SAUDI IMAM SAYS MARRYING LITTLE GIRLS IS FINE BECAUSE “PROPHET MUHAMMAD APPROVED IT”

 on Wednesday, 11 January 2017  

Riyadh | Saudi Arabia’s religious leader, Sheikh Abdulaziz Al Asheikh, said on national TV yesterday that he did not condemn marriage with children because “prophet Muhammad did so”, reports the Riyadh Times this morning.

The Grand Mufti described the marriage of girls below the age of 15 as “permissible” because according to the Quran, the prophet Muhammad married Aisha, the youngest of his thirteen wives, when she was only six years old.

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After a man from the crowd asked him what was the proper age for a young girl to be married, the Grand Mufti cited the prophet as an example.

“Our Holy Prophet was divinely inspired by Allah, the most gracious the most merciful, and in his great wisdom, Muhammad found it fair to take Aisha as a bride when she was but a child. Allah bless her soul,” he told the crowd of believers.

When asked about the proper age for a young girl to marry, Saudi Arabia’s religious leader implied that since the prophet Muhammad took a six-year-old for a wife, it is a proper thing to do

Married at six-years-old

Middle Eastern scholar, Myriam Cerrah, acknowledges that the Quran is clear about the age of marriage of Aisha with the prophet of the Islamic faith.

“It is clearly stated in the Quran 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” she explains.

According to the Quran, Muhammad sought to marry the young woman after dreaming of her multiple times. “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,” reads the Quran.

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Pedophilia is a “modern Western social construct”, warns Islamic scholar Sahid Zamir, which was spread by Western culture and does not apply to most people of the world.

“Who is to say at what age a girl is fit to marry? The United Nations or the Quran, which is Allah’s revelation through our prophet Muhammad to the world? I think the choice is pretty obvious,” he admits.

“All girls do not become fit for marriage at the same age. It is a question of maturity, and in the case of Aisha, wife of Muhammad, it is clear that she was a gifted individual and that is why Allah sent Muhammad towards her to bind their destinies together,” he concludes.

There are presently no laws in place defining a minimum age of consent in Saudi Arabia, though the Ministry of Justice submitted a proposal in 2011 to limit the marriage age of women to 15 years old and the kingdom’s Shoura Council was also reported to recommend the introduction of an age limit, nothing concrete has been heard since.


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