Allah And Prostitution


In the name of Allāh,
the Beneficent, the Merciful.
Peace and Blessings of Allāh on Mohammad.
Allāh–the Glorious and the High,
Lord of the worlds
Mohammad–who brought the world
to our feet and eternity to our arms.


Nonie Darwish states in her book Cruel And Usual Punishment: “Qur’an 24:33 absolves a man from using a slave girl for prostitution: “And do not compel your slave girls to prostitution, when they desire to keep chaste, in order to seek the frail good of this world’s life; and whoever compels them, then surely after their compulsion Allāh is Forgiving, Merciful.”
   And she comments that this verse is about the slave owner “profiting financially by selling the body of the slave girl to other men. However, while the above verse tells men not to force their slaves into prostitution, it assures them that if they do, then Allāh is forgiving and merciful.”(p. 66).
   And in her endnote to this statement, Nonie Darwish wrote: “Out of embarrassment, some Muslims try to misinterpret this verse, saying that “Allāh forgiving” was meant for the slave girl not for the slave owner. But how could this be, when the verse is clearly addressing men and not the slave girl? Also, how can Allāh forgive the slave girl for something she has no control over?”

   Response: So the innocent Christian newborn babe who has done no sin is in need of forgiveness, but the slave girl that sins, even though she is forced into it, is not in need of forgiveness?
So God can send Jesus to be killed for this babe’s non-committed sin, but Allāh cannot forgive this slave girl for her committed sin?
So mankind –from a newborn babe to the hoary-headed adult– is in need of forgiveness for a sin he and she did not commit –for a sin Adam/Eve committed– but a slave girl who engages in sin, even though she was forced into, is not in need of forgiveness?
So the Biblical God can forgive the newborn babe and the hoary-headed (who was not engaged in any wrongdoing) for inheriting sin from Adam/Eve, but Allāh cannot forgive the slave girl who has engaged in wrongdoing, even though she was not a willing participant? (And maybe she became willing during the act).

   Muhammad Ali gives us the background to this revelation (Qur’an 24:33): “It is related that ‘Abd Allāh ibn Ubayy, the leader of the hypocrites, kept slave-girls for prostitution (Rz). Prostitution, which seems to have prevailed before the advent of Islam in Arabia, is condemned here. But this curse has obtained an incredible prevalence in the whole of Christendom, and is legalized in many countries of Europe as a necessary evil, while in others it is openly connived at.”–(Muslim Vol. 4, #7180-7181).
   This “forgiveness” IS for the slave girl. This is evident as careful reading of the verse shows; the words “whoever compels them, then surely after their compulsion.”
   Those who “compel” are the slave owners and those who are under “compulsion” are the girls. And as Allāh says that “after their compulsion” He is Forgiving, Merciful for their being compelled. Even though it was not the girl’s choice it was still a sin and the owners who forced her into it are warned that while she would be forgiven they would not be forgiven.
  Muslims are admonished not to follow the hypocrites, and the girl is consoled/comforted that if she is forced she is not to be distressed; though it is  a sin Allāh will not hold her accountable.

Prophet Mohammad “regarded illegal the price of a dog (likely from studding), the earnings of a prostitute, and the charges taken by a sooth-sayer (fortuneteller)”–(Bokhari Vol. 3, #482).