First case of ‘slavery’ marriage reported in modern day Egypt
The first case of “melk al-yameen” (slavery) marriage was reported in modern day Egypt last week, a private Egyptian TV channel reported on Monday.
The marriage ceremony was performed by the Muslim cleric Abdul Raouf Aun, reported the privately-owned Dream TV on its daily show ‘al-Haqeeqa’ presented by prominent Egyptian journalist Wael al-Ibrashy.
Slave women or “melk al-yameen” are referred to in the Holy Quran as “ma malakat aymanukum” or “those whom your right hand possesses”. They are either women who have been taken captive during battles and then enslaved or descendants of slaves.