I'm Catfish. Nobody loves me but my mother
...and she could be jiving, too.
Reblogged from winnielaroux
Anatomy of a Cactus illustration. Cacti are the only plant that I don’t straight up murder by accident. So I had two great models in my apartment.
If you want to pick up an art print of your own you can here at my shop:
Reblogged from slapfight
As a Black person it annoys me that almost no attention is given to the Middle East slave trade, which by most estimates enslaved and killed even more Africans than the Atlantic slave trade. The best non-ideological estimates say 19 million Africans died in the Middle-East slave trade. (Just like in the Atlantic slave trade, during the Middle East slave trade for every one person who became a slave many more died in the capture and transport process) In today’s population numbers 19 million is the equivalent of 360 million people dying, making it one of the worst events in human history.
The reason people mostly ignore the Middle-East slave trade is because it was perpetrated by Muslims, and some people are uncomfortable criticizing Muslims.
The Middle Eastern Slave trade predated the Atlantic Slave trade, and continued long after the Atlantic slave trade had been abolished. (And the Middle Eastern slave trade was only abolished by outside pressure, not from within) In fact, in the countries of Sudan and Mauritania enslavement of Black Africans by Arab Muslims continues to this day.
In my experience Muslims either don’t talk about slavery in Islam at all or try to whitewash it by saying slaves are theoretically supposed to be treated better in Islam, but the truth is Islamic slavery was often just as brutal as European/Americas slavery, and as I mentioned it ended up killing even more people than slavery in Europe/Americas.
Slavery is embedded in Islamic law and history. In fact, the Prophet Mohammed himself was a slave trader and slave owner, who owned dozens of slaves including female sex slaves. The Koran also institutionalizes and allows slavery in several verses (Koran 33:50, 4:24, 16:75, 23:5-6, 8:69, 24:32)
I understand that these days most Muslims don’t support slavery, but the silence and whitewashing of slavery in Islam really annoys me, especially since some slavery is still going on in some Muslim countries.
TL;DR: It’s wrong the Islamic Slave Trade gets almost no attention, especially since it killed even more Africans than the equally-evil Atlantic trade. Muslims need to admit the role slavery has played in the Islamic religion and their history, and should fight the slavery that still exists in Muslim countries and stop ignoring/whitewashing it.
This is what those verses actually say:
[33:50] O prophet, we made lawful for you your wives to whom you have paid their due dowry, or what you already have, as granted to you by GOD. Also lawful for you in marriage are the daughters of your father’s brothers, the daughters of your father’s sisters, the daughters of your mother’s brothers, the daughters of your mother’s sisters, who have emigrated with you. Also, if a believing woman gave herself to the prophet―by forfeiting the dowry―the prophet may marry her without a dowry, if he so wishes. However, her forfeiting of the dowry applies only to the prophet, and not to the other believers. We have already decreed their rights in regard to their spouses or what they already have. This is to spare you any embarrassment. GOD is Forgiver, Most Merciful.
[4:24] Also prohibited are the women who are already married, unless they flee their disbelieving husbands who are at war with you.* These are GOD’s commandments to you. All other categories are permitted for you in marriage, so long as you pay them their due dowries. You shall maintain your morality, by not committing adultery. Thus, whoever you like among them, you shall pay them the dowry decreed for them. You commit no error by mutually agreeing to any adjustments to the dowry. GOD is Omniscient, Most Wise.
[16:75] GOD cites the example of a slave who is owned, and is totally powerless, compared to one whom we blessed with good provisions, from which he gives to charity secretly and publicly. Are they equal? Praise be to GOD, most of them do not know.
[23:5] And they maintain their chastity
[23:6] Only with their spouses, or those who are rightfully theirs, do they have sexual relations; they are not to be blamed.
[8:69] Therefore, eat from the spoils you have earned that which is lawful and good, and observe GOD. GOD is Forgiver, Most Merciful.
[24:32] You shall encourage those of you who are single to get married. They may marry the righteous among your male and female servants, if they are poor. GOD will enrich them from His grace. GOD is Bounteous, Knower.