Author Topic: In Islam why are we allowed to have sex with female captives?  (Read 2458 times)

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Offline Introvert98

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Osama Abdullah I understand that slaves in Islam were treated as family, however why is it considered that a female slave is part of a temporary marriage. Dont get me wrong I know you cannot rape female slaves or put them into prostitution, but why were we allowed to have sexual interourse with them. BTW i have read some parts on you're site but I still need an answer for this specific question. Some may have had husbands they loved but why did the temporary marriage nullify the marriage?  Also according to some narration the prophet Muhammad SAW married one of his wives just after her husband got killed, was she really in the mood to get married?


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Re: In Islam why are we allowed to have sex with female captives?
« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2016, 01:06:30 AM »
Right hand possessions are not temporal wives, as one still need to purchase the freedom of the war captives shall one want to take them as wife.

Prohibition on sexual intimacy with a woman is lifted thru marriage.
Prohibition on sexual intimacy with a woman is lifted thru war possession.

Sexual intimacy are permitted onto war captives as they are also bonded to the master of the household. Master look after the war captives. War captives look after the master.

Offline AhmadFarooq

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Re: In Islam why are we allowed to have sex with female captives?
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2016, 06:17:22 AM »
As you have probably already read, this allowance created a way for female slaves to obtain their freedom. As far as I have read, I have come out with the impression that Islamic law mostly, if not always, follows a favourable risk-benefit ratio, meaning allowing things which have the potential of creating more good than harm in the society and prohibiting vice versa. Such, I believe, is the case for this allowance too.

A female slave is already guaranteed food, shelter etc., but there still remains the issue of her possibly remaining a slave for her entire life (in case other Islamic methods of emancipation aren't used), and her children also being born as slaves. If she has children of her master, she is guaranteed freedom on her master's death and her children also, if I remember correctly, have inheritance rights ensuring she and her children are looked after.

On the matter of "... husbands they loved...", if they love them then they could remain abstinent, there is no evidence that Islam allowed them to be forced into this. One of the things that has to be remembered is the context of those times. If a woman gets captured in a foreign land, there are many problems with her being able to again meet her husband. Distances are months long, rumours of death can spread, news is difficult to reach, the husband could have died or just have chosen to forget about his wife. Therefore, such women would have had a lesser probability of obtaining freedom as compared to others.

In such scenarios, there is some benefit for this allowance and, if the master is God fearing and follower of God's restrictions, there is no risk  of this allowance being misused.

Offline Sh Truthseaker

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Re: In Islam why are we allowed to have sex with female captives?
« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2016, 07:19:55 AM »
Assalamu 'Alaikum
Please check the "Response to criticism" sections in these two websites for more info about "The Qur'an And Slavery"

http://www.nicheoftruth.org/
http://www.nicheoftruthonline.com/