Responding to the Sept. 15 article in The Tribune, “A theology of rape,” I must say that there is no justification in the Quran, or in accepted Hadith, for rape.
Although verses in the Quran have been differently interpreted, there are several maxims agreed upon by scholars of Islam. Sex outside of a marriage is forbidden (haram). A woman has the right to refuse a marriage. Women have right of inheritance, although only half that of a man, because he must support his family.
There is no verse in the Quran or Hadith that refuses education to a woman or political leadership.
The Yazidis differ from orthodox Islam. They believe in reincarnation. However, a doctrinal difference does not justify the rape of a Yazidi, or any woman.
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Furthermore, no punishment is allowed without the proper judgment of an Islamic court. A Muslim may use force to defend only his/her life or faith. The army of Islam may not rape, loot or harm unarmed combatants. All humans who are Tawhid (believe in the Unity of God) are respected as “People of the Book.”
Muhammad taught justice and mercy and did not justify violence against women, as that deluded young man believes.