Islam and War Captives (Quran 4:24 and Sunan Abu Dawud 2150)
Here’s a short video discussing the treatment of war captives in Islam’s most trusted sources. The passages cited are Qur’an 4:24 and Sunan Abu Dawud 2150, which read as follows:
Qur’an 4:24—Also (prohibited are) women already married, except those whom your right hands possess … (See also Qur’an 23:1-6; 33:50; 70:22-30).
Sunan Abu Dawud 2150—The Apostle of Allah sent a military expedition to Awtas on the occasion of the battle of Hunain. They met their enemy and fought with them. They defeated them and took them captives. Some of the Companions of the Apostle of Allah were reluctant to have intercourse with the female captives in the presence of their husbands who were unbelievers. So Allah, the Exalted, sent down the Qur’anic verse: “And all married women (are forbidden) unto you save those (captives) whom your right hands possess.” That is to say, they are lawful for them when they complete their waiting period.
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