How the Ummah Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Prostitution

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Nikah Mut’ah (“pleasure marriage”) and Nikah Misyar (“travellers’ marriage”).

Yes, they are more or less exactly what they sound like.  A means of getting sexual stimulation in exchange for money, outside of the formal, lifelong civil and religious contracts of real marriage.

Mut’ah is the Shia variant, an association of mutual convenience with a specified end date.  Naturally the parties must agree on a duration, plus a payment, a.k.a. dowry.  Because of the mutually agreed expiry date, no divorce is necessary.  The couple do not inherit from each other.  The agreement can be solidified by verbal agreement; no paperwork.  The mut’ah “wives” are not counted as part of the Islamic maximum of four.  In fact, you can have up to four pleasure “wives” in addition to your four regular wives.  And, because this is good old misogynist Islam, the husband—not the “wife”—can void the contract early.

Misyar is the Sunni variant.  It requires mutual agreement, two witnesses, a payment, and no pre-conceived end date.  This provides it the valuable theological fig-leaf of possibly maybe being the beginning of a real lifelong marriage, as opposed to an entirely temporary association for banging.

Typically one of the preconditions for these so-called marriages is that the real wife (or wives) cannot know anything about them.  Hmmmm.

Again, because it is good old misogynist Islam, these things can be arranged with girls as young as nine.  Per the example of the Prophet, who consummated his relationship with Aisha when she reached the same age.

Interviewer: “How did you ever dare to sign a pleasure-marriage contract with a nine-year-old girl?”

Rami ‘Aleiq: “In our culture, in order to be able to touch a girl or a woman, there must be a contract of pleasure-marriage.”

[…]

Interviewer: “We are talking about a nine-year-old girl…”

Rami ‘Aleiq:
“Sure. In Islam, and this is what we were taught, a girl is mature from the age of nine. This is true with regard to Sunnis as well as Shiites. You are focusing on Shia Islam, because I am a Shiite, but according to religious jurisprudence, a girl is mature at the age of nine. This is where we got this idea. I was a child, and so was she, so I was not allowed to touch her, if I didn’t form with her the kind of relation that permitted this.”

— MEMRI.org, “Former Hizbullah Member Rami ‘Aleiq: We Used to Have Sex with Syrian Prostitutes after Signing Temporary Marriage Contracts With Them“, March 3rd, 2009.

Lovely.

I’m not sure a nine-year-old girl can ever form proper legal intent by comprehending all of the possible ramifications of selling off her maidenhead at such a tender age.  I am sure in the proper Islamic context it is all wine, roses and Barry White, and not the horrific child-rape it appears to be.  Otherwise one might be tempted to infer that Islam is a not a religion which concerns itself overmuch with the thoughts and desires of its young women.  And that the example of the Prophet Mohammed is not one which any sane man should want to emulate.

So how do horny young Islamic lads hunt for wives-by-the-hour?  Surely it’s illegal for the women to stand on street corners in billowing burkas and show 7 inches of ankle to solicit?

Another way it’s being facilitated here in Saudi is through a clandestine marriage brokerage. Callers who dial any of five telephone numbers listed on a fax from such an office, get through to a taped message where a woman with an alluring voice tells them to punch in a secret code to learn more. “My dear brother,” says the fax. “May God help you find a wife (in passing) to compensate you for your troubled life. Know that the broker charges these prices. Five thousand Riyals for a virgin. Three thousand Riyals for a non-virgin.”

This is just the kind of offer that arouses intrigue in men, but unleashes fury among many women who say young Saudi males use the paperwork as a “license” to commit adultery or have sex outside of marriage (without bringing down the wrath of the religious establishment upon their heads). In fact, the service triggered a war of words in the newspapers as tales of marriage brokers luring thousands of Saudis spread in the Kingdom. “This is just like having a legalised mistress,” said one female columnist who has lambasted al-misyar pacts as an insult to the institution of marriage. “This is terrible. They are deceiving women. It’s like a man buying cows and sheep or watermelons,” she said.

— Laura of Arabia, “Pleasure Marriages“, Women24.com.

I think the entire edifice of Islam is deceiving to women, especially all that claptrap about protecting them beneath the niqab whilst the men are out getting religiously-sanctioned mistresses.  The more one reads about this kind of stuff, the more one gets the idea that Islam is less a religion than a particularly violent and demeaning cult whose focus is to funnel an unending supply of women into the 7th century’s version of Penthouse Forum.

Even the former Hezbollah man inadvertently lets the cat out of the bag.

Interviewer: “Are you for or against sex before marriage?”

Rami ‘Aleiq: “I’m for it.”

Interviewer: “But all religions forbid this.”

Rami ‘Aleiq: “I think that the way this issue is viewed is subject to social development, and religions need to be aware of social developments.”

Translation: I’d stay chaste but… I like the night life.  I like to boogie.

Interviewer: “[In your book,] you write: ‘When I went on trips, I used to go secretly with several young friends to the Al-Marja neighborhood in Damascus. We would go to a hotel in order to have sex with prostitutes for 500 Syrian liras per half hour.’ To justify this, you write: ‘None of us would make physical contact with the girl he chose before signing a formal pleasure-marriage contract with her.’ Isn’t marriage meant to be out of pure intentions? Weren’t you conning God this way?”

Rami ‘Aleiq: “You’re right. Pleasure-marriage means conning God, as well as ourselves. I am against this way of relating to sex and to women.

Conning God?  That’s rich. Galatians VI: 7-8 has your number.

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

God’s not so dense that a little sleight-of-hand in the naming conventions is going to fool Him.  The Creator of the vast expanse of the universe is not going to get reeled into a two-bit con by a 7th century merchant-turned-pimp.  Sorry.

In the words of my prophet Dwayne Johnson, you can take your imam-blessed child prostitution, shine it up real nice, turn that sumbitch sideways, and shove it straight up your candy ass.

(Via Dust my Broom.)

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