Without doubt, marriage is part of the social agenda of Islam and the objective it to maximize marriage and to combat "single-hood" as much as possible. This means that if marriage begins decreasing for whatever reason such as exorbitant dowries, economic injustice, etc. then these evils must be combated in defense of marriage.
"And marry off the single among you and the righteous ones among your male and female slaves. If they are poor, Allah will enrich them from His bounties and Allah is expansive, knowing." [Holy Quran 24:32]
How unfortunate that the some followers of Islam are misinterpreting this code of conduct to satisfy their carnal desires. They target the young, poor and helpless girls to push them into their Harem in the name of marriage irrespective of their age or any humanistic consideration.
Here are some latest reports from international media:
Old Saudi men are among the most eager shoppers for the youngest Syrian girls, for whom they are ready to pay more. They can afford to buy multiple girls and keep them as sex-slaves or marry them.
Some girls are bought and sold multiple times as the child brides are kept for only a few weeks. Then the girl, barely out of her teens, is returned to her family and sold off by her family again- though presumably at a reduced price now.
“My daughter is willing to sacrifice herself for her family,” a Syrian refugee, Nezar said. “If the war had not happened I would not marry my daughter to a Saudi. But the Syrians here are poor and have no money.” Nezar’s daughter is 17. The Saudi groom is 70. She admits the marriage market is hazardous. Most of the potential grooms offer a few dollars to leer at her daughter.
“You are already selling your daughter, you might as well sell her to someone decent,” she said. Some ‘brides’ sold for as little as $100.
A local ‘match maker’ Um Majed said,“One of my brides has been married three, four times. She is 15.” Majed became a matchmaker when she approached a local Islamist charity for food and the manager asked if she “knew any pretty girls.”
“I have 10 families looking for grooms,” she said. “Their girls are between 12 and 21. The grooms are in their 40s, 50s, or 70s.” Many mothers are desperate as they can’t feed family unless they sell a daughter."
Read now what a depth of human depravity could a reprobate travel and use religion to justify the barbaric exploitation:
"Sexual jihad” or Jihad al-nikah, permitting short marriages to allow for sexual relations with multiple partners, is considered by some hardline Salafists as a legitimate form of holy war.
Recently, the Tunisian women’s ministry said it would come up with a plan to counter the growing number of women allegedly travelling to Syria to sexually comfort militants.
Meanwhile, Tunisia’s Interior Minister Lotfi ben Jeddou told the National Constituent Assembly that Tunisian women had gone to Syria where “they have sexual relations with 20, 30, 100” militants in a speech on Sep. 19. “After the sexual liaisons they have there in the name of ‘'jihad al-nikah’ they come home pregnant.”
And the pathetic plight of the women of the holy land is going unnoticed in the Islamic world. There is no condemnation, no rejection and powerful FATWAS from any quarter; nor even from major Indian seminaries!
Syrian women have appeared on state TV recounting stories of how they were either raped by rebels or how they joined al-Qaeda-affiliated groups to fulfill the fighter’s carnal needs in what has been described as “sexual jihad.”
“My father told me to go and take a shower. While bathing, a man came, he looked older than 50 in age, he was only wearing his underwear. He pulled my hair and took me to the room. I was screaming and my father was hearing me, but he didn’t do anything,” Rawan Qadah, a girl under the age of 18, said on screen. She added that her father had sold his “honor” to the rebels.
Sarah Khaled al-Alawo from eastern Deir al-Zour is another woman who spoke on state TV.
Alawo was described as a member of the al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front. She stated that she catered to the rebels’ sexual demands as a “sexual jihadist.”
But the Alawo family stressed that their daughter was arrested from Damascus University campus after she expressed opinions in support of the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
Why the conscience keepers of the world are silent ????