Middle East & Africa
Has Saudis Officially Abolished Slavery Really?
By Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury
Interestingly enough, though Saudis officially abolished slavery in 1962 at the face of international outcry, but many Muslims in the Arab world are now demanding return of the slavery system. While slavery is well established by Sharia rules, many Muslim scholars of today’s world argue to accept the fact that sex slavery is also endorsed by Sharia. Sex slavery though sound to be something of bad taste to civilized people in the world, such slavery are even accepted by many of the Arab women, who believe their men must enjoy as many as concubines, made available through sex slavery for prolonged manhood and vigor.Making of the devil:In most of the Arab affluent societies, especially within the royals, when a boy reaches his 7th birthday, two or three foreign female maids are recruited for him. Most of such females are from countries like Tunisia, Morocco and African continent. The female maids for this special purpose are required to be within the age limit of 18-25. These women are given responsibilities of increasing manhood and vigor of the boy-child and well make him sexually strong. On each morning, the child is offered various types of fruit juice and soup. During night, before going to bed, these women give a special massage on the boy’s genital with a lotion made of honey and saffron. Such massage continues for 30-40 minutes and after this, the infant is offered a glass of milk mixed with musk. Such process continues for 3-4 years, till the boy starts feeling sexual pleasure. At this time, the maids are obliged to offer him oral pleasure as well as in some cases, sexual intercourse. Some of the oil-rich sheikhs dream of their son becoming adult by sleeping on the nude females. That is why, some of the female maids, who are hired to serve the young boys are required to be totally naked and sleep with the boy. Some of the rowdy Arab fathers even ask the maids about the ‘vigor’ of his son while having sexual intercourse. In this process, by the time the boy turns 18, he is a real devil and lady-eater maniac.Perversion:Recently, statement of a Kuwaiti woman named Salwa al-Mutairi who is called an “activist” and former candidate to the Kuwaiti parliament, spoke to the Kuwait Times about the establishment of a new law permitting men to buy and sell non-Muslim girls, captured in jihad, as sexual slaves in order to protect Muslim men against seductive sexual immorality. She advocates allowing Kuwaiti Muslim men to have non-Muslim females as slave girls and have sexual pleasure on them, without marriage, which is permitted by Quran. It is allowed for Muslim men to have sex with slave-girls without marriage. She was especially interested in Russian slave girls since Muslim men do prefer them blond - Russian, European and American blond women. Mutairi is not the only Muslim woman demanding return of sex-slavery and using ‘non-Muslim’ women as the ‘object of sacrifice’ in the harems of Muslim men, there are many Muslims like her in the Arab world in particular who advocate “rape of Jewish females”.Mutairi, defending her claim gave the example of 8th century Islamic ruler Haroun al-Rashid, who ruled over an area covered by modern-day Iran, Iraq and Syria and was said to have 2,000 concubines. She recommended that offices could be opened to run the sex trade in the same way that recruitment agencies provide housemaids.She suggested shopping for prisoners of war so as to protect Kuwaiti men from being tempted to commit adultery or being seduced by other women's beauty.“For example, in the Chechnyan war, surely there are female Russian captives. So go and buy those and sell them here in Kuwait. Better than to have our men engage in forbidden sexual relations.”In an attempt to consider the woman's feelings in the arrangement, Mutari conceded that the enslaved women, however, should be at least 15. Mutairi said free women must be married with a contract but with concubines “the man just buys her and that’s it. That’s enough to serve as marriage.”It may be mentioned here that, similar type of marriage on contract or temporary marriage [known as Muta’aa] is very much in practice inside Iran. According to Iranian law, such marriages are legal. Though, scholars of Sunni sect of Muslims oppose such temporary marriages. But, Sharia law does permit keeping sex-slaves.Mutairi also endorsed it in her statement. She said that during a recent visit to Mecca, she asked Saudi muftis – Muslim religious scholars – what the Islamic ruling was on owning sex slaves. They are said to have told her that it is not haram [forbidden]. The ruling was confirmed by 'specialized people of the faith' in Kuwait, she claimed. “They said, that’s right, the only solution for a decent man who has the means, who is overpowered by desire and who does not want to commit fornication, is to acquire jawari.” [Jawari is the plural of the Arabic term jariya, meaning 'concubine' or 'sex slave].While most of the Kuwaiti people have strongly reacted to Mutairi’s comment, labeling her as ignorant and “mad”, the Sharia and Arab conception of relations between men and women is strange enough. It says Muslim women should never choose their lovers as it is the exclusive right of the men. Sharia considers women as “play ground for men”.It may be mentioned here that, in Arab world, Christian girls in particular are abducted by the Muslim men, forcefully married and after bearing couple of children are disposed off like trash. Egyptian law does not allow these girls to be back to Christianity while the kids get their father’s religion. Such trends of abducting non-Muslim girls are continuing in most of the Muslim nations. In Bangladesh alone, during 2009-2010, more than one thousand Hindu girls were abducted and forcefully converted into Islam. In most cases, law enforcing agencies decline to register any complaint of the parents or guardians of the abducted girl. Every year, at least a few thousand non-Muslim girls are forcibly converted into Islam. Surprisingly enough, while the law turns blind eyes on such notoriety; some of the Islamic NGOs continue to provide findings to those Muslim men, marrying a non-Muslim girl, thus actually, encouraging such abduction and forceful conversion.
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Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury is a seasoned editor, writer, columnist, author, and peace activist in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He is also an editor & publisher of Weekly Blitz www.weeklyblitz.net
The Bangladesh journalist is the recipient of various awards including "PEN USA Freedom to Write Award 2005" and "AJC Moral Courage Award 2006."