Face of the day

Saira Khan is today’s face of the day. It is great to see a woman talking sensibly about mass immigration of a culture so different to ours. Predictably none of the women, including Saira, were prepared to say that the problem is religion. They were only comfortable with the weasel word, culture. I understand their reluctance. I have used the weasel word, culture, myself. Blaming uncivilised behaviour on someone’s culture, seems more acceptable than blaming it on the religion that?controls affects every aspect of their lives. This is despite the fact that if you judge Prophet Muhammad’s words and actions, you would have to conclude that Islam allows it. Muhammad even went so far as to say that Allah approved it.

Critics of Islam and Sharia frequently claim that the Qur?an?allows Muslim men to rape their female captives and slave girls (i.e. those “whom their right hands possess”). Westernized Muslims, however, are appalled at the thought of their religion allowing rape, so they insist that Islam prohibits this practice. Unfortunately, Islam isn’t defined by Westernized Muslims; it’s defined by Allah and Muhammadin the Qur’an and the Hadith. So instead of inventing a religion based on the feelings of Westernized Muslims and calling it “Islam,” let’s turn to the Qur’an and the Hadith to see what Allah and Muhammad have to say about this issue.

As Muhammad’s armies raided town after town, they captured many women, who would often be sold or traded. Yet, since the Muslim men were a long way from their wives, they needed wisdom from Allah to guide them in their treatment of their female captives. Allah revealed:

Qur?an 23:1-6?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 70:22-30?Not so those devoted to Prayer?those who remain steadfast to their prayer; and those in whose wealth is a recognized right for the (needy) who asks and him who is prevented (for some reason from asking); and those who hold to the truth of the Day Of Judgement; and those who fear the displeasure of their Lord?for their Lord?s displeasure is the opposite of Peace and Tranquility?and those who guard their chastity, except with their wives and the (captives) whom their right hands possess?for (then) they are not to be blamed.

Notice that Allah commands Muslims to abstain from sex, except with their wives and with “those whom their right hands possess.” Allah gave the same sexual rights to Muhammad:

Qur?an 33:50?O Prophet! surely We have made lawful to you your wives whom you have given their dowries, and those whom your right hand possesses out of those whom Allah has given to you as prisoners of war …

The Muslim practice of having sex with captured women is reported often in the Hadith, where we learn that Muhammad’s only objection to sex with captives was his condemnation of birth control.


But wait, there is more…

The Myth:

Muhammad Would Never Approve of Rape

The Truth:

It is against Islam to rape Muslim women, but Muhammad actually encouraged the rape of others captured in battle. This hadith provides the context for the Qur?anic verse (4:24):

The Apostle of Allah (may peace be upon him) sent a military expedition to Awtas on the occasion of the battle of Hunain.? They met their enemy and fought with them.? They defeated them and took them captives.

Some of the Companions of the Apostle of Allah (may peace be upon him) were reluctant to have intercourse with the female captives in the presence of their husbands who were unbelievers.? So Allah, the Exalted, sent down the Qur?anic verse: (Sura 4:24) “And all married women (are forbidden) unto you save those (captives) whom your right hands possess.” (Abu Dawud 2150, also Muslim 3433)

Actually, as the hadith indicates, it wasn’t Muhammad, but “Allah the Exalted” who told the men to rape the women in front of their husbands – which is all the more reason not to think of Islam as being the same as other religions.

Note also that the husbands of these unfortunate victims were obviously alive after battle.? This is important because it flatly contradicts those apologists who like to argue that the women Muhammad enslaved were widowed and thus unable to fend for themselves.? (Even if the apologists were right, what sort of a moral code is it that forces a widow to choose between being raped and starving?)

There are several other episodes in which Muhammad is offered the clear opportunity to disavow raping women – yet he instead offers advice on how to proceed.? In one case, his men were reluctant to devalue their new slaves for later resale by getting them pregnant.? Muhammad was asked about coitus interruptus in particular:

“O Allah’s Apostle! We get female captives as our share of booty, and we are interested in their prices, what is your opinion about coitus interruptus?”? The Prophet said, “Do you really do that? It is better for you not to do it. No soul that which Allah has destined to exist, but will surely come into existence.? (Bukhari34:432)

As indicated, the prophet of Islam did not mind his men raping the women, provided they ejaculated within the bodies of their victims.