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, as does this passage. “Certainly will the believers have succeeded: They who are during their prayer humbly submissive, and they who turn away from ill speech, and they who are observant of zakah, and they who guard their private parts except from their wives or those their right hands possess, for indeed, they will not be blamed” (Qur’an 23:1-6).
They’re just meat to them. Slaves. Using them in public? No problem — they have no rights and no dignity. They are only free today because they were bought back — which will only fuel more kidnappings and ransom demands. It is a staple of Islamic law: here is a salient passage on this issue from a Shafi’i manual of Islamic law:
When an adult male is taken captive, the caliph considers the interests … (of Islam and the Muslims) and decides between the prisoner’s death, slavery, release without paying anything, or ransoming himself in exchange for money or for a Muslim captive held by the enemy. (Umdat al-Salik o9.14)
A revered Islamic jurist, Al-Mawardi, agrees with ‘Umdat al-Salik:
As for the captives, the amir has the choice of taking the most beneficial action of four possibilities: the first, to put them to death by cutting their necks; the second, to enslave them and apply the laws of slavery regarding their sale or manumission; the third, to ransom them in exchange for goods or prisoners; and fourth, to show favor to them and pardon them. (Al-Ahkam As-Sultaniyyah (The Laws of Islamic Governance), 4.5)
“Iraq: Yazidi girls ‘raped in public’ and sold to Isis fighters before release,” by Gianluca Mezzofiore, International Business Times, April 9, 2015:
Yazidi girls were snatched from their mothers, sold to IS fighters, tortured and even raped in public by more than two or three jihadists at a time before being freed by the Islamic State (Isis) in northern Iraq, according to harrowing details recounted after their release.
IS released 216 members of the Yazidi minority who were captured by the extremist group in the dramatic Sinjar offensive of July 2014 and brought them to the border with Kurdish-held Kirkuk, in Humayria village. Most of the hostages were old women and men, but the group also included some middle-aged women and 55 male and female children.
According to Tom Robinson of the Rise Foundation, which works with refugees in Kurdistan, the hostages were released after their freedom was paid for.
“This is happening quite a lot. A great deal of money has gone into buying back captured women and children,” Robinson said.
The Yazidis are considered “devil worshippers” by the Sunni extremist group, and have lived in small communities scattered throughout northwest Iraq, northwest Syria and southeast Turkey.
Ziyad Shammo Aladany, who works with the local NGO Yazda to offer assistance and first aid to the persecuted Yazidis, exclusively told IBTimes UK that after their kidnapping in Sinjar, the boys and girls were taken away by force from the mothers and “distributed among houses” in Mosul and Tal Afar, where they stayed for five months.
“They were treated very badly, they were forced to convert to Islam and pray, and say the Shahada [Islamic creed professing belief in the oneness of God and its prophet Mohammed]. They also gave them lectures about Islam,” he said.
Some were treated in a good way, but others were beaten and tortured for refusing to comply with the jihadist group.
Raped in public
“The girls were dragged away from their mothers. If the mothers pleaded them not to give away their daughters, they were beaten and tortured,” Shammo said. The girls were also given as prizes to IS fighters and Arab tribes loyal to IS in Ramadi after a military victory, such as the one in Sinjar.
The activist struggles to find the words to describe the horrific experience the Yazidi girls had to endure under IS captivity.
“If you come and sit with the girls you will find different stories from girl to girl. A lot of them have been sold to ISIS fighters, they have been raped in […] public, and by more than two or three people at a time,” Shammo said. “They were tortured, beaten and subject to any type of violence.”
Another NGO worker who is offering assistance to the Yazidis, and has asked to remain anonymous, told IBTimes UK that their mental state is “unstable” after repeated rape and torture.
Tens of thousands of Yazidis were forced to flee to Iraqi Kurdistan or were stranded on the nearby Mount Sinjar when the jihadist group stormed the mostly Yazidi villages in northern Iraq in July last year. Those who stayed were given a simple option: convert to Islam or die….
Reports that hundreds of Yazidi women and girls from the Iraqi tribe were forced into slavery by IS emerged after their abduction. A video showing IS fighters laughing as they discuss the trade of Yazidi women emerged in November.
The jihadist group admitted in the English-language Dabiq magazine to enslaving and selling Yazidi women and children, claiming the horrifying trade is justifiable on religious grounds.