Ramadan Day 18 thought for the day from my new book The History of Jihad: when the renowned Muslim warrior Tariq ibn Ziyad landed with his troops in Spain in the year 711, he motivated his men for jihad conquest by telling them this:
You have heard that in this country there are a large number of ravishingly beautiful Greek maidens, their graceful forms are draped in sumptuous gowns on which gleam pearls, coral, and purest gold, and they live in the palaces of royal kings.
He was telling them that if they won, they would be rewarded with sex slaves.. The Qur’an allowed a Muslim to have sexual intercourse not only with his wives but with the “captives of the right hand” (4:3, 4:24, 23:1–6) that were the spoils of war (33:50), and there were plenty of “ravishingly beautiful Greek maidens” in Spain who could be used in this way.
The lives of those girls and women were, accordingly, destroyed.
Click here to preorder The History of Jihad From Muhammad to ISIS, the only comprehensive one-volume history of jihad in the English language, including not just the jihad in Europe but in India, Africa and elsewhere, drawing primarily on accounts of eyewitnesses and contemporary chroniclers. Arm yourself with the truth against the prevailing disinformation. Preorder here now.