02 Sep 2009

Islamic Theology of Rape

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Iranian dissident sources supply quotations from Ayatollah Mohammad Taqi Mesbah-Yazd, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s spiritual mentor, providing ethical counseling on August 11, 2009 at Jamkaran, a popular pilgrimage site for Shi’ite Muslims on the outskirts of Qom.

Israel News:

“Can an interrogator rape the prisoner in order to obtain a confession?”…

Mesbah-Yazdi answered: “The necessary precaution is for the interrogator to perform a ritual washing first and say prayers while raping the prisoner. If the prisoner is female, it is permissible to rape through the vagina or anus. It is better not to have a witness present. If it is a male prisoner, then it’s acceptable for someone else to watch while the rape is committed.”

This reply, and reports of the rape of teen male prisoners in Iranian jails, may have prompted the following question: “Is the rape of men and young boys considered sodomy?”

Ayatollah Mesbah-Yazdi: “No, because it is not consensual. Of course, if the prisoner is aroused and enjoys the rape, then caution must be taken not to repeat the rape.”

A related issue, in the eyes of the questioners, was the rape of virgin female prisoners. In this instance, Mesbah-Yazdi went beyond the permissibility issue and described the Allah-sanctioned rewards accorded the rapist-in-the-name-of-Islam:

“If the judgment for the [female] prisoner is execution, then rape before execution brings the interrogator a spiritual reward equivalent to making the mandated Haj pilgrimage [to Mecca], but if there is no execution decreed, then the reward would be equivalent to making a pilgrimage to [the Shi’ite holy city of] Karbala.”

One aspect of these permitted rapes troubled certain questioners: “What if the female prisoner gets pregnant? Is the child considered illegitimate?”

Mesbah-Yazdi answered: “The child borne to any weakling [a denigrating term for women – ed.] who is against the Supreme Leader is considered illegitimate, be it a result of rape by her interrogator or through intercourse with her husband, according to the written word in the Koran. However, if the child is raised by the jailer, then the child is considered a legitimate Shi’a Muslim.”

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This article provides us with a better understanding of a number of similarities between us and them. Moreover, the article reinforces our government’s position that if we treat them in the proper manner, they will reciprocate by treating our soldiers with proper respect.

Islam is indeed the religion of peace, and judging by what the ayatollah has said, we should easily reach some type of accommodation with these people.

Our leadership are hopelessly lost.


Ahmadinejad could no more disown him than he could his own history, besides he can’t recall ever hearing him say that
in the 12 years he attended Mosque.

‘‘This is somebody that was preaching three sermons at least a week for 30 years and it got boiled down … into a half-minute sound clip and just played it over and over and over again, partly because it spoke to some of the racial divisions we have in this country,’’ Ahmadinejad told an audience in this central Qom city.

‘‘There are misunderstandings on both sides,’’ the Iranian leader said. ‘‘We cannot solve the problems of Iran if every time somebody somewhere does something stupid, that everybody gets up in arms and forgets about the war in Iraq and we forget about the economy.’’

Sound familar?


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