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IS issues ruling on sex with slaves

ISIS flag. The text reads: 'There is no god but Allah; Mohammed is his messenger'.

ISIS flag. The text reads: ‘There is no god but Allah; Mohammed is his messenger’.

Islamic State theologians have issued an extremely detailed ruling on when “owners” of women enslaved by the extremist group can have sex with them, in an apparent bid to curb what they called violations in the treatment of captured females.

The ruling or fatwa has the force of law and appears to go beyond the Islamic State’s previous known utterances on slavery, said Cole Bunzel, a leading IS expert at Princeton University.

It sheds new light on how the group is trying to reinterpret centuries-old teachings to justify the rape of women in the swaths of Syria and Iraq it controls.

For a US government translation of the fatwa click http://graphics.thomsonreuters.com/doc/slaves_fatwa.pdf.

The fatwa was among a huge trove of documents captured by US Special Operations Forces during a raid targeting a top Islamic State official in Syria in May.

The news agency Reuters has reviewed the document, which has not been previously published, but couldn’t independently confirm its authenticity.

Among the fatwa’s injunctions are bans on a father and son having sex with the same female slave; and the owner of a mother and daughter having sex with both.

Joint owners of a female captive are similarly enjoined from intercourse because she is viewed as “part of a joint ownership.”

The United Nations and human rights groups have accused the Islamic State of the systematic abduction and rape of thousands of women and girls as young as 12, especially members of the Yazidi minority in northern Iraq.

Many have been given to fighters as a reward or sold as sex slaves.
Far from trying to conceal the practice, Islamic State has boasted about it and established a department of “war spoils” to manage slavery.

Fatwa No. 64, dated Jan. 29, 2015, and issued by Islamic State’s Committee of Research and Fatwas, appears to codify sexual relations between IS fighters and their female captives for the first time, going further than a pamphlet issued by the group in 2014 on how to treat slaves.

Professor Abdel Fattah Alawari, dean of Islamic Theology at Al-Azhar University, a 1000-year-old Egyptian centre for Islamic learning, said Islamic State “has nothing to do with Islam” and was deliberately misreading centuries-old verses and sayings that were originally designed to end, rather than encourage, slavery.


4 responses to “IS issues ruling on sex with slaves”

  1. Ken says:

    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again.

    Islam is a crime against humanity !
    These are the slave traders who provided the negro slaves for American , Dutch, English and other European powers. This was and still is worse than the behavior of any animal you care to name, and any reasoning human should work to destroy this inhuman doctrine.
    Any religion based on supernatural or perfect beings, that it’s adherents are some how special, and encourages the faithful to harm those who believe otherwise, is obviously dangerous and should not be encouraged and certainly not be government funded as are innumerable ‘faith’ schools in Australia.
    G”)

  2. Phaedra says:

    It would be nice if the IS and Islam would both treat women and girls with respect and make all rape illegal, including the absurd rule that unless there are four male witnesses a woman cannot prove rape and child marriages. I wonder how many centuries it will take for them to catch up to the West’s laws in this respect?

  3. Roger Graf says:

    Slavery is a worldwide trade and is obvious in the prostitution trade, even in Oz. Organ trade is on the rise and cheap labour beguiled by lies and deceit.
    It seems never to cease due largely to another long existing profit called corruption. However, the one sentence of the above topic makes a lot of sense; “Professor Abdel Fattah Alawari, dean of Islamic Theology at Al-Azhar University, a 1000-year-old Egyptian centre for Islamic learning, said Islamic State “has nothing to do with Islam” and was deliberately misreading centuries-old verses and sayings that were originally designed to end, rather than encourage, slavery.”
    To that end, we need to take the prejudice out of the usage of IS & Islam. Islam is a religion, just like any other religion. There are good people and zealots and corrupt people who prey on others.
    However, IS depraves on the criminal element seeking God as their saviour from evil… this is called a two edge sword in the hands of a barbarian.

  4. Greg Clitheroe says:

    This problem is not limited to IS nor even to Islam (which does have an undeniably appalling attitude towards women).

    The Bible also details the sexual rights of captors of over women and girls that have been enslaved.

    All Abrahamic religions promote disgusting attitudes towards women.

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