Muhammad's Harem

In a previous post I mentioned the fact that the Koran allows a man to have four wives and to own sex slaves, women either captured in war or purchased with money. Muhammad, however, occupying the exalted status of Allah's prophet, was permitted to have as many wives and sex slaves as he wanted.
O Prophet! Lo! We have made lawful unto thee thy wives unto whom thou hast paid their dowries, and those whom thy right hand possesseth of those whom Allah hath given thee as spoils of war, and the daughters of thine uncle on the father's side and the daughters of thine aunt's on the father's side, and the daughters of thine uncles on the mother's side and the daughters of thine aunts on the mother's side who emigrated with thee, and a believing woman if she give herself unto the Prophet and the Prophet desire to ask her in marriage--a privilege for thee only, not for the (rest of) believers--We are aware of that which We enjoined upon them concerning their wives and those whom their right hands possess--that thou mayest be free from blame, for Allah is Forgiving, Merciful (33:50)
It appears that being a prophet has its privileges!


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