Mut'a means marriage up
to a predetermined period of time. Some of the Shia sects like the Imāmīyah sect
allow it (Fiqh al-Sunnah, Syed Sabiq, Vol, 2 Pg 167). They base their view on
the Qur'ānic verse (5:24), which, I am afraid, is erroneously translated.
The Qur’ān explicitly prohibits
such a relationship.
According to the Qur’ān one can
have a sexual relationship only with a woman who is his wife out of permanent
Also, it is known that the
institution of slavery existed in the times of the Prophet (sws). Islam chalked
out a complete programme for the eradication of this evil from the society.
However, since it was deeply rooted in the society, a gradual scheme of its
elimination was adopted. During this interim period, when slavery was not
completely prohibited, sexual relations with slave girls was allowed as well.
The Qur'an says:
And those who guard their
chastity except with their wives and slave girls. For they are not to be blamed
[in these cases]. But those who exceed beyond this are transgressors."