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Allegations on Marrying Young Aisha (Aysha, Ayesha)

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There are two categories of people who ask questions like, “Why did an older Mohamed marry an younger Aysha?”. The first category would like to know the answer, and the other one wants to provocate.The moment you answer their question, they will go to another question. Their objective is not seeking knowledge. Don’t bother about them, and spend your time wisely.

1. This age difference is raised as an issue only in our times and not during their times. It was a common practice at that time. Even 50 years ago, nobody asked this question, i.e. in the 1300+ years, even the diehard critics of the Prophet (pbuh) did not talk about this “age difference”. Neither the pagan Quraish nor the Jews of that time even thought of criticizing the Prophet for this, though tried their best to put down the Prophet’s message. People now live longer, get mature enough to handle a family much later than the earlier times

To understand a man, one needs to know his society. Sociologist Mills writes, “… The facts of contemporary history are also facts about the success and the failure of individual men and women. When a society is industrialized, a peasant becomes a worker; a feudal lord is liquidated or becomes a businessman. When classes rise or fall, a man is employed or unemployed;when the rate of investment goes up or down, a man takes new heart or goes broke. When wars happen, an insurance salesman becomes a rocket launcher; a store clerk, a radar man; a wife lives alone; a child grows up without a father. Neither the life of an individual nor the history of a society can be understood without understanding both…” (MILLS, C. WRIGHT. 1959. The Sociological Imagination. Penguin)

2. Puberty was the nature’s dividing line between a girl and a woman. Biologically her body says “I am ready to be a mother”.  Even now the minimum age for consensual sex varies from 12 to 18

3. Was Ayesha affected/disturbed by this marriage? No. The condition of one who was abused is pathetic. On the contrary, she was a scholar & a foremost/prolific narrator of hadeeths (2,210 narrations). See her caliber, could she be a product of abuse? See the 10 minute video  for a detailed answer (“A beautiful love story”) on this

4. Judgment Problem : In the West, if two men hold hands they are considered gays / homosexuals. While in the Middle east or India, it indicates friendship. A US guy may look at this and cry “A bunch of homosexuals”, which is incorrect. A similar thing happens with Ayesha’s marriage. This marriage happened 1400 years ago, go back to that period and see it in its context

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Jan 6, 2010 at 12:54 pm

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