Islamic State: Women And Girls Are Spoils Of War

Yazidi

In what is truly a Medieval move, the fighters of the Islamic State or ISIS or ISIL have decided to revive a very old and very abandoned part of Shariah law that justifies taking women and girls from non-believers and selling them off or marrying them just because they can:

In an article in its English-language online magazine Dabiq, the group provides what it says is religious justification for the enslavement of defeated “idolators”….

 

“After capture, the Yazidi women and children were then divided according to the Shariah amongst the fighters of the Islamic State who participated in the Sinjar operations, after one fifth of the slaves were transferred to the Islamic State’s authority to be divided as khums,” it said. Khums is a traditional tax on the spoils of war.

 

“This large-scale enslavement of mushrik (idolator) families is probably the first since the abandonment of Shariah law,” it said.

Human Rights Watch warned that this was happening in recent months.  They were correct.  “The article on slavery confirms practices documented by Human Rights Watch, which says Yazidi women and girls were forced to marry Islamic State fighters and shipped out in busloads from Iraq to Syria to be sold off as prizes” according to a story published on the Washington Free Beacon website among others.

The Dabiq article said fighters were reviving a practice of the companions of the Prophet Mohammad by enslaving enemies. Enslaving women and forcing them to become wives reduces sin by protecting men from being tempted into adultery, it said.

 

“One should remember that enslaving the families of the (non-believers) and taking their women as concubines is a firmly established aspect of the Shariah, that if one were to deny or mock, he would be denying or mocking the verses of the Quran and the narrations of the Prophet,” the article said.

 

Many of the captives had “willingly” accepted Islam, the group said, “and now race to practice it with evident sincerity after their exit from the darkness of idolatry”. Mothers had not been separated from their young children, it said.

Taking women and children as spoils of war was a pagan custom in the west before the spread of Christianity.  Once Europe was evangelized the first time, the practice was no longer acceptable.  What is even worse is that the ISIS fighters are reselling the girls they bought and paid for.

Fifteen-year-old Rewshe, one of several Yazidi girls who escaped Islamic State captivity and spoke to Human Rights Watch, said Islamic State fighters transported her with about 200 Yazidi women and girls on a convoy of four buses to Raqqa, their de facto capital in Syria.

 

An Islamic State commander sold her and her 14-year-old sister to a fighter, who told her with pride that he had paid $1,000 for her, she said. The fighter sold her sister to another fighter, Rewshe said. She escaped through an unlocked door while the man who bought her slept.

Also confirmed via the Dabiq article mentioned is that whether the west wants it to be or not the Islamic State is at war with Christianity.  It’s target: The Vatican.  “The cover shows a picture of St Peter’s Basilica in Rome, with an Islamic State black flag superimposed in place of the cross atop its obelisk.”  Not exactly a comforting thought.

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