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"Slavery is part of jihad and jihad will remain as long as there is Islam"

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Submitted by Lactantius Jr (European Union), Dec 8, 2008 at 07:40

To btilly

Thank you, it needs challenging.

I have previously written about slavery, and here are details of my postings,

28.02.07 "Slavery, Muhammad and Islam, ancient and modern"

http://www.danielpipes.org/comments/79341

07.03.07 "Slavery in Islam and Christianity: The Facts" http://www.danielpipes.org/comments/80753

19.04.07 Slavery, women, Christianity and Islam http://www.danielpipes.org/comments/89834

There is much information here, and you are welcome to use any of it should you wish to.

Extremely significant, are the remarks of Sheikh Saleh Al-Fawzan, a leading Saudi Government cleric, and author of that country's religious curriculum, a member of the Council of Religious Edicts and Research, the Imam of Prince Mitaeb Mosque in Riyadh, and a professor at Imam Mohamed Bin Saud Islamic University, Saudi Arabia's main center of learning for the strict Wahhabi interpretation of Islam.

"Author of Saudi Curriculums Advocates Slavery:

("Slavery is a part of Islam ," prominent scholar says)

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1018026/posts

In a lecture recorded on tape by the Saudi Information Authority (SIA), the sheikh said, "Slavery is part of jihad and jihad will remain as long as there is Islam," going on to say that Muslims who contend Islam are against slavery "are ignorant, not scholars."

"They are merely writers," he said, according to SIA. "Whoever says such things is an infidel." Sheikf Al-Fawzan will even call those Muslims who contend Islam is against slavery renegades (apostates), with the Qur'an saying,

"But if they turn renegades, seize them and slay them wherever ye find them."

Surah 4:89

In the Islamic Republic of Mauritania in northwest Africa, slavery is an entrenched phenomenon, and whatever the numbers enslaved now, in 2002 it was estimated to be up to 600,000 men, women and children.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/2010401.stm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/specials/1458_abolition/page4.shtml

In a CBC report dated 29th.February 2008 and titled,

"Freedom's just another word: Contemporary slavery in Mauritania"

http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/slavery/mauritania.html

It is reported that,

"The night of Aug. 8, 2007, seemed like a night for celebration in Mauritania, a vast desert country on Africa's northwest coast. Radio, television and newspapers all proclaimed the end of slavery. Slave-owning was criminalized, and overnight, half a million people — a fifth of the country's population — were officially freed from bondage." Going on to say,

"In Mauritania, despite good intentions and high-minded words, slavery is still thriving, as it has for 800 years. It is just taking new forms."

So, whatever's happening right now in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, is happening because as Sheikh Saleh Al-Fawzan said,

"Slavery is part of jihad and jihad will remain as long as there is Islam."

With kind regards and best wishes

Lactantius Jr

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