The truth about Muhammad and Aisha
?A?ishah bint Abi Bakr also transcribed as Aisha or variants, was Muhammad's third and 6 See also; 7 Notes; 8 References; 9 Cited works; 10 Further reading According to John Esposito, Aisha was married to Muhammad in Mecca in married her when she was six years old and he consummated his marriage when .and does
W riting about Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, the Orientalist scholar W Montgomery Watt wrote: "Of all the world's great men, none has been so much maligned as Muhammad. This claim is a recurring one among critics of Islam , so its foundation deserves close scrutiny. Critics allege that Aisha was just six years old when she was betrothed to Muhammad, himself in his 50s, and only nine when the marriage was consummated. They base this on a saying attributed to Aisha herself Sahih Bukhari volume 5, book 58, number , and the debate on this issue is further complicated by the fact that some Muslims believe this to be a historically accurate account. Although most Muslims would not consider marrying off their nine-year-old daughters, those who accept this saying argue that since the Qur'an states that marriage is void unless entered into by consenting adults, Aisha must have entered puberty early. They point out that, in seventh-century Arabia, adulthood was defined as the onset of puberty.
Aisha was Prophet Muhammad's child bride. He married her when she was six to seven years old and consummated the marriage when she was nine lunar years old. That night I kept on weeping and could not sleep till morning. Usama bin Zaid said what he knew of the good reputation of his wives and added, 'O Allah's Apostle! Keep you wife, for, by Allah, we know nothing about her but good. Allah has no imposed restrictions on you, and there are many women other than she, yet you may ask the woman-servant who will tell you the truth. Did you ever see anything which roused your suspicions about her?
Of all the criticism that Islam has endured since it appeared on the scene as a new religion fourteen centuries ago, the marriage of Muhammad to Ayesha was not one of them until fairly recently. Muslim apologists, those who defend the Islamic tradition, would argue that a reason for the absence of such criticism is that marriage and age are so historically and culturally contextual. So, for example, it means something very different to be 9 years old in a society in which life expectancy is short as opposed to long life expectancies in the modern West. In reality, the idea of young girls marrying and even conceiving was quite common in the medieval period. In Christianity, for example, it is commonly accepted that Lady Mary was between years of age when she was married to Joseph and when she conceived Jesus of virgin birth. Insisting on 21st century Western ideas on morality and marriage, which evolved in their own right, for a very different time and place is an ahistorical approach.
In any discussion on the age of Aisha ra: may Allah be pleased with her at the time of her marriage with the Holy Prophet Muhammad may peace and the blessings of Allah be upon him , it is of the greatest relevance to note the pivotal role she played as a teacher, exponent and interpreter of the religion of Islam.
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Initially, I believed what many Muslims asserted: Muhammad sexually consummated his marriage to the nine year old Aisha following her first menstruation. This increases the weight and scope of my argument and places Muhammad and Islam in a far darker, more disreputable, light. Muslims have to answer for their continued support for Muhammad because he transgresses their standards. When children are allowed to be used for sex then that is sexual exploitation; so why do they support the creator and establishment of a system that entrenches the abuse and sexual exploitation of children? I am not trying to use cheap polemics.
Aisha had an important role in early Islamic history, both during Muhammad's life and after his death. In Sunni tradition, Aisha is portrayed as scholarly and inquisitive. She contributed to the spread of Muhammad's message and served the Muslim community for 44 years after his death. Her father, Abu Bakr , became the first caliph to succeed Muhammad, and after two years was succeeded by Umar. During the time of the third caliph Uthman , Aisha had a leading part in the opposition that grew against him, though she did not agree either with those responsible for his assassination nor with the party of Ali. She participated in the battle by giving speeches and leading troops on the back of her camel.
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