Does Islam Permit Muslim Men to Rape Their Slave Girls?

There are those who argue that since Islam permits Muslim men to have sexual intercourse with their slave girls, this then means that they also have the right to rape them.

This is absurd. The right to have sex with a woman does not necessarily imply that one has the right to rape her as well. To say that a Muslim man has the right to rape his slave girl is like saying that a man has the right to rape his wife; which is not true.

Rape in Islam is completely forbidden.

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  1. This is just absurd hair splitting. A woman can consent if she feels she is at parity, so a slave’s consent, if the slave is a woman, is an absurd construct altogether. Sex without consent is rape.

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  2. I cannot imagine a situation where a slave would have the right to refuse? Why not check the Slave Charter, revised edition 2011?, the answer should be found in Chapter 6, Conjugal Relations with Slave and Bonded Women.

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  3. face the fact moslem are permitted to rape after all the issue arose just after the war and the husbands of the women are still alive thats y mohamed warriors told him that they where uncomfortable to have sex with their slaves…

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  4. ISLAM PROMOTE FREEDOM OF SLAVE ,GOOD MANNERS,MARRIEGE AND EDUCATION

    Bukhari :: Book 4 :: Volume 52 :: Hadith 255 ,Bukhari :: Book 4 ::
    Volume 55 :: Hadith 655, Bukhari :: Book 3 :: Volume 46 :: Hadith 720,
    Bukhari :: Book 3 :: Volume 46 :: Hadith 723 , Muslim :: Book 8 : Hadith
    3327 , 3327, Muslim :: Book 1 : Hadith 285
    Narrated Abu Musa Al-Ash’ari:
    Allah’s Apostle said, “If a person teaches his slave girl good manners
    properly, educates her properly, and then manumits and marries her, he
    will get a double reward. And if a man believes in Jesus and then
    believes in me, he will get a double reward. And if a slave fears his
    Lord (i.e. Allah) and obeys his masters, he too will get a double
    reward.”

    CHALLENGE : ANY RELIGION/CULTURE ( 1000 YEARS AGO) WAS HERE THAT
    PROMOTE /ENOURAGE FREEDOM OF SLAVE ,GOOD MANNERS,MARRIEGE AND EDUCATION
    ………PROVE HERE WITH SCRIPTURES EVIDENCE ………
    RELEASED WAR CAPTIVE BY THE ORDER OF THEIR FAMILY:

    Bukhari :: Book 4 :: Volume 53 :: Hadith 360
    Narrated Marwan bin Al-Hakim and Miswar bin Makhrama:
    When the Hawazin delegation came to Allah’s Apostle after they had
    embraced Islam and requested him to return their properties and war
    prisoners to them, Allah’s Apostle said, “To me the best talk is the
    truest, so you may choose either of two things; the war prisoners or the
    wealth, for I have delayed their distribution.”
    …….. The people returned and their leaders spoke to them, and then came
    to Allah’s Apostle and said, “All the people have agreed willingly to do
    so and have given the permission to return the war prisoners (without
    Compensation)” (Az-Zuhri, the sub-narrator states) This is what has been
    related to us about the captives of Hawazin.

    FREEING SLAVE

    5 :89 Allâh will not punish you for what is uninentional in your oaths,
    but He will punish you for your deliberate oaths; for its expiation (a
    deliberate oath) feed ten Masâkin (poor persons), on a scale of the
    average of that with which you feed your own families; or clothe them;
    or manumit a slave.
    9:60.
    As-Sadaqât (here it means Zakât) are only for the Fuqarâ’ (poor), and
    Al-Masâkin (the poor) and those employed to collect (the funds); and for
    to attract the hearts of those who have been inclined (towards Islâm);
    and to free the captives; and for those in debt; and for Allâh’s Cause
    (i.e. for Mujâhidûn – those fighting in the holy wars), and for the
    wayfarer (a traveller who is cut off from everything); a duty imposed by
    Allâh. And Allâh is All-Knower, All-Wise.
    90: 10. And shown him the two ways (good and evil)?
    11. But he has made no effort to pass on the path that is steep.
    12. And what will make you know the path that is steep?
    13. (It is) Freeing a neck (slave, etc.)
    14. Or giving food in a day of hunger (famine),

    FREED CAPTIVE WITH MONEY [RANSOM]

    8:67.
    It is not for a Prophet that he should have prisoners of war (and free
    them with ransom) until he had made a great slaughter (among his
    enemies) in the land. You desire the good of this world (i.e. the money
    of ransom for freeing the captives), but Allah desires (for you) the
    Hereafter. And Allah is All-Mighty, All-Wise.
    47: 4. So, when you meet (in fight Jihad in Allah’s Cause), those who
    disbelieve smite at their necks till when you have killed and wounded
    many of them, then bind a bond firmly (on them, i.e. take them as
    captives). Thereafter (is the time) either for generosity (i.e. free
    them without ransom), or ransom (according to what benefits Islam),
    until the war lays down its burden.

    SELLING FREE HUMAN IS PROHIBITED:

    Bukhari :: Book 3 :: Volume 36 :: Hadith 470
    Narrated Abu Huraira:
    The Prophet said, “Allah said, ‘I will be an opponent to three types of
    people on the Day of Resurrection:
    1. One who makes a covenant in My Name, but proves treacherous;
    2. One who sells a free person and eats his price; and
    3. One who employs a laborer and takes full work from him but does not
    pay him for his lab our.’ ”

    SLAVE PROSTITUTION PROHIBITED:

    24:33.
    and let those who find not the financial means for marriage keep
    themselves chaste, until Allah enriches them of His Bounty. And such of
    your slaves as seek a writing (of emancipation), give them such writing,
    if you know that they are good and trustworthy. And give them something
    yourselves out of the wealth of Allah which He has bestowed upon you.
    And force not your maids to prostitution, if they desire chastity, in
    order that you may make a gain in the (perishable) goods of this worldly
    life. But if anyone compels them (to prostitution), then after such
    compulsion, Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful (to those women, i.e.
    He will forgive them because they have been forced to do this evil
    action unwillingly).

    SLAVE RAPE PROHIBITED:

    Malik :: Book 36 : Hadith 36.16.14
    Yahya said that he heard Malik say, “What is done in our community about
    the man who rapes a woman, virgin or non-virgin, if she is free, is
    that he must pay the bride-price of the like of her. If she is a slave,
    he must pay what he has diminished of her worth. The hadd-punishment in
    such cases is applied to the rapist, and there is no punishment applied
    to the raped woman. If the rapist is a slave, that is against his master
    unless he wishes to surrender him.”

    SEX WITH SLAVE ACT OF IGNORANCE:

    Muslim :: Book 40 : Hadith 6856
    ……Qatada said: Abu Abdullah, would this happen? Thereupon he said: Yes.
    By Allah, I found this in the days of ignorance that a person grazed the
    goat of a tribe and did not find anyone but their slave-girl (and he
    did not spare her) but committed adultery with her.
    Muslim :: Book 20 : Hadith 4554
    It his been narrated through a different chain of transmitters, on the
    authority of Hudhaifa b. al-Yaman who said: Messenger of Allah, no
    doubt, we had an evil time (i. e. the days of Jahiliyya or ignorance)
    and God brought us a good time (i. e. Islamic period) through which we
    are now living Will there be a bad time after this good time? He (the
    Holy Prophet) said: Yes. I said: Will there be a good time after this
    bad time? He said: Yes. I said: Will there be a bad time after good
    time? He said: Yes.
    Bukhari :: Book 9 :: Volume 83 :: Hadith 21
    Narrated Ibn ‘Abbas:
    The Prophet said, “The most hated persons to Allah are three: (1) A
    person who deviates from the right conduct, i.e., an evil doer, in the
    Haram (sanctuaries of Mecca and Medina); (2) a person who seeks that the
    traditions of the Pre-lslamic Period of Ignorance, should remain in
    Islam (3) and a person who seeks to shed somebody’s blood without any
    right.”

    SLAVE ILLEGAL SEXUAL INTERCOURSE /ADULTERY PROHIBITED

    4:24,70:30
    Bukhari
    :: Book 3 :: Volume 34 :: Hadith 435, 436, 362 ,363
    Narrated Zaid bin Khalid and Abu Huraira:
    that Allah’s Apostle was asked about an unmarried slave-girl who
    committed illegal sexual intercourse. They heard him saying, “Flog her,
    and if she commits illegal sexual intercourse after that, flog her
    again, and on the third (or the fourth) offense, sell her.”

    ADULTERY WITH SLAVE GIRL PROHIBITED, STONE DEATH PUNISHMENT:

    Muslim :: Book 17 : Hadith 4201
    Ibn Abbas reported that Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) said to
    Ma’iz b. Malik: Is it true what has reached me about you? He said: What
    has reached you about me? He said: It has reached me that you have
    committed (adultery) with the slave-girl of so and so? He said: Yes. He
    (the narrator) said: He testified four times. He (the Holy Prophet) then
    made pronouncement about him and he was stoned (to death).
    Muslim :: Book 37 : Hadith 6676

    SEX WITH SLAVE PROHIBITED:

    Bukhari :: Book 9 :: Volume 93 :: Hadith 506
    Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri:
    That during the battle with Bani Al-Mustaliq they (Muslims) captured
    some females and intended to have sexual relation with them without
    impregnating them. So they asked the Prophet about coitus interrupt us.
    The Prophet said, “It is better that you should not do it, for Allah has
    written whom He is going to create till the Day of Resurrection.”
    Qaza’a said, “I heard Abu Sa’id saying that the Prophet said, ‘No soul
    is ordained to be created but Allah will create it.”
    Bukhari :: Book 8 :: Volume 79 :: Hadith 706
    Bukhari :: Book 8 :: Volume 77 :: Hadith 600

    FORCED SEX WITH SLAVE PROHIBITED:

    Muslim :: Book 43 : Hadith 7181
    Jabir reported that ‘Abdullah b. Ubayy b. Salul had two slave-girls;
    one was called Musaika and the other one was called Umaima and he
    compelled them to prostitution (for which’Abdullah b. Ubayy b. Salul
    compelled them). They made a complaint about this to Allah’s Messenger
    (may peace be upon him) and it was upon this that this verse was
    revealed:” And compel not your slave-girls to prostitute” up to the
    words:” Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.”
    Dawud :: Book 12 : Hadith 2304
    Malik :: Book 54 : Hadith 54.16.42
    Malik :: Book 41 : Hadith 41.3.15

    The Qur’an does provide permission for those who wish to marry slave women (4:27). Indeed, the Prophet had said that such marriages will confer a double reward. ‘He who provides the slave woman under him with proper manners, provides her with the best education, then frees her and ultimately marries her will be given a double reward.” (Bukhari, Muslim)

    The guardian of the slave is the master whether it be a male or a female slave. The guardianship of the slave woman who is under a male master rests with that man. Even if she is to be married off, it is he who will have to carrry it out. It is also he who is to take care of all her affairs. It is for this very reason that there is not the need for the act of marrying her. In Islam, marriage is a contract that is solemnized by the guardian of the woman and the bridegroom. In this case, he is both the master and bridegroom. Then the marriage ceremony becomes irrelevant in itself.

    The Qur’an instructs that the maximum number of wives for a man must be four (4:3). Let us suppose that there is a slave woman under the care of a man who has four wives He cannnot, in that case, marry her. If he is not ready to grant her freedom, liberation from dependence will remain for her a dream. She will then be forced to resort to adultery in her bid to satisfy her sexual desire. But since there is the law that the master can engage in sexual relations with her without recourse to marriage, a solution for all such problems manifests itself. It becomes possible for her to walk into freedom when she gives birth to her master’s child. It will also be the solution for her sexual needs. In a society where slavery prevails, if a solution is not provided for such problems it will lead to a large scale erosion of values. Along with this, there will also be the problem of the children born from adulterous relationships. Naturally, they ,too,will end up as slaves. The end result of all this will be that slavery becomes entrenched as a system that can, is, no wise, be terminated.

    In the case of Islam, however, the provision is made such that the masters are permitted to have sexual relations with woman slaves, whereby, within the span of a single generation, slavery is made extinct. If ‘marriage’ is made a condition for it, it is not possible then to obtain the results envisaged by Islam. Certainly, all masters would not be willing to marry their slaves woman Besides, it is impossible for those who already have four wives.

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