Kidnapping infidels and releasing them for ransom or killing them, as well as enslaving them if that option is deemed most advantageous for the Muslims, is fully sanctioned in Islamic law: “As for the captives, the amir [ruler] 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 and manumission; the third, to ransom them in exchange for goods or prisoners; and fourth, to show favor to them and pardon them. Allah, may he be exalted, says, ‘When you encounter those [infidels] who deny [the Truth=Islam] then strike [their] necks’ (Qur’an sura 47, verse 4)” — Abu’l-Hasan al-Mawardi, al-Ahkam as-Sultaniyyah (The Laws of Islamic Governance), trans. by Dr. Asadullah Yate, (London), Ta-Ha Publishers Ltd., 1996, p. 192.
“ISIS post pictures of ‘Christian women kidnapped in Syria threatening that they will become sex slaves if ransom is not paid,'” by Jay Akbar, Mailonline, August 15, 2015 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):
Disturbing images which have appeared online could be of three Assyrian Christian women ISIS abducted in February.
In three ‘leaked’ images shared on social media, the women hold pieces of paper on which their names and a date – July 27, 2015 – are written.
It is feared this means they will be sold to ISIS fighters if their families or charities do not pay ransom for their release, although no figure appears on the signs they hold.
On Tuesday, ISIS released 22 of more than 220 Christians they snatched from several Assyrian farming communities it raided in Iraq’s north-eastern Hassakeh province, Syria, earlier this year.
The Assyrian Federation of Sweden has told MailOnline the women’s surnames resemble those of families who lived in the region, although they cannot completely verify they are Christians.
It also said the theory of them being ransomed off to fund ISIS is plausible but, once again, difficult to confirm.
One woman stands over her young daughter holding a sign which reads Susan Elias along with the date July 27, 2015.
The second, who is alone, is called Hannaa Assaf Youssef. The third woman is surrounded by what appears to be her own three children but the writing on the sign could not be made out accurately.
‘The names resemble the family names of people in a nearby village – Tel Jazire – so it is possible that these women could be from Assyrian villages but we cannot confirm that,’ a source at the Assyrian Federation of Sweden said.
MailOnline’s source, who is herself from the Assyrian village of Tel Shamiram, added: ‘These names are names you find in Assyrian villages.’
Regarding the women being ransomed, the Federation said: ‘It is a theory and it makes sense but we can not 100 per cent say that this will happen.’
Their images have emerged at the same time as a suspected ISIS video, thought to be filmed on July 17, which features eight kidnapped Assyrian men. Each one reads out his name and the village they were from.
The Assyrian Federation of Sweden, who translated the Arabic video for MailOnline, were certain these men were among more than 200 Assyrian Christians abducted by ISIS around the Khabur River region in February.
Its spokesman Afram Yakoub said: ‘They state their names in the video and we have a list of the hostages so we can clearly see they are one of them.
‘No ISIS fighter appears in the video but the last man clearly says we call on the international community to secure our release but he does not say anything about ransom.’
Their health and general appearance suggest, as ISIS have claimed, that they have not been harmed.
Islamic State fighters have abducted and sexually abused hundreds of women from northern Iraq’s Yazidi community since it raided their villages last year.
But captured Christians and Jews have enjoyed more protection from the fighters because they regard them as ‘People of the Book’.
The terror group may now have changed that stance, according to a recent New York Times interview with an abused Yazidi girl.
The vile ISIS fighter who raped the 12-year-old girl allegedly told her that ‘what he was about to do was not a sin’ because she ‘practiced a religion other than Islam’.
ISIS also made clear in a 34-page manual released by its ‘Research and Fatwa Department’ that sex with Christians and Jews who were ‘captured in battle’ was also allowed….