Quran 70:29 [Chastity]

And those who preserve their chastity Save with their wives and those whom their right hands possess (i.e. slave girls), for thus they are not blameworthy [Quran 70:29] 


First of all, what you have in the brackets in not part of the original, and the term “what your right hand possess” could apply to both male as well as female slaves. The word used in the Quran is ‘ma malakat amanu-kum’ which is an euphemism for a prisoner of war, male or female, who had become a slave. The proof of this can be found in the other verses of the Quran: 

1. [30:28] He does propound to you a similitude from your own (experience): do ye have partners among those whom your right hands possess, to share as equals in the wealth We have bestowed on you? Do ye fear them as ye fear each other? Thus do we explain the Signs in detail to a people that understand.” 

Here, obviously, the same term “whom your right hand possess” is used in a non-gender epithet for slaves. Why would Quran say that about women slaves but not about male ones? 

2. [33:55] There is no blame (on these ladies if they appear) before their fathers or their sons, their brothers, or their brother’s sons, or their sisters’ sons, or their women, or the (slaves) whom their right hands possess. And, (ladies), fear God; for God is Witness to all things.” 

Here the entire verse is addressed to women and again the same term is used to describe male slaves owned by a woman. “Their women” include a woman’s female servants or slaves. 

3. [16:71] God has bestowed His gifts of sustenance more freely on some of you than on others: those more favored are not going to throw back their gifts to those whom their right hands possess, so as to be equal in that respect. Will they then deny the favors of God? 

Again, the term “whom your right hand possess” is used as a non-gender description of a slave.


3 thoughts on “Quran 70:29 [Chastity]

  1. Herman December 18, 2013 at 5:01 pm Reply

    What we have here in Koran 70:29-30 is that Muhammad’s imaginary god, Allah, says that you don’t have to be chaste around your slave, that is, you can fornicate with your slave. Of course, such fornication is adultery when you do it when you are married, as most Muslims were. So Muhammad condones both fornication and adultery here.

  2. Herman December 18, 2013 at 5:17 pm Reply

    Koran 70:29-30 does call into mind a particularly infamous hadith:
    “Abu Sirma said to Abu Sa’id al Khadri (Allah he pleased with him): O Abu Sa’id, did you hear Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) mentioning al-‘azl? He said: Yes, and added: We went out with Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) on the expedition to the Bi’l-Mustaliq and took captive some excellent Arab women; and we desired them, for we were suffering from the absence of our wives, (but at the same time) we also desired ransom for them. So we decided to have sexual intercourse with them but by observing ‘azl (Withdrawing the male sexual organ before emission of semen to avoid conception). But we said: We are doing an act whereas Allah’s Messenger is amongst us; why not ask him? So we asked Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him), and he said: It does not matter if you do not do it, for every soul that is to be born up to the Day of Resurrection will be born. (Sahih Muslim, Book 008, Number 3371)”
    In this hadith we learn that when told that his merry men were fornicating with female captives, were committing adultery with female captives, and indeed, WERE RAPING FEMALE CAPTIVES, MUHAMMAD DOES NOT SAY “STOP,” but instead says “don’t worry about trying to avoid ejaculating within them.” THIS IS DEPRAVITY OF THE HIGHEST ORDER.

  3. sincereadvisor December 19, 2013 at 3:36 am Reply

    You need to understand that Islam was revealed over a period of 23 years. This was the culture in Arabia, and Islam eliminated these social ills over a period. I addressed this in great detail on my page “Slave Women,” which you conveniently ignored:

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