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Muhammad had slaves; also sold them

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Submitted by Mike Ramirez (United States), Jun 16, 2005 at 21:25

Slave ownership within Islam has always been an acceptable fact. The Islamic prophet, Muhammad, stated throughout his teachings that during wars with their enemies all males were to be killed and their women and children were to be taken captive and turned into slaves.

Not only did Muhammad own slaves, but the following account from Islamic theology indicates that he sold slaves as well:

"A man amongst us declared that his slave would be freed after his death. The Prophet called for that slave and sold him. The slave died the same year."
(Sahih Bukhari,Volume 3, Book 46, Number 711: Narrated Jabir bin 'Abdullah)

Reportedly, the origins of the black slave trade from Africa was started by Muslims.

So, this is no surprise that some Muslims in America may be engaged in a traditional practice that is acceptable in their culture.
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