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Toronto Imam uses Oprah’s “child” pregnancy to illustrate Aisha’s maturity when she was married at the age nine to Prophet Muhammad
Shaykh Said RageahÂ (Ø§Ù„Ø´ÙŠØ® Ø³Ø¹ÙŠØ¯ Ø±Ø§Ø¬Ø) was born in Somalia and in the late 80sn moved to North America. Rageah has a Bachelor’s in Islamic studies and a Masters in Shari’ah and he has had several posts over the years, including: founder of Masjid Huda in Montreal and Masjid Aya in Maryland, advisor for Muslim Youth magazine, and member in the Aqsa Association.
Â He is also the founder of both Muslim Magazine and Al Aqsa Association, and served as the Chaplain at both the University of Calgary and the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT). Currently, he serves as Imam at the Abu Hurairah Mosque in Toronto, the Chairman for the Journey of Faith Conference and as an instructor for the AlMaghrib Institute.
In one of his lectures few years ago at Abu Huraira Centre in Toronto Shaykh Rageah explained the importance of Islamic education for children in order to shape their identity from early age. In this regard he spurred parents to teach their daughters to wear hijab and clothing that covers most of the body. Wearing hijab is a duty that applies to all Muslim females when they reach the age of puberty, which is according Islam nine lunar years (equals eight years and nine months).
Here’s an excerpt of Shaykh Rageah’sÂ lecture:
“If Allah blesses you with two daughters and you maintain them, teach them the book of Allah [Quran], put the hijab [traditional veil] on them, and you say; Aisha you look beautiful with the hijab, Temiya, you look wonderful with the hijab. And Glorious is God (Ø³Ø¨ØØ§Ù† Ø§Ù„Ù„Ù‡), A lot of sisters and a lot of brothers, they don’t understand that children from a young age they adopt what they see and they grow with what you teach them, and the sisters, God has willed it (Ù…Ø§ Ø´Ø§Ø¡ Ø§Ù„Ù„Ù‡), [say]: ‘Oh she is so cute, she is just going to a wedding. She is only nine year old; God has willed it (Ù…Ø§ Ø´Ø§Ø¡ Ø§Ù„Ù„Ù‡). Put a miniskirt for her’. A miniskirt when she bends down you can see, Glorious is God (Ø³Ø¨ØØ§Ù† Ø§Ù„Ù„Ù‡), the moon from the other end. Allah is the greatest (Ø§Ù„Ù„Ù‡ Ø§ÙƒØ¨Ø±).
“But this is not Islam. Aisha, may Allah be pleased with herÂ (Ø±Ø¶ÙŠ Ø§Ù„Ù„Ù‡ Ø¹Ù†Ù‡Ø§), she was married at the age of nine. If you think that is abuse, Oprah [Winfrey], this lady she was pregnant when she was nine year old. She is an adult. Don’t treat them like other kids. No. You say, Hey, Shame on you. This is not what Allah Glorified and Exalted be He (Ø³Ø¨ØØ§Ù†Ù‡ Ùˆ ØªØ¹Ø§Ù„Ù‰) desires from you. This is not what Allah wants from you. This is not what the messenger of Allah (Ø±Ø³ÙˆÙ„ Ø§Ù„Ù„Ù‡), peace and blessing be upon himÂ (ØµÙ„Ù‰ Ø§Ù„Ù„Ù‡ Ø¹Ù„ÙŠÙ‡ ÙˆØ³Ù„Ù…),Â wants from you.”
Shaykh Rageah’s statement regarding OprahÂ Winfrey is inaccurate. In anÂ interviewÂ toÂ Dave LettermanÂ Winfrey admittedÂ that she survived a brutal rape at the age of nine, underwent constant episodes of sexual molestation between the ages of 10 and 14 and became pregnant at 14 (her son died in infancy).
In this regard read also:
- Muslim girls are eligible for marriage at the age of eight years and nine months: Canadian Shiite scholar
- Having sex at husband’s will is obligatory for Muslim wife : Canadian Sheikh
- Muslim wife must obey her husband “when he calls her to bed”: Quebec Cleric
- Wife “beating in Islam is a type of education”, says Quebec Imam
- Canadian Muslim cleric implicitly justifies death penalty for apostates and insulters of the prophets
- “Music is the recitation of the devil,” warns Canadian Imam
Shaykh Said Rageah, YouTube