Translating Words, Interpreting Events

Syria: Captive Women Herded and Sold in Slave Markets

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The above picture recently appeared on several Arabic social media and websites.   Its caption says: “First female slave market in Deir ez-Zur,” a Syrian region that is 20 percent Christian and is currently occupied by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

Regardless of its origin or authenticity, it’s true significance is that it perfectly relays what we do know is going on in Syria — from fatwas permitting men to rape women, to fatwas calling on women to engage in the sex jihad, including against their will.

The jihadis are demanding sexual satisfaction and rewards for their sacrifices, and they are getting it.

This is a reminder of what Abu Ishaq al-Huwaini, a popular Salafi preacher in Egypt, said on Hikma TV back in 2011.  He explained that after jihadi conquests, the properties and persons of “infidel” inhabitants are to be seized as ghanima, or “spoils of war,” distributed among the Muslim jihadis or taken to “the slave market, where slave-girls and concubines are sold.”

Huwaini referred to these sex slaves by the dehumanizing appellation that the Koran gives them, ma malakat aymanukum—“what [not whom] your right hands possess”—in this context, sex-slaves: “You go to the market and buy her, and she becomes like your legal mate—though without a contract, a guardian, or any of that stuff—and this is agreed upon by the ulema. In other words, when I want a sex-slave, I go to the market and pick whichever female I desire and buy her.”

But of course this notion does not originate with Huwaini.  In Koran 4:3 Allah commands Muslim men to “Marry such women as seem good to you, two and three and four… or what your right hands possess.”  As Huwaini points out, Islam’s ulema, or “scholars,” are unanimously agreed that “what your right hands possess” is simply a sex-slave taken during a jihad raid.  Linguistic evidence further suggests that she is seen more as an animal or a possession than a human—hence their inhuman treatment, as possessions to be bought and sold (and as recently confirmed by a top ranking Egyptian Salafi).

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  • ceciliegamstberg

    Raymond, I’ve just started reading your latest book Crucified Again. As usual when reading one of these books about islam, brilliantly written by knowledgable people like yourself, I’m still shocked and appalled. Things are much worse than I thought. I will influence more people to read your book.

  • Joycey

    Islam is a murderous, supremacist fascist ideology akin to Nazism.

  • Silvia Khatcherian

    History is repeating itself, 99 years ago the same Turks did the exact the same thing to Armenian women, funnily in the same city Deir ez-Zur cut the belly of the pregnant women, the whole world was watching us, the same way they are watching now. The turks didn’t get punished until now that is why it is continueing. Take Europe as an example, after the Holocaust Europeans learned their lesson and each single one knows that he or she will be punished, if they repeat.

  • CA Grandma

    amazing that the women don’t grab a butcher knife and end the nonsense.

    • amabokcuf

      They are brainwashed into believing that they are nothing but property. I have had a discussion with a mulzim woman and she still defends this cult and denies that this really happens. It’s got to be all the inbreeding they have done throughout history…

  • Robin Howes

    Come on Joycey apart from their Catholic hatred of Jews (condoned by the Pope) They were Pussycats taking prisoners & not killing them all. ISIS & ISLAM is the real deal Pure EVIL.

  • amabokcuf

    islam MUST be eradicated to save the world.

  • reyol

    And ironically, those who consider themselves Progressives are allied with this retrograde force called Islam.

  • Sandra Dias

    The Crusaders are coming…..

  • Krish
  • Bob

    You won’t see that image in the western media and John McCain won’t acknowledge its existence. US politicians like McCain quickly gave weapons to ‘rebels’ in Libya, but we all know who they were now, Sunni extremists and mercenaries on the Saudi payroll. Those weapons were then shipped to Syria to start the project all over again, only the Syrian governments unexpected strength has meant the war has dragged on in a way it was never meant to, slowly revealing who the ‘rebels’ actually are, as they have showed their true hand as foreign mercenaries morphing into ISIS with the unexpected long war.