Debate Question: If you have a sister, daughter, or mother, how would you feel seeing her treated in this way?
Could any consequences from the Quran allowing sex with slaves be felt even today? Examine the following:
Based upon the work of two scholars, Wikipedia confirms that: "Under Islamic law, Muslim men can have sexual relations with female captives or concubines and slaves with OR WITHOUT her consent." That is, Islam permits the RAPE of slaves.
The online encyclopedia Wikipedia at this link used these two sources for its claim. First is a book by Kecia Ali:
The second source is a book by Shahla Haeri: In this book, the author also observes: "Sexual intercourse with one's own slave girl continued to be legitimate until recently in most Islamic societies. Slave ownership should not be confused with slave marriage. Slave marriage involves marriage of a slave with another person, with the permission of the slave master. Marriage is not necessary between a male slave owner and his female slaves. His ownership entitles him to a right of intercourse."
After Muhammad & Allah took the momentous step of permitting in Islam sex slavery (Quran 70:29-30 & elsewhere), powerful Muslim leaders across the centuries have kept concubines & established harems.
We read in history that both Caliphs (successors to Muhammad, political & religious leaders of the worldwide Muslim community) and (especially) sultans had multiple sex slaves. As an example, the fourth Caliph Ali (Muhammad's son-in-law), so beloved by Shia Muslims, had (at least) two sex slaves, Humia and Umm Shuaib.
A most helpful book, Why concubines, sex slavery, and harems flourished under the Caliphs and Moguls: The Story of rented wombs, helps us gain better insight on how sexual slavery was conducted, and is quoted below;
Some Debate Questions!
So, Muslims refused to enslave Muslim females as concubines, enslaving only non-Muslims in this matter, but how would the Muslims feel if another religion enslaved only Muslims as sex slaves?
Muhammad accepted two females, Mariya and Sirin, as gifts from an Egyptian ruler, and thus we have read (above) without being surprised that Sultans would later do the same thing. But is accepting another adult human as a "gift" moral or immoral?
Does keeping sex slaves eventually have a perverse effect on the minds of the male Muslim slave-owners?
Finally, can we be surprised that the Islamic State is acquiring female sex slaves in our own century?
As Muslims know, an Egyptian Ruler gave Maria the Copt and her Sister, Sirin, to Muhammad as a "Gift." Now, is it Morally Acceptable to Accept Another Human as a Gift? Would you accept another adult human as a gift?
Maria the Copt became Muhammad's sex slave. [He may have married her later, though this is highly disputed]. But let us turn our attention to her sister, Sirin. Muhammad gave Sirin to Hassan ibn Thabit. Debate Questions: What kind of man gives an adult woman to another man as a gift? What did Sirin do to deserve becoming a sex slave?
One of the most striking hadiths I have found is provided below: