Editor: Prophet Muhammad was raised in an era when slavery was not only the norm, but glorified. Remarkably within a relatively short 23 years of Muhammad’s prophethood, tens of thousands of slaves were liberated, and the toxic tides of the heinous crime against humanity suddenly turned. Islam effectively abolished slavery 14 centuries ago, but we barely hear about it. Any slave that came into Prophet Muhammad’s possession was immediately freed by him while ensuring their equal rights as free men were upheld.
Muslims married slaves, which established a new precedent in the world. This inspired Muslims not only to free their own slaves but also to purchase their freedom. This is how Islam systemically eradicated slavery.
The true root of slavery lies in the pandemic of supremacy, the original sin committed by Iblis against Adam in the Holy Quran. Although a simple declaration was made to emancipate slaves by President Lincoln two centuries ago, we’re still uncovering more and more subliminal racism deeply rooted in our societies suffocating equal dignified opportunity for our Black siblings.
Until we slaughter the egoistic arrogance lurking inside each one of us, we’ll lamentably keep losing sacred lives senselessly.
Imam Khalid Khan
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community