Posted By LambChop
Fun facts about Islam. The Islamic prophet Muhammad’s favorite wife, Aisha, was six when Muhammad wedded her and nine when he consummated the marriage:
In Aisha’s Words: “The Prophet engaged me when I was a girl of six (years). …and my mother, Um Ruman, came to me while I was playing in a swing with some of my girl friends. ..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.” (from Bukhari 5.58.234)
Muhammad was at this time fifty-four years old.
Modern Islam draws no distinctions between practices of ancient times – because Muhammad is the perfect example of behavior for followers to emulate (cf. Qur’an 33:21), Muhammad’s, marriage to a 9- year- old is considered exemplary today.
Muslims of several nations refuse to outlaw child marriage.
Afghanistan's parliament has recently rejected a measure that would have barred men from marrying girls younger than 16, based on the fact that the ban ran defies Islamic ideology.
In Iran, Muhammad’s example is the basis of their laws - girls can be engaged before the age of nine, and married at nine. Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini himself married a ten-year-old girl when he was twenty-eight.