India: Fatwa Bans Hindus From Entering Muslim Majority Village


Rammeshwaram Temple

Rammeshwaram Temple

[Daily Pioneer] Ramanathapuram district, 527 km south of Chennai, which houses Rameswaram Temple and many holy shrines, is getting out of bound for outsiders. Local Jamaath Councils have issued ‘fatwas’ declaring Muslim-majority villages out of bound for people even from the district itself.

Entrances to Athiyuthu, Puthuvalassai, Panaikulam, Azhagankulam and Sitharkottai sport such boards, all put up by the local Jamaath Councils. “There are boards deep inside these villages which declare outsiders are not allowed,” said B Arumugam, who acted as a guide to this correspondent. Interestingly, all these villages have a strong Muslim population.

“Advertising (banners, posters and pamphlets) and honking (from vehicles) without permission is prohibited inside the Panchayath. By Order – Muslim Jamaath Thajul Islam Sangh, Pottakavayal”, is the board which welcomes the visitor to the village entrance on the Attrankarai Road, hardly 10 kilometre from Ramanathapuram town. “For the last 20 years, only Muslim candidates had been elected from this constituency. Only Muslims could be elected from this Assembly constituency,” said N Suriyaprakash, a civil engineer-turned-politician.

Ramanathapuram is represented in the Tamil Nadu Assembly by MH Jawahirullah of the Muslaim Munnetra Kazhagam (MMK), an Islamic outfit. The MMK was an ally of the AIADMK in the 2011 Assembly election and switched over to the DMK camp during the July 2012 Rajya Sabha election. “Both the Dravida parties are responsible for this sad state of affairs,” said Kuppuramu, a lawyer. He said the DMK, the Congress and the AIADMK, in order to appease the minorities look the other way when Islamic fundamentalists unleash a reign of terror.

Kuppuramu took this reporter to Pamban, a village near Rameswaram island, the birth place of Pamban Swami, a great Saivite saint. The Panchayath road has a board put by the Islamic extremists banning outsiders from the road: “Not a public thoroughfare. Ladies move about in this place,” says the board.

Pamban Swamy (1848-1929), who preached love, compassion, kindness and equality, would be turning in his grave if he comes to know what his successors have done in his place of birth. The Hindu community is a scared lot because of the ever growing Islamic extremism in the district. “During the DMK regime in 2008, some Muslim youths hoisted the national flag with chappals at Vethalai village. The case was hushed up by Hassan Ali, the then MLA of the Congress,” said Kuppuramu. He said there was another instance of tricolour with chappals being hoisted in Puthumadom village which too was hushed up Hassan Ali.

Efforts to contact the district collector and superintendent of police were futile. Though e-mails were sent to both the officials, there were no replies. “The collector is busy in meeting senior officials. We are yet to check the mail,” Dharman, his personal secretary told The Pioneer on being asked about the email.

R Nataraj, former director general of police, Tamil Nadu, said it was not proper to put up such boards. “I don’t think even the government has the power to put up such boards. But we have to find out why they have put up boards like this,” said Nataraj. BR Haran, a political commentator, and Gowthaman, director of  Vedic Science Research Centre, Chennai, who accompanied this reporter to the spots, were told by villagers of Azhagankulam that they have no other way but to fall in line. “We can never survive here without their cooperation. We are all businessmen and why should we bother about such boards?” asked Nithyanandam, a building contractor at Azhagankulam.

The villagers are still in a state of shock as some Muslim youth slaughtered a cow in front of the Muneeswarankoil Temple. “The Jamaath Council president and secretary told us that they were helpless as the youth would not listen to them,” said Senthilvel, a foreign exchange dealer in the village. Suba Nagarajan, a BJP leader in Ramanathapuram, said the Muslims in the district are on a warpath with the Hindus since 1981. “Religious conversion and smuggling are rampant in the district. Panna Ismail and Bilal Mohammed, who murdered Hindu leader Vellaiyappan in July 2013 at Vellore had come to Keezhakarai after the murder. The police should probe the details of their visit to Keezhakarai,” he said.

According to Kuppuramu, nearly 50 per cent of the business establishments in Ramanathapuram are owned by members of the Musilm community. “A Hindu can launch his business only if he gets approval from the Muslim community. This is an unwritten rule in the district,” said Kuppuramu. He said his efforts to meet the superintendent of police ended in futile as the officer was busy most of the time.

The local population is of the view that Chief Minister Jayalalithaa is the only person who could solve this fundamentalism tangle. “She made the police track down the killers of Hindu leaders by constituting the Special Investigation Division. The same SID may be able to resolve this issue,” said Shiva Thavasimani, Hindu Munnani leader.

 

4 thoughts on “India: Fatwa Bans Hindus From Entering Muslim Majority Village

  1. Was Aisha really 9 years old when she married the Prophet? I don’t believe this. This is a lie. True traditions tell us that she was some 20 years of age when he became the wife of the humblest person in human history ever. I can even debate on this issue.

    • HOW IGNORANT ARE MOHAMMEDANS?

      “Modest Muslim
      December 19, 2013 at 8:58 am

      Was Aisha really 9 years old when she married the Prophet? I don’t believe this. This is a lie. True traditions tell us that she was some 20 years of age when he became the wife of the humblest person in human history ever. I can even debate on this issue”.

      OK, YOU IGNORANT SHIIA KUFFER, MODEST MUSLIM:

      ALLAH’S ARITHMETIC:

      54 INTO 9 GOES NICELY

      In everything notable, the representatives of the Islamic Cult accuse outsiders of their lack of morality, skills, or whatever. When it comes to perversions such as thighing, sodomy et al – with toddlers! – their rejection are fierce but all in vain. – We (in the civilized West) know about the Mohammedans vicious tendencies. They don’t have to log in their “taqqiyah” (allowed lies). Muslims always blame non-Muslims for their dirty behavior. And if they cannot blame non-Muslims, Sunni’s blame Shia’s and Shia’s blame Sunni’s. But both savages follow the same fascist ideology and the same warlord. In Saudi Arabia The Permanent Committee For Scientific Research And Religious Sanctions claimed Mufa’ Khathat (thighing/incest) is imported to their countries through “foreign films”. Imported by whom? It is a practice dating back over 1,400 years and committed by the very creator of Islam: Mohammed himself and his followers. What films did they import? There is no foreign element responsible for Muslim sodomy of infants at all. Nor is there any foreign influence for Muslim marriage of children. It’s pure Islam.
      Everything immoral can always be turned upside down by the use of their infamous Koran and the unholy “prophet”

      A marriage is engaged in by 2 consenting adults.
      Do you really believe a 9 year old child would desire to marry a 54 year old man?
      Do you think that is what she would choose?
      Do you think a 9 year old girl would desire to have sex with a 54 year old?

      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” of Mecca married Aisha when she was 6-years-old and consummated his marriage with her when she was 9. He was then, 54 years old.

      MUHAMMAD: HIS SEX LIFE, SEX ABUSE & CHILD MOLESTING

      Muslims believe that the Koran is the eternal word/laws of god to acts as a divine guidance for mankind about how to live a moral, righteous life. Prophet Muhammad, the highest perfection of human life and the prototype of the most wonderful human conduct in Islamic belief, emulated the guidance of Allah perfectly. Let us investigate how did the prophet live Islam; how did the prophet apply the eternal teachings of God in his daily life? In this search for the historical Muhammad, we will utilize the Islam’s holy books, its own writings.

      THE PERFECT MUSLIM

      And surely thou hast sublime morals
      (Surat Al-Qalam 68:4).

      Ye have indeed in the Messenger of Allah an excellent exemplar
      (Surat Al-Ahzab 33:21).

      Muslims believe that the Koran is the eternal word/laws of god to acts as a divine guidance for mankind about how to live a moral, righteous life. Prophet Muhammad, the highest perfection of human life and the prototype of the most wonderful human conduct in Islamic belief, emulated the guidance of Allah perfectly.

      MUHAMMAD’S MOLESTATION OF BABY AISHA

      Muhammad fantasized about baby Aisha before soliciting her from her father.
      Sahih Bukhari 9.140
      Narrated ‘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.

      AISHA’S FATHER DID NOT APPROVE AT FIRST

      Aisha’s father, Abu Bakr, wasn’t on board at first, but Muhammad explained how the rules of their religion made it possible. This is similar to the way that present-day cult leaders manipulate their followers into similar concessions.
      Sahih Bukhari 7.18
      Narrated ‘Ursa:
      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.”

      MUHAMMAD, 50, MARRIES BABY AISHA AGE 6

      Sahih Bukhari volume 5, book 58, number 234
      Narrated Aisha: the prophet engaged (married) 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 alright, 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 bukhari volume 8, book 73, number 151
      Narrated ‘Aisha: 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)
      Muhammad’s father in law, Umar bin Khattab, the second rightly guided khalifa, married even a younger child, Umm Kulthum. Umm Khultum was about 4-5 years old when she was married. Umar was certainly not doing wrong according to Islam, Muhammad once said that even the devil would step aside when he met Umar on an alley. Islam is indeed the true religion for pedophiles, rapists, sadistics etc.

      Sahih 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.

      Sahih Bukhari Volume 7, Book 62, Number 64
      Narrated ‘Aisha:
      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).

      Sahih Bukhari Volume 7, Book 62, Number 65
      Narrated ‘Aisha:
      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)’

      Sahih Bukhari Volume 7, Book 62, Number 88
      Narrated ‘Ursa:
      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.

      Sahih Bukhari 7.18
      Narrated ‘Ursa:
      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 customs Ayesha was supposed to be like a niece to the “Holy Prophet” of Mecca. Yet that did not stop him asking Abu Bakr for her hand, even when she was only six years old.

      But this moral relativist “Holy Prophet” of Mecca would use the same excuse to reject a woman he did not like.

      Sahih 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 “Holy Prophet” of Mecca to abide by the codes of ethics and custom.
      In the following Hadith he confided to Aisha that he had dreamed of her before soliciting her from her father.

      Sahih Bukhari 9.140
      Narrated ‘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.

      Whether Muhammad had actually such a dream or he just said it to please Aisha is not the point. What matters here is that it indicates that Aisha was a baby being “carried” by an angel when the Prophet dreamed of her.

      There are numerous hadithes that explicitly reveal the age of Ayesha at the time of her marriage. Here are some of them.

      Sahih Bukhari 5.236.
      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.

      Sahih Bukhari 5.234
      Narrated Aisha:
      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.

      Sunan Abu-Dawud Book 41, Number 4915, also Number 4916 and Number 4917
      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 Aisha was swinging, This is a play of little girls not grown up people. The following Hadith is particularly interesting because it shows that Aisha was so small that was not aware what was going on when the Holy Prophet “surprised” her by going to her.

      Sahih Bukhari Volume 7, Book 62, Number 90
      Narrated Aisha:
      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)

      Sahih Bukhari Volume 8, Book 73, Number 151
      Narrated ‘Aisha:
      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)

      Sahih 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 Aisha when he as 51 and went to her when he was 54.

      Sahih Bukhari Volume 8, Book 73, Number 33
      Narrated ‘Aisha:
      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 friends.

      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 Aisha and took her to his home 3 years later, i.e. one year after Hijra. But until she “grew up” he married Umm Salama.
      In another part Aisha claims that as long as she remembers her parents were always Muslims.

      Sahih Bukhari Volume 5, Book 58, Number 245
      Narrated ‘Aisha:
      (the wife of the Prophet) I never remembered my parents believing in any religion other than the true religion (i.e. Islam),
      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 6-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 Aisha, which incidentally confirm each other?

      MUHAMMAD WOULD THIGH WITH BABY AISHA

      HOW TO THIGH & GET HIGH

      Now let us see how thighing is practiced on a female child & who began this evil practice. According to an official Fatwa issued in Saudi Arabia, the prophet Muhammad began to practice thighing his child-bride, Aisha when she was 6 years old until she reached 9 years of age (Fatwa No. 31409). The hadith mentioned the prophet Muhammad started performing literal sex with Aisha ONLY when she reached the age of 9 (Sahih al-Bukhari, book 62, hadith No. 89).

      Muslim scholars collectively agree, a child becomes an adult, available for sexual intercourse as soon as she reaches the age of nine. Likewise, the Shari’a allows any of the faithful to marry a six-year-old child.

      According to the fatwa, the prophet Muhammad could not have sex with his fiancée, Aisha when she was six due to her small size & age. However, the fatwa said that at age six, he would put his penis between her thighs and massage it gently because he did not want to harm her.

      Imagine a man of 51 removing the clothes of a 6-year-old girl and slipping his erect penis between her thighs, rubbing her until he ejaculated and his semen ran down her thighs. To this day, this is considered a benevolent act on the part of the adult male “not wanting to harm her.” What harm could be inflicted upon a young girl mentally and emotionally if not a grown man showing her his penis and stripping her of her clothes and rubbing his male organ between her legs?

      Of course the twisted mind that does such an evil to a female child, would not hesitate to ejaculate on her body. And if this sexually perverted evil frame of mind committed such an act upon a child, the pedophile would not stop at ejaculating on her. His evil desire would go further and rape the child before she was a mature adult. This is exactly what Muhammad did to Aisha when she was yet a child of 9.

      Before she reached puberty, he began to have sex with her. Let us see what the fatwa said about the prophet of Islam and his child-bride, Aisha.”Praise be to Allah and peace be upon the one after whom there is no [further] prophet. After the permanent committee for the scientific research and fatwas (religious decrees) reviewed the question presented to the grand Mufti Abu Abdullah Muhammad Al-Shamari, with reference number 1809 issued on 3/8/1421(Islamic calendar).

      The inquirer asked the following: ‘It has become wide spread these days, and especially during weddings, the habit of mufakhathat of the children (mufakhathat literally translated means “placing between the thighs of children” which means placing the male erected penis between the thighs of a child). What is the opinion of scholars knowing full well that the prophet, the peace and prayers of Allah be upon him, also practiced the “thighing” of Aisha – the mother of believers ?’

      After the committee studied the issue, they gave the following reply: ‘It has not been the practice of the Muslims throughout the centuries to resort to this unlawful practice that has come to our countries from pornographic movies that the kofar (infidels) and enemies of Islam send. As for the Prophet, peace and prayers of Allah be upon him, thighing his fiancée Aisha. She was six years of age and he could not have intercourse with her due to her small age.

      That is why the prophet peace and prayers of Allah be upon him placed his penis between her thighs and massaged it lightly, as the apostle of Allah had control of his penis not like other believers'” (Fatwa No. 31409).

      Thighing of children is practiced in many Arab and Muslim countries, notably in Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Iran, and the Gulf countries. Also evil practices like altamatu’a bil almuka’aba (pleasure from sexual contact with her breasts), altamatu’a bil alsagirah (pleasure from sexual contact with a baby girl), altamatu’a bil alradi’ah, (pleasure from sexual contact with a suckling female infant), (Reported by Baharini Women’s Rights Activist, Ghada Jamshir)

      AISHA WASHING SEMEN FROM MUHAMMAD’S CLOTHES

      From the Hadith of Bukhari:

      Volume 1, Book 4, Number 229:

      Narrated ‘Aisha:

      I used to wash the traces of Janaba (semen) from the clothes of the Prophet and he used to go for prayers while traces of water were still on it (water spots were still visible).

      Volume 1, Book 4, Number 231:

      Narrated Sulaiman bin Yasar:

      I asked ‘Aisha about the clothes soiled with semen. She replied, “I used to wash it off the clothes of Allah’s Apostle and he would go for the prayer while water spots were still visible. ”

      Volume 1, Book 4, Number 232:

      Narrated ‘Amr bin Maimun:

      I heard Sulaiman bin Yasar talking about the clothes soiled with semen. He said that ‘Aisha had said, “I used to wash it off the clothes of Allah’s Apostle and he would go for the prayers while water spots were still visible on them.

      Volume 1, Book 4, Number 233:

      Narrated ‘Aisha:

      I used to wash the semen off the clothes of the Prophet and even then I used to notice one or more spots on them.

      From the Hadith of Bukhari:

      Volume 1, Book 4, Number 229:

      Narrated ‘Aisha:

      I used to wash the traces of Janaba (semen) from the clothes of the Prophet and he used to go for prayers while traces of water were still on it (water spots were still visible).

      Volume 1, Book 4, Number 230:

      Narrated ‘Aisha:

      as above (229).

      Volume 1, Book 4, Number 231:

      Narrated Sulaiman bin Yasar:

      I asked ‘Aisha about the clothes soiled with semen. She replied, “I used to wash it off the clothes of Allah’s Apostle and he would go for the prayer while water spots were still visible. ”

      Volume 1, Book 4, Number 232:

      Narrated ‘Amr bin Maimun:

      I heard Sulaiman bin Yasar talking about the clothes soiled with semen. He said that ‘Aisha had said, “I used to wash it off the clothes of Allah’s Apostle and he would go for the prayers while water spots were still visible on them.

      Volume 1, Book 4, Number 233:

      Narrated ‘Aisha:

      I used to wash the semen off the clothes of the Prophet and even then I used to notice one or more spots on them.

      MUHAMMAD RESERVED BABY AISHA FOR HIMSELF, BECAUSE SHE WAS A VIRGIN & HE WANTED A VIRGIN.

      Sahih al-Bukhari, volume 7, book 62, number 17
      Narrated jabir bin ‘abdullah:
      When I got married, Allah’s apostle said to me, “what type of lady have you married?” I replied, “I have married a matron.” he said, “why, don’t you have a liking for the virgins and for fondling them?” Jabir also said: Allah’s apostle said, “why didn’t you marry a young girl so that you might play with her and she with you?”
      Hence, Muhammad’s comments indicate that his reason for marrying Aisha while a young virgin is so that he could fondle and sexually play with her!

      AISHA WAS NOT THE ONLY BABY GIRL MUHAMMAD FANTASIZED ABOUT

      In the classic history, Sirat Rasul Allah (The Life of Muhammad) by Ibn Ishaq, there is an account in which Muhammad expressed a marital interest in a crawling baby. This event seems to have occurred around the time of the battle of of Badr, when he was about 55 years old. He had married Aisha two years earlier, when he was 53 years of age.
      (Suhayli, ii. 79: in the Riwaya of Yunus i. I. Recorded that the apostle saw her (Ummu’lfadl) when she was a baby crawling before him and said,
      ‘if she grows up and I am still alive I will marry her.’
      but he died before she grew up and sufyan b. Al-aswad b. ‘Abdu’l-asad al-Makhzumi married her and she bore him rizq and lubab… [Ibn Ishaq, The Life of Muhammad, Karachi, p. 311]
      Muhammad saw Um Habiba the daughter of Abbas while she was fatim (age of nursing) and he said, “if she grows up while I am still alive, I will marry her.” (Musnad Ahmad, number 25636)

      MUHAMMAD WOULD BATH & FONDLE AISHA

      Bukhari (6:298) – Muhammad would take a bath with the little Aisha and fondle her.
      Narrated ‘Aisha:
      The prophet and I used to take a bath from a single pot while we were junub. During the menses, he used to order me to put on an izar (dress worn below the waist) and used to fondle me. While in itikaf, he used to bring his head near me and I would wash it while I used to be in my periods (menses).

      MUHAMMAD CONSUMMATED HIS MARRIAGE TO BABY AISHA, WHEN SHE WAS 9

      Sunaan abu Dawud: book 11, number 2161:
      Narrated Aisha, Ummul Mu’minin:
      I and the apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) used to lie in one cloth at night while I was menstruating. If anything from me smeared him, he washed the same place (that was smeared), and did not wash beyond it. If anything from him smeared his clothe, he washed the same place and did not wash beyond that, and prayed with it (i.e. The clothe).

      MUHAMMAD WOULD SEXUALLY ABUSE HIS WIVES

      Bukhari (6:300) – Muhammad’s wives had to be available for the prophet’s fondling even when they were having their menstrual period.
      Bukhari volume 1, book 6, number 299:
      Narrated ‘Abdur-rahman bin al-Aswad:
      …(on the authority of his father) ‘Aisha said: “Whenever Allah’s apostle wanted to fondle anyone of us during her periods (menses), he used to order her to put on an izar and start fondling her.” ‘Aisha added, “None of you could control his sexual desires as the prophet could.”

      WOMEN ARE SEXUAL OBJECTS

      Allah promoted this abusive sexual behavior:
      “Your women are a tilth for you (to cultivate) so go to your tilth as ye will” [Koran 2:223]
      Koran (2:223) likens a woman to a field (tilth), to be used by a man as he wills. In this verse, Allah also gives divine sanction for anal sex.
      According to Islam, Muhammad is the perfection of humanity and the prototype of the most wonderful human conduct. He had sex with Aisha at the age of nine, which amounts to rape of a minor. He also left behind an enduring legacy for aged Muslim men to fulfill their carnal desires contrary to natural law and to the life-long devastation of young girls.

      ALLAH PROMOTES PEDOPHILIA

      Quran 65.4 “and those of your women as have passed the age of monthly courses, for them the ‘iddah (prescribed divorce period), if you have doubts (about their periods), is three months, and for those who have no courses [(i.e. They are still immature) their ‘iddah (prescribed period) is three months likewise, except in case of death] . And for those who are pregnant (whether they are divorced or their husbands are dead), their ‘iddah (prescribed period) is until they deliver (their burdens) (give birth) and whosoever fears Allah and keeps his duty to him, he will make his matter easy for him.”
      Sura (65:4) lays down rules for divorce and sets the prescribed period for divorce. It clearly says, Muslim men can marry (and divorce) little girls who have not yet reached menstruation age. This means that Muslim men were allowed to marry baby girls. This is the eternal word of god. This is an eternal law of Allah. All Muslims must believe in this teaching. Otherwise, they are no longer Muslims but apostates of Islam.

      ALLAH ORDAINS RAPE

      “All married women (are forbidden unto you) save those (captives) whom your right hands possess.” 4:24

      You can have sex with slaves women captured in war (with whom you may rape or do whatever you like).
      Muhammad established an appalling precedent for abuse of young girls which is continued to be nurtured by the Muslim faithful. For example, Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran gave a fatwa about Quran 65.4:
      “A man can marry a girl younger than nine years of age, even if the girl is still a baby being breastfed. A man, however is prohibited from having intercourse with a girl younger than nine, other sexual acts such as foreplay, rubbing, kissing and sodomy is allowed. A man having intercourse with a girl younger than nine years of age has not committed a crime, but only an infraction, if the girl is not permanently damaged. If the girl, however, is permanently damaged, the man must provide for her all her life. But this girl will not count as one of the man’s four permanent wives. He also is not permitted to marry the girl’s sister.”

      THIS IS NOW SUNNAH, BUT IS IT MORAL?

      Aisha was 9 lunar years old or 8 years 9 months old according to solar years when Muhammad slept with her. This is a fact demonstrated by a great number of hadiths. There is no controversy in that. There has never been until now that some of the Muslims have come in contact with western values and are ashamed to admit that their Prophet could commit such an indecency. They deny the facts and have made it a controversy. The majority of Muslims still have no problem with the young age of the Aisha and they ridicule these Modern day “moral relativists” who are twisting the truth to please the morality of the westerners.

      Only a few years ago Sheikh Baaz in Saudi Arabia issued a fatwa that any one who said the Earth is round is Kafir. Obviously this did not go very far but he started a controversy. So what is your opinion about the shape of the Earth? Would you stay out of it because it is a controversial issue? How about the evolution? There are many Muslims as well as Christians who do not agree with evolution. They believe in the Biblical and Quranic fables of Adam and Eve and the creation. This is a big controversy. Are you going to stay away from it? Is it a none-issue for you? Almost everything under the Sun is a controversial issue. From the death penalty to hunting, from spending money for space exploration to aiding the poor countries, everything is a controversy. Even the very subject of religion is a controversial issue. So you cannot walk away from responsibility when you are faced with controversies.

      I agree that morality is relative and we should not judge the ancient people’s morality with our modern morality.

      Obviously we all cringe when we think of pedophilia and acknowledge that it is a shameful act of immorality. But during the time of Muhammad, and even today in some Islamic countries, marrying a 9-year-old child is not immoral. In fact Aisha was given to Muhammad with the consent of her parents and no one raised an eyebrow. The question is, if having sexual intercourse with a nine year old child was not deemed bad and therefore was not considered immoral, was it ok? Not everything that a society accepts as moral is right. Having sex with a minor may not have been immoral for Arabs 1400 years ago, but it is now, as it was then, unethical. Moralities are defined by circumstances, but ethics transcend time and space. They are rooted in logics. Morality can vary from culture to culture, from time to time and from person to person. Who is to determine what is moral and what is not? “

      Having sex with a minor may not have been immoral for Muhammad and his contemporaries in that uncivilized culture, but it was ethically wrong.

      If Muhammad was a messenger of God or an honorable man, as he made his Allah to proclaim him thus, he should have known that what he was doing was dishonorable and unethical. And that this practice would become SUNNAH.

      Although it is true that in the past people married at very young age. And it is also true that occasionally wealthy old men married very young girls. We have to realize that these people acted on their culture. We do not condemn them for they did not know better. What they did was the norm.

      But we do condemn those cultures.

      However, we cannot forgive with the same amnesty those who claimed to be the standard of rectitude amongst mankind. If average people could not distinguish the right from the wrong, the messengers of God, if they were from God, should have known better. If their claim was true, if their knowledge was divine, if they were inspired, they should not have followed the tradition of their people but should have set the example. Muhammad followed the morality of his people. But that morality was ethically wrong. He claimed to be the best human and the last messenger of God. According to him God has said to people all he wanted to say in the Quran and his religion is complete. There is no more guidance to come and his examples and teachings are all we need to know and follow for eternity. Yet what he did and said, under the light of modern values prove to be very wrong.

      Now we realize that we cannot live by his examples any more, nor can we practice his teachings. Our morality has changed. We would certainly put a man in jail if he wanted to follow the Sunnah of the “Holy Prophet” of Meccap in this day and age and “marry” a 9-year-old child.

      We would not allow someone to take people as slaves or trade in slavery as Muhammad did.

      If we cannot follow the morality of Muhammad any more, if what he said and did do not fit in this modern day, why do we need Muhammad? What part of his teachings should we accept and what part should we discard? Who will determine that? This is an important question. If Muslims give themselves the freedom to pick and choose the teachings that most suit them, they should give the same freedom to others.
      Suppose Muslims believe that marriage to a minor should be outlawed, or you do not feel that polygyny is appropriate any more for this day and age.

      Suppose Muslims disagree with slavery, male or female circumcision, beating of the wives and do not believe in Jihad any more.

      Suppose Muslims prefer to concentrate on other parts of Islam that they like, e.g. Salat, Zikat, Haj, etc.

      This is their choice.

      But can they deny other Muslims whose choices are distinct from theirs?

      How could these Muslims stop a Muslim who wants to follow those teachings of Islam that they consider outdated? By what authority can they dissuade one who wants to spread Islam by Jihad, like Muhammad did? How can they prohibit themm not to assault sexually a 9-year-old child by marrying her? What would they say to a Muslim who wishes to marry up to four wives and decides to punish them by beating them if they are disobedient, as the “Holy Prophet” of Mecca instructed them to do?

      If they use logic in picking the teachings that are best, they are saying that logic is superior to revelation and therefore they are subscribing to the freethinker’s way of thinking not Muhammad’s.

      Many Islamic countries have realized that true Islam is impractical. Very few of them can practice it faithfully; they all have modified it to certain extent and have incorporated secularism into their laws to make life bearable. Those that do follow Islam are Hell on Earth. Interestingly the civility and the progress of these countries are proportionate to the level of their secularization. In the Middle Ages, when religion had plunged Europe into the Dark Ages, Islamic countries were progressive and prosperous. This was possible because of the tolerance of the rulers of those days, their independence from the Mosque and their disinterest to implement Islam.

      Zakaria Ar-Razi, one of the greatest minds of Islamic world, attacked religion in general and Islam in particular with a force unthinkable in this day. He wrote:

      “The prophets—these Billy goats with long beards, cannot claim any intellectual or spiritual superiority. These Billy goats pretend to come with a message from God, all the while exhausting themselves in spouting their lies, and imposing on the masses blind obedience to the “words of the master.” The miracles of the prophets are impostures, based on trickery, or the stories regarding them are lies. The falseness of what all the prophets say is evident in the fact that they contradict one another: one affirms what the other denies, and yet each claims to be the sole depository of the truth; thus the New Testament contradicts the Torah, the Koran the New Testament. As for the Koran, it is but an assorted mixture of “absurd and inconsistent fables,” which has ridiculously been judged inimitable, when, in fact, its language, style, and its much vaunted “eloquence” are far from being faultless. Custom, tradition, and intellectual laziness lead men to follow their religious leaders blindly. Religions have been the sole cause of the bloody wars that have ravaged mankind. Religions have also been resolutely hostile to philosophical speculation and to scientific research. The so-called holy scriptures are worthless and have done more harm than good, whereas the “writings of the ancients like Plato, Aristotle, Euclid, and Hippocrates have rendered much greater service to humanity.”

      THIS KIN D OF CRITICISM OF ISLAM TODAY, WOULD CARRY THE DEATH SENTENCE!

      Can any intellectual speak so freely against Islam calling the prophets “Billy Goats” as Ar-Razi called them disdainfully in these days and live? Does the fatwa against Salman Rushdie ring a bell? It is clear that in those days of the golden age of Islam, Islamic countries enjoyed a freedom and a level of secularization that has since disappeared. And along with that, the glory of Islamic world also has ebbed. Islam can be used as an index of barbarity and backwardness.

      The more a country applies Islam, the more uncivilized and uncultured it becomes.

      I have no doubt that if Islam was eliminated completely, we’ll regain the past glory of those secular days and even surpass it. There is no reason to believe that the black-eyed race of Middle East is inferior to the blue-eyed Europeans. The number of Middle Eastern scientists, academics and scholars in the West is an indication that given the opportunity they are no less intelligent than any other race. The reason that they are backward, uncivilized and barbaric in their native countries is because Islam has taken away their dignity, humanity and intelligence. Islam has brainwashed them, and like a drug has damaged the minds of their people.

      SAVAGE ARABS & THEIR CULT

      Bukhari:V5B59N459 “I entered the Mosque, saw Abu, sat beside him and asked about sex. Abu Said said, “We went out with Allah’s Apostle and we received female slaves from among the captives. We desired women and we loved to do coitus interruptus.”

      Do you think a female prisoner would desire to have sex with the very people responsible for the murder/beheading of her husband, father brother and/or son?

      • Lucky, you a sad excuse in the name of human being! 😀 How childish are you! How ignorant are you! I even challenged you for a debate but all you did was to repeat the same propaganda you copied and then pasted here. Aisha was not 9 years old when she married the Prophet. The new research sheds some light on this ancient controversy. Even many classic scholars of Islam doubted on the authenticity of this false and absurd tradition. First of all, these traditions are narrated from Aisha herself and she’s not a strong narrator of hadiths according to Shia Islam. Second, most of these narrations are connected to a person who later became blind and began to narrate from liars. Third, authentic reports make us believe that Aisha had passed even her teenage at the time of her marriage.

        So if you have any proofs so lay’em on me otherwise get lost, you idiot! 😀 Yeah, that deserves a man like you. I’m modest but not always. I’m highly modest for deserving people. But for those who think that all Muslims evil, they should be in jail.

  2. THE EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES

    “The Emperor’s New Clothes” is a short tale by Hans Christian Andersen about two weavers who promise an Emperor a new suit of clothes that is invisible to those unfit for their positions, stupid, or incompetent. When the Emperor parades before his subjects in his new clothes, a child cries out, “But he isn’t wearing anything at all!” The tale has been translated into over a hundred languages.

    PLOT

    A vain Emperor who cares about nothing except wearing and displaying clothes hires two swindlers who promise him the finest, best suit of clothes from a fabric invisible to anyone who is unfit for his position or “hopelessly stupid”. The Emperor’s ministers cannot see the clothing themselves, but pretend that they can for fear of appearing unfit for their positions and the Emperor does the same. Finally the swindlers report that the suit is finished, they mime dressing him and the Emperor marches in procession before his subjects. The townsfolk play along with the pretense not wanting to appear unfit for their positions or stupid. Then a child in the crowd, too young to understand the desirability of keeping up the pretense, blurts out that the Emperor is wearing nothing at all and the cry is taken up by others. The Emperor cringes, suspecting the assertion is true, but continues the procession.

    WHY IS IT THAT THE WESTERN MEDIA TELLS US THAT MUHAMMAD HAS NEW CLOTHES?

    A’isha:
    Mohammed’s 9 Year Old Wife
    Numerous people have said that Mohammed had sex with his youngest wife, ‘Aisha, daughter of Abu Bakr, when he was about 53 and she was only nine years old. Some Muslims deny that. If somebody were to claim Mohammed and ‘Aisha had sex when she was nine and they were wrong, that would be a serious slander against Mohammed. On the other hand, if it were true, that would show a very different side of Mohammed that would shock many. So is this accusation against Mohammed true or false?
    This paper will first give the evidence for A’isha being 9 (nine) when her marriage was consummated, then raise 11 objections to this, and finally, ask what if each view were correct.
    This is important to a widely practiced but overlooked practice today:
    CHILD BRIDES IN MUSLIM COUNTRIES, DUE TO MUHAMNMAD’S EXAMPLE.
    In Iran as of June 2002 it is legal for a 9 year old girl to marry with her parents’ permission. Voices Behind the Veil p.136-137
    In the Ivory Coast this book also tells of a 12 year old girl who would leave the house for hours before returning home. After her father tied her up, burned her back with a piece of iron, locked her up for three days with no food, he eventually married her of to a 40-year old man. He never sent her to school because he said that it would drive them from their tradition, they would start asking questions, and not want to marry until they are 19 or 20.
    The Taliban encouraged families to marry off their daughters as young as eight years old. (Voices Behind the Veil p.110)
    The Dallas Morning News Sep 28, 2003 p.1,10S had a story about the sad plight of Muslim Nigerian girls who were married very young, got pregnant and had labor before their small bodies were ready. It was actually somewhat of a gross story, basically of many girls who needed C-sections but did not get them. Many survived, but could not have any children due to their perforated uteruses.
    To understand the authoritative nature of the example of Mohammed, we have to understand something of the Muslim hadiths. They hold a higher place in Sunni Islam than church tradition does in the Catholic and Orthodox churches. Sunni Muslims hold to six collections of hadiths as the most authoritative writings in Islam after the Qur’an. The rest of this paper shows that the accusation is completely true, according to numerous corroborating early Muslims sources. In addition to these quotes from the six authoritative hadiths is a reference from the highly respected early Muslim historians ibn Ishaq and al-Tabari.
    1. Sahih al-Bukhari 810-870 A.D. 256 A.H.
    1a. “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 consummated that marriage when she was nine years old.” Bukhari vol.5 book 58 ch.43 no.236 p.153.
    1b. The same points are in Bukhari vol.5 book 58 ch.43 no.234 p.152.
    1c. “Narrated ‘Urwa: The Prophet wrote the (marriage contract) with ‘Aisha while she was six year 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). Bukhari vol.7 book 62 ch.60 no.88 p.65
    1d. Narrated ‘Aisha: The Prophet was screening me with his Rida’ (garment covering the upper part of the body) while I was looking at the Ethiopians who were playing in the courtyard of the mosque. (I continued watching) till I was satisfied. So you may deduce from this event how a little girl (who has not reached the age of puberty) who is eager to enjoy amusement should be treated in this respect. Bukhari vol.7 book 62 ch.115 no.163 p.119
    1e. “Narrated ‘Aisha: (the wife of the Prophet) I never remembered my parents believing in any religion other than the true religion (i.e. Islam), and (I don’t remember) a single day passing without our being visited by Allah’s Apostle in the morning and in the evening.” Bukhari vol.5 book 58 ch.44 no.245 p.158. Therefore ‘Aisha either was not born yet or else not very old or not born yet when her parents became Muslims. This is consistent with her being a child when her marriage with Mohammed was consummated.
    2. Sahih Muslim 817-875 A.D. 261 A.H.
    This is generally considered the second most reliable collection of hadiths.
    2a. “(3309) ‘A’isha (Allah be pleased with her) reported: Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) married me when I was six years old, and I was admitted to his house at the age of nine. She further said: We went to Medina and I had an attack of fever for a month, and my hair had come down to the earlobes. Umm Ruman (my mother) came to me and I was at that time on a swing along with my playmates. She called me loudly and I went to her and I did not know what she had wanted of me. She took hold of my hand and took me to the door, and I was saying: Ha, ha (as if I was gasping), until the agitation of my heart was over. She took me to a house, where had gathered the women of the Ansar. They all blessed me and wished me good luck and said: May you have shared in good. She (my mother) entrusted me to them. They washed my head and embellished me and nothing frightened me. Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) came there in the morning, and I was entrusted to him.” Sahih Muslim vol.2 book 8 ch.548 no.3309 p.715-716
    2b. “(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.”
    (3311) ‘A’isha (Allah be pleased with her) reported that Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) married here when she was seven years old, and she 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.” Sahih Muslim vol.2 book 8 ch.548 no.3310,3311 p.716.
    2c. “(5981) ’A’isha reported that she used to play with dolls in the presence of Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) and when her playmates came to her they left (the house) because they felt shy of Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him), whereas Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) sent them to her.
    2d. (5982) This hadith has been narrated on the authority of Hisham with the same chain of transmitters with a slight variation of wording.” Sahih Muslim vol.4 book 29 ch.1005 no.5981-5982 p.1299
    3. Sunan Abu Dawud 817-888/9 A.D. 275 A.H.
    3a. “(2116) ‘A’ishah said : The Apostle of Allah (may peace be upon him) married me when I was seven years old. The narrator Sulaiman said : Or six years. He had intercourse with me when I was nine years old.” Sunan Abu Dawud vol.2 book 5 ch.700 no.2116 p.569
    3b. “(4913) ‘A’ishah said : I used to play with dolls. Sometimes the Apostle of Allah (may peace be upon him) entered upon me when the girls were with me. When he came in, they went out, and when he went out, they came in.” Sunan Abu Dawud vol.3 book 36 ch.1769 no.4913 p.1373
    Note carefully this is NOT saying Mohammed had intercourse with A’isha while her playmates were watching. Rather it says the playmates played with her, and they went out when Mohammed came by, and could come back after he was finished with her.
    3c. “(4915) ‘A’ishah said : The Apostle of Allah (may 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 (may 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.
    Abu Dawud said : That is to say : I menstruated, and I was brought in a house, and there were some women of the Ansari (Helpers) in it. They said : With good luck and blessing. The tradition of one of them has been included in the other. Sunan Abu Dawud vol.3 book 36 ch.1770 no.4915 p.1374
    3d. (5916) [typo, really 4916] The tradition mentioned above has also been transmitted by Abu Usamah in a similar manner through a different chain of narrators. This version has: ‘With good fortune.’ She (Umm Ruman) entrusted me to them. They washed my head and redressed me. No one came to me suddenly except the Apostle of Allah (may peace be upon him) in the forenoon. So they entrusted me to him. Sunan Abu Dawud vol.3 book 36 ch.1770 no.4916 p.1374
    3e. (4917) ‘A’ishah said: When we came to Medina, the women came to me when I was playing on the swing, and my hair were [sp] up to my ears. They brought me, prepared me, and decorated me. Then they brought me to the Apostle of Allah (may peace be upon him) and he took up cohabitation with me, when I was nine. Sunan Abu Dawud vol.3 book 36 ch.1770 no.4917 p.1374
    3f. (4918) The tradition mentioned above has also been transmitted by Hisham b. ‘Urwah through a different chain of narrators. This version adds: I was swinging and I had my friends. They brought me to a house ; there were some women of the Ansar (Helpers). They said : With good luck and blessing. Sunan Abu Dawud vol.3 book 36 ch.1770 no.4918 p.1374
    3g. (4919) ‘A’ishah said : We came to Medina and stayed with Banu al-Harith b. al-Khazraj. She said : I swear by Allah, I was swinging between two date-palms. Then my mother came, and made me come down; and I had my hair up to the ears. The transmitter then mentioned the rest of the tradition.” Sunan Abu Dawud vol.3 book 36 ch.1770 no.4915-4919 p.1374.
    Conclusion on Abu Dawud: 7 references and no counter-references affirm that A’isha was nine.
    4. Tirmidhi 825-892 A.D. 209-279 A.H.
    “..Ahmad and Is’haq said that if a female orphan reaches nine years old and was wed with her consent, then the marriage is permissible and she will have no choice when she matures. The two relied on a hadith by Ai’sha stating that the prophet peace be upon him had sexual relations with her when she was nine. Aisha said, if the little girl reaches nine then she is a woman” Tirmidhi said: A good hadith. (Tirmidhi, “Marriage according to Allah’s apostle”, #1027)
    Conclusion on Tirmidhi: 1 reference and no counter-references affirm that A’isha was nine.
    5. Sunan Nas’ai 830-915 A.D. 215-303 A.H.
    5a. A’ishah said: The Apostle of Allah peace be upon him married her when she was six and had intercourse with her when she was nine. (Sunan Nas’ai, Book of Marriage, no.3255)
    5b. A’ishah said: The Apostle of Allah peace be upon him married me when I was seven and had intercourse with me when I was nine. (Sunan Nas’ai, Book of Marriage, no.3256)
    5c. A’ishah said: The Apostle of Allah peace be upon him married me when I was nine and I accompanied him for nine years. (Sunan Nas’ai, Book of Marriage, no.3257)
    5d. A’ishah said: The Apostle of Allah peace be upon him married her when she was nine and died when she was eighteen. (Sunan Nas’ai, Book of Marriage, no.3258)
    5e. A’ishah said: The Apostle of Allah peace be upon him married me when I was six and had intercourse with me when I was nine and I was playing with dolls. (Sunan Nas’ai, Book of Marriage, no.3256)
    Note that the previous are in original Arabic, but were not in the English translation. However, the English translator at the front wrote the following under #18.
    “When Hadrat ‘A’isha passed nine years of married life, the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) fell in mortal sickness. On the 9th or the 12th of Rabi-ul-Awwal 11 A.H., he left this mortal world…Hadrat ‘A’isha was eighteen years of age at the time when the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) passed away and she remained a widow for forty-eight years till she died at the age of sixty-seven.” Sunan Nasa’i vol.1 #18 p.108-109 (English material at the front)
    Note that she had nine years of married life with Mohammed, and since he died when she was eighteen, she was nine years old when she started her married life with Mohammed.
    Conclusion on Sunan Nasa’i: Not counting English translation notes, the Arabic has 5 references and no counter-references to affirm that A’isha was nine.
    6. Ibn-i-Majah 824-886/887 A.D. 273 A.H.
    6a. A’isha was married when she was six years old, and nine when she went to Mohammed’s house. Ibn-i-Majah vol.3 book 9 ch.13 no.1876 p.133
    6b. A’isha was married at seven, went to Mohammed’s house at nine, and was 18 when Mohammed died. According to al-Zawa’id, its isnad is sahih according to the condition of Bukhari. However Abu ‘Ubaida did not hear from his father, so it is munqata (has a gap) Ibn-i-Majah vol.3 book 9 ch.13 no.1877 p.134.
    7. The Historian ibn Ishaq – died 767/773 A.D. 145/151 A.H.
    7a. “Yahya b. Abbad b. Abdullah b. al-Zubayr from his father told me that he heard Aisha say: “The apostle died in my bosom during my turn: I had wronged none in regard to him. It was due to my ignorance and extreme youth that the apostle died in my arms.””
    (Guillaume, A., The Life of Muhammad, a translation of Ibn Ishaq’s Sirat Rasul Allah, Oxford University Press, Karachi, Pakistan, page 682). A’isha said she was an extreme youth when Mohammed died.
    8. The Historian al-Tabari – died 923 A.D.
    8a. ‘Aisha was 6 (or 7) years old when she was married, and the marriage was consummated when she was nine years old. al-Tabari vol.9 (year A.H. 10) p.129-131. Muhammad b. ‘Amr is one of the transmitters.
    8b. ‘Aisha was 6-7 when married, and the marriage was consummated when she was 9-10, three months after coming to Mecca al-Tabari vol.7 (year A.H. 1) p.7. The chain of transmission includes an unnamed man from the Quraysh.
    8c. Aisha died in June-July 678 A.D. (A.H. 58) at the age of 66. That would make her born in 610 A.D.. al-Tabari says she consummated her marriage with the prophet when she was nine years old. al-Tabari vol.39 p.171,173. (al-Tabari wrote 38 volumes of history, plus a 39th volume called Biographies of the Prophet’s Companions and Their Successors.)
    X 8d. On the other hand, al-Tabari also wrote that i.e. “All four of his [Abu Bakr’s] children were born of his two wives — the names of whom we have already mentioned — during the pre-Islamic period.” (Tarikhu’l-umam wa’l-mamlu’k, Al-Tabari, vol.4, (Account of Luhrasb) p.50, Arabic, Dara’l-fikr, Beirut, 1979. al-Tabari vol.11 (A.H 13) p.141 also mentions this, with footnote 766 saying al-Tabari has a conflict here. The footnote also says that al-Baladhuri’s Ansab I, p.409-411; Ibn Hajar’s Isabah IV, p.359-360 supports her being married by 9 years old.
    MAJORITY MUSLIM EXPLANATIONS
    There are two basic categories of answers Muslims have for this: the majority agree that these hadiths are reliable here, and a minority disagree.
    The majority view affirms the reliability of these hadiths. If the hadiths and historians are to be trusted, then Mohammed, at around 53 years old, did have sex with a nine year old girl. As one Muslim said:
    “… and I bet A’isha was the happiest nine-year old girl in the world”.
    The Sahih Muslim translation footnote 1958 on p.715 says in part:
    “According to Imam Shafi’i, marriage in childhood is not something appreciable. It was under some exceptional circumstances that Hadrat ‘A’isha was married to the Prophet (may peace be upon him). The second point to be noted is that Islam has laid down no age limit for puberty for it varies with countries and races due to climate, hereditary, physical and social conditions. Those who live in cold regions attain puberty at a much later age as compared with those living in hot regions where both male and female attain it at a quite early age. “The average temperature of the country or province,’ says the well-known authors of the book Woman, “is considered the chief factor here, not only with regard to menstruation but as regards the whole of sexual development at puberty. … Similarly, the author of Kinsey Report states: ‘The incidence of pre-adolescent sex play at particular ages (active incidence) seems to have been highest in the younger age groups. Some eight per cent of the females in the sample recalled pre-adolescent hetero-sexual play at ages five and seven” (Alfred C. Kinsey and Others, Sexual Behaviour in the Human Female, p.110)” — All of this was quoted from Sahih Muslim vol.2 footnote 1958 p.715.
    [However, against saying girls mature more rapidly in that climate, here is what an Assyrian writer, named Bardaisan/Bardesan, (224-232 A.D.) wrote,
    “For a man does not become a father before the age of fifteen, nor does a woman become a mother before the age of thirteen.” The Book of Laws of Diverse Countries.]
    The translator of Sahih Muslim vol.2 gives an explanation in footnote 1960 on p.716.
    “The Holy Prophet’s (may peace be upon him) marriage with ‘A’isha has been criticized by the Western critics. It is, however, strange that contemporary critics of Muhammad (may peace be upon him) who leveled all kinds of charges against him did not make any mention, not in the least, of this marriage. It should be borne in mind that, like all acts of the Holy Prophet (may peace be upon him), even this marriage had a Divine purpose behind it. Hadrat ‘A’isha was a precocious girl and was developing both in mind and body with rapidity peculiar to such rare personalities. She was admitted to the house of the Holy Prophet (may peace be upon him) just at the threshold of her puberty, the most impressionable and formative period of her life. … Even from the psycho-sexual standpoint it was a happy union as it is evident from the records of the Hadith. ‘When the difference (in ages),’ says Von De Velde, Director of the Gynaeological [sp] Clinic at Harlem [New York?], ‘is great, e.g. exceeds fifteen or twenty years, the results may be happier. The marriage of an elderly (senescent) – not, of course an old (senile) – man to a quite young girl, is often very successful and harmonious The bride is immediately introduced and accustomed to moderate sexual intercourse” (Ideal Marriage, Its Psychology and Technique, London, 1962 p.243).” Sahih Muslim vol.2 p.716.
    Timeline of Mohammed and A’isha
    Event (+/- 2 years) A.D. A.H.
    Mohammed born 570 -53
    Migration to Ethiopia 617 -5
    A’isha married at 6-7 622 0
    Migration to Medina 623 1
    Marriage consummated at 8-9 623 1
    Battles of Badr & Uhud 625 3
    At 63 Mohammed died. A’isha 19 633 11
    A’isha revolts against ‘Ali 656 35
    Note that the interpretations and explanations of official hadith scholars, in trying to explain the rationale for her young age when the marriage was consummated, confirm the young age.
    Footnote 2728 on the same page says in part:
    “Thus the marriage of the Prophet (may peace be upon him) with ‘A’isha at an age when she was at the threshold of puberty was a great necessity, as it was through her that instructions could successfully be imparted to the young ladies who had newly entered the fold of Islam. Moreover, this marriage struck at the root of a wrong notion which had firmly taken hold of the minds of the people that it was contrary to religious ethics to marry the daughter of a man whom one declared to be one’s brother.”
    [Abu Bakr and Mohammed were brothers in religion, but not biological brothers.]
    After Mohammed died, later in life A’isha started a Muslim Civil war, culminating with the Battle of the Camel [Jamal].
    Muslims have said that either people got married younger back then, and/or girls in hotter countries tend to mature earlier. However, the age of marriage is not an issue, because even when children are married when both are less than one year old, they do not live together as husband and wife until the wife is old enough to bear children. As a result of Mohammed’s example, as mentioned previously, Nigerian Muslim girls have often been married early, and gotten pregnant before their young bodies were capable of bearing children. The Nigerian girls were raised in a hot climate too.
    11 POSSIBLE OBJECTIONS
    A minority view denies that Mohammed had sex with a 9 (nine) year old, usually claiming that A’isha 17 to 19 years old. Here are reasons given, and some responses.
    Objection 1: Doubts on Three of the Transmitters
    1.1 An unnamed man from Quraysh is a transmitter in al-Tabari vol.7 (year A.H. 1) p.7, which is a weak reference.
    1.2 Hisham ibn ‘Urwah is a transmitter in many quotes. If he was mistaken, then all the people who accurately quoted him would have wrong information too. Mizanu’l-ai`tidal, a book on the [life sketches of the] narrators of the traditions of the Prophet (pbuh) reports that when he was old, Hisham’s memory suffered quite badly. (vol.4, p.301-302)
    Tehzibu’l-tehzib, one of the most well known books on the life and reliability of the narrators of the traditions of the Prophet (pbuh) reports that according to Yaqub ibn Shaibah: “narratives reported by Hisham are reliable except those that are reported through the people of Iraq”. It further states that Malik ibn Anas objected on those narratives of Hisham which were reported through people of Iraq. (vol.11, p. 48 – 51)
    1.3 Muhammad ibn Amr is called weak by Ibn Abu Hatim in Al-Jarah wa al-Ta’deel: Yahya said, “he is not among those whom you would desire [to report from].” Abu Hatim asked Malik who said similar, and Yahya bin Mu’een said “People refrain from accepting his narratives”
    Al-Dhahabiy in “Siyar Aa`laam al-Nubalaa”, says that Juzyanniy said that Muhammad ibn Amr is not strong [in reliability]. Al-Dhabahiy also says Yahya ibn Qataan said Muhammad ibn Amr was not very careful in reporting narratives.
    ‘Uqailiy also said Muhammad ibn Amr was a weak [less reliable] narrator in al-Du`afaa al-`uqailiy, vol. 4, p.109.
    Response to 1: Even assuming Hisham, ibn Amr, and an unnamed man are all weak transmitters, weak does not necessary mean they are wrong. Also, what about the more who are not weak? Here is a scorecard
    A Scorecard on References
    Narrator Strong ref’s Weaker ref’s Counter ref’s
    al-Bukhari 4 1 0
    Sahih Muslim 3 1 0
    Abu Dawud 6 1 0
    Tirmidhi 1 0 0
    Nasa’i 5 0 0
    Ibn-i-Majah 1 1 0
    Ibn Ishaq 1 0 0
    al-Tabari 0 3 1
    TOTAL 21 7 1
    7 weaker references do not cancel out strong references; rather they add to their credibility.
    Objection 2: No other Medina narrators
    Hisham ibn ‘Urwah lived in Medina for 70 years and then moved to Iraq. Why did no one else from Medina narrate that A’isha was eight or nine? Also the other narrators are all from Iraq.
    Response to 2: This is an argument from silence: many people did not report anything about A’isha’s age of her consummated marriage. Also, Iraq would be a good source, because both A’isha and many companions moved to Iraq by ‘Uthman’s time. Of course, we can assume A’isha remembered when she got married, and told others.
    Objection 3: Did Arabs have child marriages?
    There is [allegedly] no reference to child marriage in the history of the Arabs, so if Mohammed did this, one would expect this out of the ordinary incident to be reported by large numbers of people. No one would object to this young marriage if in fact it never happened.
    Response 3: While this was reported by a number of people, there is in fact at least one reference to child marriage (and consummation) in Mohammed’s time. A lady [presumably married] became a grandmother at 21 years old according to Bukhari vol.3 book 48 ch.18 no.831 p.514. Finally, no one objected to the reporting of this young marriage, because the Muslim scholars agreed that it did happened.
    Objection 4: Young girl when Sura 54:46 written
    A’isha said she was a young girl when Sura 54:46 [al-Qamar on the splitting of the moon] was written, which [allegedly] was about 9 years before Hejira. She did not say infant [sibyah], but young girl [jariya]. (taken from http://www.understanding-islam.com/ri/mi-004.htm)
    This is according to Bukhari, kitabu’l-tafsir, Arabic, Bab Qaulihi Bal al-sa`atu Maw`iduhum wa’l-sa`atu adha’ wa amarr.
    Response to 4: There are three parts to answer.
    1a (word use): This argument hinges on allegedly not being able to use jariya as a generic word for any girl who is pre-teen. Yet many narratives said the A’isha still played with dolls when she was married to Mohammed.
    1b (wrong Sura): It is easier for a few narrators to forget the correct sura than for a great many narrators to forget she was a child wife.
    1c (wrong time for Sura): It might be the correct sura, but we do not really know when Sura 54:46 was written. Both Ibn Hajar in Fath al-Baariy and Maudid say it was about 5 years before Hejira, not 9 years before.
    Objection 5: Aisha at Badr and Uhud
    Some narratives said that A’isha accompanied the army at the battles of Badr and ‘Uhud (both in 3 A.H.). The hadiths also show that boys under 15 years old were allowed to take part in the Battle of ‘Uhud. al-Tabari vol.12 (A.H. 14) p.75 says a boy participated in the Battle of al-Qadisiyyah only after attaining puberty. The narratives mentioning A’isha at ‘Uhud are: Bukhari, Kitabu’l-jihad wa’l-siyar, Arabic, Bab Ghazwi’l-nisa’ wa qitalihinna ma`a’lrijal. References that boys below 15 could not participate are: Bukhari vol.3 book 48 ch.18 no.832 p.514, Kitabu’l-maghazi, Bab ghazwati’l-khandaq wa hiya’l-ahza’b.
    Response to 5: A’isha, being a girl, never fought in any battles. The age of 15 “is the limit between childhood and manhood”. So what would a girl be there for?
    An 10/11-year old, besides keeping Mohammed company at night, had many things to do. The women and young children went on the battlefield after the battle and gave water to the wounded Muslims and finished off the enemy wounded. al-Tabari vol.12 (A.H. 14) p.127,146. During the days of the battle, the women and children were there to dig graves for the dead. al-Tabari vol.12 (A.H. 14) p.107
    Finally, young A’isha was considered an adult, for Muslims called a girl an adult when she first started her period according to the English translator’s note in Bukhari vol.3 book 48 ch.18 prior to no.832 p.513.
    Objection 6: A’isha’s ten-year older sister ‘Asma died in 73 A.D. when she was 100 years old.
    Taqri’bu’l-tehzi’b and Al-bidayah wa’l-nihayah say that ‘Asma died in 73 A.H. when she was 100 years old. Since Asm’a would have been about 26/27 in 1 A.H., that would make A’isha 16/17 in 1 A.H., not 8-9 years old. (References to Asm’a age at death are: ibn Hajar al-Asqalani in Taqri’bu’l-tehzi’b p.654 and ibn Kathir in Al-bidayah wa’l-nihayah vol.8 p.372 Arabic. References to ‘Asma being ten years older are: Abda’l-Rahman ibn abi zanna’d, Siyar A`la’ma’l-nubala’, Al-Zahabi, vol.2, p.289, Arabic, Mu’assasatu’l-risalah, Beirut, 1992, ibn Kathir in Al-Bidayah wa’l-nihayah, Ibn Kathir, Vol 8, Pg 371, Arabic, Dar al-fikr al-`arabi, Al-jizah, 1933)
    Response to 6: Assuming these books are reliable on this point, people can report the age of someone incorrectly after they died.
    For example, if you trust ibn Hajar on the previous slide on when ‘Asma died, you should trust him ibn Hajar’s Isabah IV, p.359-360 when he shows A’isha was married by the time she was 9 years old. (footnote in al-Tabari vol.11 (A.H. 13) p.141 footnote 766)
    What about the dolls? Contrary to Objection 6, a writer reported that many Muslim sources refer to A’isha still playing with her dolls when she was married. (Sahih Muslim vol.2 book 8 ch.548 no.3310,3311 p.716; Sahih Muslim vol.4 book 29 ch.1005 no.5981-5982 p.1299; Sunan Abu Dawud vol.3 book 36 ch.1769 no.4913 p.1373, ibn Hanbal.
    Objection 7: al-Tabari said Abu Bakr had four children in the pre-Islamic period.
    Since A’isha was one of the children, she would have to be at least 13 or 14 years old when the marriage was consummated.
    Response to 7: al-Tabari vol.11 (A.H. 13) p.141 footnote 766 says that al-Tabari is contradictory here. He also said A’isha was 8-9 when the marriage was consummated. Tabari reported a great number of things, and he or his sources were mistaken on something. However, a person would remember something important better than something unimportant. Al-Tabari had three places where A’isha would be 8-10 when the marriage was consummated, and only one place that would make her somewhat older.
    Objection 8: A’isha accepted Islam before ‘Umar bin Khattab according to Ibn Hisham in Sirah al-Nabawiyyah vol.1 p.227-24 (Arabic). She was the 20/21st person while ‘Umar was the 41st (ibid vol.1 p.295). Thus one Muslim claims this proves A’isha had to have accepted Islam during the first year (c.610 A.D.)
    Response to 8: Three parts to the answer.
    1. Nobody today really knows the order. In general there is lengthy disagreement on the order of who accepted Islam, as al-Tabari vol.5 (Holders of Power after Ardashir b. Babak) p.80-87; vol.12 (A.H. 14) p.38 discuss. If they cannot even agree on the first five men, how can they know the 21st?
    2. A’isha never converted to Islam, because she never remembered a time when Mohammed did not come by twice a day and her parents were not Muslims. This is prior to the first migration to Ethiopia (617 A.D.) (Bukhari vol.5 book 58 ch.44 no.245 p.158).
    3. ‘Umar became a Muslim just after the first migration to Ethiopia (617 A.D.) according to Ibn Ishaq p.155,156. So what Ibn Hisham counts as A’isha’s “conversion” could be between birth and three years old.
    Objection 9: According to al-Tabari, Eight years before Hejira, when Abu Bakr planned on migrating Habshah, A’isha was engaged to marry Mut’am. Abu Bakr asked Mut’am to take Aisha into his house, but Mut’am refused because Abu Bakr had become a Muslim. Thus A’isha had to be old enough to be a wife eight years before Hejira. Another reference is Tehqiq e umar e Siddiqah e Ka’inat, Habib ur Rahman Kandhalwi, Urdu, p.38, Anjuman Uswa e hasanah, Karachi, Pakistan
    Response to 9: Even if this account is accurate, Arabs both then and today often betrothed girls soon after they were born. Abu Bakr had other daughters and it might have been one of them.
    Objection 10: According to the Islamic jurist Ahmad ibn Hanbal, before A’isha was married, she was called in Arabic a bikr, which means virgin or unmarried lady. (Musnad Ahmad ibn Hanbal, v.6, p. 210, Arabic, Dar Ihya al-turath al-`arabi, Beirut.
    Response to 10: The word bikr means virgin and is not age-specific. If she was already a young lady, why would Mohammed wait for three years after marrying her before consummating the marriage? Also, the English translator’s note in Bukhari vol.3 book 48 ch.18 prior to no.832 p.513 says they called a girl an adult when she first started her period.
    Objection 11: Ibn Hajar reported that Fatima, Mohammed’s daughter, was born when Mohammed was 35 years old, which would make her five years older the A’isha. That would make A’isha 15/16 years old when they consummated their marriage. (Al-isabah fi tamyizi’l-sahabah, Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani, Vol 4, Pg 377, Arabic, Maktabatu’l-Riyadh al-haditha, al-Riyadh, 1978)
    Response to 11: Sunan Nasa’i vol.1 #29 p.115-116 (English material at the front) actually says that Fatima was 29 years old when she died (six months after Mohammed), which makes her ten years older than A’isha. So either Ibn Hajar, or else everybody else made a mistake. The authoritative hadiths would be trusted by most Sunni Muslims more than Ibn Hajar. Regardless though, A’isha was younger.
    WHAT IF?
    Let’s assume for a second, that some westernized Muslims are correct on this; all the hadith sources and most al-Tabari references on this are wrong, and A’isha was not 8 or 9 but a teenager when Mohammed consummated his marriage to her. If these many hadiths are all wrong then there are four questions to ask Muslims.
    1. What does “Sunni” mean if not the Muslims’ tradition of the hadiths?
    What distinguishes a Sunni Muslim? It is one who:
    a) politically who thinks Abu Bakr, ‘Umar, and ‘Uthman were rightful caliphs
    b) religiously who believes the Sunnah, or traditions in the hadith are usually reliable, and at the very least, Allah did not give the hadiths to lead people to do wrong things Allah would not approve of.
    2. Why Would Allah Let the Hadiths Warp Islamic Society for over 1,200 years?
    Consider the already mentioned prevalence of child brides today in Nigeria and other Muslim places, and the medical horrors of girls who just started menstruating but are too young to give birth. Regardless of whether some modernist Muslims are right or the substantial body of Islamic scholarship is right, everyone agrees that the authoritative hadiths of Sunni Islam give the example of Mohammed consummating his marriage to A’isha when she was only 8/9 years old and playing with dolls.
    If all these hadiths were wrong, do you agree that these hadiths are giving a bad example, and lending support to this cruel practice?
    “Allah is the best of schemers/deceivers”. Sura 3:54. Was this deception one of Allah’s schemes, Satan’s schemes, or was this sex with a nine-year old not a scheme?
    3. According to Islam, What Happens If You Follow the Wrong Sect?

    According to the same hadiths, Muslims will be split into 72 or 73 sects, and they clearly say that all will go to Hell except one. (Abu Dawud vol.3 no.4579-4580 p.1290-1291; Ibn-i-Majah vol.5 book 36 ch.17 no.3992 p.312). The Qur’an also speaks against those who split up and become sects in Sura 30:32. If the hadiths are wrong on this point, and they are evil in supporting this horrible practice, if you are a Sunni Muslim, you are in the wrong sect. The very “Sunni-ness” of Sunni Islam
    has
    a) misled people horribly
    b) condemns Muslims who are in a misleading sect. If people found themselves in the “wrong sect”, then if they want to please God, shouldn’t that change and leave that sect?
    4. Might the Correct Path be Called Something You Did Not Expect?
    If Sunni Islam were the wrong sect and the consequences of following its bad examples are severe, is it possible the right path might not be called Islam?
    Four Questions for Traditional Muslims Only
    Everyone has to agree that the hadiths and the vast bulk of Islamic scholarship both in the past and present teach that Mohammed had sex with a young eight or nine year old girl.
    Here are four questions, but these questions are only for Muslims who teach that the hadiths are reliable.
    1. Why do many Muslim teachers say that Sharia Muslim law is good, yet cover up this part?
    2. When you say that Mohammed is sinless, does merely mean that anything he did and condoned you will not call wrong? If not, is there any rape or other sexual practice that you would condemn, even if Mohammed permitted or practiced it?
    3. Why do so many westernized Muslims fail to follow the teachings of the hadiths? What do they see that perhaps you do not?
    4. If you tell people to follow the hadiths, and you have still or moving pictures of people in your home (including TV), have you read the numerous things the Qur’an and hadiths say about hypocrites?
    For reference hadiths banning all pictures of people or animals (including photographs and TV) are:
    Bukhari vol.3 book 34 ch.41 no.318 p.180-181; vol.4 book 54 ch.45-46 no.447-450 p.297-299; vol.8 book 73 ch.75 no.130 p.82-83; vol.9 book 93 ch.56 no.646 p.487
    Sahih Muslim vol.3 book 22 ch.5382 no.5246-5252 p.1157-1158; vol.3 footnotes 2519-2520 p.1160-1161
    Abu Dawud vol.1 book 1 ch.92 no.227 p.55-56; vol.3 book 36 ch.1769 no.4913-4914 footnote 4288 p.1373.
    Sunan Nasa’i vol.1 book 1 ch.169 no.264 p.240; vol.1 book 9 ch.454 no.764 p.471
    Ibn-i-Majah vol.4 book 29 ch.56 no.3359 p.481; vol.5 book 32 ch.44 no.3649-3651 p.108-109. (no.3652 also mentions it, but 3652 is considered a weak (daif) hadith.
    In the late 1960’s there were violent actions in Saudi Arabia when pictures of people were shown on TV.
    Conclusion: Do not pay attention to a traditionalist, unless you find a consistent traditionalist. If you cannot find a consistent traditionalist, then… reject those who tell you to follow what they themselves do not.
    Conclusion for Sunni Muslims who would like to reject the Sunnah
    For modernized Sunni Muslims who reject the hadiths, here are the four questions again.
    1. What does the word “Sunni” mean?
    2. Did Allah deceive his followers for centuries?
    3. What does Islam say about those in the wrong sect?
    4. Could the correct way be one you overlooked?
    Conclusion: Many times even knowledgeable historians make little mistakes, but this is no little mistake. If all these Muslim historians said this terrible thing about Mohammed, what can you trust about the Mohammed of Muslim history? Yet if even the Qur’an allows sex with whom your right hands possess…
    Appendix: Various Cultures
    The Christian writer Tertullian, writing 200-240 A.D., in On the Veiling of Virgins ch.11 p.34 mentions that even barbarians did not dispatch to their businesses girls until they were 12 and boys until they were 14 years old. The context here is betrothal in marriage, though one might argue it is consummating a marriage. Now a twelve-year old and an eight or nine-year old are rather different, and Mohammed consummated his marriage with A’isha so much earlier than even the barbarians.
    Lest someone think all Muslim countries are the same on this issue, in Tunisia polygamy is banned, and the minimum age for marriage for girls is 17 according to http://www.law.emory.edu/IFL/legal/tunisia.htm.
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