Of misogynistic jihadists and their sexual jihad

Published: August 11, 2015

The group demanded that people handover their unmarried daughters for their fighters. PHOTO: SCREENSHOT

Whether it’s the destruction of holy shrinesburning of hostages, stoning the accused and sexually assaulting girls, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has managed to set new boundaries and records of violence. Adding to their records is the recent execution of 19 girls in Mosul who refused to have sex with the group’s fighters. This is an extension of the sheer brutality that is normally attributed to them.

Countless women have been abducted by the ISIS militants. The prettiest of the abducted virgins are then sent to the markets of Syria and Iraq where they are sold as sexual objects to the highest bidder, amongst the beasts salivating to get the best of the prey.

When the ISIS took over the city of Mosul, the group demanded that people handover their unmarried daughters for their fighters:

“We call upon the people of this county to bring their unmarried girls so they can fulfil their duty in sex jihad for their warrior brothers in the city and anyone who will not appear will feel the full force of the Shariah law upon him.”

These men are not Norsemen raiding other lands, plundering and enslaving women. They’re not even those savage tribes of Caucasian steppes invading peaceful cities, and this is not even the fictitious story of the Game of Thrones, famous for showing disturbing and explicit scenes and events, but the similarity is striking. This is reminiscent of medieval men possessing the arms of the 21st century.

Sexual jihad, as they call it, is the alleged volunteering of women to provide sexual comfort to the men fighting for the establishment of the Islamic rule. The term is, without a doubt, a slander against the Islamic teachings and greatly distorts the meaning of the word jihad. The issue came up when Tunisian women, who supported the jihadi movement, volunteered for the jihadists in Tunisia and Syria. The ISIS incorporated this concept and legalised it in their self-proclaimed state.

But I disagree. Sexual jihad isn’t the volunteering of a woman with her own consent but is a forceful conduct as was the case with those unfortunate 19 girls. It isn’t a choice. The ISIS has even published a sickening guide to capture, punish and enslave non-believing women, outlining how to use them as sex slaves while also justifying child rape.

These jihadists are cold-blooded, sectarian, patriarchal, and mass murdering pedophiles who know nothing of the religious scripture. Their continued treatment towards women is a reflection of their mind-set. To them, women are nothing but objects or meat to gratify men, the powerful gender. A woman who denies presenting herself for this purpose is legitimate to undergo brutal punishment, which includes beheading, stoning, flogging and crucifixion. It will not be overstatement to state that women are treated as cattle. Even those young girls who have not reached puberty have been reported to be raped, as was the case with the nine-year-old who became pregnant after 10 ISIS militants raped her. This is an outright violation of the Islamic conduct and respect the religion tries to advocate for the female gender.

Women who belong to the Yazidi ethnicity have also been a victim to ISIS’s ways. The so-called jihadists have been reported to have conducted widespread, organised and systematic sexual assault against these women. The girls who’ve gone through their oppressive assaults and managed to escape have narrated disturbing stories of what those animals would do to them.

“However hard I screamed, yelled and cried there was no one to help us. When he raped me, he told me ‘you are slaves, you are our slaves of war’. I used to think I would rather be dead than living through this,” said 16-year-old Munira.

“He opened the door and allowed the six guards into the room. He told the six guards to rape me. All of them, all kinds of ways, everything. I was made to do disgusting things. For two whole days, I couldn’t move any part of my body,” said 22-year-old Noor.

What kind of Shariah law are they trying to impose upon women? As far as I know, their version of the law is in reality dissuaded in Islam. It is astonishing to see the contrast between the actual teachings of Islam and the ways of ISIS.

In a society where infant girls were buried alive, where men could share their wives and where women were not provided with inheritance, the Prophet (PBUH) stood up for them and blatantly advocated for their rights. People would mock and insult him for his seemingly naive idea of equating women to men. He forbade all his companions to hurt a woman during battle and in his last sermon, he willed separately for women. If one were to delve deeper, the Prophet (PBUH) has even warned the world of the ISIS.

The group claims to be following the true path of Islam, but I wonder, which religion is the ISIS really following? Since it’s evidently not the one that teaches peace, equality and compassion.

ISIS’s radical, twisted, and misogynistic mind-set has caused me to believe that the al Qaeda and the Taliban, with all their brutality and vandalism, were a whole lot merciful.

Muhammad Abu Talib

Muhammad Abu Talib

An A-levels student and an active social commentator. He dabbles in debate competitions, blog writings and sports. He blogs at www.fazalgilani.com and tweets as @ATNaqvi (twitter.com/ATNaqvi)

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

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  • Ravi

    What is new in this? Muslims have done this for the last 1300 years in every country that they invaded. Why the pretence horror at this stage?Recommend

  • fze

    They are psychos and deserve to be eliminated as they are incorrigible. Anyone who falls for them also fall in the same category.Recommend

  • Headstrong

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  • ishrat salim

    This is not Islam, the way ISIS is going. Islam is being distorted for reasons best known to people with sinister ideas. This will not last long in sha Allah. Every such despicable act has a day to end.Recommend

  • curious2

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  • RFD

    Here come the Bajrang dalis, the Shiv Sena, the BJP walas the RSS and every
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  • pk

    No one in the history of mankind has supported their barbarism and pervert behaviour through religious scripture than ISIS. Indeed it is apocalyptic organisation. The way the organisation has spread in such a short duration, the days are not far when they have access to nuclear weapons. I feel the end of human era is near. Its natures way of extinction of species. Unlike dinosaur who once ruled the earth wiped out by Asteroids the Humanity will be wiped out by ISIS.Recommend

  • Ex

    I surely would like to give the answers of your questions, but I know that ET would not be allowing the comments to pass through…..so I am not wasting my time to write it…….if you really want to know the answer, dig deeper….and you will find it.Recommend

  • Saad Hasan

    The version of Islam that ISIS is propagating is basically to shock and awe the world into believing that all Muslims are alike and that Islam teaches brutality upon women and anything else that walks.

    ISIS ideology is the greatest disservice to the Muslims since the time of Khawarij. They are a tribulation that has been visited upon Muslims because some deviant minds have had their way in hijacking the Islamic narrative.

    Sexual comfort in the times of the earlier Muslims was not allowed by forcing oneself upon a woman. If they are sexually frustrated, let them fast! This is why the practice of even temporary marriage “muta’a” never became a mainstream one.

    There is no insaaniat or chivarly in these brainwashed idiots. They take the most beautiful ideas of Islam, such as Jihad and mercy, which are used to right a wrong and use it in the most perverse way possible.

    The only solution for the Muslim world is to take these beasts head on and defeat them ideologically and on the battlefield. No outsider can or should be involved in this “winning back of Islam” from the clutches of these deviant khawarijis.Recommend

  • Critical

    and strangely many teen girls run from their homes to join ISIS….

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  • abhi

    Common Talib you are believing in stories and lies spread about ISIS. They are peaceful bunch of people who just want Islamic law and freedom from American imperialism.Recommend

  • Syeda Ali

    ISIS has nothing to do with Islam. They are wild beasts…even worst. Using & manipulating Islam as per their choiceRecommend

  • Bibloo

    Just like the Vermilion, Lord Modi. The Butcher of Gujrat.
    Of course, this has nothing to do with Hindu religion. See?
    He is a very peaceful man. No one knows who is propagating
    Muslim genocide, ghar wapsie, love jihad, Sadhvi Prachi,
    Maharaj. Roving bands of hindus targeting Muslims, women,
    They put ISIS to shame.

    ET moderators since you printed this hindus comment, this a fair response.Recommend

  • Hardliner

    ISIS are Khawarij, in purist and truest of the meanings of this word….. However, I would also take this opportunity to mention Bashar ul Asad & Hezbollah who are equally leveled with ISIS when it comes to atrocities. The only difference between ISIS and the later is that ISIS publishes its atrocities while Asad & Hassan Nasrullah do not……… Both are Khawarij and both deserve severest of punishments.Recommend

  • SOHOMAN

    don’t be too alarmed all religions including Islam allows enslaving of girls for sexual pleasures of jihadis(or whatever other religions call their fighters). What we really need to do is to accept the reality and then tell these freaks and rest of the world that although its allowed in Islam, but we are in 21st century so we are against it. Stop being apologist for Islam or for Religion.Recommend

  • khk

    I would always condemn ISIS not because of such cooked up stories but the ideology they follow and force others to propagate.
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  • wb

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  • Milind A

    Why blame ISIS? Non-ISIS Muslims did pretty much the same when they kidnapped, raped Hindu women during the Moplah rebellion in 1920 or during partition. They continue doing it in Bangladesh or Pakistan (where Hindu women are kidnapped, raped & forcibly converted). The only difference is the scale of brutality, where ISIS Muslim is more lethal & brutal than non-ISIS Muslim.Recommend

  • Milind A

    Sorry…. Indian-origin religions like Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism & SIkhism don’t have any concept or sanction of sex slaves. Only the Abrahamic faiths have these abhorrent practices. Don’t equate the two.Recommend

  • FederalAgent2012

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  • FederalAgent2012
  • Ahson Tariq

    These deviant Daesh fanatics have documented plans already in execution phase of staging attacks in Hindustan and openly announce commencement of “Ghazwa-e-Hind” (the Holy Grail of end-of-times battle/war) to the Billion plus Muslim population of the world.

    India should be very careful and cautious in deciding what role it wants to play in Afghanistan vis-a-vis promoting and supporting peace talks with Taliban and enable Afghanistan, where Daesh has already made its presence felt, to put up a unified (Afghan Army plus Taliban) front against Daesh militants.

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  • 19640909rk .

    LOL. They need to cross Pakistan first. Like Abdali did, they will definitely burn Lahore yet again- on their way.

    Modi also knows how to deal with Muslims.Recommend

  • Saqib Rashid

    I have been warning about this for the longest time. I live in UK there is big support especially among the youngsters including girls ! Whole families have migrated to join ISIS. UK Pakistanis are being Arabized. You see so many women wearing Hijab while 40 years ago you would see none. You should know want your children are doing on facebook or other social sites.Recommend

  • 19640909rk .

    The group claims to be following the true path of Islam.

    agree with ISIS. Even Mohammed had female slaves . In fact he married a Jewish women (Safiyyah bint Huyayy), after killing her husband on the same day. If they are following in the footsteps of Mohammed, they are following real Islam.Recommend

  • Nana

    ISIS is an insult to Islam and humanity. They must be exterminated.Recommend

  • SamSal

    You think this is a ‘cooked up’ story?Recommend

  • Sridhar Kaushik

    It goes on and on.
    When terrorists striked at the Army School in Peshawar, it was said: this has nothing to do with Islam. It is a fact that these terrorists made the children recite “Kalma”, and shouted “Allah o Akbar” before killing them. These terrorists were thinking they were being good muslims.
    Everytime there is a terorist attack or something terrible done by muslims, the average muslim says: this is not Islam. These people are not muslims.
    Few have the courage to stand up and protest.
    How many muslims living in the West have come out and protested on the streets?
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  • Sridhar Kaushik

    @ Bibloo,
    Gujarat riots happened in 2002. We are in 2015. After the Gujarat riots, Modi was the CM of Gujarat 2 more times. How many riots happened there?
    Not one major riot has happened since the Gujarat riots in India. That is amazing in itself. Under the pseudo-secular Congress (mis)rule, hindu-muslim riots were a regular occurrence. Anyone can google the facts.
    Since the 2002 riots happened under BJP rule and Congress was ruling the Center, latter did everything possible to incriminate Modi. Courts were moved out of Gujarat. Supreme Court set up a SIT (Special Investigation Team) to look into the matter. The team, after a herculean effort, found no evidence to link Modi directly to the riots.
    IN India, Supreme Court is a much respected institution. If it says, Modi did not do it, he did not do it. Period.
    Pakistanis have nothing much to beat India with except this Gujarat riot. I hear that not even the Gujarati muslims are complaining today. Tarek Fateh, a Pakistani Canadian, visited Ahmedabad in India (where his in-law’s family hail from) and found that no muslim there was complaining against Modi and everybody he talked to seemed happy.

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    On the flip side, I now hear that the RSS is unhappy with Modi because he is just not interested in the “hindutva” agenda. He is focussing totally on the “economic” agenda.
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  • Syeda Ali

    We are fighting them in Iraq and Syria as a human. We should set more examples of peaceful and enlightened people all over the world to change this wrong perspective that Islam teaches these things. As far as ISIS is concerned, beasts should be killed as they’re killing all!!# Recommend

  • Hassan

    If hassan nasrullah doesn’t post any of his atrocities then how do you know he is like isis ? Or just making assumptions ?
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  • Jam Tamachi

    ISIS is Sunni Wahabi/Khawariji. They were supported financially/materially
    by Saudia, the Gulf Emirates, Jordan, and Turkey. EXCEPT QATAR.
    Turkey was allowing any and every foreigner to cross it’s border into Syria.
    and join ISIS. Currently it’s begging for help from NATO. Non forthcoming.
    These Sunnis are now screaming for help from the world and NATO. Since
    the Frankenstein’s monster, has, turned on them. ISIS is Saddam’s old
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  • shrihari kulkarni

    What did TimurBaburGazaniGhoriAurangzebNaderShah do
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  • SOHOMAN
  • ZAK

    What about Non-ISIS NON- MUSLIMS milind. Do they exist in your world?Recommend

  • Faulitics

    Hello.LOLRecommend

  • Saad Hasan

    They occupied lands after invading. Had they taken the route of ISIS, India would not be India today.Recommend

  • Saad Hasan

    Glad you think that way. Obviously the history of Christians, Jews and Hindus conquering other people is a pristine one comprised of nothing but peace and love for all.Recommend

  • Saad Hasan

    “Modi also knows how to deal with Muslims.”

    Yes indeed he does by burning and pillaging them.Recommend

  • Saad Hasan

    Adherents of all religions have conquered, raped, pillaged and enslaved. Its simply hypocrisy that they only pontificate to the adherents of Islam over these issues. The Hindus have treated their women very shoddily, the exploitation of the lower classes, the conquering and enslaving of the lower classes is all documented in their history but shamelessly and more importantly “conveniently” forgotten.Recommend

  • Saad Hasan

    Khwarij have nothing to do with “Sunni”. This phenomena predates the schism that resulted in the Sunni/Shia split. You could potentially have Khwarij amongst the Shia’a as well if we stick to the definition of what this ideology entails.

    Whosoever disbanded Saddam’s army has a responsibility in all of this. It was the only thing that kept the Iraqis united and somehow very immaturely and arrogantly it was disbanded and eventually led to Sunni militias, Mehdi army and now the ISIS cadres.Recommend

  • Saad Hasan

    They conquered a foreign land! Let me know how other conquerors behave. Even in your own Hindu scriptures, there is mention of domination of other peoples and lands.

    Samudra Gupta is recounted as an amazing Hindu king who dominated many other enemies and his dominion was spread over a vast land. One wonders what those who came under his occupation went through? So this critique of only Muslims is all relative. There has been bloodletting by all those who have sat on thrones. Muslim lands were invaded by the Mongols and Christian Kings and their behavior during the conquest was just as or even more brutal.Recommend

  • Milind A

    How many of the NON-MUSLIMS have raped women, using religion as a cover? They have done it in their personal capacity, but never used religion to sanction their disgusting acts… However Muslims (ISIS or non-ISIS) have done it (or do it) and have boasted about their acts.Recommend

  • Milind A

    Its futile to argue using facts with a Pakistani… These kind of arguments/facts have been presented by many Hindus on these blogs/comments section before.. However a logic-retard Pakistani, side-steps these and continues parroting whatever he believes in and would like us to hear.Recommend

  • Milind A

    I doubt if Samudra Gupta pillaged & ransacked towns or raped women taking them concubines.. The Marathas, Jats, Sikhs had their empires as well. However baring a few exceptions of plunder, most of these were peaceful and no Muslims were impacted. Whereas in Muslim rule, non-Muslims were not permitted to ride horses, Qazis of each town/village remained partisan towards their co-religionists, Hindu women were kidnapped and raped (and this continues in pakistan, Bangladesh to this date).Recommend

  • Milind A

    The fact that most Hindus are unaware of this, itself speaks about how Hindus are ready to jettison baggage in their religious books and embrace modernity. Unlike Muslims who commit all those evil acts, justify it through the ‘immutable’ religious booksRecommend

  • Milind A

    Agreed.. The difference is that the Hindus have made amends and are moving on. I’m not saying Hindu women are not oppressed, but this doesn’t have religious sanction. Laws are in place to deal with this menance. There’s been no instance of sati after 1988 (which too had led to an uproar). Unlike Muslims, who’re still keen on polygamy and similar regressive practices.Recommend

  • fze

    No need to get upset. They are showing their real self through such comments.Recommend

  • Val Cocora

    muslims, please tell us again how islam is the religion of peace…Recommend

  • Val Cocora

    isis IS islam.Recommend

  • Saad Hasan

    Conquests are seldom “peaceful”. Believe what you must, we know the reality to be otherwise. Obviously there is history amongst Hindus that is conveniently left out.

    “and no Muslims were impacted.”
    This predates the arrival of Muslims so that is a given. However others fell victim to the expansionist policies of Samudra Gupta and he did his part in dominating others by force. Its just that the victims of his have very little in recorded history since they were vanquished.Recommend

  • Saad Hasan

    “There’s been no instance of sati after 1988”. If you believe that then I have a bridge to sell to you. Perhaps they are not openly burning themselves, but the thousands of suicides in India are an indication that other means are being resorted to. Secondly and more importantly in the 3rd world, not being reported is a very different thing from “not happening”.

    Laws are in place in most of the Muslim world too to stop people from “kidnapping” and “raping” minorty women. Those who do these things are criminals and nothing more.Recommend

  • Ali

    You are definitely right – I should queue up and ask the RSS or maybe Modi ji. Definitely should be taking lessons of peace from the rape capital of the world.Recommend

  • Bibloo

    That is why Amit Shah, Modi’s right hand man, a convicted
    murderer, is out on bail. His case is on appeal. No doubt he
    will be exonerated by the Shining Light Supreme Court of
    BJP. If the appeal is thrown out, the judges hopefully will be
    able to escape to Sri Lanka? England? Thailand? Madagascar?
    By the way, Modi appointed Amit Shah as president of BJP.
    Truly, there is no honor among murderers.Recommend

  • nouman

    i cant stop laughing today they are making fool of every one just you dressed like muslims talk like muslim and have beard doesnt mean you are muslims even jews have long beards so do you consider them muslims?
    answer is no they are apostates not muslims they are funded by zionists and people who are against muslims.
    i laugh because how they redicule and decieved the world so easily by showing that they are muslims and their religion is islam even they are opposite of islam.seriously
    they are laughable stock.Recommend

  • nouman

    you cannot killed any human if you do you kill whole humanity.
    allah says in quran and please one request dont try to understand the verses of quran by your self if you do then you will become ghumrah. ask islamic scholars to mention you understand the verses of quran and hadith by them.Recommend

  • brar

    When you know these are cooked up stories why condemn u must support them, Recommend

  • Tombraider

    Whether ISIS supporters are islamic or not? The below link would answer this question.
    http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/03/what-isis-really-wants/384980/Recommend

  • Tombraider

    No,they are muslim radicals.They pray to your god and believe in the same prophet and Quran which you believe!

    http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/03/what-isis-really-wants/384980/Recommend

  • Tombraider

    ISIS is islamic according to most international experts.They believe in the oldest version of islam which existed since prophet’s era.The moderate muslims are mostly influenced by non-muslim traditions(christian) such as human rights,women’s rights etc http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/03/what-isis-really-wants/384980/Recommend

  • Tombraider

    They will have to first destroy pakistan(meaning pakistani army) since pakistani state according to ISIS mujahideen is unislamic as pakistan doesn’t accept ISIS domination.According to ISIS,only Islamic state is legal since they represent a common caliphate for all muslims including pakistanis and all other muslim nations are illegal. Only after that,they can try conquering India.Recommend

  • Swaadhin

    Well Syeda, I appreciate the fact that you hate the ISIS mentality, you seem to suggest there are extremists in all communities and ISIS happens to be the one among Muslims however their interpretation of Islam is incorrect, for a non Muslim that is a very simplistic explanation as he does not understand your faith.

    You are right in believing what you do which is one side of the story but there is another side to it which is there is no point speaking against ISIS if you can’t also speak against the school of Ibn Taymmiyah for providing the ideology and the house of Saud for being its official patrons.

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  • shanu khan

    few of my family members migrated to pakistan in 1947 . My aunt was a hindu(sindhi hindu) my uncle married her against her will . Now my cousin mohsin khan married archana kumari also a pakistani national . In pakistan it is matter of pride of having hindu wivesRecommend

  • Tombraider

    So what is your point? Are you trying to make me mad? If so then it ain’t gonna work.I am also not a devout follower of Hinduism,well actually I am losing interest in it after having witnessed countless acts of extremist acts and religious orthodoxy in all major world religions including my own all across the world.I believe in science and technology,human rights democracy, gender equality and freedom of expression.I really don’t understand how people get the courage to kill others for religion,gender,caste or race even though they too are made of the same flesh and blood like their victims.May be, in a couple of years I might end up as a humane atheist but still this is a cruel and insane world full of cruel people. I would love to marry a muslim/Christian/Jewish women even if it goes against my parents wishes but only if she gives her consent, coz I really respect women because I am a real man unlike the one’s like you who treats women as objects for men’s pleasure.Recommend

  • [email protected] 2.0

    Yes.. and that’s what indian’s call “forced conversion of hindus in pakistan”. you should be ashamed of saying such a thing with such pride!!! u say it like they are cattle..Recommend