Muslims are very much concerned about relationships between non-mahram males and females outside marriage. If you ask any muslim: `What is zina and what is its punishment?’, they will tell you that zina is sex outside marriage and its prescribed punishment is flogging or stoning to death [don’t forget, Islam is a religion of peace].
But the majority of muslims are unaware of the fact that the Quran allows men (but not women) to have sex outside marriage; that is “men can have sex with slave women”. And, more interestingly, a man can have four wives and along with them he can also have an unlimited number of concubines (slaves with whom one has sex), as is made clear in the tafsirs (exegesis or commentaries on the Quran) quoted below.
After reading my claim above, many muslims will laugh and say “this guy doesn’t know anything about Islam and there is no permission to have sex outside marriage, not even with slave girls”. To them I say, I will prove my point using the most authentic sources of Islam.
- Quran [translation and commentaries]
- Hadiths [Sahih]
- Fatwas of authentic scholars
1) Quran (Sahih International’s translation is used)
Surat Al-Mu’minun [Chapter 23; Verses 1-7]
1) Certainly will the believers have succeeded: 2) They who are during their prayer humbly submissive 3) And they who turn away from ill speech 4) And they who are observant of zakah 5) And they who guard their private parts 6) Except from their wives or those their right hands possess, for indeed, they will not be blamed 7) But whoever seeks beyond that, then those are the transgressors
Tafsir Ibn Kathir (6-7)
(And those who guard their private parts. Except from their wives and their right hand possessions, for then, they are free from blame. But whoever seeks beyond that, then those are the transgressors.) means, those who protect their private parts from unlawful actions and do not do that which Allah has forbidden; fornication and homosexuality, and do not approach anyone except the wives whom Allah has made permissible for them or their right hand possessions from the captives. One who seeks what Allah has made permissible for him is not to be blamed and there is no sin on him. Allah says:
(they are free from blame. But whoever seeks beyond that) meaning, other than a wife or slave girl,
(then those are the transgressors.) meaning, aggressors.
Tafsir Ibn Abbas (6-7)
(Save from their wives) up to four wives (or the (slaves) that their right hands possess) without any limit in number, (for then they are not blameworthy) when they engage in that which is lawful, (But whoso craveth beyond that) but whoever seeks other than the lawful, (such are transgressors) who step from the lawful into the unlawful,
Tafsir Al-Jalalayan (6-7)
except from their spouses, that is, to their spouses, and what [slaves] their right hands possess, that is, concubines, for then they are not blameworthy, in having sexual intercourse with them.
But whoever seeks [anything] beyond that, [intercourse with] wives and concubines, such as masturbation: those, they are transgressors, who have overstepped [the bounds] into what is not lawful for them.
Surat Al-Ma’arij [Chapter 70; Verses 28-31]
28) Indeed, the punishment of their Lord is not that from which one is safe – 29) And those who guard their private parts – 30) Except from their wives or those their right hands possess, for indeed, they are not to be blamed – 31) But whoever seeks beyond that, then they are the transgressors
Tafsir Ibn Kathir (29-30)
(And those who guard their private part (chastity).) meaning, they keep their private parts away from that which is forbidden and they prevent their private parts from being put into other than what Allah has allowed them to be in. This is why Allah says,
﴿إِلاَّ عَلَى أَزْوَجِهِمْ أَوْ مَا مَلَكَتْ أَيْمَـنُهُمْ﴾
(Except from their wives or their right hand possessions) meaning, from their female slaves.
﴿إِلاَّ عَلَى أَزْوَجِهِمْ أَوْ مَا مَلَكَتْ أَيْمَـنُهُمْ فَإِنَّهُمْ غَيْرُ مَلُومِينَ – فَمَنِ ابْتَغَى وَرَآءَ ذلِكَ فَأُوْلَـئِكَ هُمُ الْعَادُونَ﴾
(for (then) they are not blameworthy. But whosoever seeks beyond that, then it is those who are trespassers.) The explanation of this is shown above, at the beginning of Surat Al-Mu’minun, and therefore does not need to be repeated here.
Tafsir Ibn Abbas (29-30)
(And those who preserve their chastity) they are chaste as far as what is unlawful is concerned
(Save with their) four (wives and those whom their right hands possess) of slaves without limitation, (for thus they are not blameworthy) nor sinful; they are not reproached for indulging in that which is lawful;
Tafsir Al-Jalalayan (29-30)
and those who guard their private parts,
except from their wives and those whom their right hands own, in the way of slave girls, for in that case they are not blameworthy;
Surat Al-’Ahzab [Chapter 33; Verse 50]
50) O Prophet, indeed We have made lawful to you your wives to whom you have given their due compensation and those your right hand possesses from what Allah has returned to you [of captives] and the daughters of your paternal uncles and the daughters of your paternal aunts and the daughters of your maternal uncles and the daughters of your maternal aunts who emigrated with you and a believing woman if she gives herself to the Prophet [and] if the Prophet wishes to marry her, [this is] only for you, excluding the [other] believers. We certainly know what We have made obligatory upon them concerning their wives and those their right hands possess, [but this is for you] in order that there will be upon you no discomfort. And ever is Allah Forgiving and Merciful.
Tafsir Ibn Kathir (for relevant part of right hand possesses)
(those (slaves) whom your right hand possesses whom Allah has given to you,) means, `the slave-girls whom you took from the war booty are also permitted to you.’ He owned Safiyyah and Juwayriyah, then he manumitted them and married them, and he owned Rayhanah bint Sham`un An-Nadariyyah and Mariyah Al-Qibtiyyah, the mother of his son Ibrahim, upon him be peace; they were both among the prisoners, may Allah be pleased with them.
Tafsir Ibn Abbas (for relevant part of right hand possesses)
(O Prophet! Lo! We have made lawful unto thee thy wives unto whom thou hast paid their dowries, and those whom thy right hand possesseth) Maria the Copt (of those whom Allah hath given thee as spoils of war, and the daughters of thine uncles on the father’s side)
Tafsir Al-Jalalayn (for relevant part of right hand possesses)
O Prophet! Indeed We have made lawful for you your wives whom you have given their dowries and what your right hand owns, of those whom God has given you as spoils of war, from the disbelievers, [whom you have] taken captive, such as Safiyya and Juwayriyya
2) Sahih Hadiths
I could post tens of hadiths that clearly prove that companions of Muhammad practiced sex, including coitus interruptus, with female war captives (without marriage). But I am saving those hadiths for my next post, in which I will prove from sahih hadiths how non-Muslim female war captives were raped by Muhammad and his companions. For the current topic, I will only use the following sahih hadith:
Narrated By Buraida:
The Prophet sent ‘Ali to Khalid to bring the Khumus (of the booty) and I hated Ali, and ‘Ali had taken a bath (after a sexual act with a slave-girl from the Khumus). I said to Khalid, “Don’t you see this (i.e Ali)?” When we reached the Prophet I mentioned that to him. He said, “O Buraida! Do you hate Ali?” I said, “Yes.” He said, “Do you hate him, for he deserves more than that from the Khumus.
3) Authentic Fatwas from Modern Scholars and Websites
Although fatwas are not required after having provided proofs from Quranic verses and their commentaries, I know there are Muslims who will make comments such as, “No, no it was only for those times and it is not allowed now”, and I also know they will not be able to support their comments using Quran, Hadiths or authentic sources of Islam, but they will just repeat their apologetic argument that it was allowed because it was deeply rooted. This claim, that it was allowed for that time only, is totally false because the following fatwas from authentic scholars will prove that sex with slave women is still allowed today and that it will remain allowed until the day of judgement [the day that will never come, because Islam is a big Lie ]
Islam allows a man to have intercourse with his slave woman, whether he has a wife or wives or he is not married. A slave woman with whom a man has intercourse is known as a sariyyah (concubine) from the word sirr, which means marriage. This is indicated by the Qur’aan and Sunnah, and this was done by the Prophets. Ibraaheem (peace be upon him) took Haajar as a concubine and she bore him Ismaa’eel (may peace be upon them all).
Our Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) also did that, as did the Sahaabah, the righteous and the scholars. The scholars are unanimously agreed on that and it is not permissible for anyone to regard it as haraam or to forbid it. Whoever regards that as haraam is a sinner who is going against the consensus of the scholars.
The wife has no right to object to her husband owning female slaves or to his having intercourse with them.
A Muslim is permitted intimacy witha bondwoman whom his right hand possesses without concluding a marriage contract. Allah (Exalted be He) states when praising the successful believers, (And those who guard their chastity (i.e. private parts, from illegal sexual acts) (Except from their wives or (the slaves) that their right hands possess, – for then, they are free from blame;