Photo purportedly taken in ISIS slave market.
After causing an uproar with the taking of ethnic minority Yazidi women and girls as sex slaves in Iraq, the Islamic jihadist group ISIS issued a pamphlet justifying its actions by citing the Muslim holy book, the Quran, and authoritative Islamic scholars.
ISIS, which began calling itself the Islamic State after establishing a caliphate in conquered areas of Syria and Iraq, published the pamphlet through its Research and Fatwa Department.
A translation of the pamphlet was published by the Middle East Media Institute’s Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor.
Titled “Questions and Answers on Taking Captives and Slaves,” it states Islam permits conquering Muslim soldiers to have sexual intercourse with non-Muslim slaves, including young girls, and also allows them to be beaten and traded.
One question posed in the pamphlet is whether or not it’s permissible to have intercourse with a female slave who has not reached puberty.
“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,” the ISIS pamphlet says.
In August, ISIS detained more than 5,000 Yazidi women in northern Iraq after slaughtering thousands of members of the religious sect, according to the United Nations.
Younger girls were separated from older women, then bussed to the city of Mosul and put in a large three-story house with hundreds of other young women, according to a witness who spoke to CNN in November. ISIS men came periodically and chose up to three and four girls at a time to take home with them.
“These women have been treated like cattle,” Nazand Begikhani, an adviser to the Kurdistan Regional Government, told CNN.
“They have been subjected to physical and sexual violence, including systematic rape and sex slavery. They’ve been exposed in markets in Mosul and in Raqqa, Syria, carrying price tags.”
The questions in the ISIS pamphlet:
Question 1: What is al-sabi?
Al-Sabi is a woman from among ahl al-harb (the people of war) who has been captured by Muslims.
Question 2: 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).
Question 3: 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 (kufrasli), such as thekitabiyat (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 toward forbidding it, though some people of knowledge think it permissible. We (ISIS) lean toward accepting the consensus.
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 (Quran 23:5-6).
Question 5: 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).
Question 6: Is it permissible to sell a female captive?
It is permissible to buy, sell, or give as a gift female captives and slaves, for they are merely property, which can be disposed of (as long as that doesn’t cause (the Muslim ummah) any harm or damage).
Question 7: Is it permissible to separate a mother from her children through (the act of) buying and selling?
It is not permissible to separate a mother from her prepubescent children through buying, selling or giving away (a captive or slave). (But) it is permissible to separate them if the children are grown and mature.
Question 8: If two or more (men) buy a female captive together, does she then become (sexually) permissible to each of them?
It is forbidden to have intercourse with a female captive if (the master) does not own her exclusively. One who owns (a captive) in partnership (with others) may not have sexual intercourse with her until the other (owners) sell or give him (their share).
Question 9: If the female captive was impregnated by her owner, can he then sell her?
He can’t sell her if she becomes the mother of a child.
Question 10: If a man dies, what is the law regarding the female captive he owned?
Female captives are distributed as part of his estate, just as all (other parts) of his estate (are distributed). However, they may only provide services, not intercourse, if a father or (one of the) sons has already had intercourse with them, or if several (people) inherit them in partnership.
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