An Important Point To Remember About Slavary

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Islamic civilisation has never known the kind of slavery practiced until recently in the West, whereby vast numbers of people were enslaved and forced to work on plantations and in mines. The Muslim world has, however, recognised a form of domestic slavery, in which prisoners taken in battle only are indentured to work in private homes, subject to the strict regulations laid down in the sacred law. Through the process known as rnukatabah, such slaves are able to save money to buy their freedom, with the assistance of Zakat funds. The function of slavery, then, (and even the word ‘slavery’ may not be entirely accurate) in Islamic law is to integrate prisoners of war into society, and to allow them access to the teachings of Islam in which their true liberation consists.