That Aiisha 'Thing': Muhammad's 'beautiful pattern of conduct' wrecks the lives of children around the world

Saudi group tries to halt marriage of 10-year-old girl to man in his sixties

There’s that child marriage again. But it has nothing, mind you, nothing to do with Islam. Except the inconvenient matter of Muhammad’s marriage to Aisha (Bukhari 5.58.234). “Saudi group seeks to prevent sexagenarian from marrying child,” from Deutsche Presse Agentur, 

* And because Muhammad set “a beautiful pattern of conduct”  (Qur’an, al-Ahzab 33:21) (because he was the perfect cult leader who could do no wrong) he is to be emulated by every Muhammedan around the globe in everything he did till the end of time…

* That’s the reason why banning the practice in Islamic countries regularly fails: its against the Koran, and for believing  Muslims that is the direct command of Allah for all time…

Update on Yemen’s child bride case:

 “A lot of people in the public don’t think that this is wrong or that what happened to her was abuse”

Yemen’s world famous divorcee, Nujood Ali, 10, has been chastised by some in Yemen for speaking out about her arranged marriage.

This article ignores the role of Muhammad’s marriage to Aisha — consummated when she was nine — in why the practice of child marriage not only persists, but is so often praised in the Islamic world.

Nujood Ali Update. “Child bride gets divorced after rape, beatings,” by Paula Newton for CNN via DW

*   “Give me a girl of 8, and I can give you a guarantee” for a good marriage”  Child Marriage in Yemen,” by Robert F. Worth for the New York Times

If there is one promising aspect in this report, it is the acknowledgment of Muhammad’s own example as a factor in the persistence of child marriage in Yemen: Awareness of the nature of the problem will better focus efforts to solve it, keeping apologists from passing the buck on the basis of “culture” rather than religious practice.

Hard-line Islamic conservatives, whose influence has grown enormously in the past two decades, defend it, pointing to the Prophet Muhammad’s marriage to a 9-year-old. (correction: Aisha was 6 when the profit married her, and he consummated the marriage when she was 9)

It’s not the would be reformers who are ‘acknowledging’ it: it’s the Shariah advocates who are citing it in support of their opposition to the reforms in question. Surely you can make out the difference between a genuine process of reform that includes identification of problem areas, vs. the citation of the problem areas as support for the status quo?

Pakistan: girl married at 9, gunned down by parents and accomplices in front of police at 17

Her crime? Trying to annul her marriage. If “honor killings” have “nothing to do with Islam” (so the argument goes, including below) marrying female children at age 9 is wholly based on the example of Islam’s prophet. At any rate, that this sort of thing keeps happening in Pakistan — that is, “Land of the Pure, i.e., land of Muslims — is telling enough. “Married at 9, slain by parents at 17,” by Bruce Loudon in Islamabad for, September 6:

DESPAIR among human rights workers in Pakistan over a rash of so-called “honour killings” intensified yesterday when it was disclosed that a girl forced into marriage with a 45-year-old man at the age of nine had been killed by her parents because she asked for an annulment. 

The girl, 17, who had been fighting a lonely but successful legal battle, was coming out of court in the Punjabi city of Sahiwal after being granted the annulment by a judge when she was surrounded by a group of men and shot in view of police.

Based on such a culture, how can anyone doubt Pakistan’s unswerving loyalty to U.S. interests?!

The death of Saira Nusrat Bibi has added further to concerns among human rights campaigners already outraged over the case of five women – among them three teenage schoolgirls – buried alive in the province of Baluchistan because they wanted to marry men of their choice in defiance of the wishes of tribal leaders. 

The Baluchistan case was worsened by an attempt by a member of the country’s national parliament, senator Israr Ullah Zehri, to defend it, telling colleagues that “these are centuries-old traditions and I will continue to defend them”, The Weekend Australian reports.

Members of the religious Jamaat-e-Islami party rounded on Senator Zehi, declaring: “We condemn this barbaric act. This is against Islam, against humanity and against civilised culture.”

Then do something about it.

Yesterday, the Government bowed to pressure and ordered an inquiry into the killings. 

Details that have emerged from the village of Baba Kot in Baluchistan indicate that the three girls — aged between 16 and 18 – and two of their elderly relatives were “shot at” before being buried alive.

“When the fuming elders of the Umrani tribe came to know about the intentions of these girls, they picked them up from their homes along with two of their elderly relatives,” one account said.

“The crying girls were pushed into official cars and driven to a deserted area. There they were pushed out of the cars, made to stand in a queue, and volleys of shots fired at them. As the bleeding girls fell to the sand, the tribesmen dragged them into a nearby ditch and levelled it with earth and stones.

“As the two shocked elderly women tried to rescue the hapless girls, they too were gunned down and buried in the same manner. The killers after burying these women returned to their tribe like conquerors without any action taken against them.”

One thought on “That Aiisha 'Thing': Muhammad's 'beautiful pattern of conduct' wrecks the lives of children around the world”

  1. We owe those fabulous writers of hadiths a debt of gratitude-they showed us inadvertantly what kind of creep Mo was. It’s almost amazing that today’s holies don’t badmouth the writers for casting Mo in such a bad light. But then again, they have no clue about what constitutes decent behavior in this day and age so I suppose they can’t be blamed for their blissful ignorance. Still, anyone who thinks Mo is the most perfect one to be emulated in all ways has rocks in their head and really should know better.

    Funny, Muslimas seem to not crow about emulating who should be considered the most perfect of wives-Aisha. Wonder why that is?

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