byÂ Raymond Ibrahim
Once again, Islamic State Muslims are pointing to Islam in order to justify what the civilized world counts as atrocities.
According to an October 13 report in theÂ Telegraph,
Islamic State jihadists have given detailed theological reasons justifying why they have taken thousands of women from the Iraqi Yazidi minority and sold them into sex slavery.
A new article in the Islamic State English-language online magazine Dabiq not only admits the practice but justifies it according to the theological rulings of early Islam.
“After capture, the Yazidi women and children were then divided according to the Sharia amongst the fighters of the Islamic State who participated,” the article says.
As for “theological reasons” for sex slavery “according to the Sharia,” these are legionâ€”fromÂ male Muslim clerics, toÂ female Muslim activists.Â Generally they need do no more than cite the clear words of Koran 4:3, which permit Muslims to copulate with female captives of war, orÂ ma malakat aymanukum, “what”â€”not whomâ€”“your right hands possess.”
The article continues:
But most of it [Islamic State “article” orÂ fatwa] is devoted to theological justifications for Islamic State behaviour, citing early clerics and the practices of the Prophet Mohammed and his Companions during the early years of Islamic expansion.
Indeed, while many are now aware of the Koran’s and by extension Sharia’s justification for slaves, sexual or otherwise, fewer are willing to embrace the fact that the prophet of Islam himself kept and copulated with concubines conquered during the jihad.
One little-known story is especially eye-opening:
During Muhammad’s jihad on the Jews of Khaybar, he took for himself from among the spoils of war one young woman, a teenager, Safiya bint Huyay, after hearing of her beauty. (Earlier the prophet had bestowed her on another Muslim jihadi, but when rumor of her beauty reached him, the prophet reneged and took her for himself.)
Muhammad “married” SafiyaÂ hours after he had her husband, Kinana, tortured to death in order to reveal hidden treasure.Â And before this, the prophet’s jihadis slaughteredÂ Safiya’s father and brothers.
While Islamic apologists have long tried to justify this accountâ€”often by saying that Muhammad gave her the honor of “marriage” as opposed to being a concubine and that she opted to convert to Islamâ€”they habitually fail to cite what Islamic sources record, namely Baladhuri’s ninth centuryKitab Futuh al-BuldanÂ (“Book of Conquests”).
According to this narrative, after the death of Muhammad, SafiyaÂ confessedthat “Of all men, I hated the prophet the mostâ€”for he killed my husband, my brother, and my father,” before “marrying” (or, less euphemistically,Â raping) her.
So there it is.Â Muhammad seized for himself as rightfully earned booty (orghanima) a young woman; he took her after killing everyone dear to herâ€”husband, father, brothers, etc.
And, according to authoritative Islamic sources, she hated him for it.
If that is not rape, what is?
In fact, this incident is regularly cited by former Muslims as one of the greatest anecdotes that convinced them that Islam and Muhammad are not of God.
Nor, as expected, was Muhammad alone in this sort of rape.Â For example, Khalid bin Walidâ€”the “Sword of Allah” and hero for aspiring jihadis around the worldâ€”raped another woman renowned for her beauty, Layla, right on the battlefieldâ€”but only after he severed her “apostate” husband’s head, lit it on fire, and cooked his dinner on it.
If this is how Muhammadâ€”whom Koran 33:21 exhorts Muslims to emulate in all waysâ€”behaved towards conquered female “infidels,” should there be any more surprise concerning the Islamic State’s behavior?