Some one keep telling me she have done an extensive research regarding slavery in Quran – and that is a stupid claim. I have compile and summarize verse in Quran that have word “slave”. So I would like to give my rebuttal.
Allah has command the righteous Muslim to spend their money for ransom the slaves. This verse is showing that Muslim are very concern for freeing slave which none in others religion.
It is not righteousness that ye turn your faces Towards east or West; but it is righteousness- to believe in Allah and the Last Day, and the Angels, and the Book, and the Messengers; to spend of your substance, out of love for Him, for your kin, for orphans, for the needy, for the wayfarer, for those who ask, and for the ransom of slaves; to be steadfast in prayer, and practice regular charity; to fulfill the contracts which ye have made; and to be firm and patient, in pain (or suffering) and adversity, and throughout all periods of panic. Such are the people of truth, the Allah.fearing. (Quran 2: 177)
In below passage God said it is better to married slave rather than unbeliever (idolaters) woman. Here Allah have raise the status of slave to become equal as free-man or free woman. After married with slave woman, the owner CAN NOT sell him as normal slave ever, because he already is already become his wife. A son born from his womb will become a free man.
Do not marry unbelieving women (idolaters), until they believe: A slave woman who believes is better than an unbelieving woman, even though she allures you. Nor marry (your girls) to unbelievers until they believe: A man slave who believes is better than an unbeliever, even though he allures you. Unbelievers do (but) beckon you to the Fire. But Allah beckons by His Grace to the Garden (of bliss) and forgiveness, and makes His Signs clear to mankind: That they may celebrate His praise. ( Quran 2: 221)
In law of Islam, freeing a slave is being put as priority, i.e “accident kill” such car accident, or etc. This show a commitment of Muslim to freeing slavery.
Never should a believer kill a believer; but (If it so happens) by mistake, (Compensation is due): If one (so) kills a believer, it is ordained that he should free a believing slave, and pay compensation to the deceased’s family, unless they remit it freely. If the deceased belonged to a people at war with you, and he was a believer, the freeing of a believing slave (Is enough). If he belonged to a people with whom ye have treaty of Mutual alliance, compensation should be paid to his family, and a believing slave be freed. For those who find this beyond their means, (is prescribed) a fast for two months running: by way of repentance to Allah. for Allah hath all knowledge and all wisdom. (Quran 3: 92)
Some time we like to give an oaths, and later we can fulfill it. Allah have give a way to release you from oath, one of the way is freeing slave.
Allah will not call you to account for what is futile in your oaths, but He will call you to account for your deliberate oaths: for expiation, feed ten indigent persons, on a scale of the average for the food of your families; or clothe them; or give a slave his freedom. If that is beyond your means, fast for three days. That is the expiation for the oaths ye have sworn. But keep to your oaths. Thus doth Allah make clear to you His signs, that ye may be grateful. (Quran 5: 89)
Some time slave prefer to freeing themselves from his owner, owner are required to write in writing (contract) with his slave for freeing himself for certain sum. In this verse show that, slave also can keep their own property and wealth to free himself. If how how he going to free himself.
In verse also, Quran have forbid the owner to use his maid as prostitute or concubine or mistress, but Quran not forbid to married a slave (as per verse 2:221), and become wife.
Let those who find not the wherewithal for marriage keep themselves chaste, until Allah gives them means out of His grace. And if any of your slaves ask for a deed in writing (to enable them to earn their freedom for a certain sum), give them such a deed if ye know any good in them: yea, give them something yourselves out of the means which Allah has given to you. But force not your maids to prostitution when they desire chastity, in order that ye may make a gain in the goods of this life. But if anyone compels them, yet, after such compulsion, is Allah, Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful (to them), (Quran 24: 33)
In Quran, not much been have been told about slavery (as per someone claim), most of the verse is about releasing a slave.
So, I become confuse why such claim being told. If you dare to compare, compile and compare with your own scripture, see anything different?