Author and columnist Tarek Fatah reported on Sunday that the ISIS magazine Dabiq justifies the rape, enslavement and sale of non-Muslim women - as following Islamic tradition.
Fatah, who writes for the Toronto Sun, explained that Dabiq, which is published in multiple languages including English, is aimed at recruiting jihadists from the West.
[M]ilitants captured, enslaved and sold Yazidi women and children. The English language version of the magazine, which can be seen here, says “the enslaved Yazidi families are now sold by the Islamic State soldiers.” It also says militants “divided” women and children among themselves after taking Sinjar in August.
And the justification, according to ISIS?
“Before Shaytān reveals his doubts to the weak-minded and weak-hearted, one should remember that enslaving the families of the kuffār (non-believers of Islam) and taking their women as concubines is a firmly established aspect of the Sharī’ah that if one were to deny or mock, he would be denying or mocking the verses of the Qur’ān and the narrations of the Prophet (sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) (Muhammad), and thereby apostatizing from Islam.”
To be sure, Islamic extremists interpret the Quran and Sharia much differently than do the majority of the world's Muslims. However, here are a few examples of the treatment of women as defined by Sharia:
- A man is entitled to up to four wives, but a woman may only have one husband.
- A man can divorce his wife by making a declaration in front of an Islamic judge, irrespective of the woman's consent. For a woman to divorce a man (khula), his consent is required.
- “Temporary marriage” (even for less than a half an hour) is allowed by some Imams.
- Wife-beating is permitted, according to some scholars.
- There is no specific minimum age for marriage, but most agree a woman must have reached puberty.
- Marriage as young as 12 or 13 is not uncommon in Muslim-majority countries.
In addition, so-called “honor killings” - a father killing his daughter for marrying or dating a non-Muslim - are common in some Islamic countries.
Is it any wonder that fanatics - regardless of religious affiliation - often take their respective religions to the extreme? In the case of ISIS, that extreme is a living (and dying) hell.