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Important Note: The age or even the name of Prophet Muhammad's (pbuh) wife Hazrat Aisha (ra) is not mentioned in the Quran, which is believed to be the Revelation from God. Therefore, if anybody can prove with objective argument or solid evidence that a true Prophet of God cannot marry a girl of Hazrat Aisha's age then the ahadith that mention her age will be proven to be false, and Muslims have no problem at all in rejecting them either. But, unfortunately, no will ever be able to prove it, anyway! Therefore, there is NO point of bringing up this kind of non-issue to attack the character of Prophet Muhammad. So, the anti-Islamic haters are dismantled right here. And that will surely end and refute the false accusations against Prophet Muhammad's (pbuh) marriage to his beloved wife Hazrat Aisha (ra). Do we need to move on further? Let's see…
Introduction: First of all Islam has no problem with early marriage, in general. It is left to the parents to decide if their children should marry or not with her or his consent. But if they are married at young age, the marriage should be consummated AFTER the age of puberty and AFTER the girl reaches her menses. This is because the Prophet Muhammad (pub) consummated his marriage after Aisha reached PUBERTY, according to ahadith. Islam does not support pedophilia or child molestation under any circumstances. This is because the Quran associates marriage to physical and mental maturity and adulthood. I will give two Quranic verses to prove this.
The Quran 4:6: Make trial of orphans until they REACH the age of marriage; if then you find SOUND judgment in them, release their property to them; but consume it not wastefully, nor in haste against their growing up. If the guardian is well off, Let him claim no remuneration, but if he is poor, let him have for himself what is just and reasonable. When ye release their property to them, take witnesses in their presence: But all sufficient is God in taking account.
The Quran 4:21: And how could ye take it when ye have gone in unto each other, and they have taken from you a solemn covenant?
Both of these verses together indicate that marriage is a covenant. Agreement between man and woman at the age of maturity and where they can make good judgments. Therefore, they have to be developed.
Step 1: Hadith of Aisha's age: 'Aisha, may God be pleased with her, narrated that the Prophet was betrothed to her when she was six years old and he consummated his marriage when she was nine years old, and then she remained with him for nine years. (Saheeh al-Bukhari, Vol. 7, Book 62, No. 64) Of the four ahadith in Saheeh al-Bukhari, two were narrated from 'Aisha (7:64 and7:65), one from Abu Hishaam (5:236) and one via 'Ursa (7:88). All three of the ahadith in Saheeh Muslim have 'Aisha as a narrator. Additionally, all of the ahadith in both books agree that the marriage betrothal contract took place when 'Aisha was "six years old", but was not consummated until she was "nine years old". All Muslim scholars agree that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and Aisha were engaged for nearly three years before marriage. And in these three years the Prophet did not have (sexual relations with her) until much later after the age of 9 years, once she reached puberty and moved in to the Prophet's house after the age of 9.
Step 2: It's biological fact that a young woman can produce a child and get married when she has had her menses. Here is the fact that Aisha (ra) had her menses at 9 years old: "The messenger of Allah (SAW) said to me: Get me the mat from the mosque. I said: I am menstruating. Upon this he remarked: Your menstruation is not in your hands." (Sahih Muslim, Hadith No.15973)
Step 3: Many haters want to complain about the marriage of the Prophet to Aisha but they don't want to complain the age of (Mary the mother of Jesus) "Joseph, Mary's husband, was 90 years old" when he married 12 to 14 year old Mary. (Catholic Encyclopedia) Visit catholic website: Mary was pregnant with a child in her hand when she was 12 yrs old. Proof references:
Step 4: So Aisha (ra) who was 9 years old, and according to hadith, when she was betrothed to the Prophet. And Mary mother of Jesus who was 12 years old according to the Catholic Encyclopedia was a young girl who reached the menses and decided to get married. I want to raise a question to Christians. Would you marry your daughter to Jesus if she reached her menses, and if Jesus asked for her hand? If Yes, then you need to be consistent. If No, then are you saying that you don't trust Jesus?!
Step 5: Age of consent in the Bible. Also keep in mind that both for Marry (the mother of Jesus) and Aisha's young marriage was a practice even in the Christian Bible. Ezekiel 16:4-14 states a girl after her (breast) and (pubic) hair developed he had sex with her: (Ezekiel 16:4-14) "You grew up and developed and became the most beautiful of jewels. Your breasts were formed and your (pubic) hair grew, you who were naked and bare. Later I passed by, and when I looked at you and saw that you were old enough for love." As you can see the Bible clearly supports that after he realized her (breast) were formed and she had (pubic hair) he had sex with her and according to (her age in the Bible) she was anywhere between ages 8 to 13 yrs old because that's the age her breast formed according to science.
Step 6: When does puberty start? Although puberty usually starts between ages 8 to 13 in girls, it may start earlier or later. Everyone's body changes at a different time. Whether you have breast at age 10 or have not started your period by age 14, do not worry. Everyone goes through puberty eventually. Proof from science health:
Here is also proof that when a young woman has reached her menses and gone through puberty she can produce a child even at 9 yrs old. Picture of Thailand mother at 9 years gives birth:
Step 7: What is the age of consent in history around the world? Child brides as young as eight were common among the Byzantine emperors and nobility. According to William of Tyre, Agnes was only eight on her arrival at Constantinople, while Alexius was thirteen; in fact Alexius was born on 14 September 1169. Child brides, whether Byzantines or foreign princesses, were the norm rather than the exception, especially from the late twelfth century:
California U.S.A in 1859, age of consent (7 years old):
California U.S.A in 1889, age of consent (10 years old), was the first state to change the age of consent to 14, which it did in 1889! After California, other US states joined in and raised the age of consent too:
Massachusetts U.S.A, age of consent (12 years old with parental consent):
Spain, age of consent (12 years old):
New Hampshire U.S.A 2008: 18 generally; 14 for males and 13 for females, in cases of "special cause" with parental consent and court permission:
New Mexico, age of consent (13 years old):
Japan, age of consent (13 years old):
So as you can see from the above evidence that even in western cultures marrying your daughters as young as 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13 years old was a practice amongst Christians in America and other parts of the world! 12 year old Romanian Christian getting married:
Step 8: BIBLE AND JEWISH TALMUD ACCEPT HAVING SEX WITH CHILDREN 3 YEARS OLD! (Bible Numbers 31:17-18: "Now kill all the boys [innocent kids]. And kill every woman who has slept with a man, but save for yourselves every GIRL who has never slept with a man.") It is only natural for girls who have never slept with any man to be young in age! In the case of the time that these verses occurred, the girls were as young as three. Here is the Jewish Talmud's historical elaboration on what exactly took place by Moses and his men when they took the virgin girls as spoils of war.
Step 9: Here is the evidence of age timeline from the book of Genesis from the (Christian) and (Jewish) Bible: Jewish commentators agree she was 3 yrs old including Rashi because she was "barren" from giving children. And Isaac said my wife is barren. Because she was able to have children at 3 yrs old. ISAAC’S AGE WAS 37 WHEN HE MARRIED 3 YRS OLD (Rebecca) BIBLE: BOOK OF GENESIS! Rivkha (Rebecca's) age:
JEWISH TALMUD: A girl three years and one day old is betrothed by intercourse. (Sanhedrin 7/55B) A girl three years old may be betrothed through an act of sexual intercourse. (Mishnah Niddah 5:4)
Step 10: Hazrat Aisha was a legal WIFE of Prophet Muhammad, and not anything else. Yet some evil minded Christian Missionaries invented the lie against Prophet Muhammad to justify/hide the crimes of thousands of pedophile priests in their churches? Before revealing the crimes of their pedophile priests, no one ever raised question about the legal marriage of Prophet Muhammad with Hazrat Aisha.
Conclusion: I wish to also remind you that the Prophet was married to his first wife Khadija (ra) who was 15 years older than Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)! To conclude, we have proved with solid evidence that the marriage of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) to Aisha is Biblically validated, scientifically correct, and even historically correct amongst Christians! In fact Hazrat Aisha (ra) is one of the greatest scholars and teacher in Islam.
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