Islam, Slavery and the African
Abdullah Hakim Quick, an African-American convert to Islam, sheds light on the fascinating topic of Islam and the African people. From the beginning, Africa has been a continent of various religions and beliefs including monotheism. Therefore, Islam (the root definition of which is "submission to the one God") was not a new concept in Africa, and the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) simply came to confirm this. In this talk at the University of Florida, Imam Quick looks at the root of "racial" slavery while making a survey of what slavery was like during the time of the Prophet (Peace be upon him). What was, or is, the role of slavery in Islam? And is it possible that the concept of slavery has changed with time? This lecture is full of important historical information relevant for all races of people, Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Other topics discussed: stereotyping, the separation of Asia and Africa, Columbus, evidence of Muslims resisting slavery in the early Americas, the present-day economic-spiritual-psychological slavery, non-Muslim scholars not using primary sources, and the connections between Muslim slaves in Haiti & Africa.