I have heard that its prohibited to hurt women, children and those who are not fighting you, during wars. But we still hear that women were taken as slaves during war, and they were distributed as part of booty. How is that possible ?

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    hurting and distributing them in booty are different. If you were to leave them just like that without enslaving them first, who's gonna take care of them. Hurting is physical hurt Mar 11, 2015 at 3:59
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    @servantofWiser Woman are perfectly capable of taking care of themselves. If you argue this was not the case 1400 years go, okay fine. But it's not the case today which means (and I support this notion) of new reformed sharia law.
    – user921
    Apr 7, 2015 at 6:17

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There is a hadith that says not to kill Woman, Children or elderly the only hadith that says so which is of a weak narration:

The Prophet (ﷺ) said: Go in Allah's name, trusting in Allah, and adhering to the religion of Allah's Apostle. Do not kill a decrepit old man, or a young infant, or a child, or a woman; do not be dishonest about booty, but collect your spoils, do right and act well, for Allah loves those who do well.

However, the only restrictions there are as stated by many hadiths are:

  • Do not embezzle the spoils
  • Do not break your pledge
  • Do not mutilate dead bodies
  • Do not kill the children


So 2 points. First children are the only ones that you are not allowed to kill. The second, you still can take slaves from Children, women and men as allowed by the Quran and Sunnah. Physical harm does not have nothing to do with taking slaves in Islam.

  • There is a prohibition on killing women, and there are authentic hadith that say so, e.g. فنهى رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم عن قتل النساء والصبيان in Bukhari and Muslim.
    – UmH
    Aug 30, 2019 at 10:41

it is forbidden to kill women, children and elderly and there's many authentic hadiths in bukhari and muslim about this, like the one from ibn umar. the above answer is wrong to say it's allowed to kill them. Slaves were taken only if the enemy soldiers brought their families with them to war, in that case the muslims took them in like part of their family because they cant just leave them on the street http://www.answering-christianity.com/karim/no_killing_of_civilians.htm

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