CHARLOTTE, NC, May 7, 2014 –It only took the kidnapping of almost 300 young girls in Nigeria for American media to figure out that Boko Haram is bad news.
Several lesser known blogs and internet outlets have been warning us about Boko Haram for nearly two years, but the mainstream press has, for the most part, ignored what is arguably the most ruthless and vicious of all the Islamic extremist groups.
It has been said before, but it is worth repeating that in the simplest of terms all you need to know about Islam can be summed up in three words: justification, victimization and intolerance. The kidnappings by Boko Haram in Nigeria fall into the justification category.
The fourth chapter, or Surah, of the Koran is entitled “Women” or Al-Nisa’ in Arabic. Only three other chapters are longer since the Koran’s Surahs are arranged by length from the longest to the shortest. Two verses stand out prominently in Chapter Four which Boko Haram uses to justify the kidnappings.
Surah 4:3 of the Koran says, “I you fear that you cannot treat orphans with fairness , then you may marry other women who seem good to you; two, three, four of them. But if you fear that you cannot maintain equality among them, marry only one or any other slave-girls you may own. This will make it easier for you to avoid injustice.”
The popular, and politically correct, convention is that we are “not at war with Islam. That’s a little like saying during World War II that “we are not at war with Germany, but that Hitler guy is a bad dude.” All any reasonable person has to do is read the verse above to see how easily Boko Haram can “justify” the horrific kidnapping acts it has committed in Nigeria. Is that not proof enough that we are, indeed, at war with Islam?
According to the Koran, if you must restrict yourself to one wife, it is completely acceptable to take advantage of your slaves since they do not have the same rights as a wife. Such thinking is sickening by any standard, yet it is justified by Boko Haram.
Further reading in the Koran says, “Also married women, except those whom you own as slaves. Such is the decree of God. All women other than these are lawful for you, provided you court them with your wealth in modest conduct, not in fornication.” (Surah 4:24)
As Robert Spencer of “Jihad Watch” points out, we were warned of such actions as long ago as May, 2011 by the Egyptian Sheikh Abu-Ishaq al-Huwayni who said, “’we are in the era of jihad,’ and that as they waged jihad warfare against infidels Muslims would take slaves.”
Spencer adds that not long after al-Huwayni made his pronouncement that a female Kuwaiti named Salwa al-Mutairi also justified the practice of Islamic sexual slavery of non-Muslim women with a frightening example about the guidelines for Islamic morality.
“…A merchant told me that he would like to have a sex slave. He said he would not be negligent with her, and that Islam permitted this sort of thing. He was speaking the truth. I brought up (this man’s) situation to the muftis in Mecca. I told them that I had a question, since they were men who specialized in what was halal, and what was good, and who loved women. I said, “What is the law of sex slaves?
“The mufti said, “With the law of sex slaves, there must be a Muslim nation at war with a Christian nation, or a nation which is not of the religion, not of the religion of Islam. And there must be prisoners of war.
“Is this forbidden by Islam?,” I asked.
“Absolutely not. Sex slaves are not forbidden by Islam. On the contrary, sex slaves are under a different law than the free woman. The free woman must be completely covered except for her face and hands. But the sex slave can be naked from the waist up. She differs a lot from the free woman. While the free woman requires a marriage contract, the sex slave does not–she only needs to be purchased by her husband, and that’s it. Therefore the sex slave is different than the free woman.”
Such practices are unimaginable to Western morality, yet they still exist in the ancient tenants of Islam which is a medieval religion lost in the 21st century with no way out because it is incapable of reform.
As long as we continue to believe that we are not at war with Islam, we are deluding ourselves. Perhaps Boko Haram has awakened a sleeping giant and its media, but the odds are against it.
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe. Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club(www.MagellanTravelClub.com).
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