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13 Shocking Insights Into Islam and the African Continent

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Islam Appears in Africa

Islam was first introduced to Africa in Somalia in the early seventh century by Muslims Arabs fleeing persecution from the pagan Quraysh tribe on the Arab Peninsula. Later, it was ingrained with the Arab Islamic military invasion of Africa in 647 C.E., during the third reign of Caliph Uthman ibn Affan, ruler of Mecca, according to Islamonline.

In sub-Saharan Africa, people often converted to Islam to keep trade open and to avoid being sold into slavery. Africans believed Islamic conversion would create mutual respect but since slavery is justified in the Quran, there was no guarantee of avoiding bondage.

 

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Islamic Slave Trade

According to an arabslavetrade.com article, “Denials of Islamic Slavery,” the slave trade in Africa lasted 14 centuries and has continued to the present day in Mauritania, Niger, Sudan and in isolated incidents across the continent.

The cultural practice of slave ownership in Niger was not banned until 2005. In Mauritania, an estimated 600,000 people are described as “modern-day slaves,” in debt bondage, forced marriage and victims of human trafficking.

In a 2014 theinternational.org article, writer Rachael Hancock reported that in the four years since slavery has been criminalized in Mauritania, only two cases have been investigated and just one person convicted.

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32 thoughts on “13 Shocking Insights Into Islam and the African Continent

  1. Steve But says:

    The worst tragedy that happened to Africans was not slavery or colonization but Africans adopting religions of their former enslavers and colonizers

  2. We Are All Africans: Exposing the Negative Influence of the Judeo-Christian-Islamic Religions on Africans by Kwadwo Obeng

  3. This history is unbelievable, the very groups who enslaved us the longest, muslims, the group who enslaved us in America, and in the diaspora, are christians, and we see Afurakan people, today, who will kill other blacks in the name of Islam, if you are not a part of that religion. I cannot comprehend that. There is no other group who behave like that, only Afurakans. What is going to happen to these people. Much of the suffering we see in Afuraka, is caused by these blacks.

  4. This article is full of mis-information. Anyone who has been to the region would know the truth about FGM. My wife doesn't have it, her sisters don't have it and our family is in Guinea, Senegal and Gambia. Before the Arabs got Islam, they were enslaving Africans. To say enslavement of Africans is in the Qur'an and not quote the ayat / surah is very misleading.

  5. Khalil B. Abdul-Rasheed says:

    You mean like christianity….good point.

  6. Abdur Rahman says:

    I don't understand black people…and then I do. You know the slaves used to have wars. One set of plantations slaves would have a riot and be ready to kill the slaves on the other plantation….over who had the best master. You see that thinking in this fake fact-twisting article. Not a single African sat down and decided on their own to be Muslim? This simple question exposes the huge lie they tell here. In Northern Africa, where there are no dark skinned Africans today, Islam was spread by conquest. Now if you stop and think and quit chasing master for two seconds, you would know that's no big deal. How do you think Christianity spread in the dark ages? And unlike Christianity, in Islam the concept of religious freedom is spelled out in clear explicit terms so that in Islam even where Muslims came to power, you have minority religious communities. Many are hundreds of years old. I know you love master's god, but really. All slavery is not the same. White Christian slavery is a 500 year old holocaust on black America. The people writing this stuff need psychiatric help.

  7. Abdur Rahman says:

    Please don't tell one half truth after another in a vain attempt to run away from the truth. Our ancestors on the slave boats were Muslim. There was not a single Christian African on the slave boats. Christianity comes to black America, through slavery. When is the Black Star going to write that article? This pathological article is really a sign of good health. I hope we have plenty of talks about what our ancestors believed before they had the white man's Jesus beaten into them. You can only lie so much and the truth will set us free. Our heritage is Islam. And the simple fact is, there was NO Arab conquest of West Africa and that is where we came from. Our ancestors were Muslim by choice ("in order to conduct trade"). This kind of article is meant for people who don't have the sense to actually go to Africa for even a visit. if you go, you will see PLENTY of Muslims. Africa is 50% Muslim. No one is making Africans become Muslim. Your Negro mind is so brainwashed. You think the white man loves you because you pray to his god and you can't understand for the life of you why anyone would dare defy white people when everyone knows they are the main ones who go around the world shoving their religion by force on anyone they come into contact with.

  8. Abdur Rahman says:

    Oh….of course a Negro working for master would tell you how the black people who don't worship the way the white man orders us to…are all terrorists……is that like "all blacks are lazy and criminal" ?????

  9. Jamar Jones says:

    1400 hundred plus years of slavery…

  10. Jamar Jones says:

    How do you dispute facts??

  11. All the more reason why we need a worldwide ban on all religion.

  12. EA Afolabi says:

    Islam is as much as slave religion as Christianity. They both should be rejected.

  13. Theresa 'Tammie' Parrott says:

    When the West Africans who were taken to Brazil and America against their will were Muslim, the Arabs had already indoctrinated them. When they arrived on the shores that is now called America, the were taught Christianity by their oppressor.

    Not only was Africans indoctrinated in Islam, but also Christianity. Prior to the indoctrination of these two religions, African people were spiritual people, not religious. They were more like Native Americans who beleives in spirits, the sun, moon, soil, animals. They didn't worship man. The white man gave African spirituality a bad name and made it evil. Voodoo is what it's called. There is no way to know forsure because Africans didn't write anything down, it verbally communicated.

    For me, I can't participate in either Islam nor Christianity. Neither feed my spirit or soul. I was born into Christianity by my parents because that's what they were taught by their parents. It was passed from generation to generation.

    When Africans and the decendants of Africa are more educated about OurStory and not HiStory, when can think more independently, not controlled. It may also bring about more unity and end proverty. Have you noticed that the African race of people are the most oppressed around the world? That's what colonialism, reiligion and capitialism has done. This is the 21st century, it's time we stop indoctrinating future generations into what we have been indoctrinated into and start teaching them world history. Religion has nothing to do with spirituality, most have been brainwashed into beleiving it does.

  14. Abdur Rahman says:

    black children are being thrown into jails and learning at levels far below whites and others in American society. Yet this web site thinks that it's most important thing to do is inoculate black people to make sure they don't become Muslim. Now the African Americans who have become Muslim….what can we say about them? They outperform their Christian counterparts. Our kids are healthier and do much better in school. Out of wedlock birth and the rest…for African American Muslims we are good community members, good parents who work hard at our careers. So why this constant effort at inoculating blacks from something that has only benefited us? Because the white man don't want his property doing anything outside of slave religion. And subconsciously black people, especially gate keepers, are always trying to make sure master is happy above all else even at the expense of black people. We live in America's worst ghettos, but here these house Negroes is, trying to teach us about the evils of Islam. Where are the bad black American Muslims for them to site as a reasons not to join the religion? You don't care about black people. You don't care about black children…as long as you are doing something master can pat you on the head for….shame shame shame.

  15. Abdur Rahman says:

    those who say Africans were forced into Islam. They do this to say all major religions are bad, which they clearly are not and furthermore Sub-Saharan Muslims chose Islam and it was not forced on them….and NO…we ain't gonna do voodoo and animal worship as a way to be African!

  16. Anthony Apimpnamedbizmark Henry says:

    When will we see an article about how Jewish money funded slavery.. Judaism Christianity and Islam must be rejected by black people

  17. Stacy Seecharan says:

    You are so right, it is so poorly written – quoting NBC, friggin BBC!! and some random websites on arab slave trades? no credibility here, just copy paste publish to drive traffic to often mentioned sites. It's Disgrace to a serious topic, be better to check AL Jazeera and list sources which some folks like Chancellor Williams etc spent years writing.
    Interesting note how India dealt with Arab muslim wars of conversion and China also, as they knew it was all about POWER for the arabs not spirituality.

  18. Dancy Pants says:

    Khalil B. Abdul-Rasheed Like all religions honestly.

  19. Dancy Pants says:

    I agree with the last part but Jewish money didn't fund slavery. Sure they had a hand in it but so did lots of European countries.

  20. Robert Vitalis Jr. says:

    Our indigenous spiritual traditions still survive and are overcoming oppression both on the African continent and here in the Diaspora. We need to explore our indigenous spiritual history as well as our political history.

  21. Robert Vitalis Jr. says:

    You absolutely do not know anything about your history. The first slavers were Arabs. My ancestors were Yoruba people who were captured by Hausa and Fulani Muslims and sold to British slavers and were taken to Trinidad. They practiced Ifa and Orisa veneration like Minister Farrakhans relatives in Trinidad

  22. Robert Vitalis Jr. says:

    You absolutely do not know anything about your history. The first slavers were Arabs. My ancestors were Yoruba people who were captured by Hausa and Fulani Muslims and sold to British slavers and were taken to Trinidad. They practiced Ifa and Orisa veneration like Minister Farrakhans relatives in Trinidad

  23. Robert Vitalis Jr. says:

    We CAN know for sure because our indigenous spiritual traditions like Ifa, Okomfo, and others are still thriving and the elders throughout Africa are willing to train those of good character to be priests.

  24. Abdur Rahman says:

    Robert Vitalis Jr. because no one kept slaves in Africa? Because you have eyes that have watched the entire history of man and you know exactly when the first person came up with the idea of subjugating another human being? Mr. Robert, I try to be polite, but don't you guys get tired of saying ignorant things? And the main thing is, all you are really doing is defending those who enslaved your ancestors. You can't see that? Someone rapes tortures and murders your ancestors and all you can do is try to find a way to say he was not the worst slave owner to ever walk the planet. I gotta keep sayin'…. during slavery, one plantations blacks would go to war and riot and kill blacks on the neighboring plantation…..over who had the best master….and you really don't see you doing that now? Cause you just love that slave religion they gave you so much right? You just love the white lies about Jesus they beat into our ancestors so much?….white religion historically factually shown to have been shoved on your ancestors while they were raped tortured and murdered is not permanently white based, but Islam, where only 19% of the world's Muslims are Arabs and 50% of Africa is Muslim and there are BILLIONS of voluntary conversion as our African ancestors freely chose Islam, only to have master beat it out of them….Islam is an Arab thing….you got the answer….your master is the BEST master…..right?

  25. Abdur Rahman says:

    Robert Vitalis Jr. and please spare me the nonsense. Master did not poll us on our religious preferece when he brought us here. We know from written records they were illiterate animists or literate Muslims….If you had really been to Africa, you would know tribe is their race, but tribes intermarry. Islam was in West Africa where we came from and there are tons of books on the African Muslim slaves brought here. Kunta Kinte was a Muslim. I know master don't like you being wit dem Ay tabs…but please don't bend the truth into a pretzel running from obvious fact. My favorite is Servants of Allah; African Muslims enslaved in the Americas….if you want I can link you or give you ten more….sorry to give you the bad news about your ancestors…I know master won't be pleased.

  26. Abdur Rahman says:

    Robert Vitalis Jr. and to top it all off!!!

    DO NOT DARE BRING UP THAT AMOST WHITE NEGRO NAZI TO ME BECAUSE THAT IS WHEN YOU TOTALLY SHOW YOUR IGNORANCE!

  27. Abdur Rahman says:

    I gotta keep sayin'…. during slavery, one plantations blacks would go to war and riot and kill blacks on the neighboring plantation…..over who had the best master….and you really don't see you doing that now? Cause you just love that slave religion they gave you so much right? You just love the white lies about Jesus they beat into our ancestors so much?….white religion historically factually shown to have been shoved on your ancestors while they were raped tortured and murdered is not permanently white based, but Islam, where only 19% of the world's Muslims are Arabs and 50% of Africa is Muslim and there are BILLIONS of voluntary conversion as our African ancestors freely chose Islam, only to have master beat it out of them….Islam is an Arab thing….you got the answer….your master is the BEST master…..right?

  28. Abdur Rahman says:

    Robert Vitalis Jr. I won't be silenced….you negroes need to quit. Arabs are evil…but you bend over backs giving props to a Negro Neo Nazi. Farrakhan aka Minister Negro Hitler is a Nazi pimp and any black person with the stupidity to try to cite him in any intelligent conversation is really only putting his ignorance out in the open for the whole world to see…..master likes you for that too….FAKE MUSLIM HITLER IS AN EMBARRASSMENT TO BLACK PEOPLE. How stupid are you to sit there loving a hateful useless old man who killed one of the greatest black American leaders we ever had?

  29. Now that 50 million are displaced because of Isis seems legit …

  30. James Cooper says:

    There were black African Christians (St Monica, St Maurice and others) through out Africa 400 years before Muhammad was even born. There were black popes before Muhammad was born. There are black churches 700 years before the Atlantic slave trade in East Africa. If you study art you will discover pre Islamic art in Africa before the Arab conquest caused Africans to abandon their traditional tribal beliefs and take on those of their oppressors. If offering bribes, gifts, and female slaves was not force then yes African kings were not forced to convert, however many as soon as the Arabs left, returned to the native religions. According to Arab records not European lets us make this clear as they were good businessmen, the delivered one in ten black African slaves to East African market and 11,000,000 slaves were sold. 100,000,000 million black African people were murdered by Islamic Arabs. This depopulation of Western Africa by many African historians allowed European slave trade to flourish.

  31. This is depicting the return of (Islum) as Islam by the Berbers, The warring tribes Mohammed was seeking to bring peace to (Islaum). They are still to this day fighting trible wars Sunni vs. Shia. This is our teachings perverted, for tribe pride.

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