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Muslim Columnist: We Must Be Honest About The Qur’an, ‘Muslims Are Caught In A Conundrum’

Since the “courage to face facts is rare among many Muslims today” it is refreshing to read an article from a Muslim writer that highlights the inconvenient truths instead of conveniently whitewashing the lies …

On May 19, protesters in Abidjan call for the release of more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram militants in Nigeria. SIA KAMBOU/AFP

On May 19, protesters in Abidjan call for the release of more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram militants in Nigeria. SIA KAMBOU/AFP

By Tarek Fatah, Toronto Sun – “In the aftermath of Islamic jihadis — the Boko Haram — enslaving Christian school girls in Nigeria, the Muslim intelligentsia, instead of doing some serious introspection, has chosen to exercise damage control.

Columns by my co-religionists have appeared in newspapers ranging from the Toronto Star to The Independent in London and on CNN.com, where they avoid any reference to Sharia laws that permit Muslims to take non-Muslim female prisoners of war as sex slaves.

The fact is Muslim armies throughout history have been permitted under Islamic law to make sex slaves of non-Muslim prisoners.

Here is chapter 33, verse 50 of the Qur’an:

‘O Prophet! We have made lawful to thee thy wives to whom thou hast paid their dowers; and those whom thy right hand possesses out of the prisoners of war whom Allah has assigned to thee.’

When asked for a clarification, A Saudi cleric issued a fatwa permitting sex slavery.

He said: ‘Praise be to Allaah. Islam allows a man to have intercourse with his slave woman, whether he has a wife or wives or he is not married … Our Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) also did that, as did the Sahaabah (his companions), the righteous and the scholars.’

In the eighth century, when Arab armies invaded India, they took thousands of Hindu POWs as slaves back to the Caliph Walid in Damascus, who distributed the women as gifts to the newly emerging Arab nobility.

The ninth-century Persian historian al-Baladhuri writes in his book The Origins of the Islamic State that when the Arab general Muhammad bin Qasim invaded India in the year 711AD, the non-Muslim prisoners taken were given a choice of death or slavery.

Sixty thousand captives were made slaves in the city of Rur, among whom were ‘thirty ladies of royal blood.’ One-fifth of the slaves and booty were set apart for the caliph’s treasury and dispatched to Damascus, while the rest were scattered among the ‘army of Islam.’

The nineteenth century Indian Islamic scholar Abdullah Yusuf Ali, whose translation of the Qur’an is considered the most authentic, had the courage to be honest when he put a footnote to the Quranic verse mentioned above: ‘The point does not now arise as the whole conditions and incidents of war have been altered and slavery has been abolished by international agreement.’

But courage to face facts is rare among many Muslims today. I asked the writers of the Toronto Star and The Independent columns why they had not addressed the passages of the Qur’an that permit Muslims to take slaves. They did not answer.

I wrote to a woman who told Christiane Amanpour of CNN that ‘Boko Haram do not understand Islam.’ I asked her why she had not addressed Sharia law that permits taking non-Muslim females as POWs. She too, did not respond.

We Muslims are caught in a conundrum. If the Arab general bin Qasim is our hero for enslaving non-Muslim women in India in the eighth century, how could Boko Haram be judged wrong for doing exactly the same in Nigeria today?

All we Muslims need do today is to echo Abdullah Yusuf Ali by saying, ‘what was permitted in the seventh century, is no longer applicable in the twenty-first.’ But alas, neither honesty nor courage comes easy.” Source – Toronto Sun.

  1. 05/23/2014 at 4:39 AM

    hmm, what about a sign that says “stop the killing”


  2. Bob
    05/23/2014 at 6:43 AM

    The West is not willing to tackle the issue either, preferring to try and segment them as religious extremists or terrorists, they need to address the root cause, Islam and the religious texts allow far too much room for skewed interpretations. Islam and our Muslim friends wants to take over the west get rid of other religions and implement their laws. We are too tolerant, they are not. Our political patsies and bleeding hearts mis understand the game being played, and are being used as the fools these people see them as. We are paying the price in all major Western cities for this.


  3. Bara'a
    05/23/2014 at 8:30 AM

    Where is the original column??
    This website is fabricated.


    • JMario
      05/23/2014 at 9:04 AM

      Pretty easy to find if you try!


    • 05/23/2014 at 5:13 PM

      Internet 101: Lesson 1

      When you see a hyperlink at the end of a story that reads “Source-Toronto Sun”, go ahead and click on it. It might blow your mind at first but you’ll have your answer. Now make sure you look both ways before crossing the street too kid.


      • 05/24/2014 at 10:26 AM


        First, they (Muslims and the ignorant…alike) must graduate from preschool before they can understand what “Internet 101: Lesson 1”, even means!


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