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Islam and Slavery – Part 2


Within Islam there are two houses, the House of War and the House of Islam. Islamic doctrine teaches that those of the House of War who are captured, especially women and children, become slaves. This is why we see groups like ISIS doing the things they are doing.

Before I continue, let me explain something to you. You will notice that President Obama and his administration don’t call ISIS by this name, they call it ISIL. Have you ever wondered why? ISIS means the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. ISIL means the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. He does this to insult Israel. Years ago the region that includes Israel was known as the Levant. Levant comes from French and means “the rising.” It refers to the nations on the eastern side of the Mediterranean, those nations where the sun rose from the perspective of Southern Europe.

Before Israel was a nation, this area was called the Levant. Calling this area the Levant removes the statehood of Israel and includes it in the Islamic State. This is not accidental, it is deliberate.

I want to talk a bit about the practices concerning women who are captured and made slaves. This is called al-sabi. ISIS has released a pamphlet on this which you can read about on the Jihad Watch website.

It is a pamphlet on female slaves. It poses a number of questions and gives answers. Here are a few of the questions:

What is al-sabi?

“Al-Sabi is a woman from among ahl al-harb [the people of war] who has been captured by Muslims.

What makes al-sabi permissible?

“What makes al-sabi permissible [i.e., what makes it permissible to take such a woman captive] is [her] unbelief. Unbelieving [women] who were captured and brought into the abode of Islam are permissible to us, after the imam distributes them [among us].”

Can all unbelieving women be taken captive?

There is no dispute among the scholars that it is permissible to capture unbelieving women [who are characterized by] original unbelief [kufr asli], such as the kitabiyat [women from among the People of the Book, i.e. Jews and Christians] and polytheists. However, [the scholars] are disputed over [the issue of] capturing apostate women. The consensus leans towards forbidding it, though some people of knowledge think it permissible. We [ISIS] lean towards accepting the consensus…”

Is it permissible to have intercourse with a female captive?

“It is permissible to have sexual intercourse with the female captive. Allah the almighty said: ‘[Successful are the believers] who guard their chastity, except from their wives or (the captives and slaves) that their right hands possess, for then they are free from blame [Koran 23:5-6]’…”

Is it permissible to have intercourse with a female captive immediately after taking possession [of her]?

“If she is a virgin, he [her master] can have intercourse with her immediately after taking possession of her. However, is she isn’t, her uterus must be purified [first]…”

Is it permissible to beat a female slave?

It is permissible to beat the female slave as a [form of] darb ta’deeb [disciplinary beating], [but] it is forbidden to [use] darb al-takseer [literally, breaking beating], [darb] al-tashaffi [beating for the purpose of achieving gratification], or [darb] al-ta’dheeb [torture beating]. Further, it is forbidden to hit the face.”

There is a report from the United Nations on sexual violence in conflict. UN special representative on sexual violence Zainab Bangura said:

ISIS is responsible for rape, sexual slavery, forced prostitution, and other acts of extreme brutality.

The jihadi group would rampage through a village, executing the men and the boys age 14 and over. The women and the mothers would be separated from the younger girls, who are then stripped naked and tested to check for their virginity. The vulnerable youngsters would be examined for their beauty. The unlucky ones would then be sent to Raca, this ISIS stronghold in the northern part of Syria.

The sickening brutalization of Iraq and Syria’s women, many are from the Zidi community. It is central to the group’s ideology.

The youngest of those considered the prettiest virgins fetched the highest prices. There is a hierarchy, first the Sheiks, then the Emirs, then the fighters. They often take three or four girls each and keep them for a month or so until they grow tired of a girl. And when she goes back to the market at the slave auction buyers haggle fiercely driving down the prices by disparaging the girls that are less attractive.

According to a high-ranking diplomat one girl was swapped by ISIS commanders 22 times.

There are terrible atrocities happening, but we need to remember that they are doing exactly what they learned from Muhammad. We need to come to grips with the fact that these groups do what they do because of Islam. They do these things because of the teachings of Muhammad. Islam is the wicked element at the center of all of this. Until we come to grips with this and realize that we need to be at war with Islam instead of calling it “radical Islam,” something that it outside of the norm of Islam, we cannot win the war.

Those Muslims who are peaceful, those who are the reformers, are trying to invent another Islam, an Islam according to their own imagination. The terrorist groups like ISIS are practicing Islam as Muhammad taught it.

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