3. Slave: the concept

In the name of God, the most Merciful Benefactor, the most Merciful Redeemer.  The praise belongs to God, the Master of all the worlds, the most Merciful Benefactor, the most Merciful Redeemer, and the Owner of the day of requital.  You alone we do serve, and from You alone we do ask for help.  Guide us on the right path, the path of those upon whom You have bestowed favors, not of those upon whom wrath is brought down, nor of those gone-astray.

The Opening Chapter of the Qur’an

Slave: the concept

In technical language, one’s being a slave implies the existence of the master of that slave.  The nature of the slavery is by all means to comply with the will of the Master with no any other options or negotiations.


The slave serves his Master.  Not only is the Master owner of the slave, but also he owns the end result of the slave’s service.


Slave’s work under harsh conditions provides his Master with wealth, comfort, luxury and pleasure.  In return, Master provides the slave with the conditions enough to survive so that the slave keeps serving the Master.  So, it is actually the Master that needs the help of his slave so that the Master himself can survive in favorable conditions.


Would there be any world in which it is the servant that asks help and does not work in favor of the Master, but rather the Master favors that servant?  And the servant owns what he makes and is set free of all bonds?  Why not if the Master is needless and of endless mercy?


That world is the world of Islam.  In the language of Islam, Muhammad is but a servant slave of Allah.  So are we Muslims.  We serve Allah alone, our Master, not in His favor, but in ours.  We serve Him not to help Him, but to ask help from Him.   We serve Him alone so that we are free of being slaves to others.  Read the above verses again from the first chapter of the qur’an.


So what do you prefer?  To be miserable master of slaves whose luxury is dependent on powerless and needy people like himself, or to be an honorable slave of an All-Powerful and needless Master?  One who holds back from servitude to Him will become an abased slave to impotent creatures.


Now it should be understood perfectly why we say:  There is no God, but Allah, and Muhammad is His servant slave (first) and His messenger (second).”  Then, say it.


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