The Claim that Sundiata(circa 1217-died circa 1255),Founder of the Mali Empire in West Africa,was a Muslim,is False

| December 21, 2012 | Comments (1)

Who was Sundiata Keita(born around 1217-died around 1255)?

1.He was the founder of the Mali Empire in Africa, which lasted from 1235-1610,being its first “mansa / king of kings.”

2.Timbuctu eventually became the capital of the empire.

3.The empire was the same size as the Roman empire and the biggest one in African history.

4.Its economy depended on gold mines, the source of its wealth.

An unreliable oral tradition

There is an African oral tradition, which is really doubtful, that says the Keita clan descended from Bilal.Bilal was a slave of Muhammad, and later freed and he called the Muslims to prayer,becoming the first Muslim muezzin.So according to that tradition Sundiata was a Muslim .

The evidence that this is not true

We know that Sundiata practiced magic and sorcery, which is banned in Islam. Read:

Mali empire

Practicing magic and sorcery is forbidden by the Koran, it is of the Devil

Example 1

Chapter 5:90

“O believers:


2.And arrow-shuffling, idols

3.And divining-arrows (Note:a witchcraft activity)

are an abomination, some of Satan’s work; so avoid it; haply so you will prosper.”

Example 2

Chapter 2:101-102

“When there has come to them a Messenger from God confirming what was with them, a party of them that were given the Book reject the Book of God behind their backs, as though they knew not,

and they follow what the Satans recited over Solomon’s kingdom.

Solomon disbelieved not, but the Satans disbelieved, teaching the people sorcery, and that which was sent down upon Babylon’s two angels, Harut and Marut; they taught not any man, without they said, “We are but a temptation; do not disbelieve.” From them they learned how they might divide a man and his wife, yet they did not hurt any man thereby, save by the leave of God, and they learned what hurt them, and did not profit them, knowing well that whoso buys it shall have no share in the world to come; evil then was that they sold themselves for, if they had but known.”

A witch

Another reference to witchcraft in the Koran

Chapter 113:1-4

“Say:I(Note: I Muhammad) take refuge with the Lord of the Daybreak from the evil of what He has created,from the evil of darkness when it gathers,

from the evil of the women who blow on knots(Note:a witchcraft activity)

To verify the Koranic citation to be cited go to, which has:

1.Six translations by Muslims.

2.Four translations by Non-Muslims.

3.The text in Arabic,with Latin letters.


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