A people without the knowledge of their past history, origins and culture is like a tree without roots. – Marcus Garvey.
A couple days ago I received a huge amount of resistance and counter-poise over a photo of a Muslim woman on Instagram wearing a Nike Hijab—the premise of the photo was to “Retweet this to Piss off more white people “ Due to the burning of Nike Products by irate citizens of the company’s decision to place a controversial figure as the face of their new ad campaign, Colin Kaepernick.
Dismissive to what actually happened accordingly in the 18th century—the words I used such as “ these people “ were attacked then my comment was placed under a cosmopolitanism. Black people defended the actions of Muslims because of an indoctrinated disdain for their caucasian peers. The enslavement of blacks did infact exist prior to the appropriation of slavery by Jacksonian Democrats.
History repeats itself, first as tragedy—second as farce. – Karl Marx
Muslim Arabs hunted, enslaved—tortured and killed the ethnic Africans for a millennium. Middle Eastern Muslim-Arabs have a history of over 1,400 years of human slavery—which even continues today in the Middle East. Arab Muslims controlled, maintained, initiated slavery of ethnic Africans. Islams Arab prophet Muhammad himself brought—kept and sold African slaves.
Over 28 Million Africans have been enslaved in the Muslim world during the past fourteen centuries; while many of us has learned and were indoctrinated about the well documented history disconcerning the Transatlantic Slave Trade; There has been surprisingly little attention has been given to the Islamic Slave Trade across the Sahara, the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean. While the European involvement in the Transatlantic Slave Trade to the Americas lasted for just over three centuries—the Arab involvement in the slave trade has lasted fourteen centuries and you never heard about it once during your attendance in public school.
In various parts of the Muslim world the slavery is still continuing to this day. Modern day Libya. A comparison of the Muslim slave trade to the American slave trade reveals some interesting contrasts. While two out of every three slaves shipped across the Atlantic were men or “ Eunuchs “ men that are castrated the proportions were reversed in the Muslim slave trade. Two women for every man were enslaved by the Muslims. While the mortality rate for slaves being transported across the Atlantic was as high as 10%, the percentage of slaves dying in transit in the Transsahara and East African slave trade was between 80-90%
Around 633 AD—a year after the death of Muhammad; Muslim armies took much of what today is contemporary Egypt, Syria, Palestine, Iraq, the North African coast, and parts of Iran and Turkey. In 650, under Caliph Uthman, the religious holy book Qur’an also written as Koran, was codified. Muslims then and now believe it to contain the direct revelations from God through the prophet Muhammad. While Islam eventually forbid taking fellow Muslims as slaves, it did not forbid the taking of non-believers or those who opposed Islam. Which is why Black men whom serve a number of years within the prison industrial complex always seeming are released with beliefs in Islam.
Slavery as an organized venture in Africa began in Darfur in 652. To keep to the terms of a peace agreement, the Sudanese leader at the time was obliged to make a payment of several hundred African slaves per year to the Arab invaders; this continued for centuries, reaching up to six-thousand slaves sent along the Red-Sea route near the end of 18th century—the peak of the Arab slave trade.
African slaves were used for agriculture, labor, household help, or to be concubines or soldiers. It was only later 1870s-1960s that the white European demand for cash crops grain, cotton, coffee, sugar and tobacco and ivory became major contributors to the demand for slaves in the middle passage, this was one of the more popular facts about the Transatlantic middle passage that you learned in World History Class.
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee—that thou shalt be no priest to me, seeing thou hast forgotten the law thy God—I will also forget thy children. – Hosea 4:6
But I supposed there’s an upside the Arab Slave Trade, It wasn’t just Africans they enslaved —but Europeans as well.
One of the biggest differences between the Arab slave trade and European slaving was that the Arabs enslavement wasn’t limited to just Africans alone but any and all races of that time. During the eighth and ninth centuries of the Fatimid Caliphate—most of the slaves were Europeans called Saqaliba, and they were captured along European coasts and during wars; aside from those of African origins, people from a wide variety of regions were forced into Arab slavery, including Mediterranean people; Persians; people from the Caucasus mountain regions such as Georgia, Armenia and Circassia and parts of Central Asia and Scandinavia; English, Dutch and Irish; and Berbers from North Africa.
So now atleast African-Americans can say “ everyone were slaves “ ; instead of actually defending their enslavement with a certain stockholm.