There have been multiple reports confirming that the ISIS had been selling off captured Yazidi women as sex slaves. However, in a brazen form of audacity, the terror organization has gone ahead and attempted to justify their heinous practice.
An article in the 4th issue of Islamic State’s English-language online magazine Dabiq has not only admitted to selling Yazidi women into sex slavery, but has justified the dreadful practice. The ISIS proclaims the trading of women is in accordance to the theological rulings of early Islam. Outlining the practice, the article says,
“After capture, the Yazidi women and children were then divided according to the Sharia amongst the fighters of the Islamic State who participated.”
There is a difference between women from Muslim sects the jihadists regard as heretical, who can be considered as “apostates”, and the so-called mushrikin — polytheists and pagans.
Apparently, Yazidi women are considered as deserters and sacrilegious to the sect that ISIS considers supreme and hence, just like any spoils of war, these women can and will be bought and sold like cattle, reported The Telegraph. The article thus summarizes,
“Their [Yazidi] women could be enslaved, unlike female apostates.”
The women were seized when the terror group swept across parts of northern Iraq in early August. While America and the Australia have recently begun military intervention, these women were captured long before those actions. The ISIS took advantage of the world’s focus on Mount Sinjar and began rounding up these women from nearby towns and villages.
Surprisingly, the Islamic State newsletter, released online at the weekend, also contains an article by John Cantlie, a British journalist being held hostage, in which he says he fears he will soon be killed like his four fellow hostages, James Foley, Steven Sotloff, David Haines and Alan Henning.
However, most of the newsletter is devoted to theological justifications for Islamic State behavior, citing early clerics and the practices of the Prophet Mohammed and his Companions during the early years of Islamic expansion.
“The enslaved Yazidi families are now sold by the Islamic State soldiers as the mushrikin were sold by the Companions before them.”
Unsurprisingly, the article is titled ‘The Revival of Slavery before the Hour’, which goes on to say that “well-known” rules are observed, including not separating mothers from their children, reported Global News. Essentially, it appears to be a thinly veiled reference to the usage of young and adolescent girls as sex slaves along with their mothers.
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