Islam permits women to be taken as sex slaves, says UK head preacher

PakistanUpdated: Aug 03, 2016, 12:42 PM IST
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London-based Al-Manar mosque is said to have entertained Islamist preachers such as Muhammad Mustafa Al-Muqri who is an al Qaeda ally and ex-leader of Egyptian Islamic Jihad. (Representative image) Photograph:(Reuters)
Any Islam follower is allowed to have sex slaves, a British Muslim cleric revealed recently.

One of the series of Hadiths (sayings of Prophet Muhammad PBUH) can be deciphered as meaning that one of the signs of the last day of the world’s existence will be when a slave-girl gives birth to her master, said Ali Hammuda, an imam at a Cardiff mosque.

“One of the interpretations as to what this means is that towards the end of time there will be many wars, like what we are seeing today, and because of these wars women will be taken as captives, as slaves, yeah, women will be taken as slaves,” he said.

“And then, er, her master has relations with her because this is permissible in Islam, it’s permissible to have relations with a woman who is your slave or your wife.”

The Palestinian imam further said that the verse can also be interpreted in a way that Prophet proclaimed that children would come to treat their mothers like slaves.

“The one I think is strongest is that towards the end of time you will see a lot of Muslims disobeying their mothers and fathers… you see children speaking to their mothers and fathers as if they are your slave.”

Ali is accused of influencing three British citizens to join the Islamic State in Syria. Nasser Muthana and Reyaad Khan, then 20, and Muthana’s younger brother Aseel, then 17, left for Syria in 2014.

Hummuda’s statements were recorded by Hardcash Productions during an investigation into militants in October 2014, only weeks after reports of Islamic State atrocities against the minority Yazidi sect in northern Iraq, whose women were enslaved, raped or executed after being captured by the IS fighters.

The imam also said that music was ‘a sickness’ and a ‘tool of Satan’. A variety of extremist text such as ‘Music Made Me Do It’ elaborates harmful social, psychological and physical effects of music on individuals.

“I saw books preaching brutal violence, sexism, homophobia, aggressive physical jihad, dismemberment and capital punishment implemented by the state. It reinforces the idea that what these militant groups are doing, what IS is doing, is legitimised by history,” said undercover reporter Rizwan Syed.

London-based Al-Manar mosque is said to have entertained Islamist preachers such as Muhammad Mustafa Al-Muqri who is an al Qaeda ally and ex-leader of Egyptian Islamic Jihad. The mosque, however, has denied links with radicalism.

Hammuda, however, claims that he has criticized the ideology and actions of the Islamic State multiple times.

“I have lectured on this a number of times, including dedicating a number of Friday sermons to the condemnation of this evil phenomena. The undercover recording and quotations referred to seem to have been deliberately taken out of context to portray a religious perspective that I do not ascribe to,” he said.

However, Imam Shahid Raza, considered one of the leading moderate clerics in Britain, denounced slavery as violating the ‘dignity’ of human beings and only IS supporters would use the passage to claim it is permissible. 

"There is a consensus among 99 per cent of Islamic scholars – it’s only a few radicals that do not agree with it – that slavery is against the laws of Islam, and the dignity of the human being.”

“What the Daesh [Islamic State] people have done to the Yazidis is completely un-Islamic. Islam came into this world in an environment where slavery was practised, but over time, it banned it with laws and brought it to an end. The Hadith this man is quoting is good [authentic], but no scholar ever interprets it literally. Most scholars interpret it as the Prophet (PBUH) saying there will come a time when children will boss their parents so much that they appear to treat their parents like slaves,” he added.

He went on to say, “That Hadith is interpreted as justifying sexual slavery only by Daesh types. You have to realise that slavery is both banned in Islam and also banned by the law of the land.”