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Figure. The Islamic State’s Price List for Yazidi and Christian Slaves prophet are quoted that say that when slave girls give birth to their masters the day of judgment is not far off. In addition to using hadiths (words attributed to the prophet Muhammad), other Muslim authorities are also quoted to justify the enslaving of women.12 But what about the raping of women who are taken into slavery? Umm Sumayyah al-Muhajirah (a female member of IS) writes an article in which she argues that using slave girls as sexual slaves is acceptable because of four texts in the Quran and the example of the prophet Muhammad. One of the Quranic text says, “The believers have prospered … and … those who guard their private parts. Except from their wives and what their right hands possess” (23:1-6). The verse refers to men “guarding their private parts” except when they are with their wives and with women captured in war. The inference is, therefore, that men may have sexual relations with women taken captive in war in the same way that they may have sexual relations with their wives. Muhammad is said to have had four slave girls. His companions reputedly followed the same practice: al-Muhajirah says that there was not one of his companions who failed to practice saby (taking slaves in war). Indeed, she says, Abi Ibn Ali Talib had nineteen slave girls. A hadith says, 32 “Approaching any married woman is fornication, except for a woman who has been enslaved.”13 Al-Muhajirah concludes that the practice of saby, which includes what we can only describe as rape, “is a great prophetic sunnah containing many divine wisdoms and religious benefits.”14 One of its benefits, she says, is that slaves will be able to accept Islam and enter paradise. Justification for Burning Captives Alive In volume 7 of Dabiq, there is a full-page photo of a Jordanian pilot being burned to death in a cage; a few pages later there is a half-page picture of his charred remains. Lt. Mu’adh al-Kasasibah was captured in 2014 after his plane crashed in Syria. Dabiq argues that his burning was entirely justified: “In burning the crusader pilot and burying him under a pile of debris, the Islamic State carried out a just form of retaliation for his involvement in the crusader bombing campaign which continues to result in the killing of countless Muslims who, as a result of these airstrikes, are burned alive under mountains of debris.”15 The author of the article is aware of the hadith which states that only God can punish with fire but argues that March-April 2016  MILITARY REVIEW