A female professor from the renowned Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt, says that Muslim men are allowed by Allah to rape non-Muslim women in order to “humiliate” them. Professor Suad Saleh made the bold claims while being interviewed on Al-Hayat TV. The professor says that the rape is allowed during times of “legitimate war” between Muslims and their enemies.
LiveLeak posted the startling video which shows the interview of the Islamic female professor Suad Saleh as she spoke on Al-Hayat TV. In the video, Suad Saleh is seemingly trying to discourage the purchase of slaves from Asian countries for sexual purposes. Instead, she says that Allah has given the Muslim men a way to have sexual relations with slave women that is “legitimate.” Saleh suggests that the only time it is acceptable for Muslim men to enslave a woman for sexual purposes is during a “legitimate war” between Muslims and their enemies such as that with Israel. Therefore, the female Islamic professor says that enslaving Israeli women and raping them would be entirely acceptable and encouraged.
In the video transcript provided by The Middle East Media Research Institute, Professor Suad Saleh says that slavery existed before Islam and anyone could trade “freeborn men and women” which was the equivalent to human organ trade. However, she says Islam put slavery “into order” by regulating when slavery was allowed. Saleh claims that Islam clearly defines when slavery is allowed and when it isn’t. She says the only “legitimately-owned slaves come from among prisoners from a war.” Therefore, she says Muslim men currently taking women from East Asia for sexual purposes are acting against Allah and against the Islamic faith. Instead, she says these men should be taking female prisoners of war for sexual purposes as a means to humiliate them.
“The female prisoners of wars are ‘those whom you own.’ In order to humiliate them, they become the property of the army commander, or of a Muslim, and he can have sex with them just like he has sex with his wives.”
Dr. Andrew Holt, Professor of History at Florida State College at Jacksonville, says that Suad Saleh’s statements are disheartening as they come from a professor at a prestigious institute that is over 1,000 years old. Al-Azhar University is a renowned institute in Cairo, Egypt, that is the oldest degree-granting institute in all of Egypt. The university is touted as “Sunni Islam’s most prestigious university.” Therefore, the statements made by the female professor are concerning due to the rampant rape by the Islamic State to their “war prisoners,” the Yazidi people.
Holt is concerned that the statements made by Professor Saleh could be viewed as a sort of approval for what the Islamic State is doing to the Yazidi women as they view them as their prisoners of war. Holt also points out that the Islamic State views raping slaves as a means of maintaining their sexual purity.
“According to ISIS, the practice of forcing the Yazidis and other religious minorities into sexual slavery is a way to prevent the sin of premarital sex or adultery, as well as a sign that the Final Battle [in Dabiq] will soon occur. In the fourth issue of Dabiq, an article titled ‘The Revival of Slavery before the Hour’ explains that polytheist and pagan women can and should be enslaved… Further, they wrote, “a number of contemporary scholars have mentioned that the desertion of slavery had led to an increase in fahishah (sexual sins such as adultery or fornication), because the sharia alternative to marriage is not available, so a man who cannot afford marriage to a free woman finds himself surrounded toward temptation towards sin… May Allah bless this Islamic State with the revival of further aspects of the religion occurring at its hands.”
What do you think about Professor Suad Saleh’s comments that Allah allows for the rape of war slaves and the comments by Professor Andrew Holt that such rape is considered a means of maintaining “sexual purity” by the Islamic State?