Thoughts and Forgets

I have just completed a article for a Muslim Men’s Magazine that to my understanding will be out around July. There are a few magazines for sisters but Alhamdudilah the time has come for a publication to deal with the issues of brothers.

In general I feel that our community is headed into the wrong direction of the abyss of apostasy, scattering, deviance and false moderation. I have so many other things to do in my life I do not even have time to argue and I most especially do not have time to argue with people who have no regard for Quran and Sunnah and all the regard in the world for their secular educations. A lot of these people are not serious and it is known where their heart is and that is with the Western Secular elite. So, if those are your people, then go be with your people and follow them. If you are scared to say kafir or scared to be proud to be Muslim then go and be with your fellow Playtex Muslims.

What we can all do in our personal lives is try and be good Muslims and do what we can for our families and communities. Yesterday was the Annie Malone May Day parade in St. Louis which celebrates an organization dedicated to the youth of St. Louis. I was proud to drop my nephew off at the Wellston Housing Authority Boxing Gym where he trains with Coach Keith Abdul-Qawi and Ron Harris and the team marched in the parade.

Later I dropped my wife off at a sisters house ( FYI, one of the sisters is a young sister, never been married, and looking to get married with the consent of her mother) and I had the chance to be at home by myself for the first time in over a year.

My initial plan was to watch basketball; but I could not get the TV to work as we had some video equipment plugged in and I couldn’t get it restated. So, I sat all day and worked on my novel and the article for the magazine and had a productive day Alhamdudilah.

I would like to remind all of us to keep the suffering Muslims in all over the world in our prayers. Let us especially in America, since we foot the bill for the armies of occupation in Iraq and Afghanistan, pray for the Muslims in those lands and that Allah


9 thoughts on “Thoughts and Forgets

  1. We should all make dua that the Ummah is always on the siratul mustaqeen, may Allah also guide humankind to the truth, which is al-Islam

  2. Umar, there is a question that is always in my mind that i would like to ask you, what do you think of american christian zionist, some of whom believe in Great Israel ( that all of Palestine and jordan to be part of Israel) and their belief that Jesus when he returns will fist appear in Israel. Are they gonna bow down to the Dajjal?

  3. Islam has clearly and categorically forbidden the primitive practice of capturing a free man, to make him a slave or to sell him into slavery. On this point the clear and unequivocal words of the Prophet are as follows:

    “There are three categories of people against whom I shall myself be a plaintiff on the Day of Judgement. Of these three, one is he who enslaves a free man, then sells him and eats this money” (al-Bukhari and Ibn Majjah).

  4. Slavery was a punishment system( legal system) in the pre-modern world. it existed in every continent. most slaves in China were Chinese, most slaves in India were indians, most slaves in Abyssinia were Arabs and abyssinians, and most slaves in Hijaz (Saudia Arabia ) were actually in fact arabians. ( if anyone disputes this fact then please show historical document to prove your case.) In HIjaz punishment of thieves were slavery to the one they stole from which was also a law in China.

  5. In the ancient world – people entered into slavery because of personal and financial debts or because they were captured as prisoners of war. Relatives of the slaves could ransom and free their loved ones. Thus the status of the slave could change – it was not tied to the colour of the skin.

    Prohet Mohammed also had a slave – before his calling – an Arab slave given to him as a gift by his older wife Khadija. When the relatives of the boy became aware that he is in the possession of the Prophet – they came to free him by paying for his bondage; however, the slave refused to go with his parents and continued to serve the Prophet. The Prophet then emancipated him by adopting him as his son and declaring his decision to the city of Mecca. Thus here once a slave – now became the legal heir of the Prophet.

  6. Individual’s Right to Freedom:

    Islam has clearly and categorically forbidden the primitive practice of capturing a free man, to make him a slave or to sell him into slavery. On this point the clear and unequivocal words of the Prophet are as follows:

    “There are three categories of people against whom I shall myself be a plaintiff on the Day of Judgement. Of these three, one is he who enslaves a free man, then sells him and eats this money” (al-Bukhari and Ibn Majjah).

    The words of this Tradition of the Prophet are also general, they have not been qualified or made applicable to a particular nation, race, country or followers of a particular religion. The Europeans take great pride in claiming that they abolished slavery from the world, though they had the decency to do so only in the middle of the last century. Before this, these Western powers had been raiding Africa on a very large scale, capturing their free men, putting them in bondage and transporting them to their new colonies. The treatment which they have meted out to these unfortunate people has been worse than the treatment given to animals. The books written by the Western people themselves bear testimony to this fact.

    The Position of Slavery in Islam:

    Briefly I would like to tell you about the position and nature of slavery in Islam. Islam tried to solve the problem of the slaves that were in Arabia by encouraging the people in different ways to set their slaves free. The Muslims were ordered that in expiation of some of their sins they should set their slaves free. Freeing a slave by one’s own free will was declared to be an act of great merit, so much so that it was said that every limb of the man who manumits a slave will be protected from hell-fire in lieu of the limb of the slave freed by him.

    The result of this policy was that by the time the period of the Rightly-Guided Caliphs was reached, all the old slaves of Arabia were liberated. The Prophet alone liberated as many as 63 slaves. The number of slaves freed by ‘Aishah was 67, ‘Abbas liberated 70, ‘Abd Allah ibn ‘Umar liberated one thousand, and ‘Abd al-Rahman purchased thirty thousand and set them free. Similarly other Companions of the Prophet liberated a large number of slaves, the details of which are given in the Traditions and books of history of that period. Thus the problem of the slaves of Arabia was solved in a short period of thirty or forty years.

    After this the only form of slavery which was left in Islamic society was the prisoners of war, who were captured on the battlefield. These prisoners of war were retained by the Muslim Government until their government agreed to receive them back in exchange for Muslim soldiers captured by them, or arranged the payment of ransom on their behalf. If the soldiers they captured were not exchanged with Muslim prisoners of war, or their people did not pay their ransom money to purchase their liberty, then the Muslim Government used to distribute them among the soldiers of the army which had captured them. This was a more humane and proper way of disposing of them than retaining them like cattle in concentration camps and taking forced labour from them and, if their women folk were also captured, setting them aside for prostitution. In place of such a cruel and outrageous way of disposing of the prisoners of war, Islam preferred to spread them in the population and thus brought them in contact with individual human beings. Over and above, their guardians were ordered to treat them well.

    The result of this humane policy was that most of the men who were captured on foreign battlefields and brought to the Muslim countries as slaves embraced Islam and their descendants produced great scholars, imams, jurists, commentators, statesmen and generals of the army. So much so that later on they became the rulers of the Muslim world.

    The solution of this problem which has been proposed in the present age is that after the cessation of hostilities the prisoners of war of the combatant countries should be exchanged. Whereas Muslims have been practising it from the very beginning and whenever the adversary accepted the exchange of prisoners of war from both sides, it was implemented without the least hesitation or delay.

    In modern warfare we also find that if one government is completely routed leaving her in no position of bargaining for the prisoners of war and the winning party gets its prisoners easily, then experience has shown that the prisoners of war of the vanquished army are kept in conditions which are much worse than the conditions of slaves.

    Can anyone tell us what has been the fate of the thousands of prisoners of war captured by Russia from the defeated armies of Germany and Japan in the Second World War? No one has given their account so far. No one knows how many thousands of them are still alive and how many thousands of them have perished due to the hardship of the Russian concentration and labour camps.

    The forced labour which has been taken from them is much worse than the service one can exact from slaves. Even perhaps in the times of ancient Pharaohs of Egypt such harsh labour might not have been exacted from the slaves in building the pyramids of Egypt, as has been exacted from the prisoners of war in Russia in developing Siberia and other backward areas of Russia, or working in coal and other mines in below zero temperatures, ill-clad, ill-fed and brutally treated by their supervisors.

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