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RE:To Shakeel: Free a slave and go to jannat

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in response to reader comment: To Shakeel: Free a slave and go to jannat

Submitted by shakeel (Pakistan), May 25, 2007 at 13:37

Hello Plato,

Not only families were dependent on slaves, slaves were also dependent on their masters for their very existence like slave gets the protection of his master.

Islam banned out-rightly that those who are free cannot be enslaved. However, those who were already slaves can be kept as slaves and to free them, God put the duty on the shoulders of Islamic government to pay their masters and free them.

Quran does not require Islamic government to free only Muslim slaves.

The fate of Banu Quraiza was not decided by Muhammad (sws), it was decided by their own law by their own arbitrator, and consequently all men were slain and women and children were sold out in slavery.

If they asked Muhammad (sws) to decide their fate, then he would surely forgive their lives, women and children as he had done with the other tribe of Jews Banu Qaynuqa.

By promising good life in Hereafter, God motivates the people to free their slaves. With this belief, people will not think they are losing something, instead they will think that they are gaining something more important in return of losing something less important.

Also, I have said earlier, God has put this duty on the shoulders of Islamic government to purchase them from their masters and free them.

This is verse that says, a part of Zakat should be used to free slaves

Zakat is only for the poor and the needy, and for those who are ‘amils over it, and for those whose hearts are to be reconciled [to the truth], and for the emancipation of the slaves and for those who have been inflicted with losses and for [spending in] the way of Allah and for the wayfarers.

(Q 9:60)




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