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1. What your right hands possess; Int women
By:jawaid ahmed,uk
Date: Saturday, 7 March 2020, 7:39 pm

International Woman’s Day

The Qur’an does not abuse or deny women any of her Allah given or human rights. In order to highlight a great injustice to women and more importantly the Qur’an, I am sending the following chapter of my soon to be published book, The Qur’an and the Abuse of Women, Volume 3 in the Qur’an Unchained Series. It destroys the appalling and sickening understanding that the Qur’an allows for the capture and rape of women, concubines or sex slaves.

Please do a service to both the Qur’an and the Mothers, Sisters and Daughters of humanity by publishing and broadcasting as much of this as is relevant in this matter, if you could quote my name and source, I would be grateful

2. What Your Right Hands Possess-Maa Malakat Aimanukum
Yusuf Ali has:
23:5. Who abstain from sex,
23:6. Except with those joined to them in the marriage bond, or (the captives) whom their right hands possess, for (in their case) they are free from blame,
23:7. But those whose desires exceed those limits are transgressors.

The above translation of the Qur’an on the surface is crystal clear regarding what your right hands possess means; they are captive slaves whom you can have sex with. This has been the traditional understanding and as such many scholars have said that if you capture women prisoners of war or buy and enslave women then to have sex with them is sanctioned by the Qur’an. I cannot say it is only in the hadith and goes against a clear ruling of the Qur’an which many acts perpetrated by so-called muslims undertake, so we must look to the Qur’an to make sure that this interpretation does not create a contradiction with other verses which is a method that the majority do not employ; ancestral worship of everything we understand overrules the Qur’an many a time.

If we were to ignore what the Qur’an may or not say, think out of the box, and consider what is being proposed and put into practice by some, then being a compassionate, thinking human being you should be shocked and ashamed by what is being understood from the Qur’an and if not then you are indoctrinated beyond redemption. Accepting a falsehood, however many believe it, for however long it has been believed, cannot and must not be acceptable to anyone who has a warm heart and thinking mind. Contemplate: The Mongols mass raped women of their enemies and what the Japanese did to Chinese women in the Second World War is on an unimaginable scale of suffering, so does the abuse of women by all societies throughout all of history have Divine legitimacy in the Qu’ran? You cannot be serious! Think! Qur’anic principles, rules, must be universally applicable to all of humanity and if we can do it to them, then do not mind if it is done to you or your own! Have you contemplated this point to enlightened understanding?

Historical Understanding Exposed

The following is from a website and shows the another level of depravity some ‘scholars’ have shrunk to. http://islamqa.info/en/10382: Quote:
Al-Tabari said:
Allah says, “And those who guard their chastity” i.e., protect their private parts from doing everything that Allah has forbidden, but they are not to blame if they do not guard their chastity from their wives or from the female slaves whom their rights hands possess. Tafseer al-Tabari, 29/84
Ibn Katheer said:
Taking a concubine as well as a wife is permissible according to the law of Ibraaheem (peace be upon him). Ibraaheem did that with Haajar, when he took her as a concubine when he was married to Saarah. Tafseer Ibn Katheer, 1/383
And Ibn Katheer also said:
The phrase “and those (slaves) whom your right hand possesses — whom Allah has given to you” [al-Ahzaab 33:50] means, it is permissible for you take concubines from among those whom you seized as war booty. He took possession of Safiyyah and Juwayriyah and he freed them and married them; he took possession of Rayhaanah bint Sham’oon al-Nadariyyah and Maariyah al-Qibtiyyah, the mother of his son Ibraaheem (peace be upon them both), and they were among his concubines, may Allah be pleased with them both. Tafseer Ibn Katheer, 3/500
The scholars are unanimously agreed that it is permissible.
Ibn Qudaamah said:
There is no dispute (among the scholars) that it is permissible to take concubines and to have intercourse with one's slave woman, because Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“And those who guard their chastity (i.e. private parts from illegal sexual acts).
Except from their wives or the (women slaves) whom their right hands possess for (then) they are not blameworthy. [al-Ma’aarij 70:29-30]
Maariyah al-Qibtiyyah was the umm walad (a slave woman who bore her master a child) of the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), and she was the mother of Ibraaheem, the son of the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), of whom he said, “Her son set her free.” Haajar, the mother of Isma’eel (peace be upon him), was the concubine of Ibraaheem the close friend (khaleel) of the Most Merciful (peace be upon him). ‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab (may Allah be pleased with him) had a number of slave women who bore him children, to each of whom he left four hundred in his will. ‘Ali (may Allah be pleased with him) had slave women who bore him children, as did many of the Sahaabah. ‘Ali ibn al-Husayn, al-Qaasim ibn Muhammad and Saalim ibn ‘Abd-Allah were all born from slave mothers
Al-Mughni, 10/441
Al-Shaafa’i (may Allah have mercy on him) said:
Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“And those who guard their chastity (i.e. private parts from illegal sexual acts).
Except from their wives or the (women slaves) whom their right hands possess for (then) they are not blameworthy.”
[al-Ma’aarij 70:29-30]
The Book of Allah indicates that the sexual relationships that are permitted are only of two types, either marriage or those (women slaves) whom one’s right hand possesses.
Al-Umm, 5/43.
The wife has no right to object to her husband owning female slaves or to his having intercourse with them. And Allah knows best. [Please note the ‘Allah knows best’ at the end of any nobody’s post when they go against the Qur’an]
Abul A’La Maududi, from his The Meaning of the Qur’an, vol. 3, p. 237 who has the following to say:
“The Qur’an in Sura 23:5-6 says:
23:5 [Most certainly true believers] . . . guard their private parts scrupulously, except with regard to their wives and those who are legally in their possession, for in that case they shall not be blameworthy.
Maududi writes:
Two categories of women have been excluded from the general command of guarding the private parts: (a) wives, (b) women who are legally in one’s possession, i.e. slave-girls. Thus the verse clearly lays down the law that one is allowed to have sexual relation with one’s slave-girl as with one’s wife, the basis being possession and not marriage. If marriage had been the condition, the slave-girl also would have been included among the wives, and there was no need to mention them separately. (Ibid. p. 241, note 7)” End quote.

The above ‘scholarly’ understanding says that if you buy and or enslave a woman, she becomes your concubine; you may have any number of concubines and you may have sexual relations with them. The “law of Ibraheem” comes from the Bible and if I am not mistaken the ‘muslim scholars’ should be submitting to the Will of Allah, not the will of some anonymous author of a Bible book! It has also been understood in relation to the circumstances of that time, 1400 years ago, when muslims were fighting non-muslims and the pre-Islamic practice of capturing men and women for slaves in war situations was continued! May we continue to bury our new-born baby girls just because it was an Arabic jahil, ignorant, practice? We may, if you are that way inclined, also understand this in the sense that the Qur’an forbade the trade and abuse of women and it is only referring to those women already in their possession, but Youtube,2015, has videos of young ISIS mass murderers, erect in anticipation for their share of the captive women, some Christian, some Yazidi, but also musliminahs of different sects who are classed by them as kuffar, infidels [kuffar actually means denier of the truth]. The women, some girls, are certainly not going into this ‘relationship’ voluntarily, so is the Qur’an guilty of supporting and continuing their mass rape as advocated by the so-called scholars above? Hardly!
What is appallingly hypocritical of some scholars is that they will proudly boast that the Messenger started a process that eliminated slavery in the Arabian lands, they have the Qur’an and hadith to show that slaves were freed completely over time, but then accept without question the enslavement/possession of women by men for the pleasure of men! We will see that women can also have sex with male slaves, servants, if you are that way inclined to this illegitimate understanding.

Let us now begin the destruction of this vulgar interpretation; As we will see there is no meaning from the Qur’an for this phrase as slaves let alone sex slaves.

Slave vs Ibadah and Yateem
58:3 But those who divorce their wives by Zihar, then wish to go back on the words they uttered (It is ordained that such a one) should free a slave before they touch each other: Thus are ye admonished to perform: and God is well-acquainted with (all) that ye do.

16:75 God sets forth the Parable (of two men: one) a slave under the dominion of another; He has no power of any sort; and (the other) a man on whom We have bestowed goodly favours from Ourselves, and he spends thereof (freely), privately and publicly: are the two equal? (By no means;) praise be to God. But most of them understand not.
Abraham is described as a slave or servant of Allah which is not the negative, bondage form, but what our relationship to God should be. [Ibadah = Subservience = Obeying God = Obeying God by serving His creation = Following His laws for developing character = Worship which applies in the sense of idol ‘worship’ alone.]
37:111Innahu min AAibadina almu/mineena
37:111He was one of Our truly believing servants[slaves]
Maa malakat aimanukum are not in the above verses but they have translated the words Yateem and abd as slaves, so what is going on? We will start off by looking at the meaning of the words in maa malakat aimanukum.

From the Dictionary of the Qur’an by GA Parwez:
The root of this word as M-L-K م ل ک
“مَلْکٌ” (mulk): to have the capacity, to have the power, to dominate and be overpowering {M}. It also means authority and intent, firm basis, the support on which something is established. That is why water and food and other such things are called “مِلْکٌ” (milk) because they support the life on earth.
The Arabs say “لِیْ فِی الْوَادِیْ مَلُکٌ” (li fil waadi milk) which means “this valley has grazing land, water and cattle and every other thing”. In the desert, water is the greatest life sustaining thing, so it is called “مِلْکٌ” (milk).“لَیْسَ لَہُمْ مَلْکٌ” (laisa lahum milk): they do not have water.
The Arabs have a proverb which says “اَلْمَاءُ مَلَکَ اَمْرَہٗ” (al-maa’u malak amruhu) which means “water rectifies everything, or takes care of every matter” i.e. one who has water is independent and everything is sorted out for him {L}.
Anything with which any matter is set right and reaches its peak is called “مِلَاکُ الْاَمْرِ” (milaakul amr).
“مِلَاکٌ” (milaakun) also means plaster {T, F}, because with it stones, etc. are set right.
“مَلَکَ العَجِیْنَ یَمْلِکُہٗ” (malakal ajeena yamlikhu): to knead the flour well, so that all its elements become homogenous or mixed well {T, F}.
Nawab Siddiq Hassan Khan says that the characteristic of this root (M-L-K) is strength and intensity {Al-ilm-ul-Khafaaq}.
“مَلْکُ الطَّرِیْقِ” (malkut tareeq), “مِلْکُ الطَّرِیْقِ” (milkut tareeq), “مُلْکُ الطَّرِیْقِ” (mulkut tareeq): the limit of a path, and also the middle or big part of a path {T, F}.
“مَلَکُوْتٌ” (malakuut): respect and authority, government and statehood. This word is also used to mean “a great country”, but the word is particular to mean “Allah’s authority”, because complete authority in the universe belongs to Allah. He alone supports the universe and is the basis for it and all operations therein are due to Him.
“مَالِکٌ” (maalik): a man of authority and right.
In Surah An-Nahal verse (16:73) “لَایَمْلِکُ” (la yamliku) i.e. not have power has been further elaborated by the term “لَا یَسْتَطِیْعُوْنَ” (la yastati-oon) i.e. cannot possibly have power.
Similarly “مَمْلُوْکٌ” (mumlook) has been explained by “لا یَقْدِرُ عَلٰی شَیْءٍ” (la yaqaadiru ala shaiyin) in (16:75) i.e. on which there is no authority or right.
Surah Yasin has clarified that “مَالِکٌ” (maalik) is one who is obeyed by another.
Surah Al-Baqra 2:246 (in respect of Taalot) has the commander is one who has authority. In the verse adjacent to it, the meaning of “مُلْکٌ” (mulk) is also authority.
20:87 the promise we made to you, was not broken intentionally {T}”
The above explanations make it obvious that while by “مَالِکٌ” (maalik) it is meant that Allah has complete right and authority, it is also conceived that it is thus so that the system of the universe proceeds rightly and according to His laws not for some oppressive purpose, and so that everything continues to get what is essential for its existence.

Aimanukum Y-M-N ی م ن
“اَلْیُمْنُ” (al-yumn): profusion, not physically but in effect.
“اَلْمَیْمَنَۃُ” (al-maimanah): profusion towards the right side.
“اَلْیَمَنُ” (al-yaman): on the right side.
“اَلْیَمَنُ” (al-yameen): right hand, on the right side. It also means “strength” {R}.
“یَمِیْنٌ” (yameen): to promise or to swear. The plural is “اَیْمَانٌ” (aimaan). The Arabs used to strike their right hand over the other when they swore {T, M}
18:18On their right and their left sides
28:30From the corner of the blessed valley (or from the right corner of the valley)
To mean “oath” the word “اَیْمَانُکُمْ” (aimaanukum) has been used in (2:224).
For “marriage” the words “عَقَدَتْ اَیْمَانُکُمْ” (a’qadat aimaanukum) has been used in (4:33).
To mean “blessing”, the words “اَصْحَابَ الْیَمِیْنِ” (ashaabil yameen) have been used in (56:27), and also
“اَصْحَابُ الْمَیْمَنَۃِ” (ashaabul maimanah) in (56:8), but they can also mean “those on the right side”.
“اَلطُّوْرِ الْاَیْمَنِ” (at-tooril aiman): power (19:52).
37:93Ibrahim struck the statues (idols) with full might or power
In the same surah a little earlier it is said:
37:28they will say that you used to come to us with tremendous strength and means (and thus used to prevent us from adopting the path of the truth)
At several places the Qur’an has said “مَا مَلَکَتْ اَیْمَانُکُمْ” (ma malakat aimaanukum). Literally it means “whose possessors”. At some places this phrase means “those who are your subordinates or under you” as in (4:36).

Malik in the Qur’an
2:258 Think of the one who adamantly argued with Abraham about his Lord because God had given him power. Abraham said to him, “My Lord is He Who gives life and causes death." He answered, “I give life and cause death.” Abraham said, “God makes the sun rise from the East; make it rise from the West.” Thereupon the rejecter remained dumbfounded. God does not guide people who choose to do wrong. [Nimrod Shaddad, King of Babylon, Abraham’s contemporary and staunch enemy, used to proclaim divinity. Being a tyrant he could impose or revoke death penalty]
L-mul’ka the kingdom? This is not describing a malik as a tyrant but the kingdom he ruled and thought was his.
18:79 "As for the boat, it belonged to poor people working on the river, and I wished to make it defective. For, behind them was a king who was taking every (good) boat by force.

Malikun a king- a malik that was a tyrant.
43:51 (As Moses was being widely accepted,) Pharaoh kept announcing to his people, "O My people! Is not mine the kingdom of Egypt, and these streams flowing beneath me? Why! Do you not see then, (that I am your Lord Supreme?) [79:24]
fir'ʿawnu Firaun was a tyrant but this is not a malik
mul'ku (the) kingdom – describes the land not the malik ruling it.
In 18:79 a malik can be described as a tyrant, one who acts wrongly, in the Qur’an.
From the above we can come to a sensible and reasoned conclusion that what your right hands possess is a positive phrase, one that in no shape or form means a slave or a sex slave. Authority over a person must be based on what is right, and slavery cannot be considered a righteous situation. If the Qur’an uses ‘right’ to describe only good things, then the authority over a human being of maa malakat aimanukum has to be ‘right’.

Right hand man- - a person who contributes to the fulfilment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose.
Right minded- Having ideas and views based on what is right or intended to be right.
Right hand of God-Is to be identified as being in the special place of honour.
Power in the right hand- rule and authority by law.

Ma malakat aymanukum
What your right hands possess (2nd person masculine plural) (4:25; 4:36; 24:33)
Ma malakat yaminuka
What your right hands possess (2nd person masculine single) (33:50; 33:52)
Alazeena malakat ayymanukum
Those whom your right hands possess (2nd person masculine plural) (24:58)
Ma malakat aymanuhum
What their right hands possess (3rd person masculine plural) (16:71; 23:6)
Ma malakat aymanuhunna
What their right hands possess (3rd person feminine plural) (24:31; 33:55)

What your right hands possesses is not gender specific and as an idiomatic expression, and can be understood as applying to ‘those that one keeps in protection and honour’. Concubine, sex slave, it is not!

Quran: A Reformist Translation- Edip Yuksel

I have questioned, challenged, rebutted Edip over his 19 perversion so I am not in his ‘friends’ category, but he has this to say:
The word YaMYN means "right hand" or metaphorically "right," "power" or "control." However, its plural form aYMaN is consistently mentioned in the Quran to mean not "right hands" but to mean "oaths" or "promises," implying the mutual nature of the relationship (See 4:33 5:89; 9:12; 16:91-94; 2:224-225; 30:28; 66:2; 5:53; 6:109). This unique Quranic usage is similar to the semantic difference between the singular and plural forms of the word Ayat (signs) (see 2:106).
The expression in question, thus could be translated as "those whom your oaths/contracts have rights over" or "those whom you hold rights through your contracts," or by reading aYMaN (oaths/contracts) as an object rather than a subject, "those who hold/possess your contracts." The marriage declaration is a mutual partnership between two sexes and is formed by participation of family members.

Captives and Slaves

In order to see if slavery can be understood from this term we should have a look whether the Qur’an allows slavery.
9:6 If anyone of the idolaters seeks your protection or a safe passage, grant him state protection. Convey to him the Word of God, and then escort him to his destiny where he feels safe and secure. This kindness on your part is mandatory since they are a people unaware (of the beauty of Islam).
Here the enslavement of captured prisoners of war is absent, rather it says escort them to a place of safety, free them!
17:70 Surely, We have conferred dignity on children of Adam (as a birth right, regardless of where the child is born), and provided them with transport on land and sea and given them decent things of life. We have favoured them over very many of those whom We have created. [40:57, 79:27-33]

47:4 If you meet the disbelievers in battle, strike at their command centres, until you have subdued them, then, bind them firmly. And thereafter, there must be an act of kindness or ransom when the battle lays down its weapons. If God willed, He could punish them Himself, but that He may let you be tested by means of one another (as to who remains steadfast.) As for those who are slain in the way of God, He does not render their actions vain.
[Free the captives as an act of kindness or ransom, such as in exchange for your men in their captivity. There is no third option. Fadharb ar-riqaab is usually rendered as ‘smite their necks.’ A little contemplation, however, makes it plain that in a battle of swords and arrows no commander would order his soldiers to aim for the necks alone. Therefore, the term has been used idiomatically, indicating knocking out the command centres. It is interesting to note that even in today’s encounters with high technology this principle is given a top priority. This verse halted slavery since the source of slaves and concubines used to be battles and raids. 8:67, 90:13]

8:67 It is beyond the dignity of a Messenger to hold any captives except during warfare in the region. You may desire the fleeting gains of this world, but God advocates the Hereafter. God is Almighty, Wise. (He knows your true welfare.)
[The captives must be freed at the conclusion of hostilities by way of kindness, for ransom, or by exchange of prisoners of war. There is no other option. 47:4, 90:13]

90:13 Freeing others from bondage, physical or mental, and from any social, economic or political oppression. [Freeing the neck includes all the above meanings and establishing the System wherein the only Master is God]
The above is crystal clear that any captives are to be released and not enslaved. Neither do they say that whilst they are in your possession you may rape and abuse them. Men and woman are accorded the same respect and dignity in the Qur’an and if a female can be captured and raped, then why a wife, sister, daughter or mother cannot, have sex with a captured male prisoner? If it is allowed for the gander it should be allowed for the goose!
46:19 And for all there will be ranks according to what they did so that He may recompense their actions. And they will face no injustice.

49:13 O Mankind! We have created you male and female, and have made you nations and tribes that you may recognize one another. Certainly, the most honoured among you in the Sight of God is the one who is best in conduct. God is Knower, Aware.
Y Ali has this translation:
4:19. O YE WHO BELIEVE! YE ARE FORBIDDEN TO INHERIT WOMEN AGAINST THEIR WILL. Nor should ye treat them with harshness, that ye may Take away part of the dower ye have given them, -except where they have been guilty of open lewdness; on the contrary live with them on a footing of kindness and equity. If ye take a dislike to them it may be that ye dislike a thing, and Allah brings about through it a great deal of good.
If you cannot inherit women against their will, then you cannot inherit women captured in war against their will! So, 100% we can say the Qur’an does not permit enslaving anyone.

Free the Slaves?

So what about the Qur’an saying to free slaves? This surely means slavery is allowed! Every nation has had slavery of one form or another through historical periods; some still do so today! The Arabs at the time of Revelation had slaves but as we have just seen the doors for obtaining more slaves were firmly shut by the Qur’an. If we take the phrase “what your right hands possess” to mean slaves then this is past tense, what is already in you possession and the Qur’an says to free these. This is done not in a mass freeing that would render a society unable to cope with the enormous social upheaval, but one of gradual, unrelenting freeing:
4:92 It is not conceivable that a believer will slay another believer unless it be by mistake. If one kills a believer by mistake, there is the duty of freeing a believing person from bondage; may it be slavery, extreme poverty, crushing debt or oppression. And pay compensation to the victim's family unless they forgo it by way of charity. In case the victim was a believer and belonged to a tribe who are at war with you, free a believing person from bondage. If the victim was a believer, and belonged to a tribe with whom you have a peace treaty, you should pay the compensation to his family in addition to freeing a believing person from bondage. For those who find this settlement beyond their means, two consecutive months of ‘Saum’ are ordained by way of repentance from God. God is the Knower, the Wise. [‘Saum’ 2:183. The State will help if the violator is old, sick or poor. 4:64]
4:93 Whoever slays a believer intentionally, his or her punishment is Hell to abide therein, God will reject him and an awful suffering is prepared for him. [Unjust killing of any human being, regardless of colour, creed, religion or sex is a grievous offense that is tantamount to slaying the entire humankind. So, the offender shall be punished accordingly. Intentional murder of any human being is also a crime against the State, therefore, the State would be responsible for tracing, and bringing the offender to justice. Qisaas = The duty of tracing an offender for just recompense. 2:178, 5:32-33]
The word raqab means those in bondage, including slavery and economically.
5:89 God will not call you to account for vain utterances of your oaths. He will hold you accountable for your deliberate and intentional oaths. If you violate such oaths, that would be a transgression against your own ‘self’. If you do violate an oath, the expiation for that is: Feeding ten needy persons of what is standard for your own family, or clothing them - Or, freeing one human being from bondage, whether it is slavery, extreme poverty, heavy debt, or oppression. If you do not have the means to do so, then fast for three days. This is the expiation of your (breaking of) intentional oaths. But be mindful of your oaths. God explains His messages, so that you may have reason to be grateful. [‘Saum’, Abstinence 2:183]

2:177 (One obvious result of sectarianism is their pre-occupation with rituals. This is because each sect leaves the Book aside and makes its own set of dogmas they call religion). No wonder, they forget that) Righteousness and exponential development of personality is not in that you turn your faces to the East and the West. But righteous is he who has conviction in Allah and the Last Day and the Angels and the Book and the Messengers. And he gives his wealth that he loves in reverence of Him, to: - Family and relatives - Orphans - Widows - Those left helpless in the society - Those whose hard-earned income fails to meet their basic needs - Those whose running businesses have stalled - The ones who have lost their jobs - Whose life has stalled for any reason - The disabled - The needy wayfarer, son of the street, the homeless, the one who travels to you for assistance - Those who ask for help, and - Those whose necks are burdened with any kind of bondage, oppression, crushing debts and extreme hardship of labour. (‘Yatim’, ‘Miskin’, ‘Ibnis Sabeel’, ‘Fir-Riqab’ carry all the meanings given above). They (the truly righteous) strive to establish the Divine System and set up the Just Economic Order. They are true to their promises whenever they make a promise. They remain steadfast in physical or emotional distress and in times of peril. It is they that have proved to be practically true, and it is they, they that indeed journey through life in Blissful honour and security. (2:4, 3:91).
The above has those in bondage should be freed of their burdens, not enslaved further, and the next is unequivocal as well:

Surah 90. Al-Balad – The Town
[Author’s Note] This is the 90th Surah of the Qur’an. It has 20 Short verses. The Town refers to Makkah, the birthplace of the exalted Messenger. The way to Success is like a steep hill, tiring but rewarding, taking one to new heights. God has shown man the two ways, one of virtue and the other of vice, and given him free will to make his choices. ‘Wa’ in many Surahs and verses is most commonly rendered as - God says, “I swear!” - The alternative meanings in the Quraish dialect are, ‘Witness’, ‘Reflect’, ‘Consider’. Adopted by some outstanding commentators these latter meanings are not only much more fitting to the context in every single instance, but beautifully blend with the Big Picture of the Qur’an.
With the Glorious Name of God, the Instant and Sustaining Source of all Mercy and Kindness
90:1 Nay, I present this very Town as witness.
90:2 The Town where (O Messenger) you have lived.
90:3 And where your ancestors have multiplied.
90:4 We have created the human being for struggle and toil. [This is the Town where Abraham and Ishmael laboured, and where Messenger Muhammad began his strife to raise the Name of his Lord. 2:125-127]
90:5 Does he think that none has power over him?
90:6 He keeps boasting, “I have wasted so much wealth!”
90:7 What! Does he think that no one sees him? [How much and where he spends it]
90:8 Did We not give him two eyes? [‘Ainain = Two physical eyes = The sense of sight, and vision of the heart = Sight and insight]
90:9 And a tongue and a pair of lips? [The ability to speak and converse meaningfully]
90:10 And shown him the two highways? [Of virtue and vice]
90:11 But he seldom tries the uphill road, the Ascent.
90:13 FREEING OTHERS FROM BONDAGE. [FAKKU RAQABAH = FREEING OF NECK] RAQABAH = Neck. FAKKU RAQABAH = Freeing of neck = Freeing from bondage = Emancipation.
The Qur’an not only bans the enslaving of others, it says to free any slaves that you come across.

Continuing with Sex Slaves
Some commentators have accepted the viewpoint that when the phrase is used in some Qur’anic verses it is speaking about what slaves some people already owned and who already ‘had them’. These were to be freed and, as we have seen, no new slaves were allowed. Does the Qur’an allow the continuance of wrong, keeping slaves or sex slaves, until they are freed? The answer, of course, is no. You may, as I have already stated above, have a case for gradually freeing slaves, allowing them to adjust to the freedom of societies, but whilst this is going on they must be humanely treated. It would be better to ‘free’ them and keep them in your care until their adjustment; make them paid employees, servants with all the rights that the Qur’an gives human beings. The Qur’an is quite clear that those who do wrong must renounce their falsehood and start a new life based on truth and justice.
Where is the justice in keeping slaves and exploiting them?
3:85 Whoever seeks as a Way of Life other than Islam (Submission to God), it will never be accepted from him, and in the life Hereafter, he will be among those who have completely lost their investments. [This is because the Deen (Religion) of the entire Universe is Submission]
3:86 How else would God guide a people who go back to their old ways of disbelief after experiencing the blessings of faith, and after witnessing that the Messenger was indeed truthful as he has produced the clear evidence of reality (in the form of the State of Madinah). God does not show the lighted road to those who choose to do wrong, and thus, hurt their own ‘self’.
[Zaalimeen = Oppressors = Those who hurt themselves or others = Who displace something from its rightful place = Who relegate the truth = Those who choose to do wrong = Violators of human rights = Misdirected = Those who prefer to live in the darkness of ignorance = Commonly translated as wrongdoers. This verse 3:86 very much applies to today’s Muslims. The Messenger (S) did establish the Divine System in the State of Madinah as a living witness to the Qur’anic truth]
3:87 They are the ones whose logical recompense is God's rejection, and that of the angels, and of humanity at large. [Rejecters of the Divine laws trail behind in the community of nations. Angels = laws or forces in Nature]
3:88 They will abide in this state. Their torment will neither be diminished, nor will they be given further respite.
3:89 Except those who practically repent by ceasing their transgressions, start journeying in the right direction and, thus, take corrective action. God is Absolver of faults, Nourisher of the Universe. [The terms Taubah, Ghafoor and Raheem have been translated according to the Quraish lexicon]
3:90 As for those who reject faith after choosing to believe, and then, go on adding to their defiance of belief, their repentance will not be accepted. For, they are those who have chosen the wrong direction. [4:18]

‘Grandfather Clause’
Women were kept for pleasure in Arab and other societies, so the Qur’an could be explaining that they should be legally married to you if you have previously used them for sex, they should not be abandoned. Though the Qur’an speaks about the law of requital, what you sow you reap, so wrong acts produce wrong results, there is a ‘grandfather clause’ meaning in the Qur’an which allows for the continuation of a wrong if it had occurred in the past when you were not aware of it and stopping it would cause more problems. In other words, stop the wrong by not doing it again but do not harm someone further if you have already harmed them. There is the other option was to marry them off to other suitable husbands and eventually there would be no more slaves left in the society. This happened at the time of the Messenger where the freeing of the slaves when people become muslims in a gradual manner led to a complete change in Arab society with no adverse effects on the economy or population; compare this to the abolition of slavery in America which led to a civil war with approximately one million deaths.

Concubines and Wives

In the above YouTube post, Nouman Ali Khan ‘defends’ the rape sex with captured women by saying any woman would much prefer to go along with this than stay in a prisoner of war camp. How non-combatant women are made “prisoners of war” is not addressed and as for treating them humanely, not an option in their twisted ideology. Other scholars preach that women in society fall into two categories; the ones that become married and the ones that become free property, prostitutes. The context of this is why men are allowed to have more than one wife; as there are more women in society then would it be better for your sister to become a second, third or fourth wife to one man, or remain single and become a prostitute! Other scholars following the school of thought of those at the beginning of this chapter have reasoned that it is better to have concubines, with their ‘rights’ as well as their children being legal legitimate heirs to their father’s wealth, than allow the women to freely patrol the streets as prostitutes. Both scholarly unthinking points of view have these two options only and they are trying to defend the wrong ideology rather than understand it properly!. The Qur’an says:
24:33 Let those who cannot find a match keep chaste until God grants them sufficiency out of His bounty.

We have a clear verse that states those who cannot marry should stay chaste, virtuous, unsullied etc. This applies to both men and women and becoming a sex slave, a concubine of a man is not marriage in anyone’s book except the zaalims who advocate this filth.

The capturing of women and concubinage is not in the Qur’an; there is no equivalent verse in this Book to the ones in the Bible which forms the bases for most, if not all the dirty goings on in the hadith and teachings of the five schools of irrational thought in the number 2, backward Islam. Here are two passages from the Bible allowing for the mass murder of prisoners of war and distributing the women captives amongst the Children of Israel.
Bible Numbers 31
31:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
31:2 Avenge the children of Israel of the Midianites: afterward shalt thou be gathered unto thy people.
31:3 And Moses spake unto the people, saying, Arm some of yourselves unto the war, and let them go against the Midianites, and avenge the LORD of Midian.
31:4 Of every tribe a thousand, throughout all the tribes of Israel, shall ye send to the war.
31:5 So there were delivered out of the thousands of Israel, a thousand of every tribe, twelve thousand armed for war.
31:6 And Moses sent them to the war, a thousand of every tribe, them and Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest, to the war, with the holy instruments, and the trumpets to blow in his hand.
31:7 And they warred against the Midianites, as the LORD commanded Moses; and they slew all the males
31:8 And they slew the kings of Midian, beside the rest of them that were slain; namely, Evi, and Rekem, and Zur, and Hur, and Reba, five kings of Midian: Balaam also the son of Beor they slew with the sword.
31:9 And the children of Israel took all the women of Midian captives, and their little ones, and took the spoil of all their cattle, and all their flocks, and all their goods.
31:10 And they burnt all their cities wherein they dwelt, and all their goodly castles, with fire.
31:11 And they took all the spoil, and all the prey, both of men and of beasts.
31:12 And they brought the captives, and the prey, and the spoil, unto Moses, and Eleazar the priest, and unto the congregation of the children of Israel, unto the camp at the plains of Moab, which are by Jordan near Jericho.
31:13 And Moses, and Eleazar the priest, and all the princes of the congregation, went forth to meet them without the camp.
31:14 And Moses was wroth with the officers of the host, with the captains over thousands, and captains over hundreds, which came from the battle.
31:15 And Moses said unto them, Have ye saved all the women alive?
31:16 Behold, these caused the children of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam, to commit trespass against the LORD in the matter of Peor, and there was a plague among the congregation of the LORD
31:17 Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him.
31:18 But all the women children, that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves.

Deuteronomy 21:
21:10 When thou goest forth to war against thine enemies, and the LORD thy God hath delivered them into thine hands, and thou hast taken them captive,
21:11 And seest among the captives a beautiful woman, and hast a desire unto her, that thou wouldest have her to thy wife;
21:12 Then thou shalt bring her home to thine house, and she shall shave her head, and pare her nails;
21:13 And she shall put the raiment of her captivity from off her, and shall remain in thine house, and bewail her father and her mother a full month: and after that thou shalt go in unto her, and be her husband, and she shall be thy wife.
21:14 And it shall be, if thou have no delight in her, then thou shalt let her go whither she will; but thou shalt not sell her at all for money, thou shalt not make merchandise of her, because thou hast humbled her.
21:15 If a man have two wives, one beloved, and another hated, and they have born him children, both the beloved and the hated; and if the firstborn son be hers that was hated:
21:16 Then it shall be, when he maketh his sons to inherit that which he hath, that he may not make the son of the beloved firstborn before the son of the hated, which is indeed the firstborn:
21:17 But he shall acknowledge the son of the hated for the firstborn, by giving him a double portion of all that he hath: for he is the beginning of his strength; the right of the firstborn is his.

AW in the Qur’an

Aw has been used by the Qur’an in various meanings but it is unfortunate that our scholars of the highest eruditeness have never used these different meanings.
(1) AW as OR in ayah 5/6.
(2) AW as ATAF In Baqara three kinds of people have been mentioned i.e. first of all Momin, second Kuffar & thirdly Munafiq. Each group with two far detached examples in the same surah of each group have been subjected to Aataf through AW. In 2/17 & 19 two examples of Munafiqeen while in ayat 2/171 & 259, two examples of kuffar & in 2/261 & 265 two examples of Momineen have been subjected to Aataf. In ayah 2/17 Kaf has been used as Harf-e-tashbih. Now this example has been subjected to Ataf in ayah 2/19. Now two examples of kuffar in 2/171 & the next is ayah 2/259.
(3) Aw for "But/Rather in ayah 37/147 has been used.
(4) AW with meanings " Till or until " in ayah 48/16.
(5) Aw as " sometimes " in ayah 7/4.
(6) AW as AND in ayah 76/24.
(7) AW for DOUBT in ayah 23/113.
(8) AW with meaning of Waw tafseer (YANI) in ayah 3/167

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