ISIS Fatwa: 'Be Kind' to Your Sex Slaves

Ruling from special committee lays out mandates in excruciating detail
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 29, 2015 7:04 AM CST
This undated file photo posted on a militant website on Jan. 14, 2014, shows ISIS fighters marching in Raqqa, Syria.   (AP Photo/Militant Website, File)

(Newser) – The "treasure trove" of ISIS intelligence nabbed in a May raid in Syria by US Special Operations Forces included one especially detailed document that's now being published for the first time after a Reuters review. "One of the inevitable consequences of the jihad of establishment is that women and children of infidels will become captives of Muslims," reads Fatwa No. 64, issued in January and spelling out 15 rules for members of the militant group who own female sex slaves. And those rules are incredibly specific, including "the owner" being banned from intercourse with a female captive if she's menstruating or pregnant, from sex with two sisters (intercourse with just one is permitted), and from intercourse with a slave who's jointly owned. The owner must also "show compassion towards her, be kind to her, [and] not humiliate her."

It's not totally surprising ISIS would have established these regulations, as Reuters revealed Monday that the group has an entire department dedicated to keeping track of "war spoils," including slaves. A fellow at the Middle East Forum think tank tells Reuters the militant group thinks having these rulings in hand boosts perception that the organization is a legitimate one. There's just one major issue in this case: The practice goes against Islamic teachings, a theology professor at Al-Azhar University tells the news agency. "Judaism, Christianity, Greek, Roman, and Persian civilizations all practiced [slavery] and took the females of their enemies as sex slaves," he says. "Islam found this abhorrent practice and worked to gradually remove it." Read all the rules here. (ISIS offers religious justification for raping young girls.)

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