery but I haven't been able to find anything regarding keeping slaves who are Muslims. Considering a hypothetical scenario taking place during the early Islamic days where one ...
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'Slave for a slave, woman for a woman' - does that mean that any slave can be killed for a slave killed?

The Quran says O YOU who have attained to faith! Just retribution is ordained for you in cases of killing: the free for the free, and the slave for the slave, and the woman for the woman (...
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Does Islam allow child slavery? [closed]

Does Islam allow child slavery? From which age? What are the restrictions?
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Are Muslim men allowed to take “sex slaves?”

According to TheReligionofPeace.com: The Quran also gives devout Muslim men license to capture women and use them as sex slaves, lest four wives prove insufficient. The same site also makes the ...
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Why does Islam permit slavery?

Asking from a non-Muslim's viewpoint, if Islam preaches equality, then why does it permit slavery?