Adoption, Slavery and Islamic Moral
“Hubba-hubba! ……Oh babe! You’re hot!…… Wheweee…wheweeee…!” Mohammad whistles like a spoiled teen-age. He tries to peep through the curtain one more time, then starts humming – “Baggy Baggy heart…..Baggy Baggy heart! !” The desert sun is burning, so is Mohammad’s desire. He has a reason for the excitement.
Mohammed went to his adopted son Zaid’s home to discuss a great robbery scheme that he planned. Zaid b Mohammed just left for unemployment office and his wife Zainab was home alone. The blazing heat of the desert was unbearable and Zainab had barely any clothes on to give her beautiful body a little air. Mohammad knew Zainab very well because they were cousins but he never saw her in a birthday suit. The gorgeous curve of her body looked like an hourglass and it was enough for Mohammed to turn him on.
Zaid came from a Christian tribe of Bani Kalb from South Syria and he was known as Zaid b. Harith. During a tribal fight, he was captured by the rival group and sold into slavery. Khadija, the first wife and the boss of Mohammed bought this slave but presented to Mohammed as a gift. Mohammad did not have lieutenants in those days, so he freed Zaid from slavery and tried to gain trust of this young man. Meanwhile, Zaid’s real father and an uncle were looking for Zaid all over the Arabia . Finally, they trailed Zaid and begged Mohammad to release him. Mohammad did not want to loose a future general of his army. He adopted Zaid as his son and changed his name from Zaid b. Harith to Zaid b. Muhammad.. Muhammad sworn in front of the black stone of the Ka’aba keeping the father and the uncle of Zaid as witnesses -: “Bear testimony, all ye that are present. Zaid is my son; I will be his heir and he shall be mine.” (W. Muir, The Life of Muhammad, ed. T.H. Wair, p. 35). Apparently, Allah did not pay much attention to Mohammad’s misdemeanors and raise no objection whatsoever.
Mohammad introduced Islam as a non-profit organization but he was not doing very well. His wife Khadija was an old lady compared to young and handsome Mohammad. It was a matter of mutual benefit, Mohammad enjoyed the wealth of Khadija and she was proud to have a young husband. Naturally, Khadija became the first victim of Islam but rest of the community rejected the ridiculousness of the new religion. Many historians believe Zaid was one of the first to become the prey of Islam. Mohammad did his best to satisfy Zaid and convinced him to join Islam.
When Zaid became a gang member of Islam, Mohammad decided to reward him with an attractive woman. He wanted his beautiful cousin Zainab to marry Zaid but why should she marry an ex-slave? She inquired if she has been asked or ordered by the prophet to marry Zaid. Overconfident Mohammed said, “I am asking you.” – Zainab flatly refused the proposal. Mohammad’s problem is Allah’s problem. It did not take long for Allah to send a message (33.36) and force Zainab to marry Zaid.
Soon Mohammad realized that no one would listen to him if he plays Mr. Nice guy. He started raiding commercial caravans and used the robbed money to build an army. Slowly Mohammad became a powerful king and he did not have to please Zaid anymore. When Khadija was alive, Mohammad could not make any girlfriend because he was depended on Khadija’s money. As soon as Khadija passed away, Mohammad decided to enjoy his life. When Mohammad fell in love with Zainab, Zaid was fully under his control. He was hypnotized by Mohammad’s glamor like a fly caught in a spider’s web.
In order to marry adopted son Zaid’s wife, Mohammad faced two crucial problems. First, the idea of marrying a daughter-in-law caused hue and cry in the society. Second, He already had four wives and making Zainab will make her the fifth wife, it will go against a Quranic teaching that permits a Muslim to own only four wives.
Mohammad took a few puffs of Marijuana, pretended to do meditation and tossed a series of verses to solve all problems. Verse 33.37 was summoned allowing Mohammad to marry his adopted son’s wife, verse 33.40 ensured Mohammad cannot be an adopted son’s father and verse 33.50 came down to make an exception for Mohammad to stockpile more than four wives.
Therefore, Islam prohibited the most dangerous (!), inhuman (?) and barbaric (!) practice of adoption.
 “The Messenger of God went out one day seeking him. On Zaid’s door was a curtain, which the wind moved to show her unveiled in her chamber. The heart of the Prophet was stricken by admiration for her” (Annals of al-Tabari, 2:453).
“The Messenger of God saw her after he married her off, and he was deeply moved by her. Then he said, “Praise be to Him, who changes the hearts!” (al–Tabari -commentary, 22:12; al-Kashshaf, 2:359)
 Narrated ‘Aisha: (the wife of the Prophet) Abu Hudhaifa, one of those who fought the battle of Badr, with Allah’s Apostle adopted Salim as his son and married his niece Hind bint Al-Wahd bin ‘Utba to him’ and Salim was a freed slave of an Ansari woman. Allah’s Apostle also adopted Zaid as his son. In the Pre-lslamic period of ignorance the custom was that, if one adopted a son, the people would call him by the name of the adopted-father whom he would inherit as well, till Allah revealed: “Call them (adopted sons) By (the names of) their fathers.” (33.5) (Sahhi Bukhari – Military Expeditions led by the Prophet)