We awoke this morning to learn about the horrific and tragic attack by Taliban terrorists against a high school in Pakistan which caused the death and injury to hundreds of children. This comes on the heels of the sixteen-hour siege in Sydney, Australia, which resulted in the deaths of two hostages and injuries to others by a radical Islamist. Tori Johnson, the Lindt Café manager, and Katrina Dawson, a mother-of-three, were killed in that terrorist attack. Mr. Johnson, 34, was killed as he tried to wrestle the gun from the Islamic terrorist and ISIS supporter, Man Haron Monis, inside the café. May God give peace to the memory of the victims of these cowardly acts, and comfort to the families of those killed and injured.
Although reported by only a few international news outlets, and mostly unnoticed in the United States, Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (“ISIS”) distributed in its territory a pamphlet titled, “Questions and Answers on Taking Captives and Slaves.” The pamphlet was published by the “Research and Fatwa Department of Islamic State.” (No, I am not making that up.) It describes in a clear question-and-answer format for the ignorant ISIS followers how to deal with issues arising from the slavery of non-Moslem women. The English language translation was completed by the Middle East Media Research Institute (“MEMRI”). One question asks whether all “unbelieving” (i.e., non-Moslem woman) women can be taken into captivity. The answer, “There is no dispute among the scholars that it is permissible to capture unbelieving women.”
If you are an Islamic terrorist, you might be thinking, if I have a slave, may I have intercourse with her? The answer: “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].’” And then in a follow-up question, what kind of sex is permitted with one’s female slave(s)? “If she is a virgin, he [her master] can have intercourse with her immediately. However, if she isn’t, then her uterus must be purified first.” However, the procedure to “purify a uterus” is not explained in the pamphlet. Perhaps there is more information to come from the Research and Fatwa Department.
Now you might be wondering what about child sex slavery? Islamic State has the answer to that simple question, and instructs its followers:
Question: “Is it permissible to have intercourse with a female slave who has not reached puberty?” Answer: “It is permissible to have intercourse with the female slave who hasn’t reached puberty if she is fit for intercourse; however if she is not fit for intercourse, then it is enough to enjoy her without intercourse.”
Emphasis added. After all, according to traditional Islamic hadith sources, among his many wives, Mohammed married his favorite wife, Aisha bint Abī Bakr, when she was six or seven years old. According to Mohammed’s quasi-official biographer, Ibn Hisham, their “marriage” was consummated, not at the time of marriage, but rather when she was nine or ten years old and Mohammed was 53.
In other useful gems of wisdom, beating the women is allowed, but only for disciplinary reasons. Further, the buying, selling, and gifting of slaves are also permitted “for they are merely property.” The 27 questions and answers in the pamphlet delves into many other important questions applying Islamic “wisdom,” such as the question of whether one can engage in sexual intercourse with two sisters, and how to cover up properly a slave during prayer.
It is well documented that ISIS fighters have taken thousands of women and children as captives, particularly both Christian and the minority Yazidi sect in Iraq. Last month, a United Nations report said that some of these women were taken to Syria where they were sold to ISIS fighters, or were given as “gifts” to ISIS leaders. Most undoubtedly are being used for sex. Haras Rafiq, an expert at the British counter-terrorism think-tank, the Quilliam Foundation, said of the new ISIS pamphlet: ‘It is a sick and disgusting document, and it takes the world back to the Dark Ages.” Indeed. Please pray for the Christian and Yazidi women and children held by ISIS during this Christmas season, and the families of the Taliban victims in Pakistan. May the one true God and Father of the Lord Jesus Christ be close to all of them during these horrific days.