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.
This practice pre-dates Islam’s advent in the region but the religion later laid out rules on this issue in an attempt to abolish slavery. It allowed Muslims to have sexual relations with slave women who had been held captives in just and legitimate wars. A woman was freed if she became pregnant and her child would be born free.
However, there has been no reported instance of this form of marriage for centuries.
The TV report on the incident, the first to take place in Egypt, included a video of the entire ceremony. The marriage was between Aun himself and a woman who was identified as Nadia – who had a non-Egyptian Arabic dialect – in the presence of guests.