The testimony of Dr. Reginald Zahiruddin as a Taliban captive is not an isolated case. Every month thousands of people are taken captive, most often in Islamic nations. Thousands of non-Muslim young women are taken captive, raped, and converted in Islamic nations.

captivesMany non-Muslims will think that taking captive for ransom or decapitating is just twenty-first century Islam. But in reality taking captive of non-Muslims has been carried on by Muslims for last fourteen centuries. Muslims have taken captive tens of millions of non-Muslims and sold them into slavery. Let us look at the teachings of Islamic holy books and Islamic history.

Allah promised to Muhammad and his followers that they will capture much booty:

Sura Al-Fath (The Victory) 48:19-20 (Picktall) And much booty that they will capture. Allah is ever Mighty, Wise. Allah promiseth you much booty that ye will capture, and hath given you this in advance, and hath withheld men’s hands from you, that it may be a token for the believers, and that He may guide you on a right path.

The word booty[1] means, loot, swag, plunder, ill-gotten gains, pillage, stealing.

According to the Qur’an[2], Hadith[3] and Islamic history. Muslims’ pillage a lot of people and took thousands of women and children in to captivity. Allah and his Prophet also told Muslims to use the captive women as “temporary wives”[4], and then sell the women, “their temporary wives” for profit. The holy wars were all for profit. If a Muslim dies in the holy war, virgins waiting for him in paradise and in case victory a lot of plunder to take home. Not the whole lot because twenty percent has to go to Allah, Muhammad and poor (Sura 8:41[5]). Sometimes Muhammad was generous to his holy warriors and let them take the whole lot, whatever they plunder.

The Messenger of God slept a light sleep … then he awoke and said , “Abu Bakr, God’s aid has come to you. Here is Gabriel … and there is dust on its front teeth.” … “Then the Messenger of God went out to his men and urged them to battle. He promised every man that he could keep all the booty he took, and then said, ‘By him in whose hands Muhammad’s soul rests, if any man fights today and is killed fighting steadfastly and with resignation, going forward and not turning back, then God will cause him to enter Paradise.’ Umayr  b. Humam, the brother of Banu Salimah, who was holding some dates in his hand and eating them, said, ‘Excellent! All that stands between me and entering Paradise is being killed by these people!  He threw down the dates, took his sword, and fought the enemy until he was killed.”[6]

Sometimes Allah did not like Muhammad make money at all by taking ransom. Allah wanted that Muhammad should slaughter all the captives[7]. Other times Muhammad’s holy warriors kill people very brutally to make someone captive:

Muhammad sent his adopted son Zayd b. Harithah to lead an operation to capture a woman “among the fairest of the Arabs”. Probably to capture that woman Zayd had to kill her, Umm Qirfah [Fatimah bt . Rabi’ah  b. Badr]. Hence Umm Qirfah suffered a cruel death, “He ( Zyad) tied her legs with rope and then tied her between two camels until they split her in two. She was a very old woman”.[8] Zyad, the adopted son of Muhammad was very frustrated man, because Allah told Muhammad to marry Zyad’s wife so that it will not be sin for Muslims to marry their adopted sons’ wives.

Sura 33:37 And when you saidst unto him on whom Allah has conferred favour and you have conferred favour: Keep your wife to thyself, and fear Allah. And you did hide in your mind that which Allah was to bring to light, and you did fear mankind whereas Allah has a better right that you should fear Him. So when Zyad had performed that necessary formality (of divorce) from her, We gave her unto you in marriage, so that (henceforth) there may be no sin for believers in respect of wives of their adopted sons, when the latter have performed the necessary formality (of release) from them. The commandment of Allah must be fulfilled.

[1]              According to The Oxford Universal Dictionary Illustrated: 1.  Orig. Plunder or profit acquired in common and so divisible. A. spoil of war. B. that taken by thieves. 2. A prize of war etc. (William Little, (Revised and Edited by C. T. Onions). The Oxford Universal Dictionary Illustrated. London: Oxford University Press. 1968. P. 204).

According to the Webster’s Dictionary of the English Language Unabridged, Encyclopedic Edition. 1. Spoil taken from an enemy in war; plunder, pillage. 2. That which is seized by violence and robbery, swag. (English Language Unabridged, Encyclopedic Edition.  Chicago: J. G. Ferguson. 1979. P. 210).

[2]              At-Tauba (The Repentance) 9:5 (Picktall) Then, when the sacred months have passed, slay the idolaters wherever ye find them, and take them (captive), and besiege them, and prepare for them each ambush. But if they repent and establish worship and pay the poor due, then leave their way free. Lo! Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.

Al-Ahzab (The Confederates) 33:26 (Picktall) And He brought those of the People of the Scripture who supported them down from their strongholds, and cast panic into their hearts. Some ye slew, and ye made captive some.

[3]>              Narrated Ibn Aun: I wrote a letter to Nafi and Nafi wrote in reply to my letter that the Prophet had suddenly attacked Bani Mustaliq without warning while they were heedless and their cattle were being watered at the places of water. Their fighting men were killed and their women and children were taken as captives; the Prophet got Juwairiya on that day. Nafi said that Ibn ‘Umar had told him the above narration and that Ibn ‘Umar was in that army. (Bukhari Vol. 3; Hadith 717).


[4]              We were on an expedition with Allah’s Messenger and we had no women with us. We said, “Should we not have ourselves castrated?” He (the holy Prophet) forbade us to do so. He then granted us permission that we should contract temporary marriage for a stipulated period, giving her a garment; and Abdullah then recited this verse: [Sura 5:87] Those who believe do not make unlawful the good things which Allah has made lawful for you, and do not transgress. Allah does not like transgressors.’ (Sahih Muslim Vol.2, Hadith No. 3243. See also Sahih Bukhari, Vol. 6, Hadith No.139; Sunan Abu Dawud, Vol. 2, Hadith No. 2167. There are several other Hadith referring to temporary marriages with captive women, such as Sahih Bukhari Vol. 6, Hadith No.139; Sunan Abu Dawud Vol. 2, Hadith No. 2150; Sahih Muslim Vol.2, Hadith No. 3432 and No. 3433; Jami ‘At-Tirmidhi Vol. 2, Hadith No. 1122).

[5]              “And know that whatever you take as spoils of war, lo! a fifth thereof is for Allah, and for the messenger and for the kinsman (who has need) and orphans and the needy and the wayfarer”. (Al-Anfal (The Spoils of War) Sura 8:41 ((Picktall)).

[6]              McDonald, M.V. [Translator] & Watt, W. Montgomery (Annotated). The History of Al-Tabari: The Foundation of the Community. Vol. VII. New York: State University of New York Press, Albany. 1987. p. 55.

[7]              “It is not for any prophet to have captives until he has made slaughter in the land. You desire the lure of this world and Allah desires (for you) the Hereafter, and Allah is Mighty, Wise. ”. (Al-Anfal (The Spoils of War) Sura 8:67 ((Picktall)).

[8]              McDonald, M.V. [Translator] & Watt, W. Montgomery (Annotated). The History of Al-Tabari: The Foundation of the Community. Vol. VII. p. 95

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