Great summary, Lisa
Submitted by Rashid (Canada), Apr 6, 2006 at 14:53Lisa, good summary.
If I may add one more thing on the subject of Aisha :
Every Muslim knows Mohammed married her at 6 years of age and consummated the marriage when she was 9. And every one has been taught all manners of rationalization, the likes of which you've already heard, to placate any one who would question this, even within Islam.
The literature on Mohammed's life and early Islam is EXTREMELY VAST. To really understand the enormity of Mohammed's depraved behaviour you'd have to, not only read the huge number of accounts on this but also read "between the lines".
When Mohammed approached Abu Badr, the young father of the little girl, he said (I am paraphrasing here, I don't have the texts in front of me) :
Abu Badr I want to marry your little daughter.
Abu Badr's response (actual words, I do remember these) : BUT, O Messanger, she is ONLY six !
Mohammed (paraphrasing again) : It's OK Abu Badr, I had a dream, it's the will of Allah, and it's halal (lawful).
When adressing Hitler (at the height of his power) or Saddam or Khomeini, nobody begins an answer with a "but".. and Mohammed was even more powerful. With that reponse you can imagine the internal anguish of Abu Badr who knew what Mohammed intended to do with his daughter. (If ONLY she was a little older !! he must have thought)
I havn't found any account saying that Aisha moved in to live in Mohammed's house when the deal was made. But there were "visits". The mother, probably to endear herself to Mohammed, took her there from time to time. The 50+ year old foul breathed man probably fondled her on those occasions. Aisha herself says "he was nice to me"..
The poor man had to "wait" 3 years to finally get his "dream" come true
To me, in this whole context, dream = lust.
P.S. Harrak's talk about clans intermarrying for mutual protection etc.. is correct, but not in the case Mohammed with the "lower" folks. Abu Badr and the other "companions" were already devoted body and soul the Mohammed.
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