[Initially Posted by Hiba Noor]

According to Islam, the owner of a slave woman, can have sex with her if she wasn’t married, if he did, he is prohibited to sell her, and if she gave birth to a child, it would be recorded as his child and becomes free, and his mother becom

es free as well.Quran says (chapter 4, verse 25)
…And whoso is not able to afford to marry free, believing women, let them marry from the believing maids whom your right hands possess. Allah knows best (concerning) your faith. Ye (proceed) one from another; so wed them by permission of their folk, and give unto them their portions in kindness, they being honest, not debauched nor of loose conduct. And if when they are honorably married they commit lewdness they shall incur the half of the punishment (prescribed) for free women (in that case). This is for him among you who feareth to commit sin. But to have patience would be better for you. Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.
“[Quoted from, Meanings of the Glorious Quran, by Marmaduke Pickthall]
Who are Slave Women ?
Slave Women are those who made war with Muslims alongside their men or supported their men through logistics or motivational singing. When those women were captured then in compliance with the established rule for ‘Prisoners of Wars” of that time; instead of keeping them in separate jails, they were kept as home-maids.
The Use of word ‘slave’ is quite inappropriate as were more like maids rather then African slaves in 17th century american negro-fields. Concept of a separate building as JAIL was alien to the Arabs prior to the establishment of Khilafat (Muslim Kingdom) in the region.

Historically slave is the one whose hands are tied up or feet are locked down but contrary to that; if you sincerely look into history of Islam, you will see that those war-prisoners or slaves untied and participating in every part of the life.
For the People who want to understand
The above mentioned verse from Holy Quran  is clearly encouraging Muslim men to get MARRIED TO SLAVES and grant them proper status equivalent to  their legal WIVES. Isn’t a beautiful way to give security and shelter to those women ??

SLAVES WERE THE WOMEN WHO CAME TO PARTICIPATE IN WAR AGAINST MUSLIMS AS SOLDIERS !It is every defensive ARMY’s right to punish the prisoners of war or release them.Would any Commander of american army performing guard duties at guantannaagoby prision camp allow his daughters to marry the Alqaeda men ???

But  its ISLAM encouraging Muslim men to actually get married to these women and given them proper status in society.
I would like to get a single authentic reference where by you can prove that those slaves men or women (in my terminology maids or prisoners of war) were hand cuffed or chained ???… instead they were kept in houses, given rooms, given clothes and given respect.
 Slaves tied up hand and feet – The American Version – 19169 shiploads of african slaves chained and hand cuffed .. treated like animals .. being sold at each and every corner or the united states. 

Proves the Treatment of Slaves. my point is that the word slave has contextual meaning to it.
Reason of ATTACK on Jews of Medina 
or in other words

Reason of Defense from Jews of Ather H. Medinan the reasons for the attack, Scottish historian William Montgomery Watt notes the presence in Khaybar of the Banu Nadir, who were inciting HOSTILITIES AMOUNG THE NEIGBOURING Arab tribes against the Islamic community in Medina. Italian orientalist Laura Veccia Vaglieri, while giving full credence to Watt’s view, claims other motives might have included the prestige the engagement would confer upon Muhammad among his followers, as well the booty which could be used to supplement future campaigns.[5][6]
BANU NADIR Being hostiles continously created the scene of war around mohammed.

“After they were sent into exile in 625, the Banu Nadir had settled in Khaybar. In 627, the Nadir chief Huyayy ibn Akhtab together with his son joined the Meccans and Bedouins besieging Medina during the Battle of the Trench.[9] In addition, the Nadir paid Arabian tribes to go to war against the Muslims. Bribing Banu Ghatafan with half their harvest, Banu Nadir secured 2,000 men 300 horsemen from the tribe to attack “

“and similarly persuaded the Bani Asad.[12] They attempted to get the Banu Sulaym to attack the Muslims, but the tribe gave them only 700 men, since some of its leaders were sympathetic towards Islam; the Bani Amir refused to join them all together, as they had a pact with Muhammad.[13] Once the battle started, Huyayy ibn Akhtab persuaded the Banu Qurayza to go against their covenant with Muhammad and turn against him during the battle.[14] After defeat of the confederates in the battle and Qurayza’s subsequent surrender, Huyayy (who was at that time in the Qurayza strongholds of Medina) was killed alongside the men of the Qurayza. After the death of Huyayy, Abu al-Rafi ibn Abi al-Huqayq took charge of the Banu Nadir at Khaybar. Al-Huqayq soon approached neighboring tribes to raise an army against Muhammad.[15][16] After learning this, the Muslims, aided by an Arab with a Jewish dialect, assassinated him.[17]”
 what is a difference between TRIBE and a STATE ?? can you explain?
so far two points have been cleared

1. The war was forced upon muslims by the Jews despite of serious warnings and they were planning to finish muslims by calling upon tribes over tribes. They created a clear danger of survival.

2. The meaning of SLAVE in american during 16th century is a person hand cuffed chained no where to run, and only set free in the tight observation of armed White people, while they were working in the fields.
A Tribe is a group of not more then 5,000 to 7,000 people. A Tribe has its own traditions. Especially the jews tribes where women and men have say in the politcal dynamics, where rabbis and jews, call upon the elders, men and women, and create plots of war, tells people about what will happen, consequnces, and then it becomes the CONSESNUS !.. when a tribe agrees to go in WAR, all the women and men combine, provide power, participate with money, wealth, man power, poetic motivations etc.
unlike the state, where there is a separate ARMY, for defence, Separate police for law and order, separte juditionary and separate goverment officials. Try to imagine TRIBE as a TRIBE ! rather then a state.
“Many scholars have considered the above machinations of the Nadir as a reason for the battle. According to Montgomery Watt, their intriguing and use of their wealth to incite tribes against Muhammad left him no choice to attack;[20] Vaglieri concurs that one reason for attack was that the Jews of Khaybar were responsible for the Confederates that attacked Muslims during the Battle of the Trench.[5] Shibli Numani also sees Khaybar’s actions during the Battle of the Trench, and draws particular attention to Banu Nadir’s leader Huyayy ibn Akhtab, who had gone to the Banu Qurayza during the battle to instigate them to attack Muhammad.[15]”
when 3,000 people enclosed in a castle, gets defeated, and most of them die a honorable death, by the enemy forces, its the family members who left behind, some are the innocent women and children who need new protectors, and some are those who gets identified to be amoung the warmongers and policy makers.


Muslim biographers of Muhammad tell a story that a Jewish woman Zeynab bint Al-Harith attempted to poison Muhammad to avenge her slain relatives. She poisoned a piece of lamb that she cooked for Muhammad and his companion, putting especially much poison into the shoulder; Muhammad’s favorite part of lamb. The attempt on Muhammad’s life failed because he reportedly spat out the meat, feeling that it was poisoned, while his companion ate the meat and died.
The victory in Khaybar greatly raised the status of Muhammad among his followers and local Bedouin tribes, who, seeing his power, swore allegiance to Muhammad and converted to Islam. The captured booty and weapons strengthened his army, and he captured Mecca just 18 months after Khaybar.[5][23]
the women were either release, killed or captured as slave, accepted islam and got freed.. this happened on case to case basis.
 1. Women and children whose men killed in the defence of the castle were taken as ‘Maids’ (rather then slaves). 

2. Women who were the policy makers (i.e hillary clinton) were killed (or in modern terms death penalities ) .. as there was no concept of JAIL during those days.

3. women who had family members alive and have other resources to migrate to other jewish concenteration further away from medina were relased.

now it depends the mood you are in right now. if you are full of hatred .. as you are obviously .. you would see the extreme cases only. peope with understanding of the history and the pattern of life and way during that time.. would see the incidents in right perspectives.
why you guys dont read the history? before getting biased and full of hate..

“Among the Jewish women there was one who was chosen by Muhammad as wife. It was Safiyya bint Huyayy, daughter of the killed Banu Nadir chief Huyayy ibn Akhtab and widow of Kenana ibn al-Rabi, the treasurer of Banu Nadir. One night, before the siege, Safiyya had a dream that a moon fell in her lap. She told her husband, al-Rabi, about what she had seen. Al-Rabi responded saying, “That is only because you are wishing for the king of the Hijaz, Muhammad!” He then slapped her, leaving a bruise on her eye, which remained there until Muhammad took her as his own bride. When Muhammad inquired about it, she told him the truth. .[44]


i.e. granted them share in his wealth.. made her the “MOTHER OF THE BELIEVERS” and given her the status of PROPHET’S WIFE !!!!

if she could be taken as slave for Sexual Pleasures, why did mohammed took her has WIFE ???

A women will be offered status of wife, kept as maid, killed as she plotted to kill others, freed, given safe passage will depend on the case. 

IF TODAY YOU CAN NOT FREE DR. AAFIA and annouce her 86 years of imprionment just because she send 2 containers of gas masks to taliban !.. SHE BECAME YOUR STATE’S ENEMY AND A RISK TO YOUR CIVILLIZATION 

Then you should leave some margin to the ancient armies as well.
Is there any incident in ISLAM where any women captive and taken maid ever reported to have run away, killed his master, attempted suicide in muslim custody, or absuing mohammed after being his wife.. many wives lived years after mohammed death .. they had plenty of time to run away, reach persian or roman empire, and to cry hell of tears, to leave some marks in the history ?

rather we see them becoming orthodox muslims and die hard ones. we see them appreciating just like we say IVONE RIDLY (UK) OF TODAY after she got released from taliban.

Not one of you should [ when introducing someone ] say ‘This is my slave’ , ‘This is my concubine’. He should call them ‘my daughter’ or ‘my son’ or ‘my brother’.
Source: Ibn Hanbal, Musnad, 2 ,4

· Abu Hurayra reported that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “The slave has his food and clothing. Do not burden a slave with work which he is incapable of doing.”

A women maind/slave who can not cook for more then 1 hour per day, could’t be asked to make additional tea !
YOU CONSULT WORKLOAD WITH YOUR SERVANTS OR MAID .. and ask them if they can do it or not.. you try to match work with their capabilities

· Sallam ibn ‘Amr reported from one of the Companions of the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “Your slaves are your brothers, so treat him well. Ask for their help in what is too much for you and help them in what is too much for them.
SLAVE WEARING AND EATING THE SAME AS THAT OF MASTER !.. is it really a slave or some high-class home maid with high salary ??

Jabir ibn ‘Abdullah said, “The Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, advised that slaves should be well-treated. He said, ‘Feed them from what you eat and clothe them from what you wear. Do not punish what Allah has created.’ “

Source: Al-Adab al-Mufrad Al-Bukhari , Nr. 188

Ali reported that the last words of the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, were: “The prayer! The prayer! Fear Allah concerning your slaves ! ” (i.e.. if you didt treat them well ALLAH will not forgive your sins and hell will be your destiny)

Source: Al-Adab al-Mufrad Al-Bukhari , Nr. 158.

“The masters were obliged not to put slaves under hardship; slaves were not to be tortured, abused or treated unjustly. They could marry among “themselves with their master’s permission – or with free men or women ! They could appear as witnesses and participate with free men in all “affairs. Many of them were appointed as governors, commanders of army and administrators. In the eyes of Islam, a pious slave has precedence over “an impious free man.” Source: Al-Tabataba’i, Tafsir ( vol.16, pp. 338-358 )
 so it is very clear that in ISLAM
But a brother, a sister, a daughter, with same diet and same dress, little work load, marry freely, work freely, can do politics, can join army, and has equal oppertunities..”

then why to call them ‘SLAVE’ ?? well.. i guess a clever way of MOhamme pbuh to gradually revive the status of Slaves and bring them into mainstream course of life.
BUT STILL.. ONE COULD HAVE SEX WITH HIS SLAVE GIRL.. (yes that was there but with an explanation)

The allocation of slave girls was a issue of the times to envelope the woman taken as slaves in a war into the Islamic society. Prostitution and adultery do not have any responsibility attached to it. The man- woman have a one-off relationship and depart. The slave girls were a responsibility of the person, who spent on them, gave them a place to live, fed them, clothed them, and raised their children as his children.

The children from adultery and prostitution are regarded as born out of wedlock and grow up without the name and without the shadow of a father. The children of the slave girls were known as the children of the person, grew up with his other children, and had exactly the same rights and inheritance as the other offspring. The system of slave girls was accepted and respected by the Islamic society of the times. The slave girl was treated like his wife, and the children from these slave girls were treated like their children by society. No religion, no state, no moral society accepts and respects the institutions of prostitution and adultery. This is a disease of society and every moral society has tried to eradicate this disease with little success.