Thinking of Buying Slave-Girls from ISIS?


Comparisons and Contrasts (3)
Thinking of Buying Slave-Girls from ISIS?
ISIS seems to be selling concubines in Iraq. According to widespread reports from the areas under the control of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), ISIS is selling women captured from areas they conducted surprise raids on, or areas that fell under their control in Iraq, and maybe Syria. Yazidi (Ezidi) women, Christian women, Arab Shi`a women, Turkmen Shi`a women: the market is now open for slave-girls in Iraq. Prices range from $500 for Yazidi (Ezidi) girls, to $1000 for other brands, who are Christian, Assyrian, Majusi, or Muslim, whether Shi’a, or possibly even Sunni. These, and other smaller minorities, are the available brands for sale by ISIS, unless they are also selling Sunni girls, while claiming to establish the Sunni Khilafah for the benefit and the protection of Sunni people.
Or, at least this is what the media is saying about ISIS, that they have opened shop for concubines, including reports by major Arab media outlets, such as Al-Arabiya (, which conducted interviews with Yazidi (Ezidi) women who escaped being sold as slaves.
Like other teachers, I frequently receive inquiries about current affairs, such as the rulings of having concubines in Islam. Some men are ‘wishing and hoping’; others are actually buying. Before the selling by ISIS became known, some Muslim men asked if they can buy Syrian girls, i.e., refugees, Muslims, Sunnis, who were not captured in any war, so they can use them as slave girls. How can we be expected to answer such heartless questions? How can we not be furious at the suggestion of some ‘Muslim’ men who want to buy ‘free’ Muslim girls as slaves, when they can simply marry them if they are sincere?
Here is a suggestion, find a map of the Arab world and count the number of countries currently ravaged by war, especially where Khawarij sects are leading active, bloody, armed conflicts against Muslims and Muslim governments in the name of jihad and resurrecting the Khilafah, so the Khawarij claim. All of this indicates the presence of jihadi groups: Death, destruction, fear and insecurity; bombings and suicide attacks on civilians, marketplaces, schools, government and residential building, places of worship; failing government institutions, chaos, lawlessness; and of course, kidnapping of young Muslim girls, some for sale. Never mind that the aims of jihad, according to the scholars of Islam, concentrate on the protection of five rights, which are, the lives, honor, properties, lands and religion of Muslims. These were the original aims of jihad. Things have changed. Now, wherever jihadi movements start their so-called jihad, Muslims are no longer safe for their lives, honor, properties, lands or religion, or for their young girls. How can anyone ask about the legality of buying concubines from ISIS in the midst of these horrible, encompassing disasters facing many Arab and Muslim countries?
The sale of Yazidi (Ezidi) women, of course, captured the imagination of the West, just as the plight of Iraqi Christians and other non-Islamic sects did. However, these are not the only people suffering in Iraq. Just like Al-Qa’idah, ISIS has, primarily, directed their injustice and terror at all Muslims, especially civilian men, women and children. Indeed, the Khawarij do not discriminate between Muslims or non-Muslims; all suffer under the Khawarij. However, the West does discriminate. Even though the invasion of Iraq, under false pretexts, caused close to a million Muslim Iraqis to face a violent death, Western coverage of violence directed at non-Muslims and non-Arabs is far more enthusiastic, systematically passionate, and comprehensive than the coverage of far more Muslims suffering the same or even worse fate than that suffered by Iraqi religious and ethnic minorities.
It is as if there is a percentage. Every one hundred or even one thousand Muslim deaths receive the coverage given to one or ten non-Muslims. In Gaza, the average was 1000-1; the West cared more about, and covered the news of the killing of three young Jewish settlers in the West Bank than the coverage they gave to the close to 3000 Gazans, mostly civilians, including more than 500 children, who died violently at the hands of the Jews who were using Western weapons. The Gazans received far less coverage, as if their lives are worth much less. With regards to Iraq, the West fared worse than in Gaza. Armed Shi`a gangs belonging to Muqtada As-Sadr, Nuri Al-Maliki, murderous Iranian Shi`a military organizations, and other Shi`a leaders and armed groups, massacred Muslims (Sunnis) in the tens of thousands, mostly civilian men, women and children; many were beheaded. They also conducted ethnic cleansing, captured tens of thousands of Sunni men and women and put them in jail under torture, most of them still do not know why, shelled residential Sunni areas using planes, tanks, and guns in the pretext of fighting terrorist groups, and committed, and still commit, many other atrocities against Muslims (Sunnis), whether these Sunnis are Arab or non-Arab, but mostly Arab.
All this did not seem to ‘move’ the West as they were deeply moved by the plight of Christians and Yazidis in Iraq. They did not report these horrible Shi`a atrocities nearly as much as they reported what happened to Christians and Yazidis by the hand of ISIS. For eight years, the West supported ex-Iraqi prime minister, Nuri Al-Maliki, and his sectarian, murderer ministers and gangs, while knowing well what they did and are still doing. The death of a million Muslims, the vast majority of them civilian Sunnis, most of them killed by Shi`a gangs and yet many killed by the Khawarij, cannot possibly be as horrific as what the Khawarij ISIS are doing to minorities. In Allah’s just scale, unjust killing of even one person is a major sin, {And do not kill anyone whose killing Allâh has forbidden, except for a just cause} (17:33). Imam As-Sa`di said that Quranic ayah 17:33 “pertains to all souls {Allâh has forbidden} killing, young and old, male and female, Muslim, and also kafir who is enjoying an `ahd (a promise of peaceful residence among Muslims)” (Tafsir As-Sa`di, Pg., 531).
Who are the Yazidis?
Yazidis, or Ezidis, are not Arab or Christians. Since there are conflicting reports about the origin and practices of the Yazidis, it may be more practical here to describe them according to their current creed. Their religion currently comprises a strange collection of ideas taken from the many religions that have existed in Iraq since ancient times, such as pagan, Christian, Jewish, Zaradishti, and Majusi creeds, even some Islamic creeds. They reject being called, ‘devil worshippers,’ because to them, the devil is not evil, he is just a good angel. Therefore, they indeed worship the devil, regardless if they consider him good or not. The Yazidis number around a half a million in Iraq, which has a population of 28 million. However, as stated, since Yazidis are not Arab or Muslims, they received far more news coverage than the hundreds of thousands of Sunnis who died in Iraq since the Western (Christian) invasion.
Contrast the Original Islamic Khilafah with the ISIS Khilafah
It is universally established among Muslims, including all Islamic sects, except the Shi’a and a few other deviant sects, that the era of the Al-Khulafaa Ar-Rashidun (the Rightly Guided Caliphs) is the best Islamic era. After the Prophet’s death, four of his companions became his Caliphs, meaning, the Prophet’s Successors, and they are Abu Bakr As-Siddique; Umar Ibn al-Khattab; ‘Uthman Ibn Affan; and, Ali Ibn Abi Talib. Muslims also consider these four companions to be the best members of the ummah (followers) of Muhammad, peace be on him. Their guidance, practices, legacy, and the way they established Islam on earth, is indeed the good example for all Muslims.
During the Khilafah reign of Abu Bakr and Umar, the Persian Empire, one of the world’s two super powers at that time, was conquered, and most of the empire’s population freely chose to become Muslim. How were religious minorities in Iraq and Iran treated under the reign of the Four Rightly Guided Caliphs, including Christians, the forefathers of the Yazidis, Majusi fire-worshipers, and many others? These minorities existed in Iraq and Iran since before Islam came.
Under the ISIS Khilafah, Christian, Yazidi, and other minority populations were attacked, driven out of their homes, their places of worship bombed and or destroyed, and some of their women were sold into slavery, as is widely reported.
In contrast, we will mention three proofs here that the ISIS Khilafah is by no means a rightly guided Khilafah, but in fact a current Khawarij outlaw regime.
First Proof: ISIS attacked Yazidis, Christians, and other minorities in Iraq in their areas, without a state of war existing between these minorities and Muslims. The ISIS Khawarij simply drove these minorities out of their areas, rounded up many of their men to be killed, and captured many more men and women as hostages for ransom or to be sold to slavery. If this is true Islamic behavior, then how is it that, before and after Islam came, these minorities were thriving and keeping to their culture, religion and traditions, especially during the reigns of Abu Bakr, Umar, ‘Uthman and Ali? These minorities indeed continued to live in Iraq and Iran from the time of the early Islamic era, until the twenty-first century. Proof: When the ISIS started attacking them, they were still living in the same areas they lived in since ancient times. Is not this evidence enough that ISIS is contradicting Islam itself, the legacy of the Rightly Guided Caliphs, and the entire Muslim ummah?
Jews, Christians and other minorities lived in Iraq and Iran for centuries before Islam came; they were not exterminated, driven out of their areas, attacked without justification, nor were their women sold to slavery. They remained alive, well, and free, until the present time. Since various minorities still live in Iraq and Iran today, then this exposes the criminal behavior of Al-Qa’idah, ISIS and other Khawarij groups as being those who distort the image of Islam and contradict its law with regards to treatment of peaceful non-Muslims.
Second Proof: The Prophet of Allah, peace be on him, issued this severe warning, “Whoever kills a Mu`ahad, shall not smell the scent of Paradise” (Bukhari 2930). Among other meanings, a Mu`ahad is a non-Muslim who peacefully lives in areas under Muslim control. If this is the punishment for killing just one Mu’ahad, then, what about killing entire groups of Mu`ahads living in peace among Muslims?
Third Proof: Abu Hurairah reported that the Prophet, peace be on him, said, “Allah says, ‘I will be against three persons on the Day of Resurrection: One who makes a covenant in My Name, but then proves treacherous; One who sells a free person (as a slave) and eats the price; And one who employs a laborer and gets the full work done by them, but does not pay them their wages.’” (Bukhari)
The attacks by ISIS on Christians, Yazidis and other minorities in Iraq are not justified, especially since these minorities did not declare war on Islam and Muslims and did not engage in warfare against Islam and Muslims. By tradition, these religious groups mostly stayed away from the numerous conflicts that ravaged Iraq throughout its history, knowing their status as minorities and the fact that Iraq has frequently suffered from violent conflicts, chaos and insecurity. Consequently, religious minorities in Iraq wisely preferred to stay neutral. Why attack them, unjustly, and cause Westerners to again intervene in Iraq in the pretext of saving religious and ethnic minorities?
Further, the Khawarij, whether Qa’idah, ISIS, or Nusrah, are themselves outlaws who rebel against Islamic law, as imam Ibn Taimiyyah described the Khawarij. Their current wars are not legitimate jihad wars, especially since they mostly war against other Muslims. The Khawarij are armed gangs and bandits whose very existence, practices and ideas constitute a form of rebellion against Islamic law, the Quran, and the Prophet’s Sunnah. They also attack minorities who are at peace with Muslims. They kill, pillage and destroy. They kidnap ‘free’ men and women, Muslim and non-Muslim, and sell them as slaves, in aggression and injustice. The Khawarij jihad never benefited Islam, as imam Ibn Taimiyyah stated.
How can anyone in the middle of these terrible conflicts think about buying women from ISIS? Have they no sense? These women, Muslim or non-Muslim, were not captured in a legitimate war or by a legitimate representative of a true Islamic state. They were captured by murderous gangs whose main harm is targeted against other Muslims and against Muslim areas, villages, towns, residential buildings, scholars, factories, masjids, leaders, hospitals, marketplaces; they also, occasionally, attack non-Muslims. Their aim is to turn every Muslim country into a war zone where Muslims never get ahead, but instead keep destroying their own lands, devastating their own properties, spending their treasures on fighting each other, and never being able to establish a stable government of any type or compete with the rest of the world. How can any society thrive or compete when it is busy in never-ending cycles of violence, war, and destruction? The Khawarij keep Muslims ignorant, divided, backward, and thus, prone to non-Muslim occupation.
The Khawarij Do Not Represent Islam or Muslims
What jihadi groups do to Muslim societies seems to ensure continued domination by the West over Muslims. The ISIS, Al-Qa’idah, Ash-Shabab, Boko-Haram, An-Nusrah, and so forth among the numerous Khawarij groups of present time, indeed help Christians and Jews suppress Islam and Muslims, in Muslim lands, and using Muslim treasures? Is it not so obvious that wherever the Khawarij go, Western (Christian) military powers follow them? Do the Khawarij not realize the harm they do to Islam and Muslims and their fulfilling the designs of the enemies of Islam and Muslims on Islam and Muslims, by keeping Muslims divided and disputing to no end? Do not the Khawarij realize the result of their actions and the terrible tragedies they bring to every Muslim area they enter? Truly, and just as imam Ibn Taimiyyah has stated, the Khawarij jihad never helped the cause of Islam. Their jihad never was an asset for Islam or Muslims.
Here is a beautiful fatwa issued by the scholars of Sunnah in our time. I only made minor changes in the English translation and added ayat numbers.
The Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Iftaa’
Fatwa no. 4150
“Q 6: What is the real meaning of Al-`Ubudiyyah (servitude)? Is it to enslave people even against the laws of Islam?
A: There are various kinds of `Ubudiyyah;
(1) The general servitude of all creatures at all times; this kind of submission is confined to Allah alone, as He (Exalted be He) says: {There is none in the heavens and the earth but comes unto the Most Gracious (Allâh) as a slave. Verily He knows each one of them, and has counted them a full counting. And every one of them will come to Him alone on the Day of Resurrection (without any helper, protector or defender).} (19:93-5) It is also related in the Hadith Qudsi (Revelation from Allah in the Prophet’s words) narrated by Muslim on the authority of Abu Dhar Al-Ghifary (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace be on him) said, ‘Allah (Exalted be He) said, ‘O my servants! I have forbidden injustice to Myself and I have made it Haram (prohibited) to you, so do not be unjust to one another.’ Likewise, it is also mentioned in the well-known supplication of the Prophet (peace be on him), ‘O Allah! I am Your servant, son of Your servant, son of Your maidservant. My forelock is in Your Hand, Your Judgment over me is assured, and Your Decree over me is just. I ask You by every name You have taken for Yourself, taught to any of Your Creation, revealed in Your Book, or that You have taken unto Yourself in the realm of the Unseen, to make the Qur’an the life of my heart, the light of my breast (chest), the banisher of my sorrow, and the reliever of my despondency.’ (Majmu` Fatawa Ibn Uthaimeen 767/10; Ibn Uthaimeen authenticated this hadeeth) This is a real universal predetermined servitude according to which Allah controls His Creations as He wills and they submit to Him willingly and unwillingly. None can overturn His Judgment, He is the Most Subtle, the Well-Acquainted (with all things), Who has no partners.
(2) Honorary servitude which Allah confers on His chosen creatures such as His Prophets, Angels, and pious people. For example, Allah says, {Glorified (and Exalted) be He (Allâh) [above all that (evil) they associate with Him] Who took His slave (Muhammad, peace be on him) for a journey by night from Al-Masjid-Al-Harâm (at Makkah) to Al-Masjid-Al-Aqsâ (in Jerusalem), the neighborhood whereof We have blessed} (17:1). Allah also says regarding the angels, {…but honored slaves} (21:26). In regard to the pious people, Allah says, {And the (faithful) slaves of the Most Gracious (Allâh) are those who walk on the earth in humility and sedateness, and when the foolish address them (with bad words) they reply back with mild words of gentleness…}, to the end of Surat Al-Furqan (25:63-77). This is a real honorary type of servitude that Allah bestows on His chosen pious servants.
(3) Man’s servitude to another. This type is limited and temporary. It may be lawful, if they are captured while fighting the Muslims and defending the disbelievers. Allah entitled the victorious Muslims to take captives. Later, they may sell the captives and thus they become servants to anyone who buys them under certain rights and obligations. It may also be unlawful, in case of kidnapping free people, gaining power over them unjustly, or buying any of them, as the Prophet (peace be on him) said, ‘Allah, Exalted be He, says, ‘I will contend on the Day of Resurrection against three (types of) people: One who makes a covenant in My Name and then breaks it; one who sells a free man (or woman) as a slave and devours his price; and one who hires a worker and, having taken full work from him, does not pay him his wages.’ (Bukhari) May Allah grant us success; may peace and blessings be on our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.’” This is the end of Fatwa no. 4150, issued by these four major scholars: `Abdul-`Aziz Ibn `Abdullah Ibn Baz; `Abdullah Ibn Qa`ud; `Abdullah Ibn Ghudayyan; `Abdul-Razzaq `Afify, may Allah grant them the best rewards.
Therefore, those who may buy slave girls from ISIS, will be committing a major crime, a substantial sin. These girls were kidnapped from their peaceful areas and villages, from the midst of their families who were terrorized and driven out of their homes by herds of Khawarij that have rebelled against Islamic law. Anyone who tries to have sexual intercourse with women sold into slavery by the ISIS should indeed be tried for committing adultery, at least. Do not do it; it is not Islamic.
Jalal Abualrub (