The British authorities should have told the Libyan cadets that in Britain, the Qur’an verses that allow for the capture and use of Infidel women as sex slaves are not to be acted upon. But to have told them that would have been “Islamophobic.”
“The believers must (eventually) win through, those who humble themselves in their prayers; who avoid vain talk; who are active in deeds of charity; who abstain from sex, except with those joined to them in the marriage bond, or (the captives) whom their right hands possess, for (in their case) they are free from blame.” (Qur’an 23:1-6)
According to Islamic law, Muslim men can take “captives of the right hand” (Qur’an 4:3, 4:24, 33:50). The Qur’an says: “O Prophet! Lo! We have made lawful unto thee thy wives unto whom thou hast paid their dowries, and those whom thy right hand possesseth of those whom Allah hath given thee as spoils of war” (33:50). 4:3 and 4:24 extend this privilege to Muslim men in general.
The rape of captive women is also sanctioned in Islamic tradition:
Abu Sirma said to Abu Sa’id al Khadri (Allah he pleased with him): 0 Abu Sa’id, did you hear Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) mentioning al-’azl? He said: Yes, and added: We went out with Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) on the expedition to the Bi’l-Mustaliq and took captive some excellent Arab women; and we desired them, for we were suffering from the absence of our wives, (but at the same time) we also desired ransom for them. So we decided to have sexual intercourse with them but by observing ‘azl (Withdrawing the male sexual organ before emission of semen to avoid conception). But we said: We are doing an act whereas Allah’s Messenger is amongst us; why not ask him? So we asked Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him), and he said: It does not matter if you do not do it, for every soul that is to be born up to the Day of Resurrection will be born. (Muslim 3371)
“Libyan cadet in Bassingbourn claims ‘poor treatment,'” by Lucy Manning and Ed Campbell, BBC News, November 5, 2014 (thanks to all who sent this in):
A Libyan soldier has spoken to BBC News from the Cambridgeshire barracks at the centre of Britain’s controversial training mission for the Libyan army.
About 300 cadets are being sent home early from Bassingbourn Barracks after allegations of sex attacks.
The Ministry of Defence confirmed some recruits left the UK earlier and the others will go in the “coming days”.
Omar Al-Mukhtar, not one of the accused, said the Libyan soldiers think the men concerned were badly treated….
Two of the cadets have admitted sexual assaults against women in Cambridge, with another charged but yet to enter a plea, and a further two have appeared in court charged with rape.
Nearby residents have complained about the Libyan cadets leaving the base to buy alcohol and the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has admitted there have been disciplinary issues….
Mr Al-Mukhtar said the Libyan cadets were allowed out for only three hours a week and were always accompanied by British soldiers when they left the barracks.
He added that when soldiers left the base they had been offered drugs, alcohol and sex for money….
However, he then said there had been “several problems” between the Libyan cadets and British soldiers….
However, he said the cadets were unhappy with the way they had been treated by the British government, which he said had “not offered a comfortable way of living here [at the barracks]”, and that some people were “trying to ruin the reputation of the Libyan Army”.
Asked why the cadets were being flown home two weeks before the end of their course, he said: “I feel, like all the rest of us, there is no problem.
“It was the British from the beginning. They should have sought a solution and finished the training well.
“They didn’t tell us about British law and what’s the difference between right and wrong here.”
Mr Al-Mukhtar complained that when the cadets were arrested and their comrades went to ask the authorities at the base what was happening, they were given no information.
He said the cadets believed the arrested men were “unlawfully treated”, adding: “We blame the British authorities for dealing with it in this way.”
He said Libyan cadets at the base believed the British authorities dealt with the arrested men in “an unlawful way… we blame the British authorities for not taking proper care of us”.
Asked if the cadets had a message for the British government he said: “Not to take things too seriously”.
The last of the Libyan cadets are due to leave the base on Friday, and the MOD said the training of Libyan soldiers in the UK was “being reviewed”.