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Adultery: Do it! Do it! Do it!


You shall not commit adultery. Exodus 20:14(NIV)

لاَ تَزْنِ. ٢٠ :١٤

It is God's will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God; 1Thes 4:3-5 (NIV)

فَإِنَّ مَشِيئَةَ اللهِ هِيَ هَذِهِ: قَدَاسَتُكُمْ. وَذَلِكَ بِأَنْ تَمْتَنِعُوا عَنِ الزِّنَى، ٤: ٣
وَأَنْ يَعْرِفَ كُلُّ وَاحِدٍ مِنْكُمْ كَيْفَ يَحْفَظُ جَسَدَهُ فِي الطَّهَارَةِ وَالْكَرَامَةِ ٤ :٤
غَيْرَ مُنْسَاقٍ لِلشَّهْوَةِ الْجَامِحَةِ كَالْوَثَنِيِّينَ الَّذِينَ لاَ يَعْرِفُونَ اللهَ، ٤ :٥


Also (forbidden are) women already married, except those (captives and slaves) whom your right hands possess. Thus has Allâh ordained for you. All others are lawful, provided you seek (them in marriage) with Mahr (bridal money given by the husband to his wife at the time of marriage) from your property, desiring chastity, not committing illegal sexual intercourse, so with those of whom you have enjoyed sexual relations, give them their Mahr as prescribed; but if after a Mahr is prescribed, you agree mutually (to give more), there is no sin on you. Surely, Allâh is Ever All-Knowing, All-Wise. Surah An-Nisâ' 4:24 (Translated by Muhammad Al-Hilali and Muhammad Khan.)

وَالْمُحْصَنَاتُ مِنَ النِّسَاء إِلاَّ مَا مَلَكَتْ أَيْمَانُكُمْ كِتَابَ اللّهِ عَلَيْكُمْ وَأُحِلَّ لَكُم مَّا وَرَاء ذَلِكُمْ أَن تَبْتَغُواْ بِأَمْوَالِكُم مُّحْصِنِينَ غَيْرَ مُسَافِحِينَ فَمَا اسْتَمْتَعْتُم بِهِ مِنْهُنَّ فَآتُوهُنَّ أُجُورَهُنَّ ف َرِيضَةً وَلاَ جُنَاحَ عَلَيْكُمْ فِيمَا تَرَاضَيْتُم بِهِ مِن بَعْدِ الْفَرِيضَةِ إِنَّ اللّهَ كَانَ عَلِيمًا حَكِيمًا ٤ :٢٤


Voluntary sexual intercourse between a married man and someone other than his wife or between a married woman and someone other than her husband.


Sexual intercourse with a woman by a man without her consent.

The Qur'an states that a Muslim man cannot have sex with another man's wife.  However, there is an important exception when he is at liberty to have sex with another man's wife.  This exception applies to a married woman who is his captive or slave.  If a married woman consents to having sex with her Muslim master, then it is adultery.  If a married woman is forced by her Muslim captor, then it is rape. In either case, the Qur'an is in direct violation to the immutable moral law of Allah, the Judge of the Last Day. The divine Law given by Allah to Moses (Musa) states, "You shall not commit adultery."

The Companions of Muhammad used the captive/slave exception to have affairs with the married women under their control.  During the lifetime of Muhammad, they followed their passionate lusts just like the heathen who do know not Allah (1Thes 4:5). The traditional hadiths record that Muhammad's Companions raised a question about birth control and whether it should be practiced in their adulterous affairs with their captive women.

In Sahih Muslim, Book 8 Chapter 22 in the section on Al 'Azl or Incomplete Sexual Intercourse, Muhammad told his Companions to go ahead and have illicit sex with their captive married women without practicing coitus interruptus (al-'azl).  There did not seem to be a question whether or not it was morally right to have sex with these women who were married to another man.  It was assumed that these adulterous affair were  approved by Muhammad and Allah, since these immoral acts were sanctioned in the Qur'an. The only real question was the adultery technique itself. The Muslim men were worried that they might get their female victims pregnant.  And, if their female victims became pregnant, then their ransom value would be diminished or lost completely.  So, in the minds of Muhammad's followers, they faced a dilemma of either 1) practicing al-'Azl and maintaining their women's ransom value or 2) not using this caution during sexual intercourse and possibly losing their female slave's ransom value.  They wished they could avoid this dilemma, because they were keen to give full rein to their heathen lust as well as to receive a full ransom for their female captives.  Imam Muslim's records the traditional account of their dilemma and Muhammad's answer.

Sahih Muslim

Abu Sirma said to Abu Sa'id al Khadri (Allah he pleased with him): 0 Abu Sa'id, did you hear Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) mentioning al-'azl? He said: Yes, and added: We went out with Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) on the expedition to the Bi'l-Mustaliq and took captive some excellent Arab women; and we desired them, for we were suffering from the absence of our wives, (but at the same time) we also desired ransom for them. So we decided to have sexual intercourse with them but by observing 'azl (Withdrawing the male sexual organ before emission of semen to avoid conception). But we said: We are doing an act whereas Allah's Messenger is amongst us; why not ask him? So we asked Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him), and he said: It does not matter if you do not do it, for every soul that is to be born up to the Day of Resurrection will be born. Sahih Muslim Book 8 Number 3371

Muhammad was quick to give his answer, and his answer was music to their ears. Muhammad said that they did not have to practice al-'azl.  Now, on the surface, it seems that Muhammad's unlearned followers knew more about embryology and human reproduction than Muhammad himself.  They knew that semen was required in the process of human reproduction that is why they thought it would be better to practice al-'azl. It might be suggested that Muhammad had a lapse in memory.  But, this is unlikely, since this form of birth control was common knowledge throughout world history.  Rather, he seemed eager to reward his Companions with every sensual pleasure, as long as they willing plundered, killed, and enslaved anyone at his command.  In his cunning, he had the necessary revelation from Allah to make captive married women eligible sex providers (Qur'an 4:24) for his Companions who lacked moral self-control.

Muhammad turned the issue into a spiritual one, making it seem as if Allah would approve of forcing married women to have sex without prophylactic caution.  In other words, Muhammad stated indirectly that having sex with female captives would have nothing to do with any children being born into the world. Because, according to Muhammad, "every soul that is to be born up to the Day of Resurrection will be born."   So, if a child were born to a captive female, it would have been born as a result of the divine decree (al-Qadr) of Allah, not as a result of the sexual act of the Muslim rapist. In other words, Muhammad's Companions would not be responsible for a child being born.  Allah and Allah's divine decree would be responsible for the baby's birth.  If a captive woman became pregnant, she had no right to be angry with Muhammad's men.  She should blame Allah, because it was Allah who decreed her pregnancy by her Muslim captor. So, in effect, Muhammad shifted the moral blame from his sexually ravenous Companions and pointed to Allah as the real culprit.

Furthermore, Muhammad's statement is a logical tautology or a statement that must always be true.  The word, tautology comes from the Greek language and means redundant.  In its simplest form, it is like saying, "an apple is an apple."  Of course, it is true that an apple is an apple.  Likewise, it is true by definition that every child that is to be born will be born.  With this answer, Muhammad dodged the whole moral issue of using married female captives to gratify the sensual lusts of his Companions, and he was deceptive about the biological facts of sexual intercourse too.  

Muhammad stood against the weak and helpless victims, so the powerful could satisfy their immoral desires. He made it appear that Allah was on the side of those who wanted to engage in the passionate sexual lusts of the pagans. What must the violated women thought as they looked towards the heavens knowing they were being used as sex slaves in the name of Allah, the Merciful and the Compassionate?  Was there no mercy or compassion for them?  What kind of prophet was this who turned upside down creation's moral order?  Why did the Muhammad falsely claim that Allah disregarded the sanctity of a woman's marital covenant with her own husband while she was a Muslim captive?  

Muhammad seemed to be impatient with his companions.  He could not grasp their hesitation to engage in illicit sex immediately.  He seemed eager, even sexually stimulated, to have the adulterous orgy begin and to have it begin immediately without the inconvenience of al-'azl.  He shouted out his command three times, "Verily you do it, verily you do it, verily you do it!"  They obeyed, and Shaitan smiled.

Abu Sa'id al-Khudri (Allah be pleased with him) reported: We took women captives, and we wanted to do 'azl with them. We then asked Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) about it, and he said to us: Verily you do it, verily you do it, verily you do it, but the soul which has to be born until the Day of judgment must be born. (emphasis added)  Sahih Muslim Book 8 Number 3373

Imam Muslim wanted his reader not to be in doubt about the issue. He gave several supporting hadiths to establish firmly his point.

Abu Sa'id al-Khudri (Allah be pleased with him) (was asked if he had heard it himself), to which he said: Yes. (I heard) Allah's Apostle (may peace be upon him) as saying: There is no harm if you do not practise it, for it (the birth of the child) is something ordained (by Allah). Sahih Muslim Book 8 Number 3374

This hadith is reported on the authority of Abu Sa'id with the same chain of transmitters but with a slight variation (of words). Sahih Muslim Book 8 Number 3375

Abu Sa'id al-Khudri (Allah be pleased with him) reported that Allah's Apostle (may peace be upon him) was asked about 'azl, whereupon he said: There is no harm if you do not do that, for it (the birth of the child) is something ordained. Muhammad (one of the narrators) said: (The words) La 'alaykum (there is no harm) implies its Prohibition. Sahih Muslim Book 8 Number 3376

Abu Sa'id al-Khudri (Allah be pleased with him) reported that mention was made of 'azl in the presence of Allah's Apostle (may peace be upon him) whereupon he said: Why do you practise it? They said: There is a man whose wife has to suckle the child, and if that person has a sexual intercourse with her (she may conceive) which he does not like, and there is another person who has a slave-girl and he has a sexual intercourse with her, but he does not like her to have conception so that she may not become Umm Walad, whereupon he (the Holy Prophet) said: There is no harm if you do not do that, for that (the birth of the child) is something pre- ordained. Ibn 'Aun said: I made a mention of this hadith to Hasan, and he said: By Allah, (it seems) as if there is upbraiding in it (for 'azl). Sahih Muslim Book 8 Number 3377

Malik's Muwatta

Yahya related to me from Malik from Rabia ibn Abi Abd ar-Rahman from Muhammad ibn Yahya ibn Habban that Ibn Muhayriz said, "I went into the mosque and saw Abu Said al-Khudri and so I sat by him and asked him about coitus interruptus. Abu Said al-Khudri said, 'We went out with the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, on the expedition to the Banu al-Mustaliq. We took some Arabs prisoner, and we desired the women as celibacy was hard for us. We wanted the ransom, so we wanted to practise coitus interruptus. We said, 'Shall we practise coitus interruptus while the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, is among us before we ask him?' We asked him about that and he said, 'You don't have to not do it. There is no self which is to come into existence up to the Day of Rising but that it will come into existence.' " Malik's Muwatta, Section: Coitus Interruptus, Book 29, Number 29.32.95

What must their husbands have thought as they had to stand by and watch Muhammad's Companions copulate their wives like dogs?  For those unbelievers who sincerely loved their wives, it was a horrific experience. For unbelievers who did not love their wives, the promise of wealth, plunder, raids, and sex slaves was an attractive incentive to join Muhammad's new religion. It is an incentive engraved into the very heart of the Qur'an and Hadiths.

Sunan Abu Dawud

Abu Sa'id al-Khudri said: The Apostle of Allah (may peace be upon him) sent a military expedition to Awtas on the occasion of the battle of Hunain. They met their enemy and fought with them.  They defeated them and took them captives.  Some of the Companions of the Apostle of Allah (may peace be upon him) were reluctant to have intercourse with the female captives in the presence of their husbands who were  unbelievers.  So Allah, the Exalted, send down the Qur'anic verse: "And all married women (are forbidden) unto you save those (captives) whom your right hand possess."[Surah 4:24] ...Sunan Abu Dawud, Book V, Chapter 711, Number 2150

Last edited 10/28/2000
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