Let’s see. Yasser Kabir, Tauqeer Hussain, Nazir Khan, Israr Ali, Mohammed Sardar, Saqib Younis, Bilal Ziarab, Sufyan Ziarab, Zain Ali, Faisal Khan, Rohail Iqbal, Rohail Hussain, and Mohammed Akram. What could this diverse group possibly have in common?
According to Islamic law, Muslim men can take “captives of the right hand” (Qur’an 4:3, 4:24, 33:50). The Qur’an says:
O Prophet! We have made lawful to you your wives to whom you have paid their dowries, and those whom your right hand possesses of those whom Allah has given you as spoils of war (33:50).
Qur’an 4:3 and 4:24 extend this privilege to Muslim men in general. The Qur’an says that a man may have sex with his wives and with these slave girls:
The believers must win through, those who humble themselves in their prayers; who avoid vain talk; who are active in deeds of charity; who abstain from sex, except with those joined to them in the marriage bond, or those whom their right hands possess, for they are free from blame. (Qur’an 23:1-6)
The rape of captive women is also sanctioned in Islamic tradition:
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. (Muslim 3371)
A VULNERABLE schoolgirl was forced to her knees and held by the hair when she was raped in a disused underground car park, a jury heard.
She was giving evidence in the trial of 13 men and a youth who deny a total of 28 sexual offences alleged to have taken place in Keighley between May, 2011, and June, 2012.
All but one of the allegations involves the teenager, aged between 13 and 14 at the time, Bradford Crown Court has heard.
A series of interviews she had with police officers was yesterday played in the packed courtroom.
The girl said she was a 13-year-old virgin when a teenage drug dealer called Arif Choudhury raped her in the grounds of a church in Keighley.
Soon afterwards, she claimed, he introduced her to other men and forced her to have sex with them.
Choudhury, who is not on trial and has left the country, was dealing in heroin, cocaine, steroids, ecstasy, cannabis, MCAT and amphetamine, the girl told the police.
In May, 2011, he slapped her round the face, pulled her hair, pushed her to the ground and raped her when she refused to deliver drugs for him any more, she alleged.
She told how he used physical violence on other occasions, bruising her face and breaking her rib.
She said she never took drugs and got nothing out of delivering them for Choudhury, who was 14 when she first met him, aged 12.
The girl said he called her “a little white slag,” before raping her.
“I am thinking I have done him a favour and he used me and abused me,” she told the police.
“I pulled my pants up and I sat there crying.”
The girl said that before Choudhury raped her she was a virgin….
She agreed she told the police she was raped by two white males and that she also lied to officers, claiming she had an abortion after the rape….
She alleges that after Choudhury raped her, he very soon introduced her to other males in Keighley who raped and orally raped her….
The jury has been told that the girl was reported missing from home 71 times before she was taken into care in June, 2012.
She alleges she was raped in a disused underground car park at the former Keighley Police Station, behind the town library, in the grounds of Cliffe Castle and Burgess Park, and in Stockbridge Tunnel.
She said her abusers wrote her name on the wall in Bay 5 of the car park, where she was raped on an old green sofa. She claimed she was forced to her knees on the concrete and held by the hair by Choudhury as she was orally raped by another man.
A second girl was involved in a single rape allegation, dating from 2009 when she was 15, it is alleged.
On trial are: Yasser Kabir, 25, of Belgrave Road, Keighley, who denies four allegations of rape.
Tauqeer Hussain, 23, of Belgrave Road, Keighley, and Nazir Khan, 23, of Buxton Street, Keighley, who plead not guilty to three allegations of rape.
Israr Ali, 19, of Devonshire Street West, Keighley; Mohammed Sardar, 19, of Bradford Street, Lawkholme, Keighley; Saqib Younis, 29, of Bradford Street, Lawkholme, Keighley; Bilal Ziarab, 21, of Sedgwick Close, Manningham, Bradford; Sufyan Ziarab, 22, of Kendal Mellor Court, Keighley; Zain Ali, 20, of Buxton Street, Keighley, and Faisal Khan, 27, of Buxton Street, Keighley, who deny two allegations of rape.
Rohail Iqbal, 22, of Skipton Road, Beechcliffe, Keighley; Rohail Hussain, 18, of Hawk Street, Lawkholme, Keighley, and a 17-year-old youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, who plead not guilty to one allegation of rape.
Mohammed Akram, 62, of Holker Street, Keighley, who denies one allegation of sexual activity with the girl, when she was 14 and he was 59….