Is child sex exploitation a Muslim problem?

Many Muslims know and understand fully that sex with captives of war and slaves is halal (allowed by Allah). 

Quran (4:24) – ” Also (prohibited are) women already married, except those whom your right hands possess: Thus hath Allah ordained (Prohibitions) against you: Except for these, all others are lawful, provided ye seek (them in marriage) with gifts from your property,- desiring chastity, not lust, seeing that ye derive benefit from them, give them their dowers (at least) as prescribed; but if, after a dower is prescribed, agree Mutually (to vary it), there is no blame on you, and Allah is All-knowing, All-wise.”


Muslims always talk about context. So here is the context of this verse:

Abu Sa’id al-Khudri (Allah her pleased with him) reported that at the Battle of Hanain Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) sent an army to Autas and encountered the enemy and fought with them. Having overcome them and taken them captives, the Companions of Allah’s Messenger (may peace te upon him) seemed to refrain from having intercourse with captive women because of their husbands being polytheists. Then Allah, Most High, sent down regarding that:” And women already married, except those whom your right hands possess (4:24)” (i. e. they were lawful for them when their ‘Idda period came to an end).

(Sahih Muslim book 8 hadith number 3432)


The pracitice of having sex with slaves is familiar throughout islamic scripture. It is mentioned in the Quran (23:5-6 and 4:3 33:50) Also Sahih Bukhari 5:59:459 and other Sahih (authentic) hadiths (including Muslim and Abu Dawud) all encourage rape of captives of war. 

So why are non Muslim women in the West falling victim to Muslim rape gangs?

Dar al-Harb means “house of war”; (also referred to as dar al-Garb “house of the West” in later Ottoman sources) it’s an Islamic term used for countries which are not under Islamic rule. Although rape is illegal under sharia (although rarely proven due to the 4 male witness ruling) it is halal to rape captives. Many Muslims see the West as being at war with Islam because we fall under the Dar al- Harb category. Therefore infidels are concidered fair game. And under the law of Allah (sharia) sex with captives and slaves is legal. To many Muslims the law of Allah is far more superior than man made laws and should be followed.

We can tell through Muhammad’s example, teachings and deeds (hadiths), that women and children were meant as “war booty” and held as captives/slaves. We also know that Muhammad’s definition of a “child” is very wrong indeed. Muhammad had sex with Abu Bakr’s daughter when she was 9 and he was 54. We also know that when Muhammad took the Banu Qurayza Jews he made the males drop their trousers and executed anyone with public hair, thus leaving the very young. Muhammad also lusted after young girls (Musnad Ahmad #25636)

As rape and pedophilia are both allowed within Islam, this is what has lead to the rise of Muslim grooming gangs across the globe.

And if you think this isn’t relevant today, and not taught within Islam today, please read these following fatwas:

“Ruling on having intercourse with a slave woman when one has a wife”
(Islam Q&A, Fatwa No. 10382, November 24, 2005)

“Husband forcing his wife to have intercourse”
(Islam Q&A, Fatwa No. 33597)

“Intercourse with a slave woman is not regarded as zina (adultery)”
(Islam Q&A, Fatwa No. 20802)

“Recently I saw a question on the status of women taken as prisoners during Jihad” 
(Mufti Ebrahim Desai,, Fatwa No. 10896)

“What is a slave girls in islam?” 
(Mufti Ebrahim Desai,, Fatwa No. 14421.)

“A daughter accusing her father of sexual abuse”
(Islamweb, Fatwa No. 156817, May 18, 2011)



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