Yemen: "The Prophet Muhammad married 'Aisha when she was nine, and we follow the Sunna. It is very simple"

H/T Pamela:

Interviews with Two Girl-Brides Who Have Appealed to the Court Seeking Divorce. Watch how unruffled the first child is despite the badgering nature of the questions (particularly  by the women in full Islamic dress).

Child Marriage in Yemen: Interviews with Two Girl-Brides Who Have Appealed to the Court Seeking Divorce

Update: as usual, it didn’t take long for a Muselman to post a denial. Denial, however, does not shake the mountain of evidence:

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Following are excerpts from a TV debate on child marriage in Yemen, which aired on BBC Arabic TV on March 24 and April 1, 2009:


TV host: Welcome, Nujoud. How old are you?

Nujoud: Ten years old.

TV host: Tell us your story. How did you get married?

Nujoud: My father married me off. I refused, because I was still at school, but my father told me I had to. Then my father married me off in the village.

Shuqi Al-Qadhi, member of the Human Rights Committee of the Yemenite Parliament: How old were you when you got married?

Nujoud: I wasn’t even ten years old when I was married.

Shuqi Al-Qadhi: So how old were you?

Nujoud: More than nine, less than ten.

Shuqi Al-Qadhi: Why did you refuse to get married?

Nujoud: I didn’t want to get married, because I wanted to finish school.

TV host: In what grade were you?

Nujoud: Second grade.

Nadia Al-Sqaf, editor-in-chief, Yemen Times: In junior high?

Nujoud: No, elementary school.

Nadia Al-Sqaf: Did your sisters marry young?

Nujoud: No, my father married them all off when they were older.

Nadia Al-Sqaf: At what age?

Nujoud: Seventeen, eighteen.

Nadia Al-Sqaf: So why just you?

Nujoud: Don’t know.

Shuqi Al-Qadhi: Why did your father marry you off?

Nujoud: I don’t know why.

Shuqi Al-Qadhi: How old was your husband?

Nujoud: Thirty years old.

Shuqi Al-Qadhi: If I wanted to marry my daughter off, is it good to marry her off at a young age?

Nujoud: No.

Shuqi Al-Qadhi: Why not?

Nujoud: She should finish her schooling, finish high school and university. When she’s all grown up, you can marry her off.

Nadia Al-Sqaf: Was there any problem in your marriage? Did your husband beat you, or was there a problem with… You could have finished your schooling while married, if your husband had allowed you to go to school.

Nujoud: I would have, but they didn’t let me finish school.

Nadia Al-Sqaf: But what if they had said to you: “Fine, go to school”?

Nujoud: No.

Nadia Al-Sqaf: What if when you were married, your husband allowed you to go to school?

Nujoud: I wanted to go to school and demanded to be taken away from him [the husband].

Nadia Al-Sqaf: But you said you did this because you wanted to finish school, and that when you finish school, you would get married.

Nujoud: If I were a grown-up…

Nadia Al-Sqaf: But if your husband told you that you could finish school – what’s wrong with that?

Nujoud: No, I want them to divorce me from him, so I can finish school.

Shuqi Al-Qadhi: For how long did you stay in your husband’s home?

Nujoud: Twelve days.

Shuqi Al-Qadhi: Where is it better – in the home of your husband or with your family?

Nujoud: In the home of my family.

Shuqi Al-Qadhi: Why?

Nujoud: Because I have my mother, my father, and my whole family, and this is better.

TV host: Nujoud, how did you approach the court?

Nujoud: My mother’s sister told me about the court. She said: “Go to court, and the judge will grant you a divorce.” So I did.

TV host: Who helped you?

Nujoud: My aunt helped me go to court.

TV host: Did you have a lawyer when you went to court?

Nujoud: No, I went to the judge, and later, I met Shaza, the lawyer, by chance at court.

TV host: How long did it take for you to get the divorce?

Nujoud: Three days.

Shuqi Al-Qadhi: Three days at the judge’s place?

Nujoud: Yes, at his home.

TV host: Are you happy, now that you got the divorce?

Nujoud: Yes.

Nadia Al-Sqaf: Nujoud, what advice would you have to girls… You had no choice when your father made you get married… Did you wear a wedding dress?

Nujoud: No.

Nadia Al-Sqaf: What did you wear?

Nujoud: They dressed me in regular clothes.

Nadia Al-Sqaf: There wasn’t a wedding dress in your size?

Nujoud: No.

Nadia Al-Sqaf: What would you say to other girls from Yemen, or anywhere in the world, whose families force them to get married? What should they do?

Nujoud: I advise girls my age or younger to go to court and complain about their families, and the court will help them.

Nadia Al-Sqaf: That’s after the marriage. What about beforehand?

Nujoud: They should go beforehand. They have heard about me, about Arwa, and about Rim. Now, everybody knows about this. The [families] should not marry them off when they are young. They should let them finish school.

TV host: Nujoud, what do you think about your father?

Nujoud: I forgave my father, because he is such a poor man, and I felt sorry for him.

TV host: Dr. Muqbil, do you want to ask her anything?

Dr. Amin Ali Muqbil, dean of religious law: Is this widespread beyond the [three] cases that you mentioned?

Nujoud: There were other cases, but they didn’t go to court for help in getting a divorce.

Dr. Amin Ali Muqbil: Do you know of many other cases, apart from those three?

Nujoud: I know others, but they don’t want to go [to court]. There are girls my age and younger, and I have talked to them, and told them they should go to court for help in getting a divorce, but they said they didn’t want to get divorced.

Nadia Al-Sqaf: Why?

Nujoud: God knows. These girls are still married, but they don’t want to get divorced.

Nadia Al-Sqaf: Are they afraid? Who are they afraid of?

Nujoud: Their families.

Shuqi Al-Qadhi: What would they do?

Nujoud: God knows. One of them said she was afraid her father would beat her and scream at her.

Nadia Al-Sqaf: And you, weren’t you afraid of your father?

Nujoud: No.

Shuqi Al-Qadhi: Nujoud, what do you think of a father and a mother who… Okay, you’ve forgiven your own father, but what do you think of a father and a mother who marry off their daughter at the age of eight or nine?

Nujoud: They should be punished.

Shuqi Al-Qadhi: How? What should we do to them?

Nujoud: They should be punished.


Shaza Nasser, Nujoud’s lawyer: The mental state of Nujoud, Rim, and Arwa is one of depression and torment. Why aren’t these parents punished? Now they are criticizing me for helping them. I brought this issue to the awareness of Arab and world public opinion.


We are all Muslims, and we adhere to our customs, but this is neither an Islamic nor a civic custom. It is a declaration of war on childhood and on humanity. What crime did Nujoud commit that she is forced to sleep with a 35-year-old man who demands the fulfillment of his marital rights, and carries out…

TV host: As far as you know, was there any intercourse?

Shaza Nasser: Of course. He slept with her against her will. Nujoud hated the night. She would scream and run from room to room. She asked his family for help. What did they do? They laughed. They would say to her: “It’s nothing, go into the room with him.” He would lock the door, force her to get undressed, and sleep with her.


Sheik Abd Al-Malk Hussein Al-Taj, head of the Development and Social Peace Research Center: Islamic law draws a distinction between two things: The permissibility of contractual marriage and the feasibility of childbirth. With regard to contractual marriage – it is not harmful in any way. Contractual marriage can be conducted even when the girl is one year old. Islamic law takes into account the damage that might be caused to the girl if she is wedded to the man to whom she was formally contracted. So she is not actually wedded to him until she is able to bear children. So there is no intercourse before she can bear children. That is the position of Islamic law.


TV host: Let’s welcome Rim, a victim of the practice of early marriage. Hello, Rim. Tell us your story. What happened to you?

Rim: What happened was that my father was waiting for me outside the house. I was going down to the shop, and he took me to my grandfather’s house, in order to marry me off.

TV host: Without any preparation? You didn’t know anything about it?

Rim: No, I thought he was taking me to lunch.

Shuqi Al-Qadhi: To lunch?

Rim: Yes, we were invited. He forced me into my grandfather’s house.

Shuqi Al-Qadhi: And the wedding was there?

Rim: Yes, but I didn’t know that.

TV host: Was there a wedding celebration?

Rim: Yes, but against my will.

TV host: Did you wear a wedding gown?

Rim: Yes.

Shuqi Al-Qadhi: How old were you?

Rim: Twelve years old.

Shuqi Al-Qadhi: But if you wore the wedding gown, it means you were happy about the wedding, right?

Rim: Yes, I was happy about the wedding, but later I wasn’t anymore.

Shuqi Al-Qadhi: Why were you happy at the beginning, but later…

Rim: Any girl would be happy about a wedding gown, but the problem is that I am still too young to be married.

Shuqi Al-Qadhi: But what made you regret it afterwards?

Rim: I had to quit school, and besides, I am too young for this responsibility.

TV host: Did you agree at first?

Rim: I cried. I didn’t agree.

TV host: So why were you happy about the wedding gown?

Rim: Even though I was crying, I was happy about the dress.

Nadia Al-Sqaf: So you were happy about the wedding, but when did you realize that you had gotten married?

Rim: When I left the place.

Nadia Al-Sqaf: Where did you go?

Rim: When I left, I realized…

Nadia Al-Sqaf: Where did you go?

Rim: To my uncle’s place.

Shuqi Al-Qadhi: You mean your husband’s place?

Rim: Yes.

Nadia Al-Sqaf: Did you marry your cousin?

Rim: That’s right.

Shuqi Al-Qadhi: How old is he?

Rim: He’s 26 years old. Then I realized what had happened, and I cried.

Nadia Al-Sqaf: What were you thinking about when you were walking to your uncle’s?

Rim: What was I thinking?

Nadia Al-Sqaf: What did you say to yourself?

Rim: I felt like a stranger there.

Shuqi Al-Qadhi: How long did you stay with your husband?

Rim: Eleven days.

Nadia Al-Sqaf: Did you know him beforehand?

Rim: Yes, I had been there.

Nadia Al-Sqaf: Didn’t you love him?

Rim: I didn’t love him.

Nadia Al-Sqaf: What made you sad when you got married and went to his place? What shocked you?

Rim: Everything.

Nadia Al-Sqaf: Did he beat you?

Rim: Yes, once.

Nadia Al-Sqaf: Only once?

Rim: Yes.

Shuqi Al-Qadhi: What for?

Rim: For no reason.

Shuqi Al-Qadhi: For no reason? He harassed you?

Rim: Yes.

Nadia Al-Sqaf: Was there anybody else in the house?

Rim: Just my cousins.

Nadia Al-Sqaf: And they knew that you had gotten married?

Rim: Yes.

Nadia Al-Sqaf: What did they call you? Bride?

Rim: Yes.

Nadia Al-Sqaf: Were they happy that you were there?

Rim: Yes.

Nadia Al-Sqaf: Do you have female cousins your age?

Rim: No.

Nadia Al-Sqaf: Are they older than you?

Rim: They are 20 years older than me.

Nadia Al-Sqaf: Are they 20 years old, or 20 years older than you?

Rim: One is 36, another is 40.

Shuqi Al-Qadhi: Did other girls in the family get married at your age?

Rim: No.

Shuqi Al-Qadhi: As far as you know, the youngest to get married – how old was she?

Rim: I am the only one.

Nadia Al-Sqaf: Why?

Rim: I don’t know.

Shuqi Al-Qadhi: Why did your father marry you off?

Rim: To spite my mother.

Shuqi Al-Qadhi: Just a second. Why?

Rim: To spite my mother.

Shuqi Al-Qadhi: Is your mother divorced?

Rim: They had a fight, and they separated.

Shuqi Al-Qadhi: So they had disagreements, and they split up?

Rim: Yes.

Shuqi Al-Qadhi: When they got separated, he wanted to anger and upset your mother?

Rim: Yes. So he took me, and he would call her and ask: Did you or didn’t you cry?


Shuqi Al-Qadhi: So after he married you off, he called her to ask: Did you cry or not?

Rim: Yes.

Shuqi Al-Qadhi: So he was continuing to annoy her?

Rim: Yes.

TV host: Rim, how did you get divorced?

Rim: I’m not divorced yet, but we agreed that each one would go his own way.

TV host: Who did you turn to? Who mediated in resolving this problem?

Rim: My father.

Nadia Al-Sqaf: The same father who married you off?

Rim: Yes. He took me back home, and we resolved it.

Nadia Al-Sqaf: What did you do after those 11 days?

Rim: I pretended to be sick so they would get me out of there.

Nadia Al-Sqaf: Where to?

Rim: My father’s place.

Nadia Al-Sqaf: And what happened at your father’s?

Rim: I went to sleep. I wanted to run away, but my father shut the door and I couldn’t.

Nadia Al-Sqaf: Where did you want to run away to?

Rim: To my mother’s.

Shuqi Al-Qadhi: Where to?

Rim: My mother’s.

Nadia Al-Sqaf: And then?

Rim: That was it.

Nadia Al-Sqaf: How did you get out? How did you escape?

Rim: The neighbors’ daughter would shout at me. She’s also married. She would pass on what I said to my mother. I asked her to tell my mother to go to the police and bring policemen to help me. My mother went to the police, and then, my father told me to go to the police and talk to them. I said okay, but at the police station I talked to the officer by myself, and I said I wanted to go to my mother’s, and they took me home.

Shuqi Al-Qadhi: What made your father first marry you off and then send you to complain to the police?

Rim: He didn’t want me to complain that he had married me off. He wanted me to file a complaint against my husband.


TV host: Will there be a divorce, or not?

Rim: Yes.

TV host: Did you reach an agreement about a divorce?

Shuqi Al-Qadhi: When?

Rim: Within a day or two.

Shuqi Al-Qadhi: And what if he doesn’t divorce you?

Rim: I will commit suicide.

Shuqi Al-Qadhi: You will do what?!

Rim: Commit suicide.

Shuqi Al-Qadhi: Why do you want to commit suicide?

Rim: I’ve told them 20 times to grant me a divorce, but they don’t listen.

Shuqi Al-Qadhi: But there are other solutions, apart from suicide.

Rim: Like what?

Shuqi Al-Qadhi: Why would you commit suicide? You are like a flower.

Rim: Assuming they do not agree…

Shuqi Al-Qadhi : They are bound to listen to you. Suicide is not a solution, Rim. Suicide is not a solution.

Nadia Al-Sqaf: Does your father regret making you sad?

Rim: Yes.

Nadia Al-Sqaf: What does he say to you?

Rim: He came into my room, started crying, and said: “I’m sorry.”

Shuqi Al-Qadhi: Your father cried?

Rim: Yes. And he said he was sorry.

Shuqi Al-Qadhi: Do you think he regrets it?

Rim: Yes. I know he did it to spite my mother. Otherwise, he wouldn’t have done it. He loves me.

TV host: Did this make you hate your father?

Rim: No girl hates her father.

Shuqi Al-Qadhi: I don’t mean now, after he cried and showed remorse, but when it all happened…

Rim: It didn’t get to the point that I hated him.

Shuqi Al-Qadhi: What did you feel towards your father?

Nadia Al-Sqaf: Were you mad at him?

Rim: I was mad at him and didn’t want anyone to mention his name around me, but I didn’t hate him.

Shuqi Al-Qadhi: You didn’t want anyone to mention his name, but you didn’t hate him.

Rim: Right.

Nadia Al-Sqaf: What’s your advice to any girl who finds herself in your position, if her father all of a sudden takes her to be married? What would you advise her?

Rim: I advise the fathers not to marry their daughters off at such a young age.

Shuqi Al-Qadhi: And what if the father does marry her off? What should she do?

TV host: Except for committing suicide.

Nadia Al-Sqaf: If there is a girl who watches this show, and she knows that her parents plan to marry her off, what should she do?

Rim: If she can, she should go to some family member, and tell him the story. Maybe he will take her to the court or the police station.

Nadia Al-Sqaf: In your view, what is the proper age for marriage?

Rim: Twenty.

Nadia Al-Sqaf: Will you get married when you are twenty?

Rim: Maybe.

Shuqi Al-Qadhi: Why maybe?

Rim: By now, I hate marriage altogether.

Shuqi Al-Qadhi: You hate marriage, or you hate men?

Rim: I hate all men.

Shuqi Al-Qadhi: Except your father?

Rim: Right.

Nadia Al-Sqaf: And your brother?

Rim: All of them.


Dr. Amin Ali Muqbil: What were your reasons?

Anis Al-Numeiri, Rim’s father: By Allah, there were no reasons. She’s my daughter, and I married her off to my brother’s son. They were brought up together, in the same house. There was no reason. I did this according to the Sunna of Allah and his Messenger. The Prophet Muhammad married ‘Aisha when she was nine, and we follow the Sunna. It is very simple. There’s nothing to it.

Shuqi Al-Qadhi: Thank you, Anis. Thank you for your response. But do you think that this is an appropriate age to bear the responsibilities of marriage, intercourse, and raising children? Or was it something you did and later regretted?

Anis Al-Numeiri: I have no regrets. I married her of when she was 14 and seven months, and I have the marriage contract, authorized by the court.

Shuqi Al-Qadhi: But this contract does not prove her real age.

Nadia Al-Sqaf: Do you have her birth certificate?

Anis Al-Numeiri: We are Bedouin living in rural areas. We don’t have such things.

TV host: She says she is 12 years old.

Anis Al-Numeiri: She was engaged to her cousin for three years.

15 thoughts on “Yemen: "The Prophet Muhammad married 'Aisha when she was nine, and we follow the Sunna. It is very simple"”

  1. You guys are a bunch of idiots and wackos. Do you think any self-respecting religion would actually report something that can so easily be ridiculed by their enemies? Except for this hadith that states that Ayesha was 6 years old … there is absolutely nothing that suggests she was 6 years old when she got married.

    – Logically, the prophet would never have done something that goes fundamentally against the Quran which prohibits marrying women until they are mature enough to do so
    – Hadiths were written 200 years after the death of the prophet. A lot of them were done in hearsay. There is counter evidence to show that Ayesha was probably 15 or 16 when she was married
    – Logically again, if Ayesha was married off at 6, there is no way that she would have developed the loving relationship with the prophet that she did
    – Throughout his life, there are no reports of people ridiculing him for marrying a 6 year old

    Of course, why am I trying to speak logic with a bunch of hateful baboons? Get a brain, and then get a life.

  2. This baboon just sent another couple thousand dollars to Israel, so they can manufacture more DIME bombs, and more effectively vaporize muslim terrorists and paedophile koranimals.

  3. Notice how none of the so-called “men” in the town beat the living hell out of the father who essentially sold his young daughter off to be raped and re-raped? Notice how it is implied that they sanction this crime by not condemning it, and how, when pressed, the fall-back excuse is always, always the example of Scumhammed.

  4. Arash again misses the point.

    The point being that, irrespective of counter argument suggesting that Ayesha was an adult ( and one should point out that this counter argument is as about as well supported as the claims that she was a child (so you are free to believe either on the “evidence”)), a significant number of muslims use the Quran and Hadiths to justify treatment of women in rather poor ways.

    Arash tries to use logic, but he seem rather incapable, Here is an Arash statement ” Logically again, if Ayesha was married off at 6, there is no way that she would have developed the loving relationship with the prophet that she did” which is wrong. It is probably unlikely that such a relationship would develop but logic does NOT preclude it. By logic Arash means his particular form of logic – and since he is largely untrained it is no logic since it is bound by a restrictive reference frame imposed by the Quran (I think i will now call this book the Queeran)

    And another
    “Do you think any self-respecting religion would actually report something that can so easily be ridiculed by their enemies? ”
    Well – yes, we see islamists claiming credit for murders and bombings in the name of their religion – they are muslims too!! And given that muslims are not terribly sharp (ie the various islamic consipracies floating in the air about swine flu are amusing) it is no surprise that muslims shoot themselves in the foot quite often.

    Arash, you are not very bright, and you are the person consumed with hate. I find you amusing and it is difficult to take your arguments seriously. However you are almost certainly one of these borderline muslim terrorists who are just about to step over the edge and murder a few hundred innocent people in your selfish and mindless quest for imagined paradise. So now provide your evidence that shows without doubt that mo was not a child rapist. Don’t scream and rant threats to the world – just provide your evidence and let us consider it.

  5. Bryan Magnusson
    Well done, Israel will get some of my money as well. Damn annoying, we hateful baboons have conquered the air, we have entered space, but we don’t forage for breakfast on the forest floor anymore like our muslim cousins – I wonder if we are really related – in jest of course.

  6. Arash your wasting your time ranting and running to the defense your pedophile prophet is quite pathetic. Let me guess your the product of a child from married cousins? You know inbreeding causes stupidity. There are loads of hadith that are clear that Moe was a child fucker. You know what would happen to ol’ MoMo if he were here today practicing such a thing—-

  7. So they abuse young Muslim girls too. When I was in Afghanistan the Muslim men were usually poking each other or eight year old boys.

  8. No Hazrat Ayesha was between 16-19

    1. Several books of Hadith (Al-Bukhari and Al-Muslim, Abu Dawood, among others) and Islamic history (Tabari, among others) report that Ayesha was married to the Prophet at 6 but her marriage was not consummated until she was 9. Although, this information is widely quoted and found in many Hadith and history books, it must be noted that most of this information has come from a single person, Hisham bin Urwah, who is the last narrator of this Hadith Isnaad (chain of narration) on the authority of his father. Thus, this Hadith is primarily a single Hadith. Some other narratives mention the same Hadith but their narration has been found weak and unacceptable. In general, a Hadith has more credibility if it is narrated by more people independently from diverse chains of narrators. In this case, there is basically only one source.

    2. Despite the abundance of information available during the 71 years that Hisham bin Urwah lived and taught in Medina, it is rather odd that that no one else?not even his famous pupil Malik ibn Anas—reported Ayesha’s age from Hisham in Medina. Furthermore, all the narrators of this Hadith were Iraqis. Hisham is reported to have moved to Iraq in his later years. An extensive list of biographical sketches of all narrators including these Iraqis is available in some books.

    3. Yaqub ibn Shaibah is reported to have said, “narratives reported by Hisham are reliable except those that are reported through the people of Iraq”. Malik ibn Anas (d. 795), a student of Hisham in fact discredited all narratives of Hisham that were reported through people of Iraq.

    (Tehzibu’l-tehzib, by Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani, Arabic, Dar Ihya al-turath al-Islami, one of the most well known books on the life and reliability of the narrators of the traditions of the Prophet (pbuh), vol 11, pg 48 – 51).

    4. It is reported that Hisham bin Urwah’s memory suffered in his later years to the extent that some of the traditions reported from Hisham bin Urwah could not be trusted for authenticity.

    (Mizanu’l-ai`tidal, by Al-Zahbi , Arabic, a book on the life sketches of the narrators of the Hadith, Al-Maktabatu’l-athriyyah, Sheikhupura, Pakistan, Vol 4, pg 301).

    5. Even though Ayesha is reported to have been born about eight years before Hijrah (around 614 A.D.), one can find another narrative in Bukhari (kitabu’l-tafseer) whereby Ayesha is reported to have said that she was a ‘young girl’ at the time of revelation of the 54th chapter of the Qur’an which came 9 years before Hijrah (around 612 A.D). Thus, according to this tradition, Ayesha was a young girl (Jariyah?as she calls herself and not an infant in which case she would be sibyah). Additionally, this narrative stands in direct contrast to the one reported on Ayesha’s age by Hisham bin Urwah. This puts Ayesha’s age significantly higher than 9 as reported by Hisham bin Urwah?possibly 15 or even higher. Obviously, if this narrative is held to be true, it is in clear
    contradiction with the narratives reported by Hisham
    ibn Urwah. There is no compelling reason as to why this tradition should be considered less accurate vis-à-vis Hisham’s narrative).

    (Sahih Bukhari, kitabu’l-tafsir, Arabic, Bab Qaulihi Bal al-sa`atu Maw`iduhum wa’l-sa`atu adha’ wa amarr).

    6. According to many narratives, Ayesha participated in the battles of Badr and Uhud. No one older than 15 was allowed to accompany the Prophet’s army in the battle of Uhud. This applied across the board to all participants, men and women alike. The battle of Uhud took place around the 2nd Hijrah, a time line close to her marriage with the Prophet. Obviously, she was at least older than 15 at that time.

    7. A narrative regarding Ayesha’s participation in the battle of `Uhud is given in Bukhari, (Kitabu’l-jihad wa’l-siyar, Arabic, Bab Ghazwi’l-nisa’ wa qitalihinna ma`a’lrijal; that all boys under 15 were sent back is given in Bukhari, Kitabu’l-maghazi, Bab ghazwati’l-khandaq wa hiya’l-ahza’b, Arabic).

    8. Most historians have consensus on the age of one of the oldest female companions of the Prophet, namely, Asma, the elder sister of Ayesha that was ten years older than Ayesha. It is also reported in Taqri’bu’l-tehzi’b as well as Al-bidayah wa’l-nihayah that Asma died in 73 Hijrah when she was 100 years old. Clearly, if Asma was 27 or 28 years old at the time of Hijrah, Ayesha was 17 at the time of Hijrah and 19 at the time of consummation of her marriage with Muhammad.

    (For Asma being 10 years older than Ayesha, see A`la’ma’l-nubala’, Al-Zahabi, Vol 2, Pg 289, Arabic, Mu’assasatu’l-risalah, Beirut, 1992. Ibn Kathir confirms this fact, [Asma] was elder to her sister [Ayesha] by ten years” (Al-Bidayah wa’l-nihayah, Ibn Kathir, Vol 8, Pg 371, Arabic, Dar al-fikr al-`arabi, Al-jizah, 1933). For Asma being 100 years old, see Al-Bidayah wa’l-nihayah, Ibn Kathir, Vol 8, Pg 372, Arabic, Dar al-fikr al-`arabi, Al-jizah, 1933). Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani also has the same information: “She [Asma (ra)] lived a hundred years and died in 73 or 74 AH.” Taqribu’l-tehzib, Ibn Hajar Al-Asqalani, Pg 654, Arabic, Bab fi’l-nisa’, al-harfu’l-alif, Lucknow).

    9. Tabari informs in his treatise on Islamic history that Abu Bakr had four children and all four were born during the pre Islamic period. The pre-Islamic period ended in 610 A.D, a fact that makes Ayesha to be at least 14 years of age at the time of her marriage around 613-624 A.D.

    Tarikhu’l-umam wa’l-mamlu’k, Al-Tabari, Vol 4, Pg 50, Arabic, Dara’l-fikr, Beirut, 1979).

    10. Ibn Hisham, the historian, reports that Ayesha (ra) accepted Islam quite some time before `Umar ibn al-Khattab which only means that Ayesha (ra) accepted Islam close to the time of first revelation (around 610 A.D). This means she must have been at least a young girl at that time. Assuming she was barely 6 or 7 at that time this information puts the age of Ayesha at 20 or more at the time of her marriage with Muhammad (623-624 A.D.), (Al-Sirah al-Nabawiyyah, Ibn Hisham, vol 1, Pg 227 – 234 and 295, Arabic, Maktabah al-Riyadh al-hadithah, Al-Riyadh).

    11. Tabari reports that before migrating to Habashah, Abu Bakr planned to hand over his daughter, Ayesha to Mut’am’s son to whom she was engaged. But fearing persecution by the Quraish, Mut’am refused and his son divorced Ayesha. The migration to Habashah happened 8 years before Hijra. Obviously, at the time she was ready to take on responsibilities as a wife (possibly 9 or 10 years of age). If she married Muhammad in the 2nd Hijrah (623-624 A.D), she could not be less than 19 years of age (a secondary reference for this argument is: Tehqiq e umar e Siddiqah e Ka’inat, Habib ur Rahman Kandhalwi, Urdu, Pg 38, Anjuman Uswa e hasanah, Karachi, Pakistan).

    12. A famous Sunni imam, Ahmad ibn Hanbal, reports in His Musnad, that after the death of Khadijah, Khaulah came to the Prophet (pbuh) and advised him to marry again. She had two propositions for the Prophet: Either Muhammad could marry a virgin (bikr), or he could go for woman who had already been married (thayyib)”. Khaulah named Ayesha for a virgin (bikr). It is common knowledge that the term bikr in the Arabic language refers to a well formed lady and not to a 9 year old, playful, immature lass. If she were nine, the word used by Khaulah would have been jariyah and not bikr.

    (Musnad, Ahmad ibn Hanbal, Vol 6, Pg 210, Arabic, Dar Ihya al-turath al-`arabi, Beirut).

    13. Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani has reported that Fatimah, Muhammad’s daughter, was five years older than Ayesha and that Fatimah was born when the Prophet was 35 years old. Thus, Ayesha, according to Ibn Hajar, was born when Muhammad was 40 and consummated her marriage when he was 54 or 55. That makes Aysha at least 15-16 years of age.

    (Al-isabah fi tamyizi’l-sahabah, Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani, Vol 4, Pg 377, Arabic, Maktabatu’l-Riyadh al-haditha, al-Riyadh,1978)

    Finally, it must be pointed out that Ayesha’s age at the time of her marriage has never been an issue. If it were, his enemies must have picked up on this issue as they did to him on some other issues. Also, the reader must note that none of these Hadith reports concerning Ayesha’s controversial age of marriage with the Prophet goes back to the Prophet himself. In other words, it is not the Prophet himself who said Ayesha was 6 or 9. These reports came from a single individual and the Iraqis reported from him when he grew old and his memory started failing.

    In conclusion, this article is an attempt to prove that the books written 200-300 years after the death of Muhammad, while providing a good deal of historical information about him are not free from faulty, less than perfect and self-contradictory materials. These should not be taken as the final word for a Muslim. There is a Final Word for a Muslim and that is the Book of God, the Holy Qur’an?the book that defines the marriageable age for a man or woman when he or she attains soundness of judgment (Al-Qur’an 4:6). If Muhammad is a model for mankind, if he followed the Qur’an all his life, if Allah stands witness to his rock-solid character, there is no way that he could have taken a 6-9 year old, immature young, playful girl as a responsible wife.

  9. Mr “For the ignorant”,
    You should title yourself as ” Ignorance Jnr.”. Call allah Ignorant Snr. It is very curious how the concept of circular reasoning completely eludes islamic freaks like yourself. It is also quite true that the quran is not the word of G_d, rather the bleating of a rather nasty arab and its associates. Why do we even put up with morons like yourself?? Count yourself lucky that we do not behave like muslims, Ignorant Jnr. BTW this thread closed several months ago – doing a bit of back reading were you. Best to spend time catching your donkey as the nights are getting cold now.

  10. * If Muhammad is a model for mankind, if he followed the Qur’an all his life

    No model, just a false prophet who deceived many, in accordance with prophecy.

  11. Fact 1- Sahih Albokhari was written four hundreds years after the prophet and not 200 years.
    Fact2- The story mentioned was not a Hadith because it wasn’t said from the prophet
    Fact3- The story is classified weak because it does not have strong support.

    If thinking logically, why would you take this story as the truth while historical events suggest Aisha was between 14 and 16. For example she was part of the medic team in Aohod war. According to historians of Arabia in the pre-islam time, girls weren’t allowed to participate in the military till they reach adulthood. So Aisha was adult in aohod.

    The only book of truth is the Quran. If you want to understand Islam then start with Quran. If the Hadith is against the Quran then the Quran is correct and the Hadith is wrong.

    People in the west just trying to demonize Islam without knowledge. According to them, we worship the moon god and we are the followers of a pedophile. On top they say Islam is terrorist.

    We worship god the only god, we don’t make him one of three nor we can put a human image in his place. God is above our imagination. He is the lord, the creator of the universe who never sleeps, rest or die. He does not have a start nor he has an end.

    As for the terrorism claim, the answer is very simple and that is SEARCH IN THE CIA files and MI5 secret agendas.

    Wahabism is a British engineered Islam. Alqaida is a CIA agent for Islamic affairs.

    Have a good logical thinking or die like an Ass

    1. Sadly, Alkindy, you don’t seem to know much of either Koran or hadith.

      Al Bukhari is generally accepted as authentic. Your little attempt at kitman & taqiyya is worthless. Your conspiracy crapola is unwanted and nonsensical.

      As for your last sentence I suggest you do likewise.

  12. There was publicity awhile ago about all the young Afghan boys being raped..they were lining up at the police stations at night. This was reported in connection with Canadian soldiers who were witnessing this horror. How ridiculous that islam goes on so much about homosexuality when in fact so many muslim men are into young boys..I saw this kind of thing in another muslim country.

  13. in spite of ignorance of your people, the terrible thing here is the religion that man muhammed was an insane man, a pervert always looking at little girls!! it stinks! that’s horrible, poor children, poor Nujood she is not guilty, she just was born in the wrong place with the worst family ever… brave girl I admire her with all my heart!!

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