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This Sunday on our Christmas Day show, which just happens to also be show #100 for the Lost Arts Radio weekly guest discussion program, Dr. Bill Warner, expert in Islam, returns to focus on the issue of slavery in Islam. This series of lessons, which Dr. Warner has graciously agreed to offer exclusively to our listeners free of charge, is an opportunity to learn more about the history and tenets of one of the most widespread belief systems on the planet today.
Slavery is often seen by non-Muslims as a destructive and harmful practice. But what did Mohammed teach about slavery and what did he practice? Who did he say should be enslaved, and how should they be treated?
The reason for going into these important questions, and all those we have been examining since the beginning of this series (archives here) is that we have a serious situation unfolding in the world today, in which massive waves of terrorist crimes are being committed in the name of Islam, including invasion, murder, rape, theft, carjacking, and other terrorist acts. We need to know if Mohammed actually advocated these things. If he did not, we need to set the record straight. If he did, we have a serious issue to look at: if you are ordered by your belief system to harm other human beings, other than in self-defense, and there is tremendous peer pressure on you to commit these acts, what do you do? The pressure on you is to go along with the group. But what if the group is telling you to do things you know inside yourself are wrong? Everyone is faced with this kind of question is some way during their lifetime. Muslims are facing it now, and few are publicly condemning the rampant terrorism. Why? What is going on behind the scenes in this intense and dangerous drama? Let's see if Dr. Warner has some clues.