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Omar Ibn Sayyid
Muslim Slave in America

  • A West African born Muslim, Omar Ibn Sayyid was a scholar learning under religious leaders in the area of Senegal. 

  • He was enslaved as an adult and shipped to Charleston, South Carolina to serve under an abusive slave master. He escaped slavery, was captured, and then jailed in Fayetteville, North Carolina. 

  • Omar Ibn Sayyid wrote in Arabic on the walls of his cell, demonstrating his superior level of education and testifying to the culture of Muslims in West Africa.  

  • Although he attended the church of his slave master, he continued to practice his learnings as a Muslim Scholar, give praise to the Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him), and wrote Surat about slavery and the converting of non-Muslims to Islam. May Allah SWT be pleased with him. Watch this video and for more info please click the Library Of Congress.

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