Islam Views Trading African Slaves the Same as Trading Animals

Last Updated on May 6, 2022 by Shaun Snapp

Executive Summary

  • A Hadith calls trading black slaves the same as trading animals.
  • We cover the reality of Islam.


Muslims frequently lie about Arab involvement in slavery. However, how slaves are to be treated and thought of is explained explicitly in a Hadith.

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The Islamic Evidence for Viewing African Slaves as Animals

The following video addresses what Islamic sources say about African slaves.

A Hadith states the following:

Selling Animals For Animals of Different Amounts of Quality, Hand To Hand.

It was narrated that Jabir said: “A slave came and gave his pledge to the Messenger of Allah to emigrate, and the Prophet did not realize he was a slave. The his master came looking for him. The Prophet said: “Sell him to me.” So he bought him for two black slaves, then he did not accept the pledge of anyone after that until he had asked: Is he a slave.”

Muslims receive our Golden Pinocchio Award for lying about Mohammed and Islam’s position on slavery. 


There is no way around this.

The section reads how animals are sold for animals.

And then directly begins discussing slaves. It would be difficult to argue that this section did not see slaves as animals. The Hadith passage also states that black slaves are worth less than non-black slaves. This supports both viewing slaves as livestock, but also a strong racial disparity, that most Muslims lie about to kafirs, or unbelievers.