Islamic Child Marriage & Its Threat to Every Child

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One of the most disturbing facts about the Islamic religion is the relationship between nine-year-old Aisha to the prophet Muhammad when he was in his fifties

There is so much conflicting information and misunderstandings regarding the life and marriages of Muhammad available online today, that it is difficult and can be overwhelming for the average Westerner to sift through it all in order to come to any real conclusion.

It does not help the average and fair-minded person to be bombarded with the barrage of information out there from both sides of this important issue and thus, does little to help eliminate the confusion. In fact, the wealth of information out there simply tends to create more bewilderment and misconceptions. The problem for inquiring minds who want to get at the truth is they have no way of knowing where the information on any given website or news outlet originates from. Is it from Islamic extremists? Reputable scholars? Or writers who have very little knowledge on the subject?

I grew up forced to study and memorize Islamic doctrine all of my life. I lived through the nightmare of being a child bride, and I understand the faith at its most intimate and nightmarish level. I was witness to over a dozen child marriages, and my own grandmother was a child bride, giving birth to her first child at age 14.

I recognize the importance of sharing the truth about the child bride of Muhammad and its influence on Islamic culture and practices today.  Therefore, this article will focus on facts based on Islamic documentation and scholarly teachings in order to provide an unbiased, in-depth and logical answer to all the questions surrounding this child marriage. We will focus on facts in an effort to answer all questions about the subject of “child marriage” in Islam from the time of Muhammad to today’s modern Islam.

One of the first things that everyone must know is that Aisha was not 9 when Muhammad married her, she was, in fact, 6 years old. The following Hadith is from the most trusted and reliable book (SAHIH AL-BUKHARI) of Islam teaching. It is was narrated by Aisha herself:

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 girlfriends. 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 all right, 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. (Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 5, Book 58, Number 234)

Many Muslim scholars say this marriage was based on the good heart of Muhammad to save Aisha and wasn’t based on lust:

Narrated by Aisha:

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.’ Then you were shown to me, the 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.'” (Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 9, Book 87, Number 140; see also Number 139)

This pattern of Muhammad desiring a child for his wife doesn’t stop with Aisha.  Durrah bint Abi Salama was a second child, his step-daughter (daughter of Muhammad’s wife Hind), that Muhammad had his eyes on. But because it was forbidden (Quran 4:23) to marry her, he had to turn down the proposal.

Durrah bint Abi Salama was the daughter of Muhammad’s wife Hind. Another wife, Ramlah, noticed that Muhammad admired Durrah and asked if he intended to marry her. He replied that he could not marry his stepdaughter; and besides, her father had been his foster-brother. On the day Muhammad died, Durrah was only six years old. (Sahih Muslim, Book 008, Number 3412)

These are very disturbing historical facts for most people to realize that the prophet of Islam committed such an act and the understanding is difficult to even comprehend, even for many Muslims. The key reason such an act was and still is allowed in Islam can be seen in the Quran itself.  There is no actual mention of the age of marriage but rather a single verse to allow parents to decide the age of marriage (Interestingly, however, there is a full Surah about divorce)

Quran 4:6

Sahih International:

And test the orphans [in their abilities] until they reach marriageable age. Then if you perceive in them sound judgement, release their property to them. And do not consume it excessively and quickly, [anticipating] that they will grow up. And whoever, [when acting as guardian], is self-sufficient should refrain [from taking a fee]; and whoever is poor – let him take according to what is acceptable. Then when you release their property to them, bring witnesses upon them. And sufficient is Allah as Accountant.

As a result of the lack of reference in the Quran, the decision is always made based on Muhammad’s lifestyle of approval on any age marriage, but to refrain from consummating the marriage until age of puberty.

The clear and present danger of this tradition within Muslim communities is very real and it poses a real threat to Western society. According to Sharia in Islamic Republic of Iran, the legal age of marriage is 13 years for girls and 15 for boys. In Iran today, there is no age limit for marriage and is possible at any age. This is the practice of child marriage and is in fact the law of Iran. But the marriage of girls under 13 and boys under 15 years old is subject to permission and to interest at the discretion of the competent court. This means that marriage before puberty (9 years for girls and 15 years for boys) by the child’s (father and grandfather) permission is possible and legal.

The need to obtain court permission to marry children was added to Iranian law as of 2002, before that the permission was solely based on consent from a child’s Father or Grandfather. Currently, the penalty for failing to obtain permission of the court has been set.

The statistical study of marriage in Iran:

Based on statistics obtained on 2012, most marriages are between ages of 20 to 24 years for boys and ages of 15 to 19 years for girls. The figures also show the divorce rate for women has increased to 22. 5% and for men has increased to 32%.

The most crucial piece to the subject of child marriages citizens of Western civilizations need to understand is that these laws are based on Islamic Society and Sharia. The word Sharia itself means “law” and it is the supreme rule in Islamic tradition based on the teachings laid out in this article as evident within the Quran and subsequent Hadiths. This means in any country, regardless of the laws and constitutions of the land, within a Muslim family, there is a possibility of child bride, because Sharia overrides the law of the land. Again, we must understand any Islamic practicing Muslim who lives within any country, which allows Sharia, regardless of that country’s laws, Sharia will supersede.

There are already instances of Muslims practicing Sharia in the United States. Followers of Islam in America have tried to establish their own Sharia courts in some states. Instances of Mosque leaders creating separate laws for Muslims in the Untied States have been attempted and met with angry protest from Muslims when shut down with state courts rulings against such practices.

Some states within the United States have already banned Sharia. However the practices continue to be present in many Muslim communities. The West cannot underestimate the clear and present danger Islam and Sharia pose to the most innocent in our communities. Our ignorance about these events cannot continue. Americans need to take the time to learn about the ideology of Islam and its origins in order prevent horrific crimes against children in our country.

We have heard Muslim apologists claim there is no difference between Sharia and U.S. law. This is simply false, and a dangerous belief. By examining the belief and doctrines of Islamic Muslims, we can more fully understand how Sharia is in direct conflict with our Untied States Constitution.

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9 Responses to Islamic Child Marriage & Its Threat to Every Child

  1. David says:

    Thank you Aynaz!

  2. Joshua Hall says:

    Hey Anni I just finished reading your article. You’re AMAZING and INCREDIBLY STRONG to be able to endure so much pain and still stand. You are my inspiration to stand strong in the face of adversity when America collapses I would love to meet you sometime my cell is 909-246-2356

    • john says:

      Thank you Anni for the testimony of your horrible childhood. Your story needs to be made into a Movie and seen by all Americans, and every where in the entire world in all languages.
      Keep up the good work. We need you more then we know.

  3. J. Salmon says:

    Thanks for working so hard to make people aware of these atrocities committed against women. So often those of us who aren’t fully informed allow political correctness confuse hide the truth you know from first hand experience. God bless you and your freedom fighters for championing to make the world a better place for us all – and the generations to come!!

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  7. Diana says:

    One small correction: where did you read that consummation should not be until puberty? This is a misrepresentation by Westernised Muslims who are desperately trying to whitewash the situation.

    Quran 65:4 specifies that it is possible to divorce a prepubescent wife. The context can only refer to a consummated marriage because it refers to the three-month waiting period. Quran 33:49 clarifies that there is no waiting period if the marriage has not been consummated.

    There is plenty of evidence that Aisha did NOT reach puberty until more than five years AFTER the consummation of her marriage to Muhammad. Tabari also spells out that Caliph Umar consummated his marriage with ten-year-old Umm Kulthum despite the reluctance of her father Ali “because she had not reached puberty”.

    If there are Muslim communities today who marry off infant daughters but delay the consummation until menarche, we can only be glad that they at least have that much sense. It proves they know better than Muhammad himself. Unfortunately, there are other communities who have no such scruples. They reason that what was good enough for Muhammad must be good enough for them.

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