Ibadah is a word little known outside the Muslim world. It means “to worship”; but it has recently been used in sickening contexts. According to Muslim fighters, it is an act of “worship” to rape non-Muslim women and girls and to kill those who are not of their religion.
These revelations coincide with a surprising piece in the New York Times, that instead of acting as apologists and citing the usual platitudes, has published unbiased confirmation of what most of us already knew: that the Koran not only says it is OK to take sex slaves (captured girls), but that it is an act of devotion.
The article highlights the often under publicized problem for Christians and more specifically Yazidi Muslims in war torn countries. The Yazidi are considered “apostates” by much of the Islamic world because they practice Islam as a form of peace and tolerance of other cultures. They are hunted down and executed even in countries like the UK.
That our world leaders refuse to tackle real issues with “Islamic leaders” is a sign that the cultural war is being lost. When was the last time a politician sat down with a Muslim leader and did not discuss ways in which to combat Islamaphobia? The rape, kidnapping and sale of female children throughout the Middle East and Africa is getting worse. Yet all we hear is niceties and weasel words.
RAPING GIRLS AND KILLING JEWS ARE ACTS OF DEVOTION TO THEIR GOD? WHAT KIND OF GOD IS THIS? AND WHAT KIND OF MORAL BLINDNESS HAS OVERTAKEN NON-MUSLIM LEADERS WHEN THEY SIT AND DRINK TEA AND “DIALOGUE” WITH MUSLIM CLERICS WHILE BEING CAREFUL NEVER TO MENTION ANYTHING LIKE THIS (AND THEY PROBABLY AREN’T EVEN AWARE OF IT, ANYWAY)?
THIS NEW YORK TIMES PIECE IS EXTREMELY REVEALING OF THE HORRIFYING ORDEAL THAT YAZIDI AND OTHER NON-MUSLIM WOMEN ENDURE AT THE HANDS OF THE ISLAMIC STATE WHEN THEY ARE FORCED TO BE SEX SLAVES. IT IS SURPRISING THAT THE TIMES GIVES FULL INFORMATION ABOUT HOW THESE MONSTERS BELIEVE THAT THEY ARE PLEASING THEIR BLOODTHIRSTY GOD BY DESTROYING THESE GIRLS, AND DOWNRIGHT REMARKABLE THAT THE ARTICLE INCLUDES NOT ONLY A DISSEMBLING APOLOGETIC FROM THE EGREGIOUS KECIA ALI, BUT A FORTHRIGHT ACKNOWLEDGMENT BY COLE BUNZEL OF PRINCETON UNIVERSITY THAT THE QUR’AN DOES INDEED CONTAIN PASSAGES ALLOWING FOR THE TAKING OF SEX SLAVES.
And indeed, Bunzel is right: the seizure of Infidel girls and their use as sex slaves is sanctioned in the Qur’an. According to Islamic law, Muslim men can take “captives of the right hand” (Qur’an 4:3, 4:24, 33:50). The Qur’an says: “O Prophet! Lo! We have made lawful unto thee thy wives unto whom thou hast paid their dowries, and those whom thy right hand possesseth of those whom Allah hath given thee as spoils of war” (33:50). 4:3 and 4:24 extend this privilege to Muslim men in general. The Qur’an says that a man may have sex with his wives and with these slave girls: “The believers must (eventually) win through, those who humble themselves in their prayers; who avoid vain talk; who are active in deeds of charity; who abstain from sex, except with those joined to them in the marriage bond, or (the captives) whom their right hands possess, for (in their case) they are free from blame.” (Qur’an 23:1-6)
ACCORDING TO THE NEW YORK TIMES:
In the moments before he raped the 12-year-old girl, the Islamic State fighter took the time to explain that what he was about to do was not a sin. Because the preteen girl practiced a religion other than Islam, the Quran not only gave him the right to rape her — it condoned and encouraged it, he insisted.
He bound her hands and gagged her. Then he knelt beside the bed and prostrated himself in prayer before getting on top of her.
When it was over, he knelt to pray again, bookending the rape with acts of religious devotion.
‘I kept telling him it hurts — please stop,’ said the girl, whose body is so small an adult could circle her waist with two hands. ‘He told me that according to Islam he is allowed to rape an unbeliever. He said that by raping me, he is drawing closer to God,’ she said in an interview alongside her family in a refugee camp here, to which she escaped after 11 months of captivity.
The systematic rape of women and girls from the Yazidi religious minority has become deeply enmeshed in the organization and the radical theology of the Islamic State in the year since the group announced it was reviving slavery as an institution. Interviews with 21 women and girls who recently escaped the Islamic State, as well as an examination of the group’s official communications, illuminate how the practice has been enshrined in the group’s core tenets.
The trade in Yazidi women and girls has created a persistent infrastructure, with a network of warehouses where the victims are held, viewing rooms where they are inspected and marketed, and a dedicated fleet of buses used to transport them.
A total of 5,270 Yazidis were abducted last year, and at least 3,144 are still being held, according to community leaders. To handle them, the Islamic State has developed a detailed bureaucracy of sex slavery, including sales contracts notarized by the ISIS-run Islamic courts.
A growing body of internal policy memos and theological discussions has established guidelines for slavery, including a lengthy how-to manual issued by the Islamic State Research and Fatwa Department just last month. Repeatedly, the ISIS leadership has emphasized a narrow and selective reading of the Quran and other religious rulings to not only justify violence, but also to elevate and celebrate each sexual assault as spiritually beneficial, even virtuous.
‘Every time that he came to rape me, he would pray,’ said F, a 15-year-old girl who was captured on the shoulder of Mount Sinjar one year ago and was sold to an Iraqi fighter in his 20s. Like some others interviewed by The New York Times, she wanted to be identified only by her first initial because of the shame associated with rape.
‘He kept telling me this is ibadah,’ she said, using a term from Islamic scripture meaning worship.
‘He said that raping me is his prayer to God. I said to him, ‘What you’re doing to me is wrong, and it will not bring you closer to God.’ And he said, ‘No, it’s allowed. It’s halal,’’ said the teenager, who escaped in April with the help of smugglers after being enslaved for nearly nine months.
The ISIS pamphlet in support of sex slavery quotes the Koran.
“Question 4: 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]’…”
Mohammed enslaved and raped women. Did Mohammed hijack Islam?