Aisha the Child Wife of Muhammad
By Ali Sina
The thought of an old man becoming aroused
by a child is one of the most disturbing thoughts that makes us
cringe as it reminds us of pedophilia and the most despicable
people. It is difficult to
accept that the Holy Prophet married Aisha when she was
6-years-old and consummated his marriage with her when she was
9. He was then, 54 years old.
Muslim Book 008, Number 3310:
'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.
Bukhari Volume 7, Book 62, Number 64
that the Prophet married 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 (i.e., till his death).
Bukhari Volume 7, Book 62, Number 65
that the Prophet married her when she was six years old and he
consummated his marriage when she was nine years old. Hisham
said: I have been informed that 'Aisha remained with the Prophet
for nine years (i.e. till his death)." what you know of the
Quran (by heart)'
Bukhari Volume 7, Book 62, Number 88
The Prophet wrote the (marriage contract) with 'Aisha while she
was six years old and consummated his marriage with her while
she was nine years old and she remained with him for nine years
(i.e. till his death).
Some Muslims claim that it was Abu Bakr who
approached Muhammad asking him to marry his daughter. This is of
course not true and here is the proof.
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."
Arabs were a primitive lot with little
rules to abide. Yet they had some code of ethics that they
honored scrupulously. For example, although they fought all the
year round, they abstained from hostilities during certain holy
months of the year. They also considered Mecca to be a holy city
and did not make war against it. A adopted son’s wife was
deemed to be a daughter in law and they would not marry her.
Also it was customary that close friends made a pact of
brotherhood and considered each other as true brothers. The
Prophet disregarded all of these rules anytime they stood
between him and his interests or whims.
Abu Bakr and Muhammad had pledged to each
other to be brothers. So according to their costoms Ayesha was
supposed to be like a niece to the Holy Prophet. Yet that did
not stop him to ask her hand even when she was only six years
But this moral relativist Prophet would use the same excuse to
reject a woman he did not like.
Bukhari V.7, B62, N. 37
Narrated Ibn 'Abbas:
It was said to the Prophet, "Won't you marry the daughter
of Hamza?" He said, "She is my foster niece
(brother's daughter). "
Hamza and Abu Bakr both were the foster
brothers of Muhammad. But Ayesha must have been too pretty for
the Prophet to abide by the codes of ethics and custom.
In the following Hadith he confided
to Ahesha that he had dreamed of her before soliciting her from
Allah's Apostle said to me, "You were shown to me twice (in
my dream) before I married you. I saw an angel carrying you in a
silken piece of cloth, and I said to him, 'Uncover (her),' and
behold, it was you. I said (to myself), 'If this is from Allah,
then it must happen.
Muhammad had actually such dream or he just said it to please
Ayesha is not the point. What matters here is that it indicates
that Ayesaha was a baby being “carried” by an angel when the
Prophet dreamed of her.
are numerous hadithes that explicitly reveal the age of Ayesha
at the time of her marriage. Here are some of them.
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 consumed that
marriage when she was nine years old.
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.
And in another Hadith we read.
Abu-Dawud Book 41, Number 4915, also
Number 4916 and
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.
In the above hadith we read that Ayesha was
swinging, This is a play of little girls not grown up people. The following Hadith is particularly
interesting because it shows that Ayesha was so small that was
not aware what was going on when the Holy Prophet
“surprised” her by going to her.
Bukhari Volume 7, Book 62, Number 90
When the Prophet married me, my mother came to me and made me
enter the house (of the Prophet) and nothing surprised me but
the coming of Allah's Apostle to me in the forenoon.
Must have been quite a surprise! But the following is also
interesting because it demonstrates that she was just a kid
playing with her dolls. Pay attention to what the interpreter
wrote in the parenthesis. (She was a little girl, not yet
reached the age of puberty)
Bukhari Volume 8, Book 73, Number 151
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)
Muslim Book 008, Number 3311
'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.
The holy Prophet died when he was
63. So he must have married Ayesha when he as 51 and went to her
when he was 54.
Bukhari Volume 8, Book 73, Number 33
I never felt so jealous of any woman as I did of Khadija, though
she had died three years before the Prophet married me, and that
was because I heard him mentioning her too often, and because
his Lord had ordered him to give her the glad tidings that she
would have a palace in Paradise, made of Qasab and because he
used to slaughter a sheep and distribute its meat among her
Khadija died in December of 619 AD. That is two years before
Hijra. At that time the Prophet was 51-years-old. So in the same
year that Khadija died the prophet married Ayesha and took her
to his home 3 years later, i.e. one year after Hijra. But until
she grow up he married Umm Salama.
In another part Ayesha claims that as long
as she remembers her parents were always Muslims.
Bukhari Volume 5, Book 58, Number 245
(the wife of the Prophet) I never remembered my parents
believing in any religion other than the true religion (i.e.
If Ayesha was older i.e. 16 or 18 as some
Muslims claim, she would have remembered the religion of her
parents prior to becoming Muslims.
Now someone may still claim that all these hadithes are lies.
People are free to say whatever they want. But truth is clear
like the Sun for those who have eyes.
No sane person would be aroused by a
9-year-old child. Decent people wince at the thought of this
shameful act. Yet some Muslims deny them. The question is why so
many followers of Muhammad would fabricate so many false
hadithes about the age of Ayisha, which incidentally confirm
I can tell you why people would attribute false miracles to
their prophet. Babis believe that Bab started to praise God as
soon as he was born. There is a Hadith like that also about
Muhammad. Christians believe the birth of the Christ was
miraculous and the Jews believe Moses opened a dry passageway
through the Red Sea. Believers love to hear these stories. It
confirms their faith. There are many absurd miracles attributed
to Muhammad in the hadiths, despite the fact that he denied
being able to perform any miracles.
But why should anyone fabricate a lie about the age of Ayisha
that would portray his Prophet as a pedophile?
When we say Muhammad had sex with 9 year old child, Muslims brush it away
and bring all sorts of excuses to justify this shameful act. This is the
nature of blind faith and cognitive dissonance. Maybe by visualizing it,
some of them will would come to their senses and realize how evil this fiend
they call prophet, was. There is not a single proof that this man was a
prophet while there are tons of evidences that he was an evil man.
For conclusive evidence that Muhammad
was a pedophile, please see