In the first part of this article, I had mentioned about the verses in Hadiths which talked about the child marriage of Aisha. In this article, I am going to talk about the justifications that many Muslims give about child marriage and Aisha’s marriage to Mohammad. But before that, I want to clarify something. I am not saying anywhere that majority of Muslims are pedophiles or they just sell their daughters to any sexually obsessed, bald, drooling 60 year old. Justification of pedophilia in Shahi Bukhari and such Hadiths only provides an opportunity to those Muslims who want to have sex with little girls and with the backing of their religion, they can do that legally. Majority of Muslims are just peace loving, normal people. There are millions of Muslims who totally discredit Imam Bukhari and only follow Quran. I will urge such Muslims to come out of their closets and fight for their religion which has been hijacked by uneducated, pervert, extremists.
Marriage of young girls at age 6 was normal 1400 years ago: Okay, We know that. Girls at their tender age were not just married off in the deserts of Arabia, but also in England, China, India and later in USA. The society that we have evolved from was a patriarchal society. Women were considered as an object to create babies and look after the household. Because, every man wanted a virgin girl for himself, therefore it was a burden on the guardians of the women especially father and brothers to take care of her chastity. Naturally it was a difficult task in unstable society, where other barbaric tribes would regularly pillage and loot other tribes for money and women. So, it must have been a normal practice to marry the girls at a young age. Until now, it seems all okay and I have no problem with Mohammad marrying Aisha if he was just any Tom, dick, Harry of his age. But, No!!! He was special, the chosen one (Like Frodo). He should have done something different because his actions would become a guiding light for the thousands of next generations to come. He wasn’t just another human being of his time. Allah should have known that there will be a time when billions of people will question Muhammad’s actions. So, why didn’t he guide his lovely prophet? Why didn’t he just speak in his ears or send the Gabriel on donkey? If Muhammad was a prophet then he must have come to change the way people were living at his time. He must have come to guide them into light. As Mahatma Gandhi said, ‘’be the change that you want to see’’. If Muhammad did not want old men to marry young girls, why didn’t he become that change? Rather, he just followed the ongoing trend of his time. As a sheep, he thus followed the herd.
The mindset of children at that time was different from our times, Aisha was much mature: This is the argument that one of my Muslim friend gave, ‘’ Can you say that a young girl who grew up in a middle class home in America has the same mindset and maturity level as a girl who grew up in a warzone like Palestine or other countries? Have you ever watched a video of a 5 year old in Palestine speaking passionately and wonder how someone can have such wisdom at such a young age? Have you ever seen documentaries on children in African countries, who at ages 10 and 12 have lost their parents and are caring for their younger siblings and tending to the needs of their household?”
This looks like a good argument. I would agree that the environment in which children live does affect their mindsets. Human beings are programmed according to their external environment, so naturally a child living in a warzone would be more mature than another child living in his penthouse in Los Angeles. This is not only about that time. In India where around 50% of the population is living in poverty, many children are forced to work as child laborers in construction sites and in rich people’s houses. I have personally seen many of these kids -10 year old girls carrying bricks in a construction site or washing dishes in roadside restaurants. These girls do look more mature than the children of any rich family, but think about this- Are these girls ready for a sexual intercourse. Because they have matured up due to the harsh conditions they are living in, is it justified to marry them and have sex with them? Any member of
Homo sapiens have a survival instinct with which they keep themselves alive in harsh conditions. Many people will act out of their comfort zone when they are put in a situation of risk. One can understand this if he understands natural selection and Evolution. A girl born in a prostitute’s family knows a hundred trick at her tender age to satisfy her clients, that doesn’t means that the same girl is mature enough to understand marriage, society and the responsibilities that come with it. If a 60 year old man marries such a young girl because he feels that she is more mature due to the harsh conditions she has been living in, he is only profiting from her situation. I would rather like such men to help the girl get an education and when she grows up, then ask for her decisions about marriage.
It is better to bear children with a young girl because children borne out of her would be healthier: Now, this fact is a total concoction out of the minds of sick pedophiles. According to medical science, Maternal and prenatal health is of particular concern among teens who are pregnant or parenting. The worldwide incidence of premature birth and low birth weight is higher among adolescent mothers. Risks for medical complications are greater for girls 14 years of age and younger, as an underdeveloped pelvis can lead to difficulties in childbirth. Obstructed labour is normally dealt with by Caesarean section in industrialized nations; however, in developing regions where medical services might be unavailable, it can lead to eclampsia, obstetric fistula, infant mortality, or maternal death.For mothers in their late teens, age in itself is not a risk factor, and poor outcomes are associated more with socioeconomic factors rather than with biology. Early motherhood can affect the psychosocial development of the infant.The children of teen mothers are more likely to be born prematurity and low birth weight predisposing them to many other lifelong conditions. The hardships do not stop at birth for these children. The children are at higher risk and are usually plagued by intellectual, language, and socio-emotional delays. Developmental disabilities and behavioral issues are increased in children born to teen mothers. One study suggested that adolescent mothers are less likely to stimulate their infant through affectionate behaviors such as touch, smiling, and verbal communication, or to be sensitive and accepting toward his or her needs. With all these risks associated with teen and underage pregnancies, do you still think that a prophet chosen by God should have intercourse with a girl at such a young age? He is a bad trend-setter, I will say.
Aisha and Muhammad was a great love story: What is a great love story, my friends? For some people, Romeo and Juliet is a great love story, for others it is just bullshit. Considering something as a great love story is a subjective term. It differs from people to people. Muhammad is considered a great example of wisdom and humility, courage and love by Muslims around the world. Naturally, they will try to justify his every action. But we don’t have the same burden. We can look and analyze his case with a
more rational approach. Natasha Kampusch was abducted when she was just 10 years old. She was kidnapped by Wolfgang Prikolpil. Wolfgang was a sick pedophile who kept Natasha in his basement and raped her for 8 years. Still, when Natasha was freed by the police and after the death of Wolfgang, she was emotional for him. This phenomenon is called the ‘’Stockholm syndrome’’. Maybe Aisha felt the same, who knows.
The only thing that we can say is that the actions of Mohammad do not show any extra-human magnificence that could be expected from a prophet of God. He just seems like a normal person with his normal lusts. If you still want to believe in him, that’s your choice.