The Islamic State group has reportedly issued a guide on how to treat female slaves which allows jihadist militants to rape them, including girls who have not yet reached puberty.
The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) translated a pamphlet on the topic of female slaves titled "Questions and Answers on Taking Captives and Slaves" which it reported was issued by the Islamic State’s “Research and Fatwa Department.”
The document is presented in a question and answer form and purports to present the Shariah law position on how to treat slaves, including when it’s permissible to have sexual intercourse with them, when it’s OK to beat them and if one can sell and “gift” slaves. The leaflet goes into detail on what is and is not allowed during sex and even states that while it’s permissible to beat a slave for discipline, beating her for sexual pleasure is forbidden.
MEMRI reported that the pamphlet was posted on a pro-Islamic State Twitter account.
Here are some of the more shocking questions and answers in the document as translated by MEMRI:
"Question 4: Is it permissible to have intercourse with a female captive?
"It is permissible to have sexual intercourse with the female captive. Allah the almighty said: '[Successful are the believers] who guard their chastity, except from their wives or (the captives and slaves) that their right hands possess, for then they are free from blame [Koran 23:5-6]'..."
"Question 5: Is it permissible to have intercourse with a female captive immediately after taking possession [of her]?
"If she is a virgin, he [her master] can have intercourse with her immediately after taking possession of her. However, is she isn't, her uterus must be purified [first]…"
"Question 6: Is it permissible to sell a female captive?
"It is permissible to buy, sell, or give as a gift female captives and slaves, for they are merely property, which can be disposed of [as long as that doesn't cause [the Muslim ummah] any harm or damage." […]
"Question 13: Is it permissible to have intercourse with a female slave who has not reached puberty?
"It is permissible to have intercourse with the female slave who hasn't reached puberty if she is fit for intercourse; however if she is not fit for intercourse, then it is enough to enjoy her without intercourse."
Examining the rules for sex if two fighters together capture a woman, the fatwa committee ruled, "It is forbidden to have intercourse with a female captive if [the master] does not own her exclusively. One who owns [a captive] in partnership [with others] may not have sexual intercourse with her until the other [owners] sell or give him [their share]."
The “owner” of a slave also can’t sell her if he gets her pregnant, according to the leaflet.
Approaching the slave like other property, the group said female captives of a deceased man can be distributed among his heirs along with the rest of his estate.
“However, they may only provide services, not intercourse, if a father or [one of the] sons has already had intercourse with them, or if several [people] inherit them in partnership," the leaflet read.
The jihadist group’s fatwa department also reportedly wrote that it’s fine to capture women who are “unbelieving.”
“Unbelieving [women] who were captured and brought into the abode of Islam are permissible to us, after the imam distributes them [among us],” the pamphlet said according to MEMRI.
The document addressed the debate over capturing Muslim women who are considered “apostates” as opposed to taking Christians, Jews and polytheists, which is not subject to debate.
"The consensus leans towards forbidding it [capturing apostates], though some people of knowledge think it permissible. We [the Islamic State] lean towards accepting the consensus," the leaflet said.
The British newspaper the Independent reported that the document is believed to have been printed on December 3. The Independent quoted the British research organization Quilliam which said the document “can be traced back to some of the Islamic State’s most active propagandists.”
The Islamic State group used Islamic theology to justify kidnapping non-Muslim women for use as sex slaves in an October article in its online magazine.
The group’s English-language digital magazine Dabiq said that female members of the minority Yazidi sect can be captured and forcibly used as sex slaves, CNN reported on October.