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Submitted by Debanjan Banerjee (India), Feb 24, 2010 at 10:59

HI DNM,

Once again you come back to unfairly criticise me.

For the readers anyone who is interested in reading a great work on slavery and Islam I suggest Brenard Lewis great work: "

"Race and slavery in the Middle East. An Historical Enquiry"

My Answer >>>> Why you are referring Bernard Lewis ? He is a pro-Zionist historian. His writings can not be neutral. Bye the bye if you do not trust the sources of Islamic history as authentic then why should I trust someone like Bernard Lewis as authentic ?

Hello" Your source of such story about a certain Bilal is al-sira al-nabawiyya and al-maghazi and both are unhistorical souces in other words they are no more than little qissas (read this as stories of fiction) and such story is very much anachronistic. How come you did not know that?

The Arabs called and still call black people al-3abeed wa al-barabra and they are both vile words just like the N word

My Answer >>>>> If I had a time machine I would have taken you back to Mecca during the time of the prophet. For the moment though you have to listen to the writings about the prophet to understand who Billal was.

And if there was indeed a certain Bilal and he was one of Abul Qasim's (aka Muhammad) slaves then why was he not "released" from slavery by Muhammad the Arabian warlord and caravan raider and had to be "released" by the so called Abu Bakr? Any guesses?

My Answer >>> Hazral Billal was not a slave of the prophet Mohammad , he was a slave of one of the enemies of the prophet in Mecca. Now when Hazrat Billal recited the Shahada for the first time , his master decided to punish him by putting a huge rock on his chest as well as putting him under the hot mid-day sun of mecca. The owner of Hazrat Billal wanted him to renounce Islam and start worshipping the false gods of the Meccans. But Hazrat Billal endured that terrible pain for some time. Now at this time Hazrat Abu Bakar sold a grat portion of his fortune and purchased Hazrat Billal and then Hazrat Billal was freed.

I hope this answer will satisfy our dear readers.

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