Egypt’s First ‘Sex Slave Marriage’

Raymond Ibrahim is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center, a Judith Friedman Rosen Writing Fellow at the Middle East Forum and a CBN News contributor. He is the author of Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians (2013) and The Al Qaeda Reader (2007). 


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He argued that, when it comes to marriage, “we Muslims have overly complicated things,” so that men are often forced to be single throughout their prime, finally getting married between the ages of 30-40 (when they might be expected to have a sufficient income to open a household). Similarly, many Egyptian women do not want to wear the hijab in public.

The solution, according to Awn, is to reinstitute sex-slavery—allowing men to marry and copulate much earlier in life, and women who want to dress freely to do so, as technically they are sex-slaves and mandated to go about loosely attired, anyway.

The other guest on the show, Dr. Abdullah al-Naggar, a professor of Islamic jurisprudence at Al Azhar, fiercely attacked Awn for reviving this practice, calling on him and his slave-wife to “repent” and stop dishonoring Islam, arguing that “there is no longer sex-slavery”—to which Awn responded by sarcastically asking, “Who said sex-slavery is over? What—because the UN said so?”

In many ways, this exchange between Awn, who advocates sex-slave marriage, and the Al Azhar professor symbolizes the clash between today’s “Islamists” and “moderate Muslims.” For long, Al Azhar has been primarily engaged in the delicate balancing act of affirming Islam while still advocating modernity according to Western standards, whereas the Islamists—from the Muslim Brotherhood to the Salafis—bred with contempt and disrespect for the West, are only too eager to revive distinctly Islamic practices that defy Western sensibilities.

While this may be the first sex-slave marriage to take place in Egypt’s recent history, it is certainly not the first call to revive the practice. Earlier, Egyptian Sheikh Huwaini, lamenting that the “good old days” of Islam are over, declared that, in an ideal Muslim society, “when I want a sex-slave [I should be able to go] to the market and pick whichever female I desire and buy her.” Likewise, a Kuwaiti female politician advocated for reviving the institute of sex-slavery, suggesting that Muslims should bring female captives of war—specifically Russian women from the Chechnya war—and sell them to Muslim men in the markets of Kuwait.

And so the “Arab Spring” continues to blossom.

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  • Lady_Dr

    Sick, sick, sick – when are the 'feminist' ever going to acknowledge that are 'in bed' with the devil?

    • wsk

      MUCKING FORON!

    • Dobermite

      As I posted in another thread:

      The modern feminist movement in the west was never about feminism in the sense that it cared for the plight of women in all facets and in all cultures. That was just a ruse. Its real purpose was the spread of Cultural Marxism in the form of Political Correctness and Critical Theory, which is to relentlessly find fault with and criticize western civilization, its history and its institutions, and portray everything as the oppressed verses the oppressors, until western civilization becomes a source of shame rather than a source of pride.

      Though that comes in many guises, in this (feminism) instance its narrative is the patriarchal white male as the oppressor and the traditional female as the oppressed, and that criticism is specific to western civilization and only western civilization, for that is what these Marxist theoreticians targeted for destruction from the outset (See: Frankfurt School).

      Or as Marxist theoretician Willi Munzenberg so eloquently put it; "We will make the west so corrupt that it stinks."

      So their purpose is not to compare western civilization to the third world or savage cultures like Islam, or savage cultures throughout history and antiquity, or to find fault with Islam. If they did that it would defeat the purpose, to undermine western civilization and dismantle western culture, so instead they ignore any such comparisons, they do not find fault with other cultures, but instead they focus like a laser-beam on western civilization, holding it to the loftiest of standards, standards it is impossible to meet, assuring that she will always fall short and be found wanting, until people rebuke any such notions of American exceptionalism.

      Only then, Antonio Gramsci surmised, will the west be prepared to embrace the Marxist struggle.

  • Éamonn Gavin

    Feminists? Like all the other "equal rights" groups in Western civilization, the "feminists" turn a blind eye when it comes to Islam. You see, Islam is a "religion of peace" – there are only about 3 terrorist Islamists and they cause all the bother. That's why, when there is yet another diabolical Islamist act of "peace", such as a suicide bomber taking thirty people with him (or her), hundreds of "moderate" Muslims gather and make plenty of noise. Some people think they are cheering in support (such as immediately after 9/11), but in fact they are denouncing the bombers. Neither should one think that the stony silence of the Imams, and their followers, in the immediate aftermath of an atrocity (sorry, "act of peace") indicates that they have no interest in the atrocity – or even support it. The silence is their way of denouncing the atrocity with all their might. In fact, they are so upset by the atrocity that they are rendered speechless. So now you know – the silence within Islam with regard to the "slave" bride is NOT because they don't care. It is simply because they are so upset with it that, try as they might to get the words out, they are so traumatised that they are struck dumb. Éamonn, Dublin, Ireland.

    • V_O

      Éamonn – Absolutely loved this – you're a genius!

      • Éamonn Gavin

        Thank you, V_O – You're not so bad yourself !! Éamonn.

    • Dobermite

      Thats because the modern feminist movement in the west was never about feminism, but just another branch of Cultural Marxism, that being Critical Theory, which is to relentlessly find fault with and criticize western civilization, its history and its institutions, and portray everything as the oppressed verses the oppressors, until western civilization becomes a source of embarrassment for the west rather than a source of pride. Or as Marxist theoretician Willi Munzenberg so eloquently put it; “We will make the west so corrupt that it stinks.”

      Study the Frankfurt School, particularly Herbert Marcuse, and you’ll see what I mean.

    • Frank

      You forget that the so called feminists hate conservatives and republicans so much more than the muslims that they turn a blind eye to this stuff. Just like the homo lobby turns a blind eye when gays are hanged in a muslim country.

    • Heretique

      the "feminists" turn a blind eye when it comes to Islam.

      No we bloody don't.

      What happens is Socialists screech at us to STFU whenever we raise the issue of women's mistreatment in the Islamic world, and call us racist if we question a culture were it's okay to own sex slaves and hump a nine year old girl.

  • _JimmyG

    I honestly do not know who is in charge of exerting laws that keep things like this from happening – but I strongly believe that 'sex-slave' marriages should be forbidden even if the wife is willing in the process. Bringing teachings from prophets and wise men into the 21st century without analyzing the reason behind the teaching or action is obnoxious and ignorant.
    For topics such as intimacy between men and women – yes, perhaps it was an issue back in the day where women cannot survive on their own and is somewhat sacrificial of her own happiness for survival. Whatever it may be – these uncivilized acts should not be legalized in anywhere and I doubt any religion promotes sex-slave-marriage since being a sex slave is most definitely not by choice!

    • MikeWood

      The thing is JimmyG that the words and actions of Muhammad and his early followers have become "Sunna". They form the basis for "moral" behaviour for muslims for all time. Whatever Muhammad did was good; whatever he forbade is forbidden. Bringing the teachings of the 7th century savage into the 21st century will be Islam's reformation. We are already seeing the new assertiveness of muslims being labelled "the Islamic Awakening". This revival of 7th century mores in the 21st century is consonant with this awakening.

      A really good book which explains very clearly how Islam actually works and how it has been applied in the past is: The Third Choice by Mark Durie. It gives a great insight into how these bizarre rules and practices become enshrined as sacrosanct.

    • Dobermite

      test

  • Beth

    The teachings of the koran:

    024:033 Let those who find not the wherewithal for marriage keep themselves chaste, until Allah gives them means out of His grace. And if any of your slaves {slaves?] ask for a deed in writing to enable them to earn their freedom for a certain sum {if you're poor – you're out of luck}, give them such a deed if ye know any good in them: yea, give them something yourselves out of the means which Allah has given to you. But force not your maids to prostitution when they desire {if you're poor – you're out of luck} chastity, in order that ye may make a gain in the goods of this life. But if anyone compels them, yet, after such compulsion, is Allah, Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful to them

    033.052 It is not lawful for thee to marry more women after this, nor to change them for other wives, even though their beauty attract thee, except any thy right hand should possess as handmaidens

    Muslims are taught that they can trade back and forth between each other… '''as wives'''… the mothers, wives, sisters and daughters of the fathers, husbands, brothers and sons that they are commanded to slaughter.

    For those who care about the future for their children – show these facts to everyone you know.

    • Dr. Ahmad Fayez

      beth you're absolutely wrong i don't where to start to correct you, you know i don't mind you always twisting facts about muslims without even have the intellect to verify it but not the quran.
      first that man above had a very wrongful explanation about the quran which means he doesn't understand islam more than you do. these instruction were said in an era where slaves and slavery existed so quran gave instructions on how to treat them with kindness and the ayah that you mentioned tells it all u just didn't bother to read it well cause if the slave is poor it mentions " give them something out of the means which allah given you" .
      and this means that if your slave doesn't have the menas you ought to help him. another thing islam encouraged freeing slaves most of the wrong deeds in islam can be forgiven by allah if you freed a slave .
      we''re talking 1400 years ago i'd like you to read how europe and america treated slaves many centuries after that " 500 million slaves were compulsory taken to USA alot of them died in the trip alone – some historians believe it's more than that number. P.S: more than victims of WW2.
      secondaly you have the right as a muslim to make love only to your wives or what your hand posses ( female slaves) this what was customed in this era but also he encouraged marrying them and here what the man above doesn't understand if you marry your slave she becomes your wife and you can't enslave her anymore ( islam encourages that) and also if you didn't marry her and she got pregnant her child has all the rights .
      third you can't enslave a free person as quran says " how dare you enslave thy while their mothers gave birth to them as free". this alone why i can assure that the person above doesn't understand islam at all while i can expect this from you i can't allow it from someone like him.
      fourth : alot of radicals are this way cause they are ignorant about islam the true instructions of it and one of the reasons for that are western governments they raised them and encourage them to prosper as a mean to fight soviet union in the cold war era and after that by allowing and protecting dictatorships in most of islamic countries which encourage ignorance so sorry to say but what you are suffering know was built by the hands of your governments and you can read history about that written by some of your leaders and secret bearers.
      lastly may allah have peace upon you :)

      • Beth

        Is everyone supposed to believe that you have more authority than the koran?

        Those words of the teachings of the koran are perfectly clear – and NO WHERE in the koran is it written that those laws are only for that specific period of time.

        The so-called 'radical' muslims would have your head on a platter before they would have mine -simply because you are not being honest about what those words say – where as I am.

  • tagalog

    "I enslave myself to you." Ah, the blessings of the Arab Spring.

    American (and Scottish) political philosophy, particularly that of John Locke, holds that liberty is a God-given natural quality, and a person can't give it away and become a slave.

    But that Arab Spring, they've obviously shown that kind of thinking to be bankrupt. No doubt this is the wave of the future.

    • Sane

      They have things given to them by their god.

      It's just a different god with different goals for his miitants/activists.

      • tagalog

        Yes, no doubt the two conceptions are equivalent, since they're both premised on being God-given.

    • robertpinkerton

      Positively Gorish.

  • Questions

    Any U.S. male or female harboring BDSM fantasies about life in such a society might think twice before emigrating or imprting this practice here. You see, in Egypt a female slave has no "safe words." Beatings and executions? Possibly. So much for that nation's new and wonderful democracy, where voting has led to less freedom. I vote for political realism.

  • Linda Rivera

    I protest. I protest with all my being that many millions of these Muslims have been deliberately imported into our countries.

    We believe in our Glorious, Awesome, Wonderful Creator – the HOLY ONE whose holy Laws PROTECT INNOCENTS. Devout, Koran-obedient Muslims do NOT believe in God's Laws that PROTECT.

    Non-Muslims who don't believe in God, believe in the Bible's Golden Rule – to treat people the same way you want to be treated. The Golden Rule does NOT exist in Islam.

    We believe in justice, freedom and human rights. Devout Muslims do not.

    We non-Muslims believe that: ALL people must have human rights, and ALL people must have equality under the Law. Devout Muslims do NOT believe that.

    Muslims call their military command centers, mosques, as explained by Turkish Prime Minister, Erdogan, who declared: "The mosques are our barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets and the faithful our soldiers…" Studies show that over 80 percent of the mosques in the United States preach hate and promote violent jihad.

    How could Western leaders BETRAY us by importing many millions of Islam's foot soldiers into our countries to colonize, wage jihad against us and impose barbaric Islamic sharia law?

  • Linda Rivera

    Turkish Prime Minister, Erdogan, told a crowd of more than 10,000 Turkish immigrants: "We are against assimilation. No one should be able to rip us away from our culture and civilization." In 2008, he also said, "assimilation is a crime against humanity" and urged the Turkish immigrants there to resist assimilation into the West.

    The Muslim goal: conquest of Europe, Britain, America and the west.

    In Islam, the world is divided into the House of Islam, the 56 countries conquered by Muslims, and the House of War – countries not yet conquered by Islam – the rest of the world.

    From 56 Muslim countries already conquered by Islam, many millions of Islam's foot soldiers have been deliberately imported by Western leaders to colonize Western nations and wage jihad against us non-Muslims as commanded by the Koran war book.

    Islam is the only "religion" on earth that blows up people, buildings, planes, trains, buses, restaurants, markets, etc. And attacks and murders little children as at Beslan.

    • tagalog

      What did Erdogan have to say to the Armenians?

  • Linda Rivera

    This is what it means to import massive numbers of Muslims into our countries. England has huge numbers of Muslims from Pakistan.

    British Schoolgirl's Testimony Muslims Threaten Children With Violence Rape Outside School Daily http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdpH5IuumKM

    British leaders and police are utterly despicable in REFUSING to protect Britain's innocent defenseless children. God will hold them accountable.

  • Linda Rivera

    In Europe and Britain, heroes fight for freedom and human rights for non-Muslims. EDL (English Defence League), Free World Heroes, are WONDERFUL human rights activists who protest against the Islamization of Britain and Islamic sharia law. EDL have protested in the streets against police not protecting British children who are specifically targeted because they are non-Muslims by Muslim gangs. The horribly abused, terrified British children have been raped by the Muslims, sexually enslaved and forced into prostitution.

    Highly ethical, EDL human rights activists are persecuted by Britain's wicked, sold-out to Islam, anti freedom, anti-human rights British leaders.

    Tommy Robinson: State threatens to take away EDL supporter's baby http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embed…!

    Regardless of race, religion or the color of our skin, we non-Muslims are one. We must fight against injustice! We must fight against the unjust, wicked persecution of our infidel brothers and sisters by anti-freedom, anti human rights British authorities, and wherever Western ruling elites persecute our non-Muslim brothers and sisters.

  • Marty

    It remains remarkable that there are apologists who have been reared in western democracy who maintain we must respect and be sensitive to this travesty known as islam. This death cult should have died out centuries ago. egypt is only the beginning. sharia will be enacted to one disgusting degree or another throughout the arab middle east and beyond. Unless we are vigilant and willing to fight for our tradition of individual freedom we will all be hurled into a global dark age under the auspices of genocidal sociopaths who believe in and are practitioners of a supremacist ideology that institutionalizes widespread misery and poverty.

  • Linda Rivera

    Kevin Carroll in England: The government is facilitating the Islamification of this country! It's got to stop! You've got to defend Christianity at all costs! At all costs. Defend Christianity at every turn! At every possible chance, defend Christianity!

    EDL Dewsbury 30/06/12 – Kevin Carroll Speech http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkXE0W2Hzvc

  • jtbaumgart

    Time to make hens out of these roosters. Catch em and video tape them being emasculated by the women they have violated. A few of these shows and I bet this stuff comes to a halt.

  • N. Albert

    The unavoidable consequence of polygamy is a large percentage of young men unable to have a spouse. Throughout Islamic history this fueled unprecedented conquest by the bloodiest means imaginable. Henry M. Stanley (of Livingston fame) reported that while King Leopold ravaged the Belgian Congo, entire villages in the eastern Congo were wiped out; every single adult slain and children put in harems and armies by Moslems. The fields and villages were burned for a single tusk of ivory. No vestige remained. Booty and bootie kindled wildly expanding fiefdoms.

    The left wallows in perpetual condemnation of the West's Crusades and Imperialism, but they fail to realize that people lived to tell: People who forever extort us with their "victimhood" while Islam is innocent even as they still engage in slavery today.

  • Ghostwriter

    Why do I have the feeling that this was done with a threat to the poor girl's family? I imagine that her "husband" said "If you don't consent to this,your family will be harmed." This is probably the most likely scenario.

  • Stuart Parsons

    For such is the nature of Islam. But to say so in the West brings a Tar and Feathering, by do-gooders and politicians, with the Muslim Brotherhood invented neologism Islamophobiia. Everyone seems to be paralysed with fear that to speak out against Islam will result in more radicalisation and acts of Terrorism. We are as Winston Churchill put it "feeding the crocodile in the hope it will eat us last." The longer we put off speaking out against and challenging the ridiculous and intolerant Islamic belief, the greater the price we will pay for naively inviting Muslims to be a part of our democrativ and multicultural society.

  • g_jochnowitz

    It's no wonder that feminists hate Israel.

  • waterwillows

    This is part of the muslim male's war on women. It is pure terror tactics to keep Egyptian females in submission. One would think that having subjected 90% of Egypt's females to FGM, the males would be satisified with their rule over them. It would seem their hatred is deep and cold hard.

    They can roar all they like. Roar at the top of their lungs 24/7. It will do them no good. Islam has no future. None at all. That will be one happy day for the rest of the world.

  • kafirman

    "At a time when Christian minorities in the Islamic world are experiencing a form of persecution unprecedented since the pre-colonial era, it is commonplace for Western “reporters” to ignore or whitewash their plight. Robert Fisk, however, takes it a step further and paints these persecuted Christians as the bad guys, thereby facilitating their ongoing sufferings. He and the Independent should be ashamed of themselves." Absolutely correct Mr. Ibrahim.

    However by describing Mohammadians as "Islamists," Mr. Ibrahim himself facilitates the persecution of Christian minorities. The term "Islamist" suggests "Islamism." But the problem is "Islam," the Koran and "Mohammad." The problem is that Islam creates little Mohammadians who terrorize. It is the Jizya tax of Koran 9:29 — and not the Jizya tax of Koranism — that is behind Islamic human rights violations.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    The degenerate culture is anathema to liberty and freedom from slavery, people are bought,
    forced and born into the absence of human dignity. This abhorent condition is forced by Islam
    in Muslim Nations and ignored by our leftist media as they are inspired by the same inherent evil.
    Obama and the left are importing this evil into Ameica and the day will come that it will
    cause America to fall into barbarism or the day will come when we cleans ourselves of the
    possability of the curse remaiing in our homeland. In November we vote our future………….William

    • dysgenic

      "Forced by Islam"? From the wikipedia encyclopedia at en.wikipedia.org: "Israel is a destination country for men and women trafficked for the purpose of forced labor and commercial sexual exploitation…. women trafficked from Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Uzbekistan, Belarus, China, South Korea and possibly the Philippines for the purpose of sexual exploitation." There are many other sources for this information. We see here in yet another Islam-bashing article the neverending hypocrisy and chutzpah of the horowitzim.

  • Rick Taylor

    The Arab Spring has turned into the Islamic Winter for women in North Aftrica and yet the left in the West still sees it as progress, lol.

  • http://frontpagemag.com Dan Fagan

    No prostitution in Muslim countries? No, but you can get married for a half hour and get a divorced right after you get dressed. No homosexuality in Islamic countries? It seems you can be the pitcher but not the catcher and not be considered gay. Sodomy is far more common in Islamic countries than here in the west- the forced rape of boys and adolescent men, sold at auction or kidnapped is the real Islam. Copulating with a 9 year old girl is acceptable because Monster Mohammad did so- When I am discouraged about this country all I have to do is remember what I have witnessed in Islamic countries, I realize it could be much worse- Islam is a form of righteousness with out any content there in. There is no depravity that is denied a Muslim man, as long as he does not injure a fellow Muslim. A mere human has no rights what so ever, look what good Muslims are doing to the Copts in Egypt, or Christians in Indonesia, Nigeria or ANY majority Muslim country. I believe a war fault over religion is the most pointless and tragic in a host of tragic wars, but I believe Islam has been at war with all non-Muslims for 1300 years, any period of piece is just an intermission before the next attack.

  • john in cheshire

    We in the West (that is normal members of the Western civilisation and not socialist perverts) regard the behaviour of muslims as depraved. And it is. But muslims think that slavery, murder, lying, cheating, deceit, are all normal behaviour. Until we in the West come to regard every muslim as a potential liar, cheat, rapist, pervert, killer, then we will continue to be overwhelmed by them. They are not fit to live amongst us. To those who say there are 'nice' muslims, well, let them go an be 'nice' somewhere else.

    • dysgenic

      Substitute "Jew" for "Muslim" in your comment and observe the effect.

  • Dobermite

    Sorry for this post, it was not meant to be spam, I was simply testing my login which had some trouble.

    I apologize to one and all for the inconvenience.

  • g_jochnowitz

    Afghanistan, like Egypt, is returning to its past. Execute women! Kill. kill. kill. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/09/world/asia/road

  • aspacia

    I am waiting for the Muslim apologists to slither out from their sewers.

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  • Dr. Ahmad Fayez

    first that man above had a very wrongful explanation about the quran which means he doesn't understand islam more than you do. these instruction were said in an era where slaves and slavery existed so quran gave instructions on how to treat them with kindness and the ayah that you mentioned tells it all u just didn't bother to read it well cause if the slave is poor it mentions " give them something out of the means which allah given you" .
    and this means that if your slave doesn't have the menas you ought to help him. another thing islam encouraged freeing slaves most of the wrong deeds in islam can be forgiven by allah if you freed a slave .
    we''re talking 1400 years ago i'd like you to read how europe and america treated slaves many centuries after that " 500 million slaves were compulsory taken to USA alot of them died in the trip alone – some historians believe it's more than that number. P.S: more than victims of WW2.
    secondaly you have the right as a muslim to make love only to your wives or what your hand posses ( female slaves) this what was customed in this era but also he encouraged marrying them and here what the man above doesn't understand if you marry your slave she becomes your wife and you can't enslave her anymore ( islam encourages that) and also if you didn't marry her and she got pregnant her child has all the rights .
    third you can't enslave a free person as quran says " how dare you enslave thy while their mothers gave birth to them as free". this alone why i can assure that the person above doesn't understand islam at all while i can expect this from you i can't allow it from someone like him.
    fourth : alot of radicals are this way cause they are ignorant about islam the true instructions of it and one of the reasons for that are western governments they raised them and encourage them to prosper as a mean to fight soviet union in the cold war era and after that by allowing and protecting dictatorships in most of islamic countries which encourage ignorance so sorry to say but what you are suffering know was built by the hands of your governments and you can read history about that written by some of your leaders and secret bearers.
    lastly may allah have peace upon you :)