Horrible practices and institutions, such sexual slavery and concubinage, are spelled out loud and clear in the Quran and hadiths, but even the most decent of Muslims, who would abhor such practices as much as anyone else, also fail to grasp that such things exist in Islam.

It’s quite surprising what you find blatantly expressed in the Islamic texts that few Muslims actually give a thought about.

I am guilty of that myself.

As a child I had always recited verses that mentioned ‘right hand possessions’, but it was only a few years ago that I wondered what that meant. Looking through the related hadiths and tafseers (exegeses), I was shocked to learn that it referred to sexual slaves. It seems that widows and children of non-Muslim men, who were killed in battles waged by Muslims during the Islamic prophet, Muhammad’s time, were taken in as sexual slaves. (More than 70 battles were waged. All but one were offensive.)

In denial the way a child would deny his father is a rapist, I counselled fellow religious friends from the Muslims Student Association about the issue (I later realized that the MSA is an Islamic supremacist group with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and Saudi Arabia). I asked them innocently what the term ‘right hand possessions’ means in the Quran. The ‘brothers’ confirmed what I wished not to hear. And, with absolutely no shame about it and a grin on their faces, they told me it’s a matter that should never be brought up in front of kafirs (infidels).

This concept of concealing your faith to protect or propagate Islam is called taqiyyah. Muslims in Europe are not as concerned about that anymore and are more brazen about what they want to do to European women.

This really should have been no surprise to me, though, given the fact that the Islamic prophet himself had sex slaves, or forced widows to marry him:

  1. Rayhana bint Zaid bin Amru was 15 and Muhammad was 56 years old when he attached the Jewish tribe of Banu Qariiza. He took her as a sex slave after she refused to convert to Islam to be his wife.
  2. Juwayriya bint al-Harith was 20 and Muhammad was 58 years old when the Muslims attacked her Jewish tribe, the Banu Mustaliq. She was taken as a sex slave for one of the Muslims. She begged Muhammad to free her, and he allowed that on the condition she marry him.
  3. Safiyyah bint Huyayy was 17 and Muhammad was 60 years old when he attacked the Jews of Khaybar and tortured her husband to death. On their first night, she was a right hand possession, and was lately swiftly made to marry him (as if the mock marriage makes it all morally justifiable...)
  4. Maria the Copt was a Christian slave Muhammad received as a gift from a ruler in Egypt.

A video made by Zaki Ameen that shows the naked truth as it is. Warning: Sexually explicit content!

At the end of this article is a comprehensive list of verses and supporting hadiths that indicate clearly that not only were concubines permitted and encouraged, but that the rapists (no euphemism here) were discouraged by Muhammad from performing coitus interruptus. Yes, they actually had to keep their penises inside while ejaculating, thus potentially adding a permanent memory of the rape.

The list is comprehensive, but I am no genius here. Not long ago, I happened to run into an interesting series of Arabic YouTube videos on the matter (Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3).

The videos show an interview an Iqra channel hostess had with two Islamic scholars. She is asking them how Muslims can respond to accusations that Islam permits concubinage. The scholars’ reactions are rather telling, with one sheikh engaging in mental gymnastics and beating around the bush, and the other scowling at her, scolding her, and even walking off the show for a while in order to avoid answering.

This interview is not run by a bunch of Islam bashers or haters or Jews, or whatever fake demons a Muslim has in his or her mind. It's run by a religious presenter with two sheikh guests, on a Saudi channel. Their reaction reminds me of how the following Quranic verses (5:101-2):

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لَا تَسْأَلُوا عَنْ أَشْيَاءَ إِنْ تُبْدَ لَكُمْ تَسُؤْكُمْ وَإِنْ تَسْأَلُوا عَنْهَا حِينَ يُنَزَّلُ الْقُرْآنُ تُبْدَ لَكُمْ عَفَا اللَّهُ عَنْهَا ۗ وَاللَّهُ غَفُورٌ حَلِيمٌ
   قَدْ سَأَلَهَا قَوْمٌ مِنْ قَبْلِكُمْ ثُمَّ أَصْبَحُوا بِهَا كَافِرِينَ

O you who believe! do not put questions about things which if declared to you may trouble you, and if you question about them when the Quran is being revealed, they shall be declared to you; Allah pardons this, and Allah is Forgiving, Forbearing.

A people before you indeed asked such questions, and then became disbelievers on account of them.
The hostess, Basma Wahba, eventually removed her hijab. People can only tolerate stupidity to a certain level, and to Basma Wahba, she saw the stupidity she lived in under the hijab after her revealing experience with those scholars.

I had the evidence below and the videos shown to some Muslim sisters, who reacted in denial and anger at me. My sin was to quote the Islamic passages they regard as sancrosanct, and yet they shoot me, the messenger.

My message to my angry Muslim sisters is this: Truth stands against doubt, so don't fear doubt. God will never punish you for using your minds.


Each verse and hadith is first shown in original Arabic, followed by an English translation.

النساء #3:
وَإِنْ خِفْتُمْ أَلاَّ تُقْسِطُواْ فِي الْيَتَامَى فَانكِحُواْ مَا طَابَ لَكُم مِّنَ النِّسَاء مَثْنَى وَثُلاَثَ وَرُبَاعَ فَإِنْ خِفْتُمْ أَلاَّ تَعْدِلُواْ فَوَاحِدَةً أَوْ مَا مَلَكَتْ أَيْمَانُكُمْ ذَلِكَ أَدْنَى أَلاَّ تَعُولُواْ

Quran 4:3:
And if you fear that you cannot act equitably towards orphans, then marry such women as seem good to you, two and three and four; but if you fear that you will not do justice (between them), then (marry) only one or what your right hands possess; this is more proper, that you may not deviate from the right course.

The above verse says that if you cannot be just to your wives, then marry only one or an unlimited number of concubines. This is corroborated by the following two sahih hadiths:

يا ابن أختي اليتيمة تكون في حجر وليها فيرغب في مالها‏
‏حَدَّثَنَا ‏ ‏عَلِيٌّ ‏ ‏سَمِعَ ‏ ‏حَسَّانَ بْنَ إِبْرَاهِيمَ ‏ ‏عَنْ ‏ ‏يُونُسَ بْنِ يَزِيدَ ‏ ‏عَنْ ‏ ‏الزُّهْرِيِّ ‏ ‏قَالَ أَخْبَرَنِي ‏ ‏عُرْوَةُ ‏ ‏أَنَّهُ سَأَلَ ‏ ‏عَائِشَةَ ‏عَنْ قَوْلِهِ تَعَالَى ‏
 ‏وَإِنْ خِفْتُمْ أَلَّا ‏ ‏تُقْسِطُوا ‏ ‏فِي الْيَتَامَى فَانْكِحُوا مَا طَابَ لَكُمْ مِنْ النِّسَاءِ مَثْنَى وَثُلَاثَ وَرُبَاعَ فَإِنْ خِفْتُمْ أَلَّا تَعْدِلُوا فَوَاحِدَةً أَوْ مَا مَلَكَتْ أَيْمَانُكُمْ ذَلِكَ أَدْنَى أَلَّا تَعُولُوا ‏ 
‏قَالَتْ ‏ ‏يَا ابْنَ أُخْتِي الْيَتِيمَةُ تَكُونُ فِي حَجْرِ وَلِيِّهَا فَيَرْغَبُ فِي مَالِهَا وَجَمَالِهَا يُرِيدُ أَنْ يَتَزَوَّجَهَا بِأَدْنَى مِنْ سُنَّةِ صَدَاقِهَا فَنُهُوا أَنْ يَنْكِحُوهُنَّ إِلَّا أَنْ يُقْسِطُوا لَهُنَّ فَيُكْمِلُوا الصَّدَاقَ وَأُمِرُوا بِنِكَاحِ مَنْ سِوَاهُنَّ مِنْ النِّسَاءِ

Sahih Bukhari, Volume 7, Book 62, Number 2:
Narrated 'Urwa: that he asked 'Aisha about the Statement of Allah: 'If you fear that you shall not be able to deal justly with the orphan girls, then marry (other) women of your choice, two or three or four; but if you fear that you shall not be able to deal justly (with them), then only one, or (the captives) that your right hands possess. That will be nearer to prevent you from doing injustice.' (4.3) 'Aisha said, "O my nephew! (This Verse has been revealed in connection with) an orphan girl under the guardianship of her guardian who is attracted by her wealth and beauty and intends to marry her with a Mahr less than what other women of her standard deserve. So they (such guardians) have been forbidden to marry them unless they do justice to them and give them their full Mahr, and they are ordered to marry other women instead of them."

تزويج اليتيمة
حَدَّثَنَا ‏ ‏أَبُو الْيَمَانِ ‏ ‏أَخْبَرَنَا ‏ ‏شُعَيْبٌ ‏ ‏عَنْ ‏ ‏الزُّهْرِيِّ ‏ ‏وَقَالَ ‏ ‏اللَّيْثُ ‏ ‏حَدَّثَنِي ‏ ‏عُقَيْلٌ ‏ ‏عَنْ ‏ ‏ابْنِ شِهَابٍ ‏ ‏أَخْبَرَنِي ‏ ‏عُرْوَةُ بْنُ الزُّبَيْرِ ‏ ‏أَنَّهُ سَأَلَ ‏ ‏عَائِشَةَ ‏ ‏رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهَا ‏

‏قَالَ لَهَا يَا ‏ ‏أُمَّتَاهْ ‏
 ‏وَإِنْ خِفْتُمْ أَلَّا ‏ ‏تُقْسِطُوا ‏ ‏فِي الْيَتَامَى ‏ ‏إِلَى قَوْلِهِ ‏ ‏مَا مَلَكَتْ أَيْمَانُكُمْ ‏ 
‏قَالَتْ ‏ ‏عَائِشَةُ ‏ ‏يَا ابْنَ أُخْتِي هَذِهِ الْيَتِيمَةُ تَكُونُ فِي حَجْرِ وَلِيِّهَا فَيَرْغَبُ فِي جَمَالِهَا وَمَالِهَا وَيُرِيدُ أَنْ يَنْتَقِصَ مِنْ صَدَاقِهَا فَنُهُوا عَنْ نِكَاحِهِنَّ إِلَّا أَنْ ‏ ‏يُقْسِطُوا ‏ ‏لَهُنَّ فِي إِكْمَالِ الصَّدَاقِ وَأُمِرُوا بِنِكَاحِ مَنْ سِوَاهُنَّ مِنْ النِّسَاءِ قَالَتْ ‏ ‏عَائِشَةُ ‏ ‏اسْتَفْتَى النَّاسُ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ ‏ ‏صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ ‏ ‏بَعْدَ ذَلِكَ فَأَنْزَلَ اللَّهُ ‏
 ‏وَيَسْتَفْتُونَكَ فِي النِّسَاءِ ‏ ‏إِلَى قَوْلِهِ ‏ ‏وَتَرْغَبُونَ أَنْ تَنْكِحُوهُنَّ ‏ 
‏فَأَنْزَلَ اللَّهُ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ لَهُمْ فِي هَذِهِ الْآيَةِ أَنَّ الْيَتِيمَةَ إِذَا كَانَتْ ذَاتَ مَالٍ وَجَمَالٍ رَغِبُوا فِي نِكَاحِهَا وَنَسَبِهَا وَالصَّدَاقِ وَإِذَا كَانَتْ مَرْغُوبًا عَنْهَا فِي قِلَّةِ الْمَالِ وَالْجَمَالِ تَرَكُوهَا وَأَخَذُوا غَيْرَهَا مِنْ النِّسَاءِ قَالَتْ فَكَمَا يَتْرُكُونَهَا حِينَ يَرْغَبُونَ عَنْهَا فَلَيْسَ لَهُمْ أَنْ يَنْكِحُوهَا إِذَا رَغِبُوا فِيهَا إِلَّا أَنْ ‏ ‏يُقْسِطُوا ‏ ‏لَهَا وَيُعْطُوهَا حَقَّهَا الْأَوْفَى مِنْ الصَّدَاقِ ‏

Sahih Bukhari, Volume 7, Book 62, Number 71:
Narrated 'Urwa bin Az-Zubair: that he asked 'Aisha, saying to her, "O Mother! (In what connection was this Verse revealed):
'If you fear that you shall not be able to deal justly with orphan girls (to the end of the verse) that your right hands possess?" (4.3) Aisha said, "O my nephew! It was about the female orphan under the protection of her guardian who was interested in her beauty and wealth and wanted to marry her with a little or reduced Mahr. So such guardians were forbidden to marry female orphans unless they deal with them justly and give their full Mahr; and they were ordered to marry women other than them."'Aisha added, "(Later) the people asked Allah's Apostle, for instructions, and then Allah revealed: 'They ask your instruction concerning the women . . . And yet whom you desire to marry.' (4.127) So Allah revealed to them in this Verse that-if a female orphan had wealth and beauty, they desired to marry her and were interested in her noble descent and the reduction of her Mahr; but if she was not desired by them because of her lack in fortune and beauty they left her and married some other woman. So, as they used to leave her when they had no interest in her, they had no right to marry her if they had the desire to do so, unless they deal justly with her and gave her a full amount of Mahr."

النساء #25
 وَمَن لَّمْ يَسْتَطِعْ مِنكُمْ طَوْلاً أَن يَنكِحَ الْمُحْصَنَاتِ الْمُؤْمِنَاتِ فَمِن مِّا مَلَكَتْ أَيْمَانُكُم مِّن فَتَيَاتِكُمُ الْمُؤْمِنَاتِ وَاللّهُ أَعْلَمُ بِإِيمَانِكُمْ بَعْضُكُم مِّن بَعْضٍ فَانكِحُوهُنَّ بِإِذْنِ أَهْلِهِنَّ وَآتُوهُنَّ أُجُورَهُنَّ بِالْمَعْرُوفِ مُحْصَنَاتٍ غَيْرَ مُسَافِحَاتٍ وَلاَ مُتَّخِذَاتِ أَخْدَانٍ فَإِذَا أُحْصِنَّ فَإِنْ أَتَيْنَ بِفَاحِشَةٍ فَعَلَيْهِنَّ نِصْفُ مَا عَلَى الْمُحْصَنَاتِ مِنَ الْعَذَابِ ذَلِكَ لِمَنْ خَشِيَ الْعَنَتَ مِنْكُمْ وَأَن تَصْبِرُواْ خَيْرٌ لَّكُمْ وَاللّهُ غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ 

Quran 4:25:
And whoever among you has not within his power ampleness of means to marry free believing women, then (he may marry) of those whom your right hands possess from among your believing* maidens; and Allah knows best your faith: you are (sprung) the one from the other; so marry them with the permission of their masters, and give them their dowries justly, they being chaste, not fornicating, nor receiving paramours; and when they are taken in marriage, then if they are guilty of indecency, they shall suffer half the punishment which is (inflicted) upon free women. This is for him among you who fears falling into evil; and that you abstain is better for you, and Allah is Forgiving, Merciful."

What the verse is saying is that, if you have slave girls, you can marry them if you wish because, under Islamic law, their marriages to their actually husbands are annulled once they became sex slaves.
The verse was revealed because some of the female ‘war booty’ were already married and the rapists told the their prophet that they disliked having relations with them if they are already married.
(*According to the tafseer Al-Jami li-Ahkam al-Qur'an (Tafseer Al-Qurtubi) ‘believing women’ refers to the ‘People of the Book’, Jews and Christians. Muslim men are now allowed to married women who are non-adherents to any of the Abrahamic faiths.)

This verse is confirmed by the following sahih hadith:

بعث جيشا إلى أوطاس فلقوا عدوا فقاتلوهم فظهروا عليهم‏
حَدَّثَنَا ‏ ‏عُبَيْدُ اللَّهِ بْنُ عُمَرَ بْنِ مَيْسَرَةَ الْقَوَارِيرِيُّ ‏ ‏حَدَّثَنَا ‏ ‏يَزِيدُ بْنُ زُرَيْعٍ ‏ ‏حَدَّثَنَا ‏ ‏سَعِيدُ بْنُ أَبِي عَرُوبَةَ ‏ ‏عَنْ ‏ ‏قَتَادَةَ ‏ ‏عَنْ ‏ ‏صَالِحٍ أَبِي الْخَلِيلِ ‏ ‏عَنْ ‏ ‏أَبِي عَلْقَمَةَ الْهَاشِمِيِّ ‏ ‏عَنْ ‏ ‏أَبِي سَعِيدٍ الْخُدْرِيِّ ‏
‏أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ ‏ ‏صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ ‏ ‏يَوْمَ ‏ ‏حُنَيْنٍ ‏ ‏بَعَثَ جَيْشًا إِلَى ‏ ‏أَوْطَاسَ ‏ ‏فَلَقُوا عَدُوًّا فَقَاتَلُوهُمْ فَظَهَرُوا عَلَيْهِمْ وَأَصَابُوا لَهُمْ ‏ ‏سَبَايَا ‏ ‏فَكَأَنَّ نَاسًا مِنْ ‏ ‏أَصْحَابِ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ ‏ ‏صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ ‏ ‏تَحَرَّجُوا مِنْ ‏ ‏غِشْيَانِهِنَّ ‏ ‏مِنْ أَجْلِ أَزْوَاجِهِنَّ مِنْ الْمُشْرِكِينَ فَأَنْزَلَ اللَّهُ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ فِي ذَلِكَ ‏
 ‏وَالْمُحْصَنَاتُ ‏ ‏مِنْ النِّسَاءِ إِلَّا مَا مَلَكَتْ أَيْمَانُكُمْ ‏ 
‏أَيْ فَهُنَّ لَكُمْ حَلَالٌ إِذَا انْقَضَتْ عِدَّتُهُنَّ ‏
‏و حَدَّثَنَا ‏ ‏أَبُو بَكْرِ بْنُ أَبِي شَيْبَةَ ‏ ‏وَمُحَمَّدُ بْنُ الْمُثَنَّى ‏ ‏وَابْنُ بَشَّارٍ ‏ ‏قَالُوا حَدَّثَنَا ‏ ‏عَبْدُ الْأَعْلَى ‏ ‏عَنْ ‏ ‏سَعِيدٍ ‏ ‏عَنْ ‏ ‏قَتَادَةَ ‏ ‏عَنْ ‏ ‏أَبِي الْخَلِيلِ ‏ ‏أَنَّ ‏ ‏أَبَا عَلْقَمَةَ الْهَاشِمِيَّ ‏ ‏حَدَّثَ أَنَّ ‏ ‏أَبَا سَعِيدٍ الْخُدْرِيَّ ‏ ‏حَدَّثَهُمْ ‏ ‏أَنَّ نَبِيَّ اللَّهِ ‏ ‏صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ ‏ ‏بَعَثَ يَوْمَ ‏ ‏حُنَيْنٍ ‏ ‏سَرِيَّةً ‏ ‏بِمَعْنَى حَدِيثِ ‏ ‏يَزِيدَ بْنِ زُرَيْعٍ ‏ ‏غَيْرَ أَنَّهُ قَالَ إِلَّا مَا مَلَكَتْ أَيْمَانُكُمْ مِنْهُنَّ فَحَلَالٌ لَكُمْ وَلَمْ يَذْكُرْ إِذَا انْقَضَتْ عِدَّتُهُنَّ ‏ ‏و حَدَّثَنِيهِ ‏ ‏يَحْيَى بْنُ حَبِيبٍ الْحَارِثِيُّ ‏ ‏حَدَّثَنَا ‏ ‏خَالِدٌ يَعْنِي ابْنَ الْحَارِثِ ‏ ‏حَدَّثَنَا ‏ ‏شُعْبَةُ ‏ ‏عَنْ ‏ ‏قَتَادَةَ ‏ ‏بِهَذَا الْإِسْنَادِ ‏ ‏نَحْوَهُ ‏

Sahih Muslim, Book 8, Number 3432:
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 [sic] 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 (iv. 24)" (i. e. they were lawful for them when their 'Idda period came to an end).

The hadith is repeated twice in Sahih Muslim in Sahih Muslim, Book 8, Number 3433 and Sahih Muslim, Book 8, Number 3434.

سورة المؤمنون #1-6
 قَدْ أَفْلَحَ الْمُؤْمِنُونَ (1)
 الَّذِينَ هُمْ فِي صَلَاتِهِمْ خَاشِعُونَ (2)
 وَالَّذِينَ هُمْ عَنِ اللَّغْوِ مُعْرِضُونَ (3)
 وَالَّذِينَ هُمْ لِلزَّكَاةِ فَاعِلُونَ (4)
 وَالَّذِينَ هُمْ لِفُرُوجِهِمْ حَافِظُونَ (5)
 إِلَّا عَلَى أَزْوَاجِهِمْ أوْ مَا مَلَكَتْ أَيْمَانُهُمْ فَإِنَّهُمْ غَيْرُ مَلُومِينَ (6) 

Quran 23:1–6
(1) Successful indeed are the believers,
(2) Who are humble in their prayers,
(3) And who keep aloof from what is vain,
(4) And who are givers of poor-rate,
(5) And who guard their private parts,
(6) Except before their mates or those whom their right hands possess, for they surely are not blameable,

النور #31
وَقُل لِّلْمُؤْمِنَاتِ يَغْضُضْنَ مِنْ أَبْصَارِهِنَّ وَيَحْفَظْنَ فُرُوجَهُنَّ وَلَا يُبْدِينَ زِينَتَهُنَّ إِلَّا مَا ظَهَرَ مِنْهَا وَلْيَضْرِبْنَ بِخُمُرِهِنَّ عَلَى جُيُوبِهِنَّ وَلَا يُبْدِينَ زِينَتَهُنَّ إِلَّا لِبُعُولَتِهِنَّ أَوْ آبَائِهِنَّ أَوْ آبَاء بُعُولَتِهِنَّ أَوْ أَبْنَائِهِنَّ أَوْ أَبْنَاء بُعُولَتِهِنَّ أَوْ إِخْوَانِهِنَّ أَوْ بَنِي إِخْوَانِهِنَّ أَوْ بَنِي أَخَوَاتِهِنَّ أَوْ نِسَائِهِنَّ أَوْ مَا مَلَكَتْ أَيْمَانُهُنَّ أَوِ التَّابِعِينَ غَيْرِ أُوْلِي الْإِرْبَةِ مِنَ الرِّجَالِ أَوِ الطِّفْلِ الَّذِينَ لَمْ يَظْهَرُوا عَلَى عَوْرَاتِ النِّسَاء وَلَا يَضْرِبْنَ بِأَرْجُلِهِنَّ لِيُعْلَمَ مَا يُخْفِينَ مِن زِينَتِهِنَّ وَتُوبُوا إِلَى اللَّهِ جَمِيعاً أَيُّهَا الْمُؤْمِنُونَ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُفْلِحُون

Quran 24:31:
And say to the believing women that they cast down their looks and guard their private parts and do not display their ornaments except what appears thereof, and let them wear their head-coverings over their bosoms, and not display their ornaments except to their husbands or their fathers, or the fathers of their husbands, or their sons, or the sons of their husbands, or their brothers, or their brothers' sons, or their sisters' sons, or their women, or those whom their right hands possess, or the male servants not having need (of women), or the children who have not attained knowledge of what is hidden of women; and let them not strike their feet so that what they hide of their ornaments may be known; and turn to Allah all of you, O believers! so that you may be successful.

النور #58
 يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لِيَسْتَأْذِنكُمُ الَّذِينَ مَلَكَتْ أَيْمَانُكُمْ وَالَّذِينَ لَمْ يَبْلُغُوا الْحُلُمَ مِنكُمْ ثَلَاثَ مَرَّاتٍ مِن قَبْلِ صَلَاةِ الْفَجْرِ وَحِينَ تَضَعُونَ ثِيَابَكُم مِّنَ الظَّهِيرَةِ وَمِن بَعْدِ صَلَاةِ الْعِشَاء ثَلَاثُ عَوْرَاتٍ لَّكُمْ لَيْسَ عَلَيْكُمْ وَلَا عَلَيْهِمْ جُنَاحٌ بَعْدَهُنَّ طَوَّافُونَ عَلَيْكُم بَعْضُكُمْ عَلَى بَعْضٍ كَذَلِكَ يُبَيِّنُ اللَّهُ لَكُمُ الْآيَاتِ وَاللَّهُ عَلِيمٌ حَكِيمٌ

Quran 24:58:
O you who believe! let those whom your right hands possess and those of you who have not attained to puberty ask permission of you three times; before the morning prayer, and when you put off your clothes at midday in summer, and after the prayer of the nightfall; these are three times of privacy for you; neither is it a sin for you nor for them besides these, some of you must go round about (waiting) upon others; thus does Allah make clear to you the communications, and Allah is Knowing, Wise.

The above verse forbids concubines and children from entering the male’s private room with permission during three times of the day. Mentioning concubines casually infers they were not forbidden.

الأحزاب # 50 – 52
يَا أَيُّهَا النَّبِيُّ إِنَّا أَحْلَلْنَا لَكَ أَزْوَاجَكَ اللَّاتِي آتَيْتَ أُجُورَهُنَّ وَمَا مَلَكَتْ يَمِينُكَ مِمَّا أَفَاء اللَّهُ عَلَيْكَ وَبَنَاتِ عَمِّكَ وَبَنَاتِ عَمَّاتِكَ وَبَنَاتِ خَالِكَ وَبَنَاتِ خَالَاتِكَ اللَّاتِي هَاجَرْنَ مَعَكَ وَامْرَأَةً مُّؤْمِنَةً إِن وَهَبَتْ نَفْسَهَا لِلنَّبِيِّ إِنْ أَرَادَ النَّبِيُّ أَن يَسْتَنكِحَهَا خَالِصَةً لَّكَ مِن دُونِ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ قَدْ عَلِمْنَا مَا فَرَضْنَا عَلَيْهِمْ فِي أَزْوَاجِهِمْ وَمَا مَلَكَتْ أَيْمَانُهُمْ لِكَيْلَا يَكُونَ عَلَيْكَ حَرَجٌ وَكَانَ اللَّهُ غَفُوراً رَّحِيماً (50)
تُرْجِي مَن تَشَاء مِنْهُنَّ وَتُؤْوِي إِلَيْكَ مَن تَشَاء وَمَنِ ابْتَغَيْتَ مِمَّنْ عَزَلْتَ فَلَا جُنَاحَ عَلَيْكَ ذَلِكَ أَدْنَى أَن تَقَرَّ أَعْيُنُهُنَّ وَلَا يَحْزَنَّ وَيَرْضَيْنَ بِمَا آتَيْتَهُنَّ كُلُّهُنَّ وَاللَّهُ يَعْلَمُ مَا فِي قُلُوبِكُمْ وَكَانَ اللَّهُ عَلِيماً حَلِيماً (51)
 لَا يَحِلُّ لَكَ النِّسَاء مِن بَعْدُ وَلَا أَن تَبَدَّلَ بِهِنَّ مِنْ أَزْوَاجٍ وَلَوْ أَعْجَبَكَ حُسْنُهُنَّ إِلَّا مَا مَلَكَتْ يَمِينُكَ وَكَانَ اللَّهُ عَلَى كُلِّ شَيْءٍ رَّقِيباً (52

Quran 33:50–52:
(50) O Prophet! surely We have made lawful to you your wives whom you have given their dowries, and those whom your right hand possesses out of those whom Allah has given to you as prisoners of war, 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 fled with you; and a believing woman if she gave herself to the Prophet, if the Prophet desired to marry her-- specially for you, not for the (rest of) believers; We know what We have ordained for them concerning their wives and those whom their right hands possess in order that no blame may attach to you; and Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.

(51) You may put off whom you please of them, and you may take to you whom you please, and whom you desire of those whom you had separated provisionally; no blame attaches to you; this is most proper, so that their eyes may be cool and they may not grieve, and that they should be pleased, all of them with what you give them, and Allah knows what is in your hearts; and Allah is Knowing, Forbearing.

(52) It is not allowed to you to take women afterwards, nor that you should change them for other wives, though their beauty be pleasing to you, except what your right hand possesses and Allah is Watchful over all things.

المعارج #30
إِلَّا عَلَى أَزْوَاجِهِمْ أَوْ مَا مَلَكَتْ أَيْمَانُهُمْ فَإِنَّهُمْ غَيْرُ مَلُومِينَ

Quran 70:30:
Except in the case of their wives or those whom their right hands possess-- for these surely are not to be blamed..

The above verse has a similar implication to 23:6, which was previously shown and explained.

Below are sahih hadiths on having coitus interruptus with female war captives. While the Islamic prophet forbade coitus interruptus, he also said that they should not worry about whether the woman would become pregnant, because that would be part of the qadar (predetermination). Hence, he did forbid coitus interruptus but implied that it’s okay to have intercourse with the female captives without withdrawing the genitals upon ejaculation.

أوإنكم تفعلون ذلك لا عليكم أن لا تفعلوا ذلكم فإنها‏
‏حَدَّثَنَا ‏ ‏أَبُو الْيَمَانِ ‏ ‏أَخْبَرَنَا ‏ ‏شُعَيْبٌ ‏ ‏عَنْ ‏ ‏الزُّهْرِيِّ ‏ ‏قَالَ أَخْبَرَنِي ‏ ‏ابْنُ مُحَيْرِيزٍ ‏ ‏أَنَّ ‏ ‏أَبَا سَعِيدٍ الْخُدْرِيَّ ‏ ‏رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ ‏ ‏أَخْبَرَهُ أَنَّهُ ‏
‏بَيْنَمَا هُوَ جَالِسٌ عِنْدَ النَّبِيِّ ‏ ‏صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ ‏ ‏قَالَ يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ إِنَّا نُصِيبُ سَبْيًا فَنُحِبُّ الْأَثْمَانَ فَكَيْفَ تَرَى فِي الْعَزْلِ فَقَالَ ‏ ‏أَوَإِنَّكُمْ تَفْعَلُونَ ذَلِكَ لَا عَلَيْكُمْ أَنْ لَا تَفْعَلُوا ذَلِكُمْ فَإِنَّهَا لَيْسَتْ نَسَمَةٌ كَتَبَ اللَّهُ أَنْ تَخْرُجَ إِلَّا هِيَ خَارِجَةٌ

Sahih Bukhari, Volume 3, Book 34, Number 432:
Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri:
that while he was sitting with Allah's Apostle he said, "O Allah's Apostle! We get female
captives as our share of booty, and we are interested in their prices, what is your opinion about coitus interrupt us [sic][?" The Prophet said, "Do you really do that? It is better for you not to do it. No soul that which Allah has destined to exist, but will surely come into existence.

ما عليكم أن لا تفعلوا ما من نسمة كائنة إلى يوم القيامة‏
حَدَّثَنَا ‏ ‏عَبْدُ اللَّهِ بْنُ يُوسُفَ ‏ ‏أَخْبَرَنَا ‏ ‏مَالِكٌ ‏ ‏عَنْ ‏ ‏رَبِيعَةَ بْنِ أَبِي عَبْدِ الرَّحْمَنِ ‏ ‏عَنْ ‏ ‏مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ يَحْيَى بْنِ حَبَّانَ ‏ ‏عَنْ ‏ ‏ابْنِ مُحَيْرِيزٍ ‏ ‏قَالَ رَأَيْتُ ‏ ‏أَبَا سَعِيدٍ ‏ ‏رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ ‏ ‏فَسَأَلْتُهُ فَقَالَ ‏
‏خَرَجْنَا مَعَ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ ‏ ‏صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ ‏ ‏فِي ‏ ‏غَزْوَةِ ‏ ‏بَنِي الْمُصْطَلِقِ ‏ ‏فَأَصَبْنَا سَبْيًا مِنْ سَبْيِ ‏ ‏الْعَرَبِ ‏ ‏فَاشْتَهَيْنَا النِّسَاءَ فَاشْتَدَّتْ عَلَيْنَا الْعُزْبَةُ وَأَحْبَبْنَا ‏ ‏الْعَزْلَ ‏ ‏فَسَأَلْنَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ ‏ ‏صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ ‏ ‏فَقَالَ ‏ ‏مَا عَلَيْكُمْ أَنْ لَا تَفْعَلُوا مَا مِنْ نَسَمَةٍ كَائِنَةٍ إِلَى يَوْمِ الْقِيَامَةِ إِلَّا وَهِيَ كَائِنَةٌ ‏

Sahih Bukhari, Volume 3, Book 46, Number 718:
I saw Abu Said and asked him about coitus interruptus. Abu Said said, "We went with Allah's Apostle, in the Ghazwa of Barli Al-Mustaliq and we captured some of the 'Arabs as captives, and the long separation from our wives was pressing us hard and we wanted to practice coitus interruptus. We asked Allah's Apostle (whether it was permissible). He said, "It is better for you not to do so. No soul, (that which Allah has) destined to exist, up to the Day of Resurrection, but will definitely come, into existence."

ما عليكم أن لا تفعلوا ما من نسمة كائنة إلى يوم القيامة‏
حَدَّثَنَا ‏ ‏قُتَيْبَةُ بْنُ سَعِيدٍ ‏ ‏أَخْبَرَنَا ‏ ‏إِسْمَاعِيلُ بْنُ جَعْفَرٍ ‏ ‏عَنْ ‏ ‏رَبِيعَةَ بْنِ أَبِي عَبْدِ الرَّحْمَنِ ‏ ‏عَنْ ‏ ‏مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ يَحْيَى بْنِ حَبَّانَ ‏ ‏عَنْ ‏ ‏ابْنِ مُحَيْرِيزٍ ‏ ‏أَنَّهُ قَالَ ‏
‏دَخَلْتُ الْمَسْجِدَ فَرَأَيْتُ ‏ ‏أَبَا سَعِيدٍ الْخُدْرِيَّ ‏ ‏فَجَلَسْتُ إِلَيْهِ فَسَأَلْتُهُ عَنْ الْعَزْلِ قَالَ ‏ ‏أَبُو سَعِيدٍ ‏ ‏خَرَجْنَا مَعَ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ ‏ ‏صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ ‏ ‏فِي ‏ ‏غَزْوَةِ ‏ ‏بَنِي الْمُصْطَلِقِ ‏ ‏فَأَصَبْنَا سَبْيًا مِنْ سَبْيِ ‏ ‏الْعَرَبِ ‏ ‏فَاشْتَهَيْنَا النِّسَاءَ وَاشْتَدَّتْ عَلَيْنَا الْعُزْبَةُ وَأَحْبَبْنَا الْعَزْلَ فَأَرَدْنَا أَنْ نَعْزِلَ وَقُلْنَا نَعْزِلُ وَرَسُولُ اللَّهِ ‏ ‏صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ ‏ ‏بَيْنَ أَظْهُرِنَا قَبْلَ أَنْ نَسْأَلَهُ فَسَأَلْنَاهُ عَنْ ذَلِكَ فَقَالَ ‏ ‏مَا عَلَيْكُمْ أَنْ لَا تَفْعَلُوا مَا مِنْ نَسَمَةٍ كَائِنَةٍ إِلَى يَوْمِ الْقِيَامَةِ إِلَّا وَهِيَ كَائِنَةٌ

Sahih Bukhari, Volume 5, Book 59, Number 459:
Narrated Ibn Muhairiz: I entered the Mosque and saw Abu Said Al-Khudri and sat beside him and asked him about Al-Azl (i.e. coitus interruptus). Abu Said said, "We went out with Allah's Apostle for the Ghazwa of Banu Al-Mustaliq and we received captives from among the Arab captives and we desired women and celibacy became hard on us and we loved to do coitus interruptus. So when we intended to do coitus interrupt us, we said, 'How can we do coitus interruptus before asking Allah's Apostle who is present among us?" We asked (him) about it and he said, 'It is better for you not to do so, for if any soul (till the Day of Resurrection) is predestined to exist, it will exist."

أوإنكم لتفعلون قالها ثلاثا ما من نسمة كائنة إلى يوم‏
حَدَّثَنَا ‏ ‏عَبْدُ اللَّهِ بْنُ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ أَسْمَاءَ ‏ ‏حَدَّثَنَا ‏ ‏جُوَيْرِيَةُ ‏ ‏عَنْ ‏ ‏مَالِكِ بْنِ أَنَسٍ ‏ ‏عَنْ ‏ ‏الزُّهْرِيِّ ‏ ‏عَنْ ‏ ‏ابْنِ مُحَيْرِيزٍ ‏ ‏عَنْ ‏ ‏أَبِي سَعِيدٍ الْخُدْرِيِّ ‏ ‏قَالَ ‏
‏أَصَبْنَا سَبْيًا فَكُنَّا نَعْزِلُ فَسَأَلْنَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ ‏ ‏صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ ‏ ‏فَقَالَ ‏ ‏أَوَإِنَّكُمْ لَتَفْعَلُونَ قَالَهَا ثَلَاثًا مَا مِنْ نَسَمَةٍ كَائِنَةٍ إِلَى يَوْمِ الْقِيَامَةِ إِلَّا هِيَ ‏ ‏كَائِنَةٌ

Sahih Bukhari, Volume 7, Book 62, Number 137:
Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri: We got female captives in the war booty and we used to do coitus interruptus with them. So we asked Allah's Apostle about it and he said, "Do you really do that?" repeating the question thrice, "There is no soul that is destined to exist but will come into existence, till the Day of Resurrection." 

ما عليكم أن لا تفعلوا فإن الله قد كتب من هو خالق‏
حَدَّثَنَا ‏ ‏إِسْحَاقُ ‏ ‏حَدَّثَنَا ‏ ‏عَفَّانُ ‏ ‏حَدَّثَنَا ‏ ‏وُهَيْبٌ ‏ ‏حَدَّثَنَا ‏ ‏مُوسَى هُوَ ابْنُ عُقْبَةَ ‏ ‏حَدَّثَنِي ‏ ‏مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ يَحْيَى بْنِ حَبَّانَ ‏ ‏عَنْ ‏ ‏ابْنِ مُحَيْرِيزٍ ‏ ‏عَنْ ‏ ‏أَبِي سَعِيدٍ الْخُدْرِيِّ ‏
‏فِي ‏ ‏غَزْوَةِ ‏ ‏بَنِي الْمُصْطَلِقِ ‏ ‏أَنَّهُمْ أَصَابُوا ‏ ‏سَبَايَا ‏ ‏فَأَرَادُوا أَنْ يَسْتَمْتِعُوا بِهِنَّ وَلَا يَحْمِلْنَ فَسَأَلُوا النَّبِيَّ ‏ ‏صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ ‏ ‏عَنْ ‏ ‏الْعَزْلِ ‏ ‏فَقَالَ ‏ ‏مَا عَلَيْكُمْ أَنْ لَا تَفْعَلُوا فَإِنَّ اللَّهَ قَدْ كَتَبَ مَنْ هُوَ خَالِقٌ إِلَى يَوْمِ الْقِيَامَةِ ‏
‏وَقَالَ ‏ ‏مُجَاهِدٌ ‏ ‏عَنْ ‏ ‏قَزَعَةَ ‏ ‏سَمِعْتُ ‏ ‏أَبَا سَعِيدٍ ‏ ‏فَقَالَ ‏ ‏قَالَ النَّبِيُّ ‏ ‏صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ ‏ ‏لَيْسَتْ نَفْسٌ مَخْلُوقَةٌ إِلَّا اللَّهُ خَالِقُهَا

Sahih Bukhari, Volume 9, Book 93, Number 506:
Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri: That during the battle with Bani Al-Mustaliq they (Muslims) captured some females and intended to have sexual relation with them without impregnating them. So they asked the Prophet about coitus interrupt us. The Prophet said, "It is better that you should not do it, for Allah has written whom He is going to create till the Day of Resurrection." Qaza'a said, "I heard Abu Sa'id saying that the Prophet said, 'No soul is ordained to be created but Allah will create it."

Fakhour is an ex-Muslim and a former member of the Muslim Student Association (MSA), currently living in Toronto, Canada. This article first appeared at Fakhour's FFI Blog and its reproduction in full or in part is permitted, in fact encouraged, with proper attributions.

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