Isil militants have published a document outlining how sex slaves can be treated, including with beatings and daily rapes. The pamphlet, which is dated Muharram 1436 (October/November 2014) and was printed by ISIS’s publishing house, Al-Himma Library, is titled Su’al wa-Jawab fi al-Sabi wa-Riqab (“Questions and Answers on Taking Captives and Slaves”).
The document was obtained by the US-based Middle East Media Research Institute who published full details of it on a website.
It was written by Isil’s “Department for Prisoners and Women’s Affairs”, presumably, says the MEMRI, in response to the uproar caused by the many reports this summer that ISIS had taken Yazidi girls and women as sex slaves.
It explains in detail when a female can be raped by her captors, some of whom pay as little as £27 for each of their victims.
Question 18: May a man use the al-‘azl [technique] with his female slave?
A: A man is allowed [to use] al-‘azl during intercourse with his female slave with or without her consent.
Question 19: Is it permissible to beat a female slave?
It is permissible to beat the female slave as a [form of] darb ta’deeb [disciplinary beating], [but] it is forbidden to [use] darb al-takseer [literally, breaking beating], [darb] al-tashaffi [beating for the purpose of achieving gratification], or [darb] al-ta’dheeb [torture beating]. Further, it is forbidden to hit the face.
The vast majority of their victims are women and children from the Yazidi region who were kidnapped during the Mount Sinjar massacre in August of this year. Up to 5,000 are being held in the de facto capital, Raqqa.
It lays out the “rules” for how to deal with captives in a simple Question and Answer format so even stupid militants can understand.
Questions include “It is permissible to have intercourse with a female captive immediately after taking her possession?” and “If the female captive was impregnated by her owner, can he then sell her?”
Even children are not safe from rape at the hands of the militants, with guidance on intercourse with a pre-pubescent child stating it is acceptable: “if she is fit for intercourse”. If she is not, then her captor must make do with forcing other sex acts on the girl.
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.
It says that slave women, known as al-Sabi, can be taken from any group of people with whom Isil militants consider themselves at war and makes a detailed case for why Christians and Jews are permissible as slaves but ex-Muslims are not allowed to be captured.
The rape of a female captive, the document explains, is perfectly acceptable even for married men and in one paragraph the document even says that virgins can be raped immediately after their ‘owners’ purchase then.
For those who are not virgins, their uterus must be “purified” first and it even says that it is legal to have sex with a child, providing she is “fit for intercourse”.
THE PRICE OF HUMAN MISERY – THE FULL ISIS PRICE LIST FOR SLAVESA woman aged 40 to 50 – 50,000 dinars (£27)A woman aged 30 to 40 – 75,000 dinars (£40)A woman aged 20 to 30 – 100,000 dinars (£53)A girl, aged 10 to 20 – 150,000 dinars (£80)A child under nine – 200,000 dinars (£106)