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What the most famous Islamic scholars said about black people

African slave children that were liberated by the British Royal Navy in 1896. They were destined to be sold in the Arabian Peninsula.

The relationship between American blacks and Islam is misguided and based on a lack of knowledge about Islamic history and it’s teaching.

Historically, Muslim Arabs believed that the sub-Saharan Negro race were a designated slave race. They taught that Noah prayed to Allah to change the color of Ham’s skin. This made his descendants identifiable as slaves for all time.

For the entire history of the African slave trade, Muslims controlled it. Unlike the American south, which imported Negro slaves for agricultural work, the Muslim world primarily used them as slave soldiers and sex slaves. Sub-Saharan Africans were used in vast numbers by the Arabs and Turks as cannon fodder slave soldiers. Wealthy Arabs and Turks would castrate them and use them as guards.

Over the course of the history of the African slave trade, only about 5% were sent across the Atlantic Ocean to the Western Hemisphere.

Here is what some of the most famous Islamic scholars wrote about sub-Saharan Africans. All of these men are still revered and used for Islamic study to this day.

“merriment dominates the black man because of his defective brain, whence also the weakness of his intelligence.” – Al-Masudi (896-956), Great geographer who traveled as far as China and Sri Lanka, known as the “Herodotus of the Arabs.”

“Of the neighbors of the Bujja, Maqdisi had heard that “there is no marriage among them; the child does not know his father, and they eat people — but God knows best. As for the Zanj, they are people of black color, flat noses, kinky hair, and little understanding or intelligence.” – Al-Muqaddasi (945/946-1000). A famous Arab geographer.

“[Blacks are] people who are by their very nature slaves.” – Ibn Sina AKA Avicenna (980-1037) , referred to as “The Father of Modern Medicine” by Persians. Considered to be one of the top scholars of the Islamic Golden Age.

Nasīr al-Dīn al-Tūsī (1201-1274) , Famous for both Islamic religious and scientific writings. Considered to be the Greatest Persian mathematician and astronomer of all time. First person to translate the all the famous Greek books of mathematics into Arabic.

“If (all types of men) are taken, from the first, and one placed after another, like the Negro from Zanzibar, in the Southern-most countries, the Negro does not differ from an animal in anything except the fact that his hands have been lifted from the earth -in no other peculiarity or property – except for what God wished. Many have seen that the ape is more capable of being trained than the Negro, and more intelligent.”

“[The Zanj (African) differ from animals only in that] their two hands are lifted above the ground,… Many have observed that the ape is more teachable and more intelligent than the Zanj.”

Ibn Khaldun (1332–1406), Andalusian Arab of Tunisian origin. Wrote the Muqaddimah, from which these quotes are taken. Regarded by Arabs & Turks as a founding father of sociology, economics, and historiography. Currently appears on the 10 Dinar bill in Tunisia.

“Therefore, the Negro nation are, as a rule, submissive to slavery, because [Negroes] have little [that is essentially] human and have attributes that are quite similar to those of dumb animals, as we have stated.”

“beyond [known peoples of black West Africa] to the south there is no civilization in the proper sense. There are only humans who are closer to dumb animals than to rational beings. They live in thickets and caves, and eat herbs and unprepared grain. They frequently eat each other. They cannot be considered human beings.”

I could cite many, many more.

When did major Muslim countries finally end Negro slavery?

Egypt in 1896
Turkey in 1908
Saudi Arabia in 1956