When I point out that this is permitted — to this day — in Islamic law, I get called an “Islamophobe.” But the Muslim writers yesterday over at Ummah.com (thanks to Never Mind) don’t have any problem with the concept.
They explain, of course, that it refers only to prisoners of war, and spend a lot of time comparing this peculiar institution favorably to conditions in Western prisons and prisoner-of-war camps. And the slaves can only be legitimately awarded to the Muslims by the caliph — yet another reason why the mujahedin so hope to get the caliphate back up and running again.
As one commenter puts it:
I have heard everything now.
From a brisk read through the posts on this thread I can see we now have a sizable group of people who are quite happy to argue that keeping slaves is morally acceptable. Does this one even need discussing?
You do know what the definition of a slave is?