Reports have been released suggesting that many of the women, including young girls, have been raped by the terrorist group, Hamas. The Israeli government has had to develop detailed plans to deal with the pregnancies of women who were kidnapped by Hamas fighters on October 7.
As of last week, there were still more than 130 Israeli hostages, including teenage girls and women, held in Hamas captivity. The number of them who have been raped is still unknown.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told CNN’s Jake Tapper, “The atrocities that we saw on October 7 are almost beyond human description or beyond our capacity to digest. And we’ve talked about them before, but the sexual violence that we saw on October 7 is beyond anything that I’ve seen.”
Israel has compiled testimonies, videos, forensics and witnesses to investigate accusations of rape during the attacks. Witnesses to the aftermath of the attacks say women and girls were sexually assaulted, tortured and killed.
One of the challenges in stopping these egregious atrocities against women held by Hamas is the teachings of Islam that promote it. The truth is that the United Nations and the world body are absolutely handicapped to stop the barbaric rape of women and young girls, because those who follow the teachings of Muhammad are simply doing what he did.
Muhammad took female sex slaves as prisoners, as well as offered them to the men that fought for him. The Quran states, “And if you fear that you will not deal fairly by the orphans, marry the women who seem good to you, two or three or four, and if you fear that you cannot do justice, then one, or those that your right hands possess. In this way it is more likely that you will not do injustice” (Surah 4:3).
The Quran continues forbidding sexual intercourse with “all married women except those whom your right hands possess” (4:24).
But what does the Quran mean when it says, “those that your right hands possess”? The Tafsir Anwarul Bayan, a modern Islamic commentary on the Quran, explains in more depth, “During Jihad (religious war), many men and women become war captives. The Amirul Mu’minin [leader of the believers, or caliph] has the choice of distributing them amongst the Mujahidin [warriors of jihad], in which event they will become the property of these Mujahidin. This enslavement is the penalty for disbelief (kufr)” (I, 501).
Surah 33:50 of the Quran states: “O prophet, indeed, we have made lawful to you your wives to whom you have paid their dowries, and those whom your right hand possesses of those whom Allah has given you as spoils of war…” making it clear that women are the “spoils of war.”
For those who that claim that this teaching is outdated and is no longer in practice, it is further written, “None of the injunctions pertaining to slavery have been abrogated in the Shari’ah. The reason that the Muslims of today do not have slaves is because they do not engage in Jihad ” (I, 502).
Islamic scholar Ibn Kathir, whose writings set the standard for Quranic teachings, states that Muslim men “are prohibited from marrying women who are already married,” with one notable exception: “those whom you acquire through war, for you are allowed such women after making sure they are not pregnant” (II, 422).
A deeper study of what the Quran actually says, instead of listening to modern day Islamic apologists who try to hide it, can explain why Hamas is raping women. Unfortunately, western media seems to care more about protecting the religion of Hamas than the women they are raping.
Is it not by accident or coincidence that Boko Haram kidnapped young school girls and raped them, that ISIS sold sex slaves on a market like cattle, or that Hamas is raping young Jewish women today? To truly stop the problem, the source must be addressed.