The militant Islamist group ISIS put up posters calling on the people of Iraq to bring them their unmarried girls to participate in “jihad al-nikah”, or sex jihad.
Leaflets in the captured cities of Mosul and Tikrit claim the women — virgins or not — must join jihad, or Holy war, and cleanse themselves by sleeping with militants. Those that refuse to do so are violating God’s will, it is claimed, and will be beaten or killed.
Posters in public places read:
“We call upon the people of this county to bring their unmarried girls so they can fulfill 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 sharia [Islamic law] upon him.”
Reports from the Clarion Project, a respected nonprofit organization that works to expose Islamic extremism, indicate that ISIS fighters have been going door-to-door, entering houses, killing the men and raping the women.
The idea of offering sex to militants under the pretext of a holy war, referred to in Arabic as “Jihad-ul-Nikah,” first surfaced back in 2013.
At the time, according to Arabic media accounts, “Saudi cleric Nasser al-‘Umar issued a fatwa (religious edict) calling on women to offer themselves to the armed militants, even permitting mujahidin (jihadis) in Syria to have sex-jihad with their sisters (muharamhum) if no one else is available.
Wahhabism is a radical and deviant interpretation of Islam that is violently intolerant of any opposing points of view and issues religious edicts that contradict basic Islamic principles and values.
The rationale and justification of these fatwas is based on the Islamic maxim, “necessity makes the prohibited permissible,” not unlike the more familiar adage, “the ends justify the means.”
In other words, because fighting to make the “word of Allah,” or Sharia, supreme is the greatest good, and because sexually-deprived jihadis fighting to do just that may lose morale and quit the theatre of war for lack of women, it is permissible, indeed laudable, for Muslim women—including apparently relatives—to volunteer to give up their bodies to these men so that they can continue the jihad to empower Islam, in accordance with the Koran:
“Allah has purchased of the believers their persons and their goods; for theirs (in return) is the garden (of Paradise): they fight in His cause, and slay and are slain” (Yusuf Ali trans. 9:111).
This verse has been traditionally understood as Muslim men selling “their persons,” that is, their bodies, to the jihad in exchange for paradise. In the context of sex jihad, however, Muslim women—including sisters—are also selling “their persons” (their bodies for sex) to indirectly empower the jihad, also in exchange for paradise.
The fact is, the maxim, “necessity makes the prohibited permissible,” is responsible for any number of seeming contradictions: Muslim women must chastely be covered head-to-toe—yet, in the service of jihad, they are allowed to prostitute their bodies. Homosexuality is forbidden—but permissible if rationalized as a way to kill infidels. Lying is forbidden—but permissible to empower Islam. Suicide is forbidden—but permissible during the jihad—called “martyrdom.” Stealing is forbidden—but the rightful booty of the jihadi who conquers infidels.
It is obscene that those who interpret Sharia law in a draconian and rigid manner allow themselves the grace — in the name of Jihad — not only ignore Sharia, but to ignore basic standards of morality, and stoop to depravity.