Islamic failure series – Episode 11 – Muhammad and his company used to have sex with woman war slaves
The Arabic word Mut’ah= مُتعة means pleasure. And in this Hadith, we are told about the pleasure marriage or in plain English, the legalization of having sex with captured female slaves from wars. The funny thing (just saying) is how this pleasure was permitted, then abrogated, then permitted again, then abrogated again, then permitted… Some wonder why? Well, it turns out that they knew that having sex with female war captures is some kind of non ethical thing to do, and in order for Muhammad to attract the vast number of fighters to conquer more power and cities, he used to entice people for war by abrogating this moral code, thus legalizing sex as long as you give them a handful of flour or dates! If the messenger of Allah says so, then it must be true and legal! So each time there was a raid, Muhammad legalized temporary pleasure marriage, aka having sex with captured females, then after the raid, it goes back to the forbidden state! I wonder, what is the technical difference between pleasure marriage and fornication?
The most mysterious part is that having sex with captured women was not even forbidden definitively until the day of judgement by Muhammad himself, but by the second Caliph of Islam, named Umar way after Muhammad died!
باب نِكَاحِ الْمُتْعَةِ وَبَيَانِ أَنَّهُ أُبِيحَ ثُمَّ نُسِخَ ثُمَّ أُبِيحَ ثُمَّ نُسِخَ وَاسْتَقَرَّ تَحْرِيمُهُ إِلَى يَوْمِ الْقِيَامَةِ
حَدَّثَنِي مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ رَافِعٍ، حَدَّثَنَا عَبْدُ الرَّزَّاقِ، أَخْبَرَنَا ابْنُ جُرَيْجٍ، أَخْبَرَنِي أَبُو الزُّبَيْرِ، قَالَ سَمِعْتُ جَابِرَ بْنَ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ، يَقُولُ كُنَّا نَسْتَمْتِعُ بِالْقُبْضَةِ مِنَ التَّمْرِ وَالدَّقِيقِ الأَيَّامَ عَلَى عَهْدِ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم وَأَبِي بَكْرٍ حَتَّى نَهَى عَنْهُ عُمَرُ فِي شَأْنِ عَمْرِو بْنِ حُرَيْثٍ
Chapter: Mut’ah Marriage: It was permitted then abrograted, then permitted then abrogated, and it will remain Forbidden until the day of resurrection
We contracted temporary marriage giving a handful of (tales or flour as a dower during the lifetime of Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) and durnig the time of Abu Bakr until ‘Umar forbade it in the case of ‘Amr b. Huraith