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Reader comment on item: Resisting Islamic Law
in response to reader comment: Nature of Shariah

Submitted by Imam Ahmed S. Muhammed (United States), Apr 25, 2008 at 13:02

I know it is hard for many non Muslims to hear of Muhammed taking Aishah, a 9 year old girl as his wife. The common reply many muslims use is that it was customary for this to take place. In my research of it I've found that in some Arab tribes it is. But if Muhammed was trying to change Arab culture for the better, why keep this custom?

Aishah's father Abu Bakr, offered his daughter to the Prophet as a way to combine families, and become stronger against the oppression of the Quraish. While the Prophet did marry a minor, which isn't uncommon amongst semetic people, Christians, and Jews (quick quiz, What age was Mary. when she was betrothed to Joseph?), he did not consumate the marriage until she came of age that the Arabs felt was legitimate for a girl to consumate a marriage. Besides while what we know as pedophelia today existed 14 centuries ago, It wasn't a crime, and pedophiles don't marry thier victims, they don't care about them. It's not even an issue of sex with them, it's an issue of control, and power, the same as with rape with a grown woman.

Before I became Muslim I was Methodists. Alot of people tell me I sound more like a Christian, than a Muslim.


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