The “slave name” of Muhammad Ali 7

Muhammad Ali, whose death was announced yesterday, was by all accounts a good guy as well as a great boxer.

He changed his name from Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali when he converted to Islam. Cassius Clay, he said, was his “slave name”:

In 1964, [Cassius Clay] shocked the boxing world by announcing he was a member of the Black Muslims — the Nation of Islam — and was rejecting his “slave name.”

As a Baptist youth he spent much of his time outside the ring reading the Bible. From now on, he would be known as Muhammad Ali and his book of choice would be the Quran.

It seems he believed that only white Americans ever held slaves. But in in fact Muslims have been slave traders and slave owners from the early days of Islam right up to the present:

Some historians estimate that between A.D. 650 and 1900, 10 to 20 million people were enslaved by Arab slave traders. Others believe over 20 million enslaved Africans had been delivered through the trans-Sahara route alone to the Islamic world. …

The Arab slave trade typically dealt in the sale of castrated male slaves. Black boys between the age of 8 and 12 had their scrotums and penises completely amputated to prevent them from reproducing. About six of every 10 boys  bled to death during the procedure, according to some sources, but the high price brought by eunuchs on the market made the practice profitable.

For just three – but perhaps most shocking – reports on slaves in the Islamic world, see here (the treatment of women and girls held as slaves by Muslims); and here (women advertised for sale by ISIS on Facebook); and here (a Muslim country has more slaves than anywhere else in the world).

Posted under Africa, Commentary, History, Islam, Slavery, United States by Jillian Becker on Saturday, June 4, 2016

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  • liz

    Yes, it’s ironic that Ali and so many other blacks convert to Islam under the false impression that only white Christians had slaves, when the reality is that Arab Muslims were the leaders of the slave trade, and are now the only ones still perpetrating it. And most Muslims are racist, regarding blacks as sub-human.
    Sad joke on them, and a high price to pay for letting others do your thinking for you.

    • Bruce

      I’d wager most of them don’t know that a decent sized number of slave owners in the old south were also black. The first owner of a chattel (life-long) slave in North America was a black tobacco farmer named Anthony Johnson who wanted to own another black man for life. He went to court, and won his case. Thus it was a black man who helped usher in the system under which so many of their fellow suffered. Previous ot this, all such “slaves” were contracted, indentured servants with more rights and guaranteed eventual freedom.

      • That is a very interesting fact about Anthony Johnson, a black man, being the first owner of a chattel slave in North America. Thanks, Bruce.

      • liz

        Wow – can you imagine how different attitudes would be if the Left wasn’t in control of education? If facts like this, and the facts of the Muslim role in the slave trade were taught, there quite possibly would be no Black Muslims – no “Nation of Islam” , and no Muhammad Ali. Cassius Clay would have had to become a Quaker to dodge the draft, I guess…

    • “high price to pay for letting others do your thinking for you”

      I think you hit the nail on the head there.

      So, he (probably unwittingly) swapped a “slave name” for a “slaver’s name”, because of course Muhammad himself took slaves during his violent campaigns.

      • liz

        Good point! Yes, he basically named himself after a founding father of the slave trade, not to mention of violence, murder, rape, and genocide!

        • “claiming it was a peaceful religion”

          Further good point!