The Research and Fatwa Department of the Islamic State (ISIS) has released a pamphlet with ‘Questions and Answers on Taking Captives and Slaves.’
JUST RELEASED!Price List: The ISIS price list for slaves ranks the cost of a woman by age, so while a woman aged 40-50 would sell for just 50,000 dinars or $43, a girl aged 10-20 would be worth 150,000 dinars ($125) and a child under nine would sell for 200,000 dinars ($166).
MEMRI It was presumably released in response to the uproar caused by the many reports this summer that ISIS had taken Yazidi girls and women as sex slaves. Written in the form of questions and answers, it clarifies the position of Islamic law (as ISIS interprets it) on various relevant issues, and states, among other things, that it is permissible to have sexual intercourse with non-Muslim slaves, including young girls, and that it is also permitted to beat them and trade in them.
“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 [kufr asli], such as the kitabiyat [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 towards forbidding it, though some people of knowledge think it permissible. We [ISIS] lean towards 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 [Koran 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.”
“Question 11: May a man have intercourse with the female slave of his wife?
“A man may not have intercourse with the female slave of his wife, because [the slave] is owned by someone else.”
“Question 12: May a man kiss the female slave of another, with the owner’s permission?
“A man may not kiss the female slave of another, for kissing [involves] pleasure, and pleasure is prohibited unless [the man] owns [the slave] exclusively.”
“Question 13: Is it 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.”
“Question 14: What private parts of the female slave’s body must be concealed during prayer?
“Her private body parts [that must be concealed] during prayer are the same as those [that must be concealed] outside [prayer], and they [include] everything besides the head, neck, hands and feet.”
“Question 15: May a female slave meet foreign men without wearing a hijab?
“A female slave is allowed to expose her head, neck, hands, and feet in front of foreign men if fitna [enticement] can be avoided. However, if fitna is present, or of there is fear that it will occur, then it [i.e. exposing these body parts becomes] forbidden.”
“Question 16: Can two sisters be taken together while taking slaves?
“It is permissible to have two sisters, a female slave and her aunt [her father’s sister], or a female slave and her aunt [from her mother’s side]. But they cannot be together during intercourse, [and] whoever has intercourse with one of them cannot have intercourse with the other, due to the general [consensus] over the prohibition of this.”
“Question 17: What is al-‘azl?
“Al-‘azl is refraining from ejaculating on a woman’s pudendum [i.e. coitus interruptus].”
“Question 18: May a man use the al-‘azl [technique] with his female slave?
“A man is allowed [to use] al-‘azl during intercourse with his female slave with or without her consent.”
“Question 19: Is it permissible to beat a female slave?
“It is permissible to beat the female slave as a [form of] darbta’deeb [disciplinary beating], [but] it is forbidden to [use] darb al-takseer [literally, breaking beating], [darb] al-tashaffi [beating for the purpose of achieving gratification], or [darb] al-ta’dheeb [torture beating]. Further, it is forbidden to hit the face.”
Question 20: What is the ruling regarding a female slave who runs away from her master?
“A male or female slave’s running away [from their master] is among the gravest of sins…”
“Question 21: What is the earthly punishment of a female slave who runs away from her master?
“She [i.e. the female slave who runs away from her master] has no punishment according to the shari’a of Allah; however, she is [to be] reprimanded [in such a way that] deters others like her from escaping.”
“Question 22: Is it permissible to marry a Muslim [slave] or a kitabiyya [i.e. Jewish or Christian] female slave?
“It is impermissible for a free [man] to marry Muslim or kitabiyat female slaves, except for those [men] who feared to [commit] a sin, that is, the sin of fornication…”
“Question 24: If a man marries a female slave who is owned by someone else, who is allowed to have intercourse with her?
“A master is prohibited from having intercourse with his female slave who is married to someone else; instead, the master receives her service, [while] the husband [gets to] enjoy her [sexually].”
“Question 25: Are the huddoud [Koranic punishments] applied to female slaves?
“If a female slave committed what necessitated the enforcement of a hadd [on her], a hadd [is then] enforced on her – however, the hadd is reduced by half within the hudud that accepts reduction by half…”
“Question 27: What is the reward for freeing a slave girl?
“Allah the exalted said [in the Koran]: ‘And what can make you know what is [breaking through] the difficult pass [hell]? It is the freeing of a slave.’ And [the prophet Muhammad] said: ‘Whoever frees a believer Allah frees every organ of his body from hellfire.'”
“Preparing for the Honor of Jihad” – Guidelines for women on how to be the ultimate wives of ISIS fighters in Syria and Iraq are now being distributed by the militant group’s new media arm, the Zora Foundation.
IndependentISIS (also known as Islamic State) regularly release propaganda showing brutal executions and violent atrocities, training regimes for fighters and threats to the West as the US-led coalition air strikes continue. But unlike most of Isis’ propaganda that addresses men and attempts to recruit them, this specifically targets women supporting Islamist fighters by circulating advice on how to be ‘good wives of jihad’.
The organization’s slogan is “preparing for the honor of jihad”, with videos and tweets explaining the ways in which women can contribute to Isis’ insurgency. Its social media accounts have already garnered over 2,000 followers after being established just over two weeks ago.
Zora’s material, all of which is in Arabic, has been shared by Isis supporters across social media. Charlie Winter, a researcher at counter-extremism think tank the Quilliam Foundation, said the organization is aimed at those preparing to go out and support the group, while also acting as a facility for the women already out there.
He told The Independent: “It’s kind of a guideline on how to be a good supporter of jihad and have the best role in supporting ‘your mujahidin’ as a woman. “I haven’t seen anything like this before. There will probably be forums doing similar things online, but this is the first time I’ve come across an actual media organization giving guidance to women on their role.”
Zora’s most recent post was a recipe shared on the al-Zora Media Twitter account. Mr Winter said the recipe was prefaced with the introduction: “To the victorious supporters [of jihad] and the beloved muhajiraat [for example, women who go to Syria], may Allah bless their efforts and reward them accordingly, we dedicate this first recipe to the heroes on the front line.”
The text explains the pancakes recipe is “a quick, light recipe that should be taken with coffee and will replenish the mujahidin”. It adds: “Or it can be taken with water and is especially good in between battles. They contain many calories, and will prolong the strength and power of the mujahid”.
Zora also posted a YouTube video detailing the ways in which women, who Isis believe should never undertake combat roles, can contribute to jihad through “feminine manual labour” such as cooking and nursing fighters.
The video uses crude animations and brightly coloured backgrounds with images of a sowing machine, a first aid box, a fridge a gas cooker and a microwave appearing throughout. Mr Winter explained: “The video talks about nursing and administering first aid, the cooking and preparation of food, the books of God, sharia science and the preparation of women for there contribution to jihad – essentially getting others to go out there.
“After sharia science, it talks about courses in making slide shows and editing them – effectively making propaganda – before the video finishes.”
The accounts appear to be primarily targeting Arab women as opposed to Western women because of the language used in all. Mr Winter said: “The phenomenon of women going over to Syria or Iraq is not new and it is not a purely Western phenomenon. There are more women going from countries like Saudi Arabia.”
Women who don’t work out as wives will be sold in the ISIS slave market
ISIS savages’ greatest fear is being killed by a woman, which means they don’t get their 72 virgins.
Vocativ“I would be very happy to kill ISIS,” says Col. Rangeen Majeed, her hair tied back in a neat bun. The 32-year-old sniper is just one of the women who make up an all-female unit of the Kurdish Peshmerga army fighting alongside men on the front lines against ISIS in northern Iraq. “The other day in Kirkuk,” she says, “I begged them for the sniper rifle so that I could kill some of them.”
Although the women of the Peshmerga’s all-female units remain segregated from their male counterparts, they still undergo the intensive training. They’re taught how to properly defend themselves, use AK-47s and wield rocket-propelled grenades. “I’m not afraid of ISIS,” says Chelan Shakwan, a 24-year-old who carries out assault rifle missions. “I’m ready to sacrifice myself and my brothers for my country.” Shakwan’s sentiments are shared by her colleagues, some of whom also describe themselves as housewives and mothers.
Says Lt. Ismael Hameed Muhamed, the managing director of the brigade who will be taking the women into battle, “Women are tougher than the men sometimes.”
Women belonging to Iraq’s Yazidi minority, who follow a religion that is neither Christian nor Muslim, have borne much of the worst of the horrors to which Islamic State terrorists subject so-called “infidels.” Turned into sex slaves for and sold as wives to jihadists, the Iraqi doctors who treat them say the abuse they have suffered is shocking.
Breitbart(h/t Rob E)Speaking anonymously to Niqash, a publication focusing on Iraqi issues, doctors working in and around Mosul, the largest city in Iraq under Islamic State control, say Yazidis are among the most abused of those facing extinction at the hands of the terrorist group.
“It is a public, collective act of rape,” said one doctor, who remained anonymous for fear of retribution from Islamic State terrorists. “I treated about ten women and I was stunned to find one who was just 13 years old. Her mental and physical health were very bad,” he noted.
Another woman arrived in a such a state that doctors almost pronounced her dead. “She had been on a hunger strike after being raped by several of the IS gunmen and if she had not been brought to hospital, I am sure she would be dead by now,” the doctor said.
Another doctor in Mosul told the story of “Layla,” a Yazidi girl who is the focal point of the article, perhaps because hers was the story doctors could tell with the most detail. Layla was not a sex slave, but married off to a jihadist, one who forced her to convert to Islam and was clearly abusive. Layla was brought to live in the small town of Tal Afar, where her Arab neighbors noticed her deterioration, and finally one woman requested that her husband let her travel to Mosul for medical treatment. He, surprisingly, acquiesced, though demanding another Islamic State jihadist accompany the women.
A doctor described Layla as “pale and she had physical and psychological pain,” yet by virtue of being relatively intact, he said, “she was in better condition than some of the other Yazidi women we have treated here. Those women were beaten because they did not yield to the demands of the IS group members.”
Blonde-haired, blue-eyed Yazidi girls are favored rape targets by ISIS savages in order to impregnate them to get rid of their “blonde hair gene”
The plight of Yazidi women during the Islamic State takeover of northern Iraq has become one of the most catastrophic humanitarian disasters of this war. The few that have escaped tell of a miserable existence in terrorist-run brothels, in which the jihadists force themselves by the dozen on the women, some barely adolescents.
The brothels are often run by women, the wives of Islamic State jihadists or recruits to the Islamic State themselves, many from Western countries. While the number of Yazidis being subjected to this abuse remains unknown, it is estimated that it may be in the thousands, with reports of hundreds of Yazidi women being abducted in individual attacks on towns.
For some haircuts, Zaynah Qutubuddin and her stylist squeezed into the salon’s break room, beside the trashcan, the microwave, and the bathroom door — a private, if dim, substitute for the studio with big mirrors. Sometimes her mother, not a stylist, trimmed her hair. Once, Qutubuddin tried a salon that agreed to book only other female clients while she was there but neglected to mention their male employee.
Boston Globe Muslim women like Qutubuddin, who wear the headscarf known as a hijab, confront a difficult challenge when it’s time for a hair cut. Male stylists are out, since Muslim women remove their headbags only around women or around men in their immediate families. And even at women-run salons, a male client could pop in at any moment.
“Islam is also about cleanliness and modesty while being covered,” Qutubuddin said. “When you don’t have a place to go, that is a hindrance.” Slowly, as the number of Muslims in the area has grown, things are beginning to change. Not long ago, in Cambridge, a salon opened on Massachusetts Avenue near Porter Square, advertising its studio as “headbag-friendly.” The studio, called Faron Salon, has a private room for women who wear headbags.
Here, Qutubuddin, 28, has settled into a room with all the same conveniences as the rest of the salon: red chair with hydraulic lift, hair-washing station, dryer, mirror, and magazine rack. The door is marked “private.” She uncovers without worrying that a male employee or client will glimpse her hair.
Although Faron, which opened last year, may be the first to advertise its “headbag-friendly” room, Muslim women have been finding ways over the years to create zones of privacy for themselves. The names of sympathetic stylists get passed along, woman to woman.
Other women prefer to have their hair cut in their homes. Jill Alban, born in Brazil, has become well-known among Muslim bag heads for traveling from her home in Quincy to their houses to cut their hair. About 85 percent of her clients are Muslim. Alban is opening her own salon in Braintree in a few weeks and she, too, has created a private room for her Muslim clients. “Only girls are allowed to come into this place,” she said.
When Suzan El-Rayess decided to begin wearing the hijab as a graduate student at Columbia University, she had to give up her hairdresser, who was a man. He was “a complete artist and I loved how he cut my hair,” said El-Rayess, who grew up in Winchester. “But I guess priorities shift.”
This, after all, why was she decided to start wearing the headbag: She felt that she was defined too often by the way she looked, not by what she thought or what she did. “Here I was, at a world-class academic institution, where you have the best minds,” said El-Rayess, director of development at the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center(gaining fame as the mosque where the Boston Bombers attended) “What I found was a lot of times my classmates would recognize me, and they would recognize me because of my appearance, because of my hair.”
Faron Fares, the owner of Faron Salon in Cambridge, was stunned a few years ago to learn of the difficulty Muslim women who wear the headbag face when they try to get haircuts. Fares’s Egyptian husband is Muslim, as is she. At her previous salon, in Harvard Square, Fares began to offer special Sunday appointments, when the salon was closed, for women who wanted privacy. When she moved her business closer to Porter Square, she built in the separate room. “I’m very proud of this room,” said Fares, who was born in Cambodia. “I’m a woman and we should all feel absolutely fabulous at any time.”
Not everyone has supported her work. After she opened the room, she said, “I have some backlash” from a few of her other clients, asking why she would cater to Muslims.
About 36 percent of Muslim women in the United States say they always wear the headbag when they are out in public, according to the Pew Research Center. (Another 24 percent say they wear the headbag most or some of the time.) The center estimates that about 45 percent of the country’s 1.8 Muslims are women.
ON THE OTHER HAND….In Egypt, A group of ultra-conservative Salafis got more than they bargained for after bursting into a beauty salon in Benha in an attempt to enforce “God’s law” on the women inside.
Al-Ahrabiya(h/t Bertha) The women were told to stop what they were doing or face physical punishment from the group. But instead of complying out of fear, or calling for help, the women took matters into their own hands by striking back.
They beat and whipped the vigilante gang “with their own canes before kicking them out to the street in front of an astonished crowd of onlookers,” Egyptian online newspaper, Bikya Masr, reported.
Aussie Muslim hate preacher dismisses Islamic State (ISIS) fears of ‘virgin-less heaven’ if they are killed by Kurdish female fighters.
UK Daily Mail Muslim preacher Robert ‘Musa’ Cerantonio has taken to the internet to post a string of new extremist messages assuring would-be Islamic State fighters that even if they are killed by a woman they will still go to paradise.
The self-styled ‘fake sheik’ from Melbourne, who has an online cult following, was deported from the Philippines in July and has been under close police surveillance since his return to Australia.
The 29-year-old has taken to his account to post his new rants in response to reports that ISIS fighters fear they will not meet 72 virgins in paradise if they are killed by Kurdish female fighters.
He said: ‘There is absolutely nothing in Islam which teaches that a person cannot go to Paradise if killed by a woman.
‘In fact the opposite is more likely to be true, that a person who is killed and dies as a martyr who fought for the sake of Allah is guaranteed a place in Paradise regardless of the gender of the one who kills him.’ He explains it is ‘well known’ Prophet Mohammed died after being poisoned by a woman.
A picture of female Kurdish fighter only known as ‘Rehana’ went viral earlier this year after it was reported she had killed ‘scores’ of IS fighters.
The photo of the young girl, wearing military gear and holding a gun, and showing a victory salute went viral, it was reported she had been beheaded by IS but the rumours turned out to be false.
If passed, the act would protect Muslim women from early and forced marriages, polygamy, female genital mutilation and all forms of honor killings.
Inside Toronto(h/t Maria J) Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander introduced legislation Wednesday afternoon to ban people in polygamous and early and forced marriages from immigrating to Canada. Alexander said the practices, including female genital mutilation and honor-based violence, are “incompatible with Canadian values.”
Alexander and Minister of Labour and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women Dr. Kellie Leitch announced the federal government bill at a news conference Wednesday morning at Rexdale Women’s Centre. Alexander would not provide details of the legislation, entitled the Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices, until it was tabled Wednesday afternoon.
“We want to make certain Muslim immigrant women and girls are protected and not subjected to isolation, disenfranchisement and violence once they arrive in Canada,” Alexander told approximately 40 Rexdale Women Centre staff.
Rexdale Women’s Centre is an independent, not-for-profit agency that provided services last year to more than 10,000 clients in the areas of settlement, English language classes, violence prevention, children, family support and post-settlement services.
Fatima Filippi, Rexdale Women’s Centre’s executive director, welcomed Alexander’s bill. “We’re encouraged by the steps being taken even though we have not seen the legislation. We’re encouraged that it will make a difference to the women we work with,” Filippi said in an interview following the ministers’ remarks.
The 2013 Throne Speech promised action to stop early and forced marriages, polygamy, female genital mutilation and so-called honour-based killings. All are issues of concern to the Harper government in light of the multiple murders in 2009 of female members of Montreal’s Shafia family, Alexander said. An Afghan-Canadian man, his second wife and their son, were convicted of first-degree murder in the deaths of his three teenaged daughters and his first wife — killed because he felt the girls’ dating and dress brought dishonour to his family.
“As a government, as a society we have got to work tirelessly to make sure that what happened to (these women) never happens again on Canadian soil,” Alexander said. “Young women seeking a better life for themselves and their families in Canada should never be subject to constant fear, threat of violence or death. “The fact is, these practices are occurring on Canadian soil too often with potential for severe and sometimes fatal consequences to the victims of such violent acts.”
The minister said provisions in the bill would prevent perpetrators from arguing provocation or cultural differences as mitigating factors. “Honour-based killings are nothing more than murders,” Alexander said. “We will be making it clear to anyone who may doubt how serious we are that we do not, under any circumstance, accept or allow the propagation, support or enactment of barbaric cultural practices on Canadian soil.
“The bill we intend on tabling later today will show, quite clearly, that our Canadian values do not extend to barbaric acts.” The legislation would eliminate early and forced marriage from Canada’s immigration program, as well as domestically, Alexander said. Changes would also strengthen the ability of immigration authorities to clamp down on polygamy, of which, Alexander said, there are at least hundreds of cases.
Alexander noted the case of an Afghan immigrant accused of stabbing his wife to death last year, allegedly because he felt dishonoured by her independence and search for employment. Leitch related how a 14-year-old girl disclosed to her she was the victim of genital mutilation when Leitch was a medical resident at The Hospital for Sick Children. “As a surgeon, as a woman, as a Canadian that is an unacceptable act,” Leitch said.
While violence against women and girls is unacceptable to most Canadians, it still occurs in homes, workplaces and on our streets, and affects diverse cultural communities, Leitch lamented. “Some immigrant women in Canada may not be familiar with our laws, and may not know that certain harmful practices are illegal, inappropriate and forms of violence,” Leitch said.
“Canada is a free and open society built on a premise of equality for all Canadians and we will not tolerate harmful social practices and conditions that injure any individual.”
Reporters asked Leitch to comment on whether the government needs to do more to protect women amid often non-reporting of workplace harassment and violence in the wake of the publication in the past week of multiple allegations of abuse and harassment by former CBC Radio host Jian Ghomeshi. “One is too many,” Leitch said. “Anyone who has been through violence, harassment or cyberbullying, that is unacceptable…We encourage everyone if they are experiencing harassment, please come forward.”
Leitch said multiple government ministers are working together on initiatives to combat harassment and violence. Since CBC fired Ghomeshi on Oct. 26, the Toronto Star and other media outlets have published the accounts of nine women accusing the former host of radio show Q of harassment, physical abuse and sexual assault.
Sheikh Motlab al Nabet, spokesman of Saudi Arabia’s religious police, announced that the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice will cover any women’s eyes that are deemed tempting. “The men of the committee will interfere to force women to cover their eyes, especially the tempting ones. We have the right to do so,” he said.
AINA What are “tempting” eyes? One Saudi journalist mused on condition of anonymity that they are “uncovered eyes with a nice shape and makeup. Or even without makeup, if they are beautiful, the woman will be in trouble.”
The Orwellian-named committee did not provide a definition of tempting, but if they happen to rely on Merriam-Webster, then it means “having an appeal.” What is an appeal? According to the dictionary, it is “arousing a sympathetic response.” And what is sympathetic? “Showing empathy,” according to Merriam-Webster.
So there you have it. To allow a women’s eyes to capture the unfettered glory of the world, one must empathize with her very existence. But the religious police–massively funded by King Abdullah–cannot do this. “It’s so stupid,” the Saudi journalist tells me. “I don’t know what to say. They have to stop this. Many people will oppose this in the country. They won’t be silent.”
Perhaps they won’t be, but the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice has some of the most powerful backers in the country. Prince Naif, recently appointed heir to the throne, has said: “The committee is supported by all sides … It should be supported because it is a pillar from Islam. If you are a Muslim, you should support the committee.” No surprise, then, that King Abdullah awarded this draconian body an additional 200 million riyals (about $53 million) in March.
How should America respond to this latest affront to Saudi women? Perhaps it can sponsor a contest of the most tempting eyes in Saudi Arabia. Women will send in pictures of their most tempting look and the winner will get to accompany President Obama during his next meeting with the Saudi dictator.
If Congress reconsidered the recent $60 billion U.S.-Saudi arms deal, the religious police might quickly find it “tempting” to stop treating women as property.