AISHA-BELOVED PROPHET’S WIFE, PEARL OF ISLAM OR CHILD BRIDE?

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WHO WAS AISHA

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WHY THERE ARE SO MANY CONTROVERSIAL STORIES ABOUT THEIR LOVE STORY?

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~That the Prophet said to her, “You have been shown to me twice in my dream. I saw you pictured on a piece of silk and someone said (to me). ‘This is your wife.’ When I uncovered the picture, I saw that it was yours. I said, ‘If this is from Allah, it will be done.” {Bukhari :: Volume 5 :: Book 58 :: Hadith 235}~

 

The love story written on the sand of the undiscovered oriental deserts, interpreted through the centuries, brutally made up for the purpose of daily politics and forever kept as an inspiration in the hearts of believers. Aisha and Prophet Muhammad(s.a.v.s).The battle between the soul inspiration and body desires, the dream about divine blessings hidden in one woman’s eyes. Silk and steel. The love story behind the strict covers of the religion, warm feeling of power of the love against the love for power.

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It is disturbing to see how politics consumes religion for everyday’s goals. It is almost like an agenda. The sacred and holy things are being digested by political vocabulary and offered as a menu to the people like in some cheap circus entertainment. Islam and its tales are old for years but they have never been exposed and ideologically abused as it is happening lately, without any control.There are no more any  respect for religion core but everything is chopped and analyzed with the aggressive manner, without keeping a neutral line and objectivity. I find it disturbing that old stories that have been found within the long history of Islam are now being digged out and presented as something terrible, even if we know in which civilization period that have happened and why. I must underline that one objective science writer must be far away from ideological demands of the society  and must expose the facts as they are, without giving them political ice cream for the benefits of hungry crowd. That is the only way we can achieve the possible peace among the different faiths or we will be all cursed in the darkness of hatred.

I was shocked to see so many articles and biased news based on the accusations of Muslim Prophet Muhammad(s.a.v.s.) that he was pedophile because his marriage with Aisha was consumed when she was a child. First of all, we must go back and observe the complete world’s history of that time and what was the practice among the rulers. Then, we must calculate the length of people’s life back in early phase of civilization and the start of adulthood  phase of women. The concrete situation in Arabia, in 7th century, was to consider the adulthood as the onset of puberty. Just some centuries later, we can see that European royal elite is also focusing on taking young women for their kings ( 33-year-old King John of England married 12-year-old Isabella of Angoulême). In other words, concluding that Aisha was 6 when she was promised to Prophet Muhammad (s.a.v.s.) sounds like manipulating the historical lack of ground facts because that was the period of time when there was no birth registry and people haven’t been able to know for sure their own age or the age of someone’s else. If we add to it that she was also engaged to someone else, before she was given to the Prophet, gives us a lot of thoughts to think about what was her real age at the moment of consumed marriage, she could have been old from 9 to 19.

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The mutual accusations between Muslims and Christians are very old. The Christians see Muslims through the  Prophet Muhammad (s.a.v.s.) and compare him with  Christ as a model of celibate virtue but the real fact is that the two religions maybe have  the same basic moral standards but have different stories they are wrapped in and that borders must be respected. The Muslims never question the importance of Christ and never insult him but the Christians do not stop to attack the Muslim Prophet and come out with the pathological ideas about his lust and sexual life. This is almost ridiculous because it doesn’t help anyone but makes bigger chaos worldwide.The Academic Kecia Ali once said : “Accusations of lust and sensuality were a regular feature of medieval attacks on the prophet’s character and, by extension, on the authenticity of Islam.”  Why do we need to deny some religion by attacking its Prophet and even worse, his own love life we have know nothing about but what has been served to us for a purpose? !

The reality is that in some societies, like Yemen or some rural parts of Turkey,KSA or Iran, the patriarchal dominance forces the young girls to marry older men, based on the family pressure. It is happening but it is he outcome of the masculine system where fathers and brothers abuse Islam for their own interests and goals, without giving the chance to women to say NO or YES. But, there are also many Muslims who encourage their daughters and sisters  to educate themselves and to chose the one they love, without giving them directions or threats. If we want to be objective, in each masculine based society, the incidents based on breaking the women and children rights will be very often no matter what religion we are talking about. That is why every community must set up the rules of equality because isn’t the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.v.s.) himselves said to his companions that the best among them is the one who is best to his woman.

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Aisha عائشة is known as ‘Ā’ishah bint Abī Bakr, the daughter of Abi Bakr and Umm Ruman, and the Mother of the Believers, who call her as A’ishah, Aisyah, Ayesha, A’isha, Aishat or Aishah.According to some books, she was born in 613/614 CE in Mecca, Hejaz, Saudi Arabia but she died at age 64 in city of Medina, Hejaz, Saudi Arabia. She was Prophet Muhammad(s.a.v.s.) beloved wife but also his best friend and advisor, the companion in his philosophical teaching and the brilliant mind. Her intellectual contribution to Islam was so huge that she kept spreading the religion even the 44 years after Prophet’s death.Now, imagine that Aisha narrated even 2210 hadiths  and covered not only the topics about his private life but also the spiritual dilemmas about Islamic eschatology, inheritance and pilgrimage. It was described that her intelligence and strategic mind was always welcomed by her husband, during many war operations. According to one article in Guardian, there is a perfect portrait of her:“To paint Aisha as a victim is completely at odds with her persona. She was certainly no wallflower. During a controversial battle in Muslim history, she emerged riding a camel to lead the troops. She was known for her assertive temperament and mischievous sense of humour – with Muhammad sometimes bearing the brunt of the jokes. During his lifetime, he established her authority by telling Muslims to consult her in his absence; after his death, she went to be become one of the most prolific and distinguished scholars of her time.”

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Aisha can not be any victim when she was a lovely rose, the jewel of Mecca and Medina and the one of the greatest scholars of Islam ever. She was mufti and judge, a stateswoman and a courageous wind of change. Her spiritualism inspired Prophet very often and they have been seen walking during the night, just exchanging the ideas about how the battle should be led and who they can trust or not. She was much younger but she was very mature to offer the best advices to him and he couldn’t have made decisions without having her opinion. Aisha hasn’t been  an ordinary woman who just  loved him, she was his all -in- one woman, the harem in one wife. Prophet Muhammad (s.a.v.s.) died resting his head on her chest, the greatest love story of Islam, united together till the last moment on the Earth.

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When we debate about Aisha, we must include all her achievements because she is still one of the most compelling figures in the Islamic history. Many experts believe that she was the one who transmitted islam to the ordinary people, like a bridge or the female soul of the blessings from above. She had that luck that her father was appointed as a first caliph so she was entitled as the truthful woman and her abilities to spread Islam were empowered by her ultra religious father.

Their nine years old love story is not the only reason for the rest of the world to be amazed or angry or confused. I found the fact that in that primitive period of time, among all men, one woman made her road clear to go into philosophy, politics and religion. The beautiful rose among so many thorns, the pearl on the desert dirt.

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She was so beautiful but her beauty was in her glorious mind, in her highlighted soul and in her brave her. Just to remind, she famously took part in the Battles of Uhud, al-Khandaq, Banu Qurayza, Banu Mustaliq, Hudaybiya and the Meccan conquest.She was a lioness and not just a sheep. She would have never accepted what is given to her without her analyzing and questioning the fundamentals of the issue.She was learning so fast that all other philosophers and theologians have been impressed the way she understood the complex questions and make them easier for the ordinary people.

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The jewel from Medina has never married again and the whole her Earth life, she was devout and deep into the prayers, fast and religious contemplation. Aisha was so in love with Prophet Muhammad(s.a.v.s) that she fought for his attention during the life and after his death, she was waiting for a final reunion in heaven. When Allah (dz.s) promised people to chose good wives because they will hold the half of faith(deen) it was so obvious that Aisha did a perfect her job. She was the only Prophet’s woman  who saw the miracles:“Aisha was the only wife to witness the Messenger receiving revelation. She twice saw the Angel Gabriel in human form and received salaams (greetings of peace) directly from him.”

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Aisha is almost like a secret code for the role of Muslim woman today. What Aisha has done during her life not many free women can perform today, in our modern times. Abusing her prominent  historical role in daily political struggles and the tiny gains of sick islamophobia gangs is nothing but the embarrassment for the academical elites that must stand up against ugly portraits of holy people of one religion. It is the typical ignorance, the lack of respect and good analyzes of the civilization progress and the same apply on those within Islamic religion that abuse their rights on their women, justifying with the things they think they have understood. Actually, the lack of feeling for reality and science approach is something that is missing in the both categories: extremists  who misrepresent one religion and its figures and extremists who mislead their own people to the point when there is no religion anymore but dirty sick ideology.

I stand up for Aisha as she was one of the most inspiring ladies of the history of the world that hasn’t been so free to embrace the women who lead the battle and give new directions in religion, the cruel  world of the  men.

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  11. MUHAMMED & AISHA
    Muhammad married Aisha when she was six years old in Mecca and she joined him in Medina three years later when he was 53. He began having sex with Aisha when she was nine years old and still playing with dolls.
    This is the original story told by the ONLY valid biographers of Muhammad and Islam, Ibn Ishaq and Tabari, and the hadiths of Bukhari and Muslim. Refer also to the works of the Qur’an commentators Ibn Kathir and Ibn Qayyim. (Ibn Kathir, The Life of the Prophet Muhammad (Al-Sira al-Nabawiyya), Volume II, translated by professor Trevor Le Gassick, Garnet Publishing Limited, UK. The Center for Muslim Contribution to Civilization, 2000. pp. 93-94).
    (Ibn Qayyim Al-Juaziyyah, Zad-ul Ma’ad fi Hadyi Khairi-l ‘Ibad (Provisions for the Hereafter, From the Guidance of Allah’s Best Worshipper) translated by Jalal Abualrub, [Madinah Publishers & Distributors, December 2000] Volume I, pp. 157-158)
    » Muhammad said that he had dreamed of Aisha before demanding her from her father, and his own brother in Islam, Abu Bakr, claiming special ‘prophets rights’ when Abu Bakr was reluctant to give her to him.
    » Bukhari, Volume 5, Book 58, Number 235: Narrated ‘Aisha: That the Prophet said to her, “You have been shown to me twice in my dreams. I saw you pictured on a piece of silk and someone said to me, ‘This is your wife.’ When I uncovered the picture, I saw that it was yours. I said, ‘If this is from Allah, it will be done.”
    » Bukhari, Volume 7, Book 62, Number 18: Narrated ‘Ursa: The Prophet asked Abu Bakr for ‘Aisha’s hand in marriage. Abu Bakr said “But I am your brother!”
    » The Prophet said, “You are my brother in Allah’s religion and His Book, but she (Aisha) is lawful for me to marry.”
    » Marriage to a female already offered to another was illegal in Arab law. Abu Bakr had already arranged for Aisha to marry Djubayr Mutim.
    » Muhammad married ‘A’isha in Mecca when she was a child of six and lived with her in Medina when she was nine or ten. She was the only virgin that he married. Her father, Abu Bakr, married her to him and the apostle gave her four hundred dirhams. (Ibn Ishaq, Sirat Rasulullah (The Life of Muhammad) translated by Alfred Guillaume [Oxford University Press, p. 792)
    » Tabari VII:7 “The Prophet married Aisha in Mecca three years before the Hijrah, after the death of Khadija. At the time she was six.”
    » Tabari IX:128 “When the Prophet married Aisha, she was very young and not yet ready for consummation.” [The History of Al-Tabari: The Foundation of the Community] translated by M.V. McDonald annotated by W. Montgomery Watt [State University of New York Press, Albany 1987], Volume VII, pp. 6-7) (The History of Al-Tabari: The Last Years of the Prophet, translated and annotated by Ismail K. Poonawala [State University of New York Press, Albany 1990], Volume IX, pp. 129-130)
    » Bukhari, Volume 5, Book 58, Number 236: Narrated Hisham’s father: Khadija died three years before the Prophet departed to Medina. He stayed there for two years or so and then he married ‘Aisha when she was a girl of six years of age, and he consummated that marriage when she was nine years old.
    THIGHING:
    The permanent committee for scientific research and religious sanctions [in Saudi Arabia] has looked onto the request of Abu Abdallah Mohammed Al Shamry which was sent to the committee from the general secretariat of the Committee of Higher Scholars number 1809 date 3/5/1421. The requester asked the following:
    • Lately, it has spread on a large scale, especially in weddings, the habit of thighing little boys; what is the ruling of the Quran on this? Especially, that God’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) has thighed Ayesha (may God be pleased with her).
    The committee, after studying the request, has ruled the following:
    • It is not the true guidance of Muslims throughout centuries to resort to the use of these unlawful practices, which were imported to our countries through the immoral videos that are being sent by the infidels and enemies of Islam. As for the thighing of the messenger of God to his fiancée Ayesha, she was six years old and he could not engage in sexual intercourse with her because of her young age, therefore he used to place his penis between her thighs and rub it lightly. In addition, the messenger of God had full control of his penis in contrary to the believers. Therefore, it is not permitted to practice thighing, whether in weddings, or at homes, or schools, due to its grave harm. And may God curse the infidels who brought these practices to our countries. – Faith Freedom, Sept. 23, 2011
    » A man can have sexual pleasure from a child as young as a baby. However, he should not penetrate vaginally, but sodomising the child is acceptable. If a man does penetrate and damage the child then, he should be responsible for her subsistence all her life. This girl will not count as one of his four permanent wives and the man will not be eligible to marry the girl’s sister… It is better for a girl to marry at such a time when she would begin menstruation at her husband’s house, rather than her father’s home. Any father marrying his daughter so young will have a permanent place in heaven.
    » A man can have sex with animals such as sheep, cows, camels and so on. However, he should kill the animal after he has his orgasm. He should not sell the meat to the people in his own village, but selling the meat to a neighbouring village is reasonable.
    » If one commits the act of sodomy with a cow, a ewe, or a camel, their urine and their excrement become impure and even their milk may no longer be consumed. The animal must then be killed as quickly as possible and burned.
    “Thighing” [or mufakhafat] is an Islamic practice followed today in Muslim communities all over the world including in the US and Britain.
    Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, The Supreme Leader of Iran, the Shia Grand Ayatollah, 1979-89 said in his official statements recorded in The Little Green Book (“Tahrirolvasyleh”, fourth edition, Qom, Iran, 1990):
    » Wine and all intoxicating beverages are impure, but opium and hashish are not.
    » If a man sodomises the son, brother, or father of his wife after their marriage, the marriage remains valid.
    » During sexual intercourse, if the penis enters a woman’s vagina or a man’s anus, fully or only as far as the circumcision ring, both partners become impure, even if they have not reached puberty; they must consequently perform ablutions.
    » A woman who has contracted a continuing marriage does not have the right to go out of the house without her husband’s permission; she must remain at his disposal for the fulfillment of any one of his desires, and may not refuse herself to him except for a religiously valid reason. If she is totally submissive to him, the husband must provide her with her food, clothing, and lodging, whether or not he has the means to do so. A woman who refuses herself to her husband is guilty, and may not demand from him food, clothing, lodging, or any later sexual relations; however, she retains the right to be paid damages if she is repudiated.
    » If a father (or paternal grandfather) marries off his daughter (or granddaughter) in her absence without knowing for a certainty that she is alive, the marriage becomes null and void as soon as it is established that she was dead at the time of the marriage.
    » It is not illegal for an adult male to ‘thigh’ or enjoy a young girl who is still in the age of weaning; meaning to place his penis between her thighs, and to kiss her.
    » If a man commits adultery with an unmarried woman, and subsequently marries her, the child born of that marriage will be a bastard unless the parents can be sure it was conceived after they were married. A child born of an adulterous father is legitimate.
    » Ali [son in law of Mohammed], having cut off the hands of two thieves, treated their wounds and offered them his hospitality, and this affected them so much that they became utterly devoted to him; or again when he heard that the marauding army of Muawiyah had abused a woman of one of the tribes, he was so upset and moved to pity he declared: “If a man died after such an occurrence, no one could blame him.” And yet, despite a nature as sensitive as that, Ali bared his sword and hacked the perpetrators to pieces. This is the meaning of justice.
    • From “The Sayings of Ayatollah Khomeini, Political, Philosophical, Social and Religious” (The Little Green Book), Bantam Books, New York/London, 1985, ISBN 0-553-14032-9.

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  12. CHILD BRIDES:

    CHILD MARRIAGE AS THE CURSE OF MUSLIM DEGENERATED SOCIETIES

    “By getting men to reject the practice that subordinate women and girls and subject them to violence, we can get to the root of child marriage”

    Wanjala Wafula, The Coexist Initiative

    Samira is 11 years old, with big brown lovely eyes of one innocent child.She is so sweet and caring and she cant stop smiling. Her mother is helping her to dress best clothes because soon is the celebration. The young girl is excited because she cant imagine that soon will not play with her toys but with older men or, if she has some crazy luck, with the boy of her age, in bed. Samira is one of 15 million girls who are married every year, before age of 18. One of many girls whose childhood is replaced with instant marriage’s life wrapped into colorful clothes and jewelry, given to child’s heart to forget the pain which will come soon.

    The story about the child marriages is something what follows the history of many backward societies.It is not only connected with Muslim communities but also with Hindu and the India, with the second-highest level of child marriages, according to official data from UN, is a typical example of country which is fighting to eradicate this shameful tradition through the strict laws and education of parents and children, especially in rural areas, which are still under local tribal rules. This shameful tradition hits also many parts of the Middle East region, West Asia, Africa,Latin America and Oceania.

    The child marriage should be considered as a formal marriage or often an informal union entered by any person younger than 18. The legal approval for young people to get into marriage starts with being 18 years old but in many countries, parental decisions are above any law and they are taken as valid. This kind of marriages affects not only young girls but also young boys. Sometimes, parents of both sides decide for their children the marriage and children are never asked for permission and even if they did, their words aren’t important. In the case of potential teenage’s pregnancy, this marriage is a cover for family dishonor. Unfortunately, many societies don’t need pregnancy as a reason for those primitive heritage, all they need is an ironic excuse to protect so called girl’s safety and boy’s future. In many situations, child marriage is an union between young female, below 18 (mostly between 8 and 15 years old) and older man.

    The age difference between marriage partners is inappropriate and this act is a violent crime against children rights. It is not only against children rights but also it is a violation of human rights and abuse “female flesh” as a source of money for parents. They trade with their children’s destinies, following so called ” tradition” but it is nothing but demonic approach to the most fragile elements of any society, children. It is a result of system which is not developed and the people who are not educated. The lack of good economical conditions as well as the absence of real education is a base for this kind of phenomena, what I consider as a cancer of our world.

    Every country which is dealing with the child marriages has its own folklore of promoting it, valuing it or simply covering it by plastic traditional explanations or delusional religious phrases. The truth is the next: the child marriage has EVERYTHING to do with ALLAH and NOT with people who are so far away from ALLAH.

    Primitive Muslim rules should have been buried in the past. New times demand adjustments, not regressing but progressing. Many countries will defeat this disgraceful custom sometimes….some countries will never find a way out….without paying for it, by blood. Someone’s. Children’s blood.

    LITTLE GIRL AISHA

    Aisha — 9 year-old bride

    SAHIH BUKHARI
    Narrated Aisha: The Prophet engaged me when I was a girl of six (years). We went to Medina and stayed at the home of Bani-al-Harith bin Khazraj. Then I got ill and my hair fell down. Later on my hair grew (again) and my mother, Um Ruman, came to me while I was playing in a swing with some of my girl friends. She called me, and I went to her, not knowing what she wanted to do to me. She caught me by the hand and made me stand at the door of the house. I was breathless then, and when my breathing became Allright, she took some water and rubbed my face and head with it. Then she took me into the house. There in the house I saw some Ansari women who said, “Best wishes and Allah’s Blessing and a good luck.” Then she entrusted me to them and they prepared me (for the marriage). Unexpectedly Allah’s Apostle came to me in the forenoon and my mother handed me over to him, and at that time I was a girl of nine years of age. Volume 5, Book 58, Number 234

    Narrated ‘Aisha: I used to play with the dolls in the presence of the Prophet, and my girl friends also used to play with me. When Allah’s Apostle used to enter (my dwelling place) they used to hide themselves, but the Prophet would call them to join and play with me. (The playing with the dolls and similar images is forbidden, but it was allowed for ‘Aisha at that time, as she was a little girl, not yet reached the age of puberty.) (Fateh-al-Bari page 143, Vol.13) Volume 8, Book 73, Number 151

    SAHIH MUSLIM
    Chapter 10: IT IS PERMISSIBLE FOR THE FATHER TO GIVE THE HAND OF HIS DAUGHTER IN MARRIAGE EVEN WHEN SHE IS NOT FULLY GROWN UP.
    ‘A’isha (Allah be pleased with her) reported: Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) married me when I was six years old, and I was admitted to his house at the age of nine. She further said: We went to Medina and I had an attack of fever for a month, and my hair had come down to the earlobes. Umm Ruman (my mother) came to me and I was at that time on a swing along with my playmates. She called me loudly and I went to her and I did not know what she had wanted of me. She took hold of my hand and took me to the door, and I was saying: Ha, ha (as if I was gasping), until the agitation of my heart was over. She took me to a house, where had gathered the women of the Ansar. They all blessed me and wished me good luck and said: May you have share in good. She (my mother) entrusted me to them. They washed my head and embellished me and nothing frightened me. Allah’s Messenger (, may peace be upon him) came there in the morning, and I was entrusted to him. Book 8, Number 3309.

    ‘A’isha (Allah be pleased with her) reported: Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) married me when I was six years old, and I was admitted to his house when I was nine years old. Book 8, Number 3310

    ‘A’isha (Allah be pleased with her) reported that Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) married her when she was seven years old, and he was taken to his house as a

    bride when she was nine, and her dolls were with her; and when he (the Holy Prophet) died she was eighteen years old. Book 8, Number 3311

    SUNAN DAWUD
    Narrated Aisha, Ummul Mu’minin: The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) married me when I was seven or six. When we came to Medina, some women came. according to Bishr’s version: Umm Ruman came to me when I was swinging. They took me, made me prepared and decorated me. I was then brought to the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him), and he took up cohabitation with me when I was nine. She halted me at the door, and I burst into laughter. Book 41, Number 4915:

    Narrated AbuUsamah: The tradition mentioned above (No. 4915) has also been transmitted by AbuUsamah in a similar manner through a different chain of narrators. This version has: “With good fortune. ” She (Umm Ruman) entrusted me to them. They washed my head and redressed me. No one came to me suddenly except the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) in the forenoon. So they entrusted me to him. Book 41, Number 4916:

    Narrated Aisha, Ummul Mu’minin: When we came to Medina, the women came to me when I was playing on the swing, and my hair were up to my ears. They brought me, prepared me, and decorated me. Then they brought me to the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) and he took up cohabitation with me, when I was nine. Book 41, Number 4917

    As an older man of fifty-plus years, Muhammad married a mere child of six years old and co-habited with her when she was 9 years old. As quoted above, the most trusted collections of hadiths establish the authenticity of this oral tradition. But still, Western Muslims are embarrassed by these hadiths. Sometimes they use a Weak hadith defense to excuse Muhammad’s child marriage.

    At other times, they use an Arabic culture defense by claiming that no one has the right to judge Oriental culture by Occidental norms. Now, this is a strange defense to make, since Muslims frequently criticized Western culture as being morally decadent. If another culture cannot be morally evaluated, then other cultures must not be judged as morally decadent. But, this conclusion is not acceptable to Muslims, since they argue that an Islamic culture is the better culture. So, we must conclude that cultures may be evaluated morally, or that, someone is hypocritically judging others while not permitting themselves to be judged by the same standard.

    However, if hypocrisy is not a good alternative, then it is concluded that cultures may be evaluated morally. In fact, it is permissible, and even desirable, to have moral discussions on cultural issues. Moral discussions on cultural issues occur in many different cultures.

    So, the problem of Muhammad marrying a child cannot be defended on Eastern cultural grounds. The issue remains as to whether or not Muhammad acted rightly in marrying a six year old. Certainly, it is wrong according to the natural order of Allah’s creation. In fact, many nations of the world list such behavior as a crime against nature. Thus, it must be concluded that Muhammad committed a grave moral sin against the moral order of Allah’s creation. And, his behavior is a reprehensible example for others to follow. It is tragic to read news reports of old men marrying children in some Islamic countries, because they seek to follow the example of Muhammad who married a child. Muhammad had such an interest in fondling young girls, he criticized even the lawful marriage union of two grown adults.
    Narrated Jabir bin ‘Abdullah: When I got married, Allah’s Apostle said to me, “What type of lady have you married?” I replied, “I have married a matron’ He said, “Why, don’t you have a liking for the virgins and for fondling them?” Jabir also said: Allah’s Apostle said, “Why didn’t you marry a young girl so that you might play with her and she with you?’ Sahih Al-Bukhari Volume 7, Book 62, Number 17.

    In the classic history of “The Life of Muhammad” (Sirat Rasul Allah) by Ibn Ishaq, there is an account in which Muhammad expressed a marital interest in a crawling baby. This event seems to have occurred around the time of the Battle of of Badr which would have made Muhammad approximately 55 years old. He had married Ayesha two years earlier, when he was 53 years of age.

    (Suhayli, ii. 79: In the riwaya of Yunus I. I. recorded that the apostle saw her (Ummu’lFadl) when she was a baby crawling before him and said, ‘If she grows up and I am still alive I will marry her.’ But he died before she grew up and Sufyan b. al-Aswad b. ‘Abdu’l-Asad al-Makhzumi married her and she bore him Rizq and Lubab…1
    So, Muhammad’s interest in young girls extended beyond Ai’sha (‘Ayesha). Why would anyone think that Muhammad’s sexual interest in babies be “the timeless expression of the Will of Allah?” How does such a prurient desire support Muhammad’s claim to be a prophet of Allah? Such a desire by an old man is contrary to nature, and it is a perversion against the moral order of Allah’s universe.

    An example of one of the problems of child marriages: “Sierra Leone’s silent sufferers. Most commonly the head of the foetus is too large to enter the birth canal, and presses the bladder against the bony side wall of the pelvis. Crushed in that way over a period of days, the tissue dies and a hole is created. From that moment the women are never free of the trickle of urine. Fatmata’s experience was as typical as it was catastrophic. She was rejected by her husband, and by her family. Regarded as unclean – and by some as jinxed – she was driven out of her village. …

    They included 15-year-old Sia Foday who was married off by her family at the age of nine and was quickly pregnant. Sia – small for her age – was only 10 when she tried to give birth and ended up incontinent. Another of the women, Aminata Kanda, said she only survived because her children collected firewood to sell and helped her tend a small garden. “Life was really horrible for me. When I was in this sickness the urine was coming non-stop… the odour of the urine is horrible… that is why even my husband wouldn’t allow me to stay in his house,” she says.”

    Yet, according to Islam, Muhammad is the perfection of humanity and the prototype of the most wonderful human conduct. He married a nine year-old and leaves an enduring legacy for old Muslim men to fulfill their carnal desires contrary to natural law and to the life-long devastation of young girls.
    ________________________________________
    1 Ibn Ishaq, The Life of Muhammad: A Translation of Ishaq’s Sirat Rasul Allah, Translated by A. Guillaume, Oxford University Press, Oxford, England, (Re-issued in Karachi, Pakistan, 1967, 13th impression, 1998) 1955, p. 311.

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