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Question: Is it permitted to rape or force sex or beat a slave woman until she sexually submits. I ask because a non muslim coworker asked me this question I did not know the answer.

I don't see any text in the Qur'an on your question.

However, if you are a Jew or Christian (your name indicates that you are most likely a Jew or Christian), let me cite here a few references I came across in the Bible:


“When you march up to attack a city [far from the ‘promised land’], make its people an offer of peace. If they accept and open their gates, all the people in it shall be subject to forced labor and shall work for you.

If they refuse to make peace and they engage you in battle, lay siege to that city. When the LORD your God delivers it into your hand, put to the sword all the men in it. As for the women, the children, the livestock and everything else in the city, you may take these as plunder for yourselves. And you may use the plunder the LORD your God gives you from your enemies. This is how you are to treat all the cities that are at a distance from you and do not belong to the nations nearby.”

  “However, you may purchase male or female slaves from among the foreigners who live among you.  You may also purchase the children of such resident foreigners, including those who have been born in your land.  You may treat them as your property, passing them on to your children as a permanent inheritance.  You may treat your slaves like this, but the people of Israel, your relatives, must never be treated this way. (Leviticus 25:44-46 NLT)

“When a man sells his daughter as a slave, she will not be freed at the end of six years as the men are.  If she does not please the man who bought her, he may allow her to be bought back again.  But he is not allowed to sell her to foreigners, since he is the one who broke the contract with her.  And if the slave girl’s owner arranges for her to marry his son, he may no longer treat her as a slave girl, but he must treat her as his daughter.  If he himself marries her and then takes another wife, he may not reduce her food or clothing or fail to sleep with her as his wife.  If he fails in any of these three ways, she may leave as a free woman without making any payment. (Exodus 21:7-11 NLT)

By citing these, I am not in any way arrogating to myself the judge the actions or customs that prevailed in those times by our modern standards. Nor am I making a moral judgment on the actions or orders of these revered prophets. I am citing them only to show that those who wish to judge others should first look within their scriptures before poking fun at others.

I would remind them of the Prophetic words of Jesus (peace be upon him):

International Standard Version

"Why do you see the speck in your brother's eye but fail to notice the beam in your own eye?”.

It is a lesson we may do well to ponder: whether Muslim, Jew, Christian, Hindu, Buddhist or whoever.

We may also do well to heed the call of God in the Qur’an:

“O Mankind, We created you from a single pair of a male and female and rendered you nations and tribes to know each other. The noblest of you in the sight of God is the one who is most conscious of Him.” (Qur’an: 49: 13). 


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