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Submitted by boy from dubai (Saudi Arabia), Jun 19, 2009 at 12:51

the whole safiya situation is taken out of context and misinterpreted in your article. safiya was a captive in one of the wars called "the battle of the trench." this was where the jewish folks in medina, who were against islam after leaving medina had a base in Khabeir. they joined forces with other groups, like the idol worshippers of mecca, who were against the spread of islam and schemed a seige on medina to annihalate the muslims. during the war, safiya was a captive. she was given the choice to either maintain her religion and return to her family in dignity or to accept islam marrying muhammad (pbuh). her husband was not killed in this war, because she had no husband at the time. her husband divorced her.

now in regards to the criticism of muhammad's marriage with aisha, i would like to point out that you forgot one response from abu bakr after muhammad (pbuh) says "i am only your brother in islam." abu bakr was overjoyed when he heard that. abu bakr wasn't his blood brother as you assert, but a very close friend.

although you criticize this marriage and assert that it is shameful, there were many justifactions and reasons for it. this marriage did not come up to muhammad as an idea from himself, but from a suggestion from Khawla bint Hakim after his former wife, Khadija died. and also there was a message from an angel tipping that aisha would be his future wife. this marriage was to also help relations with abu bakr and muhammad increase. abu bakr was concerned that if it was possible in islamic law for this marriage to happen, and muhammad responded with the aforementioned statement about only being a brother through religion and that marriage with his daughter was fine in islam.

now aisha was married at 6; however, she was sent away from her family's house to muhammad's house (pbuh) at the age of 9. in those times the physical nature of female in the old Arabian Desert is different from the physical nature of female nowadays. The female in the past can marry in a young age and also can be responsible for children. even in the 9 years with muhammad (pbuh), she never once had sex with him. she was treated fairly and equally along with muhammad's other wives. now please tell me that this assertion is indefensible, as on the contrary, as i have proven to you that it is defensible on grounds. now stop putting speculation on such aspects of islam. for it is false accusations you make, and i don't seem to see you making any of the contreversial verses in the torah or the bible.

good day to you sir.

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