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Why It Is Impermissible to Deal With ISIS “Slave Trade”?

Answered by Shaykh Jamir Meah

Question: Assalamu alaykum

Is it permissible to buy slaves from ISIS, since they obtain them through war?

Answer: Assalam ‘alaykum, thank you for writing in.

It is not permissible to buy slaves from ISIS. This is not only because ISIS and their like are not a legitimate army / state, but also because their actions are in clear contradiction of the sacred law and its purposes, regardless of how much they may distort or manipulate the ‘proofs’.

Moreover, in accordance with the Geneva Convention Treaty of 1926 and subsequent years, signed by various Muslim countries, keeping prisoners of wars as slavery is not permitted.

I sincerely encourage the questioner to keep himself far removed from extreme groups and their ideologies, and instead learn his faith and practice through traditional and qualified scholars and institutes. Religion is never grotesque, and if a people appear as such, then know that their practice is gravely amiss and that one should stay well clear of them.

Please refer to the following important articles and lectures:

ISIS Archives

ISIS – is it a Legitimate Expression of Islam?

Sincerely your brother,

Warmest salams,
[Shaykh] Jamir Meah

Shaykh Jamir Meah grew up in Hampstead, London. In 2007, he traveled to Tarim, Yemen, where he spent nine years studying the Islamic sciences on a one-to-one basis under the foremost scholars of the Ribaat, Tarim, with a main specialization and focus on Shafi’i fiqh. In early 2016, he moved to Amman, Jordan, where he continues advanced studies in a range of Islamic sciences, as well as teaching. Jamir is a qualified homeopath.