ISIS tries to justify the enslavement of women

In the recent issue of the Dabiq, an online magazine published by the terrorist group known as ISIS, ISIL, or the Islamic State, violent threats were made to the Western World especially the US and non-believers of Islam in general. In the magazine, the terrorist group tries to justify the enslavement of women, the raping of young girls, and the people who have died as a result of their gruesome ways of converting people to Islam.

About a week ago, it was reported by CNN that ISIS stormed the neighborhood of the Yazidis, killed their men and captured their women and children. Reports from CNN investigators also revealed that these women, and some girls who are as young as 13 years old are being distributed to ISIS fighters as slaves and concubines. Many have been outraged by this event but ISIS adds more insult to injury when it tries to justify the enslavement of these women and their teenage daughters.

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In the article titled “The revival of slavery before the hour,” ISIS claims that it is good for the ISIS fighters to have sex slaves because “men who cannot afford marriage to free women find themselves surrounded by temptation.” Their reason being that sex slavery is legal in Islam and adultery or the fact that fornication is not pleasing to Allah so sex slaves prevents men from sinning against Allah.

The article shows no remorse for the pain that little children and their mothers are going through. Rather, it glorifies their actions and successes because according to them, “many of the mushrik women and children have willingly accepted Islam and now race to practice it with evident sincerity after their exit from the darkness of shirk.” But it does not just end there; in the magazine, they threaten to do more harm because they claim the Yazidis are “devil worshippers” who need to be “dealt with.”

An enormous amount of hate and violent speech is also expressed in other articles in the Dabiq Magazine. They warn that there would be more killings and kidnapping and that the “greatest battle before the hour will come when Allah has decreed it,” which is making a reference to the United States, or the “crusaders” as they call it, they state that Americans will “pay the price as they walk on streets, turning right and left, fearing the Muslims.”         According to the ISIS fighters, they will wage war on America and its allies to the extent that Americans “will not feel secure even in their bedrooms,” an ISIS fighter was quoted in the Dabiq.

According to reports from Dabiq, ISIS does not threaten to wage war just on the US and its allies. It also threatens to wage war on all the non-believers, especially Christians. According to the magazine, ISIS will “conquer Rome, break crosses, and enslave women.” This shows that they strongly despise Christians. But now they made it very clear Christians are not just a target, they will “kill the disbeliever whether he is civilian or military, for they have the same ruling,” said an ISIS militant to Dabiq.

ISIS argues everything to do is authorized by Allah and that they “will get to the greatest battle before the hour when has decreed it,” Dabiq reported. However, Muslims around the world have completely denounced ISIS’ actions. In an effort to denounce ISIS, they launched a “burn the ISIS flag challenge” to show that they do not support the extremists and that their actions are a misrepresentation of their beliefs. Muslims posted videos of burning the ISIS flag on social media in order to bring attention to the issue. In the words of Iyad Ameen Madani, the secretary general for the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, ISIS  has nothing to do with Islam and its principles that call for justice, kindness, fairness, freedom of faith and coexistence.”