In its English propaganda publication, the Sunni terror group Islamic State, or ISIS, has sought to justify its barbarity, saying it is "Islamic" to capture and forcibly make "infidel" women sexual slaves.
"Before Shaytan [Satan] reveals his doubts to the weak-minded and weak hearted, one should remember that enslaving the families of the kuffar [infidels] and taking their women as concubines is a firmly established aspect of the Shari'ah that if one were to deny or mock, he would be denying or mocking the verses of the Qur'an and the narration of the Prophet … and thereby apostatizing from Islam," states the latest issues of the ISIS' glossy propaganda magazine "Dabiq," named after a site in Muslim apocalypse mythology.
"Dabiq" bills itself as "a periodical magazine focusing on the issues of tawhid (unity), manhaj (truth-seeking), hijrah (migration), jihad (holy war) and jama'ah (community)," according to the Washington, D.C.-based The Clarion Project.
The terror group states the reasons for sexual slavery in an article titled, "The revival of slavery before the Hour," referring to Judgment Day.
ISIS says that the faith of the Yazidi minority pre-dates Islam, and therefore its adherents should be treated as per the laws of the mushrik (polytheists).
"Accordingly, the Islamic State dealt with this group as the majority of fuqaha [experts in Islamic jurisprudence] have indicated … Unlike the Jews and Christians, there was no room for the jizyah (tax levied on a section of an Islamic state's non-Muslim subjects) payment. Also, their women could be enslaved unlike female apostates who the majority of fuqaha say cannot be enslaved and can only be given an ultimatum to repent or face the sword."
ISIS, also known as ISIL, has also given account of what happened after its militants captured the Sinjar region of Iraq.
"After capture, the Yazidi women and children were then divided according to the Shari'ah amongst the fighters of the Islamic State who participated in the Sinjar operations, after one fifth of the slaves were transferred to the Islamic State's authority to be divided as khums [the obligatory tithe of one-fifth of all war spoils that jihadi fighters must pay to the caliph]."
The latest issue of the magazine carries a section called "The Failed Crusade," which includes an alleged copy of slain American journalist Steven Sotloff's last letter to his mother. ISIS says he deserved beheading because of his Jewish identity, according to CNN.
The last section of the magazine is allegedly written by another ISIS captive, British journalist John Cantlie, who says he expects to be killed soon, and "unless something changes very quickly and very radically, I await my turn."
ISIS, an al-Qaeda offshoot and also known as ISIL, has gained control of large swathes of territories in Iraq and Syria. It wants to form an Islamic emirate in the Levant region through "jihad."
In Iraq, ISIS men have killed hundreds of civilians. Numerous members of the Christian and Yazidi minorities have also been killed, and tens of thousands of them have fled their homes.
According to CIA, ISIS has about 31,500 fighters across Iraq and Syria. It is believed to have hundreds of foreign fighters, including those from the United States and Europe.