“The Koran makes a distinction between legal wives and slaves, and instructs Muslim men that they can have sex with either their wives or their slaves: ‘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.’ 31 Whilst Muslim men cannot have sex with the wives of other Muslim men, they can have sex with enslaved women, even if the enslaved woman has a husband:
So Does the Koran permit this?
Not only are Muslim men permitted legally and morally to rape their slaves, but they are also forgiven if they turn a slave girl into a prostitute: ‘do not compel your slave girls to prostitution, when they desire to keep chaste, in order to seek the frail good of this world’s life; and whoever compels them, then surely after their compulsion Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.’ It is clear, that these kind of Islamic views easily lend themselves to Muslim men seeing women as objects, to be controlled and dominated by men. It would lead them to believe that if some non-Muslim woman within their control could be prostituted, there would be no moral or legal consequences for them within an Islamic world-view.
There are also features of Islam which are supremacist and which look with contempt at non-Muslims. According to the Koran, non-Muslims are the worst of all living creatures, thus sub-human:
Some Muslims take the Koranic description of infidels as the worst of creatures, and put non-Muslim into the same category of dirty things as faeces and dead bodies. One of the police officers who managed to get convictions for a gang in Bradford in Leeds in 1997 said ‘The men held those young girls in extremely low esteem; they thought that this somehow justified the violation that was taking place.’ The Koran refers to non-Muslims as animals, and the standard term for a non-Muslim in Arabic is ‘kafir’, a highly derogatory term.
Furthermore, we should not be surprised when Muslims who said they disapproved of the grooming/ raping gangs still said ‘they would never have dreamt of going to the police about it, because you do not turn on your own community’, 38 as this too is part of Islamic theology. The Koran tells Muslims that they must always band together against non-Muslims: ‘Let not the believers Take for friends or helpers Unbelievers rather than believers.’
One Muslim man said “a lot of people” knew of the abuse but that he and others were “too scared to do anything about it.” He points to a widespread view that betraying members of one’s own community to the police would be an even greater sin than child sexual exploitation.
We know it sounds incredible, but there is so much evidence to show that the vast majority of Muslims put their loyalty to other Muslims (the Ummah) above all else. It is a part of Islam, a concept that weaves through Islamic texts. The Islamic world-view is so deeply ingrained in many Muslims, that they would rather allow schoolgirls to be raped, drugged, and pimped than tell the police that it was going on.
Whilst most of what we have covered so far in Islamic theology sounds like it only relates to adult women, it is time to turn to the issue of what constitutes a woman under Islamic law and morality. Aisha was Mohammed’s favourite wife, and she was only aged 6 years old when he married her.
It is on the basis of Mohammed marrying her when she was 6 years old and him consummating that marriage when she was 9 years old, that girls around the ages of 9 to 15 are married off in many Muslim countries (Iran, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Yemen, etc.) In the chapter where divorce is discussed in the Koran, it contains provisions for the divorce of a wife who has not yet begun to menstruate: ‘And those who no longer expect menstruation among your women -if you doubt, then their period is three months, and [also for] those who have not menstruated. And for those who are pregnant, their term is until they give birth.’ This is a subject which many western Muslims will dispute or deny; whether that is out of shame or ignorance we cannot say. But that ‘Islamic states’ (e.g. Saudi Arabia, Yemen) permit 9 year old girls to be married cannot be denied (some of these child-brides die giving birth shortly after they are married).
This is a problem that comes to pass when a group of people insist on holding onto an unchanging morality that is supposedly the direct and eternal word of god. This is how we end up with a situation like that in 2012 in London, where 9 year old Muslim girls were being married off to old men, and trapped in primary school in the day whilst providing sexual services to the old man in the evening. It also explains how it could be that so many of the Muslim men in the grooming gangs were interested in girls as young as 10:
If one examines websites providing coverage of Islamic countries, one can find contemporary stories of ‘child prostitution in the guise of marriage.’ According to UNICEF in Pakistan ‘child marriages accounted for 32 per cent of all marriages.’ When multiculturalism encourages immigrants to keep their own cultural values, why should we be surprised if they maintain a preference for sex with girls whom our culture consider to be children, whilst their culture and religion consider such children to be legitimate candidates for sex and marriage?”
Since the 1920s, Muslims across the world have been involved in a return to the roots of Islam, the fundamentals of Islam. In the view of Muslim fundamentalists, non-Muslims are inferior beings.”
Exerts from Easy Meat by Peter McLoughlin
To Muslims Mohammad is regarded as the perfect man; it is part of their religion that they should emulate his behaviour including his taste for child brides and sex slaves.