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 Let those who find not the wherewithal for marriage keep themselves chaste, until Allah gives them means out of His grace. And if any of your slaves ask for a deed in writing (to enable them to earn their freedom for a certain sum), give them such a deed if ye know any good in them: yea, give them something yourselves out of the means which Allah has given to you. But force not your maids to prostitution when they desire chastity, in order that ye may make a gain in the goods of this life. But if anyone compels them, yet, after such compulsion, is Allah, Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful (to them),

A Muslim marriage requires some sort of a
dower for the wife. If the man cannot afford that, he
must wait and keep himself chaste.
It is no excuse for him to say that he must satisfy his
natural cravings within or outside marriage. It must be
within marriage.

The law of slavery in the legal sense of the term
is now obsolete. While it had any meaning, Islam made
the slave’s lot as easy as possible.
A slave, male or female, could ask for conditional
manumission by a written deed fixing the amount
required for manumission and allowing the slave
meanwhile to earn money by lawful means. Such a deed
was not to be refused if the request was genuine and the
slave had character.
Not only that, but the master is directed to help with
money out of his own resources in order to enable the
slave to earn his or her own liberty.


Yusuf Ali, Abdullah. Translation and Commentary of the Quran. (surah 24 verse 33)Quran Arabic with English Translation & Commentary (Tafsir) by Abdullah Yusuf Ali, Free Download (

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