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Submitted by Jimmy Ebasco (Philippines), Sep 22, 2006 at 17:30

For all you who may disagree about the marriage between Prophet Muhammad and Aisha, let me remind you about Prophet Abraham. Wasn't he who was commanded by God to sacrifice his son? His son...a young child to be killed. And did he, Prophet Abraham, go to a secluded area to execute that command imposed by God? Although, the sacrifice was not carried out because God had intervened. It was only a test to confirm the love, faith, and devotion Prophet Abraham had for God.

At any rate, Abraham was willing to do it, he had the heart, he was cocked and loaded to thrust the needed instrument into the belly of his son...a child. Killing a child and marrying a child are frowned upon in most societies. But this is Islam. If marrying a child is permitted in Islam then so be it. "To our religion be our way and to your religion be your way."

Prophet Muhammad had a dream about the angel carrying a young person enveloped in a silk cloth. Prophet Muhammad, because of his wisdom, interpreted it as a COMMAND, so to speak, that a marriage must be carried out. Why? I don't know. You don't know. But who are we to question the authority of God? And so it was, the marriage. Has anyone ever pondered about the reaction of the Prophet Muhammad when this revelation came to him? Maybe, at first, he was reluctant to do so. Do you think when he woke up after the dream he jumped out of bed with an erection and with excitement yelled, "Praise God! I'm going to marry a little girl!"?

I'm sure for a while, for seconds, minutes, even days he delved deeply into this matter or maybe he didn't because his faith was strong and he knew God KNEW best especially after so many commandments that were imposed on him through the years as a prophet. I mean come on...he went that far with his religion following the commands of God, why would he stop then? Do you Jews, Christians, or any denomination question and judge negatively about Abraham for the act that he was going to commit? No you don't. As a matter fact, you praise Abraham for his devotion to God.

Just like Abraham, Prophet Muhammad was only executing a command that was imposed by God. So why don't you people praise Prophet Muhammad for OBEYING God? After all, the prophet is probably the only man in written history to have married a child and Abraham is probably the only man in written history to kill a son that he loved so much. Why don't you look at it in that perspective? Do you think Prophet Muhammad was raptured before the dream? Could it be that the adoration came after the dream because she, Aisha, was chosen to be the wife of the prophet and because Prophet Muhammad had so much devotion towards God that emotions rubbed off on her?

Prophet Muhammad was a compassionate man towards his wives. Why should he treat Aisha any different? She was the wife was she not? Also, just because Prophet Muhammad married a child doesn't mean that every man should follow suit. But if one does...power to him. I'm sure at the end God will not even question him on the Day of Judgement despite the negative reactions he may receive from people.

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