Impregnating Infidels: Another Form of Jihad

The systemic abduction and rape of Christian girls and women is one reason Islam is the world's "fastest-growing religion."

By Raymond Ibrahim Published on March 20, 2024

Because larger numbers often equal more power and influence, Muslims have long made clear that the act of procreating is a form of jihad against their enemies.

Thus, in the U.K., “Muslim … fanatics plan to take over Britain by having more babies and forcing a population explosion,” a 2008 report revealed. “The swollen Muslim population would be enough to conquer Britain from inside.” Today, nearly 70 percent of London — the capital of “Merry Old England” — is nonwhite, much of that also Muslim.

There is, however, an even more depraved and largely overlooked way that Muslims go about waging this “procreation” jihad — a way of killing two birds with one stone: seize and seed non-Muslim women with Muslim babies, thereby depleting the infidels’ ranks of women and the non-Muslim babies they might have birthed, while simultaneously increasing both for Islam.

Human Trafficking in the Muslim World

In Egypt, countless Christian girls have been abducted under this logic. Interestingly, this is largely the same way human traffickers operate in the West — but in the Muslim world, law enforcement is not on the victims’ side.

Consider the recent and ongoing case of Irene Ibrahim Shehata, a 21-year-old second-year medical student at Assyut National University who disappeared on January 22. Her family says Egyptian authorities know exactly where she is — and who took her — but have been giving them the runaround. Moreover, “the data of the religion field on her ID was unwillingly changed to Muslim,” the family’s lawyer said, adding, “It is another way to force families to give up.”

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Like many other Christian families with missing daughters in Egypt, the Shehatas insists that an elaborate Muslim network — aided by a complicit State Security — is behind Irene’s abduction.

This is not mere paranoia. In 2017, an ex-kidnapper who “admits he was in a network actively targeting Coptic girls for years before he left Islam” explained how this systematic and sophisticated process works in Egypt:

A group of kidnappers meets in a mosque to discuss potential victims. They keep a close eye on Christians’ houses and monitor everything that’s going on. On that basis, they weave a spider’s web around [the girls]…. I remember a Coptic Christian girl from a rich, well-known family in Minya. She was kidnapped by five Muslim men. They held her in a house, stripped her and filmed her naked. In the video, one of them also undressed. They threatened to make the video public if the girl wouldn’t marry him…. The kidnappers [further] receive large amounts of money. Police can help them in different ways, and when they do, they might also receive a part of the financial reward the kidnappers are paid by the Islamisation organisations. In some cases, police provide the kidnappers with drugs they seize. The drugs are then given to the girls to weaken their resistance as they put them under pressure. I even know of cases in which police offered help to beat up the girls to make them recite the Islamic creed. And the value of the reward increases whenever the girl has a position.

Although such networks have been around since the 1970s, they reached their “highest levels now, in the era of President Sisi,” the former kidnapper added.

Worldwide Issue

This phenomenon prevails wherever Christian minorities live alongside Muslims.

In Nigeria, for instance, which is split roughly evenly between Muslim and Christian populations, thousands of Christian girls have been abducted, forced into Islam, married off, and forced to bear children destined to become future jihadists. As the Hausa Christian Foundation of Nigeria, a human rights group, explained:

The moment these girls are abducted, they are subjected to all manners of evil just to take control of their minds. [After that], these girls will only do everything they are asked to do. While the parents fight for the release of their daughters, these abductors continue to sexually abuse these girls, [control] their food, drinks, clothes, where they sleep, perpetually evoke evil spirit upon them to the point that these girls completely lost their minds and never think of going back to their home. Usually, the moment a Christian girl is abducted, they ensure that they get married to her within one or two weeks. She will be sexually abused even before the marriage to make the parents give up on her when she becomes pregnant. 

The incessant kidnapping of the Christian girls and the forceful conversion to Islam is another form of Jihad in the 21st Century. They have two major aims for doing that: To inflict pain on the parents of the girl and the Christian community; and to impregnate the girl to add to their claims that Islam is the fastest-growing religion in the world. They are doing it on purpose.

Then there’s Pakistan — yet another Muslim-majority nation where the kidnapping, rape, and forced conversion of Christian girls is endemic. Just last week, a 10-year-old was abducted and forcibly converted to Islam. As the Asian Human Rights Commission said in a 2011 report:

The situation is worse with the police who always side with the Islamic groups and treat minority groups as lowly life forms. The dark side of the forced conversion to Islam … also involves the criminal elements who are engaged in rape and abduction and then justify their heinous crimes by forcing the victims to convert to Islam. The Muslim fundamentalists are happy to offer these criminals shelter and use the excuse that they are providing a great service to their sacred cause of increasing the population of Muslims.

Growing by Force

Even in Indonesia, often hailed as a “moderate Muslim” nation, “Influential leaders are literally training young men to target Christian girls to impregnate them.” According to one report:

They target them to try and sort of diffuse the spread of Christianity because the family of the Christian girl is so ashamed [of the impregnation] … they’re forced into marrying that daughter into a Muslim family…. and the Muslims who are being trained to do this, they understand that. That’s why they’re doing that…. Once girls are married into the Muslim families, they’re often cut off from or abandoned by their families and they face even more difficult circumstances. In some cases, girls are the second or third wife of their persecutor and they have few freedoms.

Not only is the abduction and impregnation of Christian girls an atrocity in itself, but it is one of the overlooked reasons that one-third of Earth’s population is set to be Muslim by 2070.


Raymond Ibrahim, author of Defenders of the West and Sword and Scimitar, is the Distinguished Senior Shillman Fellow at the Gatestone Institute and the Judith Rosen Friedman Fellow at the Middle East Forum.

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