Now that Michelle Obama has joined thousands of social justice activists in the Twitter campaign #BRINGBACKOURGIRLS, Abubakar Shekau must surely be regretting his words – if not his actions. Today’s occupants of the Whitehouse have shown that they are kinder and gentler than than the Imperial wannabee Teddy Roosevelt ( speak softly but carry a big stick). They don’t even risk ruffling any feathers by speaking softly and instead communicate using pictures and tweets. Regardless of what Michelle, Barack or MSNBC think, the holy warriors at Boko Haram have no fear of America’s of stick or even Michelle’s formidable stare.
The only thing that Abubakar Shekau and his religious zealots fear is Allah and they know that when it comes to abducting and enslaving infidel school girls, they have Allah on their side. Shekau proclaimed in a now infamous video broadcast: “I abducted the girls at a Western education school, and you are disturbed. I said Western education should end…I abducted your girls. I will sell them in the market, by Allah. There is a market for selling humans. Allah says I should sell; he commands me to sell. I will sell women. I sell women.” And he is right. Sex slavery is as Islamic as ablutions, hijabs and the hajj.
While the US civil war ended the last outpost of slavery in the Western world in 1865, slavery continued in the Ottoman Empire until the 20th century. Islamists pine for the good old days when there was a unified Islamic Empire, ruled by a Caliph – rightly guided or not. The Ottoman Caliphate had a long history of plundering neighboring lands and enslaving children by the thousands annually. Boys taken from their homes in the Turkish ruled Balkans were groomed into fierce fighters called Janissaries. The Janissaries turned on their former coreligionists and helped bring Jihad right to very the gates of Vienna. Girls harvested as booty of war were sold in Slave markets including the infamous Aurut Bazaaar in Constantinople.
Though Caliphs were tossed into the dustbin of history early last century, slavery has persisted in Islam and remains a reality in North Africa. Long before Michelle hopped on to the #bringbackourgirls bandwagon, people of conscience have been working to free slaves from Islamic backwaters. There is of course another form of Islamic sex slavery on the rise in the form of Muslim rape gangs. Far too many Muslims in Britain are exercising their new found freedom and economic clout by grooming and prostituting English girls. The problem has grown so severe in Britain that even Jack Straw has noticed but Jack, like the politically correct media, prefers to slander all South Asians rather than focus on the subset of “Asians” that are behind this plague.
Islamic groups are now in full damage control mode and are condemning Boko Haram’s acts – at least they are in the English media. We’ll have to wait for MEMRI to translate current sermons and Islamic talk shows to hear what the true scholars of Islam have to say about this rather than take the Islamic lobby groups for the word on this latest Islamic atrocity. In the meantime, “bold” announcements are being made by the usual suspects who pick their words carefully and wring their hands about how “un-Islamic” it is.
But how unIslamic is it? Barack Obamas’s “beacon of learning” (Al Azhar university) is also is mouthing condemnation of Boko Haram but in true Islamic fashion, they speak out of both sides of their mouths. This week the scholars at Al Azhar condemn kidnapping and enslaving children as “unIslamic” but the experts from this same prestigious Islamic university certified this very same act as orthodox theology when they reviewed Sheikh Nuh Ha Mim Keller’s translation of Islamic Sacred Law into English under the title “Reliance of the Traveller”
And what exactly does the orthodox Sunni community have to say about taking children captives? Why it says section o9.13 (page 247 of the pdf version available on line) of the Classic Manual of Islamic Sacred Law affirms that Abubakar Shekau is correct; he does have Allah’s blessing to sell off these abducted girls into slavery .
But of course this is par for the course in Islamic Scholarly thought. Any religion that proclaims in one verse of its most revered scripture ( the most perfect and wonderful book handed down from Allah) that there is no compulsion in religion (Koran 2 256) but in another that revered “People of the Book” who do not acknowledge Islam must be subdued (Koran 9 29) can’t be expected to be rational. Islam again proving that war is peace and ignorance is strength.