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Is It Permissible to Buy Sex Slaves?

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Question: I wanted to ask if a Muslim could buy a sex slave as slavery is allowed in Islam. For example, in my country, they have human trafficking where they sell slaves. Can a Muslim have sex with them after buying them? If not, can a Muslim at least buy them to free them. Would a Muslim be rewarded for such an act?

Answer: Walaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

I pray this finds you in the best of health and spirits.

Slavery is illegal, by agreement and treaty of all countries.

As such, enslavement is invalid and owning slaves is invalid and impermissible. This is a good thing, by the standards of the Shariah, and a reality Muslims should take the means to uphold and protect.

If there is illegal human trafficking, then Muslims should strive against it. The collective and individual effort to free humans from enslavement carries the reward of freeing slaves.

And Allah alone gives success.


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