The Bible vs. the Qur'an
on Slavery

Here are a collection of quotes in regards to the teachings of slavery in the Bible compared to those in the Qur'an.

"If a man strikes his male or female slave with a rod and he dies at his hand, he shall be punished. If, however, he survives a day or two, no vengeance shall be taken; for he is his property." [Exodus 21:20-21]

"... then you shall take an awl and pierce it through his ear into the door, and he shall be your servant forever. Also you shall do likewise to your maidservant." [Deuteronomy 15:17]

"As for your male and female slaves whom you may have - you may acquire male and female slaves from the pagan nations that are around you¼ they also may become your possession. You may even bequeath them¼ as a possession; you can use them as permanent slaves. But in respect to your countrymen, the sons of Israel, you shall not rule with severity over one another." [Leviticus 25:44-46]

Even Jesus in the Bible was asked to visit a slave, in response, Jesus did not free the slave and instead called the slave OWNER the most Faithful in Israel;

"I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith." [Luke 7:9]

In Islam, an enslaver is a Unrighteous person, but Jesus in the Bible calls them the Most Faithful.

"Slaves, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in the sincerity of your heart. [Ephesians 6:5]

"All who are under the yoke as slaves are to regard their own masters as worthy of all honor so that the name of God and our doctrine will not be spoken against." [1 Timothy 6:1]

"Slaves, in all things obey those who are your masters on earth, not with external service, as those who merely please men, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord." [Colossians 3:22]

"Urge bondslaves to be subject to their own masters in everything, to be well-pleasing, not argumentative." [Titus 2:9]

Here is what some Christians in history have said about Slavery;

"The right of holding slaves is clearly established in the Holy Scriptures, both by precept and example." [Rev. R. Furman, D.D., Baptist, of South Carolina]

"There is not one verse in the Bible inhibiting slavery, but many regulating it. It is not then, we conclude, immoral." [Rev. Alexander Campbell]

"The extracts from Holy Writ unequivocally assert the right of property in slaves." [Rev. E.D. Simms, professor, Randolph-Macon College]

"I draw my warrant from the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to hold the slave in bondage." [Rev. Thomas Witherspoon, Presbyterian, of Alabama]

"In another area of human rights, many Christian clergymen advocated slavery. Historian Larry Hise notes in his book 'Pro-Slavery' that ministers 'wrote almost half of all defenses of slavery published in America.' He lists 275 men of the cloth who used the Bible to prove that white people were entitled to own black people as work animals." [James A. Haught, 'Holy Horrors']

"The delegates of the annual conference are decidedly opposed to modern abolitionism, and wholly disclaim any right, wish, or intention to interfere in the civil and political relation between master and slave in the slave-holding states of the union." [Methodist Episcopal Church, Statement of the General Conference, Cincinnati, May 1836]

"Montgomery, Alabama. A white Republican state senator running for Congress wrote a speech in which he argued that slavery is justified by the Bible and was good for African Americans. ...'People who are bitter and hateful about slavery are obviously bitter and hateful against God and his word, because they reject what God says and embrace what mere humans say concerning slavery,' Charles Davidson wrote." [San Francisco Chronicle, 10 May 1996 (Associated Press)]

"My correspondent thinks with Mr. Jefferson, that Jehovah has no attributes that will harmonize with slavery; and that all men are born free and equal. Now, I say let him throw away his Bible as Mr. Jefferson did his and then they will be fit companions. But never disgrace the Bible by making Mr. Jefferson its expounder, nor Mr. Jefferson by deriving his sentiments from it. Mr. Jefferson did not bow to the authority of the Bible, and on this subject I do not bow to him." [Rev. Thornton Stringfellow, D.D., in "Scriptural View of Slavery," a work showing that the Bible sanctions slavery, from John E. Remsburg, "Six Historic Americans. Chapter 2: Thomas Jefferson"]

- And now i would like to close with a quote from Mr. Douglass:

"I prayed (to Jesus) for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs." [Frederick Douglass, escaped slave]

What the Western history books try to hide is that the Mass Slave Trade between Africa to America was initially promoted by the church and through out it's endurance, was maintained mainly by Christians.

Muslims who follow the Final Testament (The Holy Qur'an) looked negatively upon slavery as they have been taught to by Prophet Muhammad and the Holy Qur'an:

The Qur'an often promotes Freeing slaves, the Goal of a Muslim is to be Righteous, examples of Righteousness deeds in the Qur'an are taught to Free Slaves, feed orphans, and be kind. The Verses in the Qur'an prompting the freedom of Slaves are here:

"It is not righteousness that ye turn your faces to the East and the West; but righteous is he who believeth in Allah and the Last Day and the angels and the Scripture and the prophets; and giveth wealth, for love of Him, to kinsfolk and to orphans and the needy and the wayfarer and to those who ask, and to -set slaves free-; and observeth proper worship and payeth the poor-due. And those who keep their treaty when they make one, and the patient in tribulation and adversity and time of stress. Such are they who are sincere. Such are the Allah-fearing." {Holy Qur'an Translation 2:177}

Also in the following Verses ( 90:13, 58:3, 4:92)

Furthermore, The Prophet (blessings of Allah and peace be upon him) alone liberated as many as 63 slaves. The number of slaves freed by A'isha was 67; Abbas liberated 70; 'Abd Allah bin 'Umar liberated one thousand; and 'Abd al-Rahmn purchased thirty thousand and set them free. The problem of the slaves of Arabia was thus solved in under 40 years.

We as Muslims are to follow the Example of Prophet Muhammad, in Hadeeths (sayings of Prophet Muhammad) we are also frequently often told to free slaves as recorded in the following sources:

Complete Sahih Bukhari

001.003.124 002.025.579 002.025.580 002.025.587 003.034.365 003.034.430 003.043.648 003.046.698 003.046.701 003.046.704 003.046.709 003.046.729 003.046.737 003.047.752 004.053.372 005.059.399 005.059.676 006.060.025 006.060.249 007.062.151 007.063.210 007.065.341 008.080.743 008.080.746 008.082.841

Partial Sahih Muslim

004.1812 005.2181 009.3901 014.4078 014.4081

Partial Sunan Abu Dawud

002.0591 012.2207 012.2208 012.2258 019.2946 029.3942 029.3953 039.4564 041.5059 041.5121 041.5148

Complete Malik's Muwatta

In conclusion, when we compare Christianity's history with centuries of Massive slave trading, in comparison to Islam's massive freeing of slaves, we clearly see the True Message of humanly Love is preached in Islam. Of course as in all groups, there are small individual cases of Christians who freed slaves and there are a small group of so-called Muslims who kept slaves, but when we see the overall picture, we plainly see that Christianity was the grand slave master.

Lastly, there have been many books such as "Islam in the African American Experience" by Turner, Richard Brent, which shows proof that many of the Africans kidnapped and bought to America were in fact Muslim, many of who were killed or beaten into accepting Christianity. 80% of black slaves were Muslims, but were forced to convert to Christianity under different circumstances.

In conclusion, we must know our past so that we can protect our future.

See Also this web site: Slavery in Islam