Child Marriages in Islam – Not “Pedophilia”
Early this year, a madrassa teacher and an imam of a mosque in Hatia Upazila, Noakhali (Bangladesh) were physically attacked by the Muslim community from allegedly trying to preventing a child marriage of a 13-year-old girl. While the practice of under-aged girls being married off to older men is not limited to the Islamic world, where the sharia is prevalent, even those of pre-pubescent girls tend to be common. Regrettably, this is something that has not been directly challenged by the international community. In January 2014, the UN in Geneva rightfully criticized the Roman Catholic Church for its negligence in handling the cases of child-sex-abuse by priests. Yet the same UN Human Rights Council continues to remain silent about the practice and public advocacy of female child-marriages in Muslim countries.
In the Islamic world, a female in her prepubescent years can be forced into a marriage with an older man, so long as her father or mother or male guardian consents to it. This, notwithstanding appeals such as that of Nada al-Ahdal, an eleven-year-old Yemenese, who in 2013 spoke from her own personal trauma when her mother tried to marry her off to an older man: “What about the innocence of childhood? What have the children done wrong? Why do you want to marry them off like that?…It’s not our fault. I’m not the only one. It can happen to any child. I’m better off dead. I’d rather die.”
Pedophilia is “an ongoing sexual attraction to pre-pubertal children.” Islamic doctrine validates such conduct under the pretense that it is not child abuse but a young girl’s capacity to live out her dignity as a woman. Despite many Islamic states prohibiting such matrimonial contracts, sharia courts have the power to override state laws. In various Islamic countries, a nine-year-old girl is not, according to sharia law, considered a child for she can already be considered to have reached the age of puberty. Justification of this is found from the hadith (the Sunna) of Sahih al-Bukhari:
Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) narrated: The Prophet married me when I was a girl of six (years)… while I was playing in a swing with some of my girl friends [my mother] 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…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.
In the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, despite recent opposition, there does not yet appear to be a minimum age limit in which a girl can be forced to marry a man. In 2009, the Issuing Fatwas Abdul Aziz Al-Sheikh upheld this practice: “It is incorrect to say that it [is] not permitted to marry off girls who are 15 and younger. A girl aged 10 or 12 can be married. Those who think she [is] too you are wrong and they are being unfair to her.… We hear a lot in the media about the marriage of underage girls. We should know that Sharia law has not brought injustice to women.”
In some places, such as the Islamic Republic of Iran, this observance has the approval of state law. In fact, its first Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini himself married a ten-year-old girl when he was twenty-eight. He called marriage to a prepubescent girl “a divine blessing” and advised the faithful, “Do your best to ensure that your daughters do not see their first blood in your house.” Khomeini’s justification was found in the Shi’ite hadith: “The Prophet entered upon ‘A’ishah when she was 10 years old, and that one does [not] enter [upon] a jaariyah [girl] until she became a woman.”
The notion of pedophilia as a deviant or disturbed sexuality did not exist in seventh-century Arabia. In fact, when Muhammad married Aisha, he was doing no less than what other men of his time were doing themselves. Islamic jurists try to get around this by saying that Aisha was nineteen or twenty years of age when Muhammad consummated his marriage with her. They argue that the hadiths are being misinterpreted, especially in light that they was written a couple of centuries after the Prophet’s death. Assuming that they are correct (although they fail to provide clear evidence to sustain their position), the hadith of al-Bukhari records that Aisha was allowed to have her dolls and would play with her:
“I used to play with the dolls in the presence of the Prophet, and my girlfriends 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.” Why then would she be allowed to play with dolls if she was not a child?
Muslims are quick to point out immorality in Western society, since it is in contradiction to the perfect and unalterable law of God. Whenever the moral character of the Prophet is scrutinized, especially with respect to his marriage with Aisha, Islamic scholars argue that marriage to prepubescent girls was common in biblical times. While this may be true, it has nothing to do with God endorsing the practice.
N.B. This article was originally published on May 6, 2019 on my blog
Mario Alexis Portella is author of Islam: Religion of Peace? – The Violation of Natural Rights and Western Cover-Up
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This male Muslim tradition of marring girls who are so very young that they are still children is common in Islamic nation’s .Such as Saudi Arabia and likewise in Iran.
The supreme Muslim clerics of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini when he married young girl of who was only ten. When into Islamic denial that he committed pedophilia by calling his child marriage “a divine blessing.”
Khomeini in his Muslim denial is dishonest as he can possibly be .For that’s just like scrapping the label “Cyanide off ajar of cyanide and replacing it with different label that has the words apple juice’’ printed on it . That in no way chances the deadly contents in the jar.
The same also applies to other Muslim men who marry girl/children.
Male Muslim marriage of an adult man to a young girl who is really only a child of common in the world of Islam. One of the “reasons” for this female child abuse in Islam is because of the corrupt and perverse wickedness in the hearts of men. This is seen and described in the Bible with reads “The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked; who can know it?” Jeremiah 17:9. [N.K.J.V.]
Furthermore, another “reason” girl/child marriages occur with middle aged and even old men is because the founder and prophet of Islam Muhammad married a child. Muslims throughout history as well as in current times actually view Muhammad as a “perfect man” and a “great example for them to follow.”
This well might prove the old saying to be true .The saying is that “Evil is always looking for an excuse.”
It’s also wise to remember prophet Muhammad did likewise engaged in brutal, ruthless murderous warfare. As do Muslim today such as the jihadist Muslim of ISIS, al Qaeda, Hezbollah Hamas. And so forth. Many that old saying, just sited above, also explains the excuse for Muslim terrorism in the world today.
Jesus Himself Taught “By their fruits you will know them.” Matthew 7:20. Which might explain the vile child “marriage” of Muhammad and his violent and deadly behavior .Likewise also explains the twenty- first century Muslims who in child marriages and blood and murderous violence of Islam .As they see the prophet Muhammad d as their example of who to follow.
With all this about the fruits of Islam along with fruits history reveals about the life of the prophet of Islam, Muhammad .It thus further appropriate to make known that it might be in keeping with teaching of Jesus that Muhammad could well have been an actual prophet . Nevertheless the very most important thing to understand is the Muhammad was not a prophet send by God . Instead Muhammad was a lying deceptive false prophet send by Satan to start a false religion to lead many people astray.
For Jesus taught “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.” Matthew 7:15.
Face_The_Truth – When you can’t formulate a coherent argument, resort to playground insults instead. It impresses everyone.
BTW The problem with Islam is not polygamy but polygyny!
Mario Alexis Portella’s headline: ‘Child Marriages in Islam — Not “Pedophilia”’
In Islam, Islam’s founder – Muhammad the Arabian — is considered the most perfect man ever walked or lived on earth!
Child marriage, polygamy and mandatory sexual slavery of non-believer captive females are three cornerstones of Islam, because “the most perfect man” (i.e., Islam’s founder Muhammad the Arabian) practiced them.
Mario Alexis Portella has to be a moron to not understand the basic principles of men-made doctrines of Islam, Christianism and Judaism.
World’s Muslims believe that, Islam is the only true religion on earth, which is just like world’s Christians believe that Jesus the Nazarene Jew was a sinless man.
For world’s Muslims, Soon’Nah (i.e., lifestyle of Islam’s founder Muhammad the Arabian) is more important than words of fictitious Islamic “Allah” inside al’Quran.
Because, to world’s Muslims, Muhammad the Arabian was chosen by fictitious Islamic “Allah” 1400 years ago in order to reveal the only true religion on earth.
Fictitious Islamic “Allah” did not choose Mario Alexis Portella for that matter!
Cancel quran.com/65/4 (ugliest ayah, beside 52/24 for young boys)
that allows divorce for pre-puberty girls of pedophile allah’ss 40/2 “perfected religion” 5/3 (-> 5/33, 41/28)