My friend Bassam says that he would like to have a discussion on Islam, Christianity, and rape. I gladly accept his challenge. However, before we begin I will need a few days to post materials from the relevant Islamic sources on this issue. I'll start with the Qur'an, and in subsequent posts will go through all of Sahih Sittah, the Sirah literature, and some commentaries. Once everything has been posted, Bassam and I can have our discussion.
Qur’an 4:24—Also (prohibited are) women already married, except those whom your right hands possess . . .
Qur’an 23:1-6—The Believers must (eventually) win through—those who humble themselves in their prayers; who avoid vain talk; who are active in deeds of charity; who abstain from sex; except with those joined to them in the marriage bond, or (the captives) whom their right hands possess—for (in their case) they are free from blame.
Qur’an 33:50—O Prophet! We have made lawful to thee thy wives to whom thou hast paid their dowers; and those whom thy right hand possesses out of the prisoners of war whom Allah has assigned to thee . . .
Qur’an 70:22-30—Not so those devoted to Prayer—those who remain steadfast to their prayer; and those in whose wealth is a recognized right for the (needy) who asks and him who is prevented (for some reason from asking); and those who hold to the truth of the Day of Judgement; and those who fear the displeasure of their Lord—for their Lord’s displeasure is the opposite of Peace and Tranquility—and those who guard their chastity, except with their wives and the (captives) whom their right hands possess—for (then) they are not to be blamed.