In an instruction about how Muslims must treat slaves, Kuwaiti cleric Othman Al-Khamis explained that slaves come "from jihad," or holy war, and if a slave-girl gets married her Muslim owner "can no longer have sex with her -- it's over."
A cleric is a Muslim scholar trained in Islam and Islamic law (sharia). In an April 18 video from YouTube reposted and translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), the Kuwaiti cleric Othman Al-Khamis says, “Where do slaves and slave-girls come from? From jihad. Slaves and slave-girls are taken captive in jihad."
"When jihad is waged, the imam has four options of what to do with the prisoners," says the cleric. "This means that he has to do what is in the best interests of the Muslims. He has four options."
"The first is to kill those prisoners who are fighters – just the fighter, not the women, the children, the elderly, the monks, or the slaves," he explains. " His second option is to release them for a ransom. His third option is to release them for free, without a ransom."
“His fourth option is to enslave them, both the men and the women," says Al-Khamis. "The men would become slaves and the women slave-girls."
“The slave is the property of his owner," says the cleric. "They are enslaved through jihad, and a Muslim cannot be a slave. A Muslim must not be enslaved. Only infidels may be enslaved."
He continues, "When a slave-girl gets married her owner can no longer have sex with her. That’s it. It’s over. She moves to her husband’s home? Of course. The owner can have sex with a slave-girl only when she is not married. If she gets married, it’s over. He can no longer have sex with her."
Othman Al-Khamis then explains when a Muslim man may marry a slave girl.
"But as I’ve said, a [Muslim] man cannot just go and marry a slave-girl," says Al-Khamis. "He should marry a free woman, not a slave-girl. But if he cannot find a free woman to marry, or if he doesn’t have enough money, or nobody wants him, and things get hard for him, there is nothing to prevent this."
"In the words of Allah," he quotes, "‘If any of you have not the means to wed free-believing women, he may wed believing girls from among those whom your right hand possesses.’”
Finally, emphasizing his primary point, Al-Khamis says of the slave-girl, “Her owner cannot have sex with her if she gets married. Are we clear? She cannot be in bed with two men. That’s impossible.”