In honor of the holy month of Ramadan, the Islamic State launched a Quran memorization competition, with slave girls as prizes.
Ramadan is a time of year where Muslims are meant to rejuvenate their faith. Memorizing the Quran is a considered a pious and worthy thing to do and many memorization competitions are held around the world, especially during Ramadan.
It is believed to be the month during which Mohammed received the Quran (specifically on ‘The Night of Power’). Reading the Quran during Ramadan is strongly encouraged.
The Islamic State put out the following notice advertising the competition in Al-Barakah province in Syria. Links to the chapters of the Quran that have been chosen for the competition are provided (the translation is the Sahih International version). The chapters selected by the Islamic State include some of the most warlike passages in the entire Quran.
Jihadists also consider Ramadan to be the optimal month for Jihad.
Last year the Islamic State proclaimed a Caliphate on the first day of Ramadan.
To the soldiers of the Islamic State in all of the departments in the province of el-Baraqa
We congratulate you for the blessed Ramadan month and may the Lord accept from us and from you the fast …
May god deliver us and you from the fire.
From the first of Ramadan 1436 until the 20th of Ramadan.
Whoever wants to participate must register with the imams of the following mosques.
The Mosque of Abu Bakr el-Sadiq
The Mosque of Osama Bin Laden
The Mosque of Abu Musab el-Zarqawi
The Mosque of el-Taqwa
In the name of Allah, the competitors will be divided and marked between the dates Ramadan 21st until Ramadan 27th. The prizes will be distributed on the first day of Eid el-Fitr in the name of Allah.
The Prizes for this competition are:
1st prize: A slave girl
2nd prize: A slave girl
3rd prize: A slave girl
4th prize: 100,000 Syrian lira ($462)
5th prize: $90,000 Syrian lira
6th prize: 80,000 Syrian lira
7th prize: 70,000 Syrian lira
8th prize: 60,000 Syrian lira
9th prize: 50,000 Syrian Lira
10th prize: 50,000 Syrian Lira
We ask the great lord to make your life easier and to grant you with what he loves and what pleases him.
The Dept. of Dawa and Mosques.
The Islamic State captured thousands of women and forced them into sex-slavery, selling them in marketplaces. A woman who works with survivors recently reported that she knows of at least 150 Yazidi girls who have killed themselves rather than endure the brutal life of a sex slave. A nurse reported "The bodies of some who committed suicide were thrown to the dogs."
To learn more about the Islamic State and its open practice of slavery see Clarion Project's Special Report: The Islamic State (ISIS, ISIL)