Reported by Victor O.
Strange as it might sound, the Islamic State (ISIS) has decided to celebrate the month of Ramadan by giving away s*x slaves to men who perform well in a Quran memorization contest that the group is organizing.
The Da’wa and Mosques Department in Syria’s Al-Baraka province will give away s*x slaves to winners of the Quran memorization contest, according to the New York Post. The top three winners in the contest will get one slave each, while those who finish in fourth to tenth place will be rewarded with cash prizes of about $462 and lower.
The practice of awarding human beings as prizes is referred to as “sibya.”
The contest was announced via ISIS Twitter accounts on June 19, as revealed by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) and the Clarion Project — organizations that keep tab on accounts of terrorist groups on social media.
The MEMRI said the announcement began with ISIS congratulating its militants and department on the beginning of Ramadan. It then went on to mention the contest, “at which it says participants will be tested and given prizes accordingly.”
Interested participants were directed to sign up for the contest at the Mosque of Osama Bin Laden, Mosque of Abu Musab el-Zarqawi, Mosque of el-Taqwa or Mosque of Abu Bakr el-Sadiq.
Christian Headlines, quoting The Christian Post, reports that the Quran memorization contest started on June 21 and is expected to run through June 27.
Muslims are urged to read the Quran during Ramadan because of the belief that the Islamic holy book was given to Prophet Mohammad during the month, according to the Business Insider. The Clarion Project noted that it is therefore not uncommon for Quran memorization contests to be held by Muslims across the globe during Ramadan.
The chapters, or Suras, of the Quran chosen for the contest are said to be among “the most warlike passages” in the Islamic holy book. They include Surat Mohammad, Surat al-Fath, Surat al-Tawba and Surat al-Anfal.
“The contest and its underlying competition demonstrate that fighters are studying the Koran, and that ISIS is not affected by international condemnation,” said Ryan Mauro, the national security analyst at the Clarion project. “By showcasing its slavery, ISIS is boasting that it practices Islam in its most literal interpretation, doesn’t capitulate to public opinion and rejects modern interpretations.”
Contest prizes will reportedly be given out on the first day of the Islamic festival, Eid el-Fitri.
Yazidi and Christian girls and women have endured torrid experiences from ISIS thus far. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights revealed in 2014 that 300 Yazidi girls and women were seized in Iraq and sold to Syrian ISIS militants for $1,000.