“Islam preaches freedom to slaves, not slavery. Slavery was the status quo when Islam came around. Judaism, Christianity, Greek, Roman, and Persian civilizations all practiced it and took the females of their enemies as sex slaves. So Islam found this abhorrent practise and worked to gradually remove it.”
“Judaism, Christianity, Greek, Roman, and Persian civilizations all practiced it and took the females of their enemies as sex slaves.” Even if that were true, and it certainly is not, the Qur’an is the only holy book of a major religion that sanctions the taking of sex slaves (4:3, 4:24, 23:1-6, 33:50). This al-Azhar professor is simply trying to obscure that fact, even as a Muslim group (not a Jewish, Christian, Greek, Roman or Persian one) has reintroduced the practice in the modern world precisely because it has Qur’anic sanction.
“In September 2014 more than 120 Islamic scholars from around the world issued an open letter to IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi refuting the group’s religious arguments to justify many of its actions. The scholars noted that the ‘reintroduction of slavery is forbidden in Islam.’” That letter also was a cynical and deceptive exercise, as I explained in detail here and in summary form here.
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