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Why did Prophet Muhammad marry a child, Aisha? Is that not illegal?

According to widely accepted accounts, Prophet Muhammed , married Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her), when she was six. The marriage was consummated three years later.

It is interesting to note however, that Ibn Ishaq, the most authoritative historian of the life of the Prophet Muhammed , mentioned the names of Aisha and, her sister, Asma amongst the earliest of people who accepted Islam. The Prophet’s (SAW) marriage with Aisha was consummated (i.e. she moved to his house) three years after the contract/engagement, and this took place in Madina. Since the Meccan period alone was 13 years, it is much more likely that the contract took place at the age of 16 and that the marriage was consummated at the age of 19. Whether or not this is true, it is an interesting point to note.

Acceptability in certain practices varies across culture and across time. Even in America there was a time when there were no laws restricting the age of marriage, and some were married at the age of 12 or 13. States, then, started to limit the age of marriage to 14 and, in some states, 16. All such practices and related law are tied to the socio-cultural practices of the time and place.

In terms of the marriage practices in Arabia during the time of the Prophet , there are some important points. First, you could negotiate the marriage of a minor child and have a contract for marriage, like an engagement, in those times, without the actual marriage taking place until the age of adolescence. There is evidence that this practice was accepted in Islam. The enemies of the Prophet never raised any issue about his marriage to Aisha which, also, shows that it was a social norm in that culture at that time. Islam actually added some restriction to this practice. It allowed the engagement contract in childhood, but this becomes null and void if the two parties reach the age of adolescence and do not agree with what their guardians arranged. Secondly, Islam explicitly placed the minimum marriageable age at adolescence, rather than an arbitrary, chronological age. Adolescence can vary from one culture to another.

Islamic scholars are unanimous that the Prophet’s marriage to Aisha was a singular act of tremendous wisdom. Aisha, as the youngest wife of the Prophet, was in a position to observe many aspects of the Prophet’s life, and imbibe spiritual knowledge from a young age. She lived many years after his demise, and conveyed thousands of authentic traditions of the Prophet. Many Companions of the Prophet looked up to her for guidance, and her scholarship has been a boon to Islam and the wider world

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  • 1 decade ago
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    salaam

    I'd like to add that the Virgin Mary, who by the way is mentioned in Qur'an as the most honorable lady of all women of the world, she was only from 12 to 13 when got pregnant with her baby Jesus, furthermore, she was engaged to Josef El najar.

  • 4 years ago

    Muhammad Married Aisha

  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    Prophet Muhammad Aisha

  • 6 years ago

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    Why did Prophet Muhammad marry a child, Aisha? Is that not illegal?

    According to widely accepted accounts, Prophet Muhammed , married Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her), when she was six. The marriage was consummated three years later.

    It is interesting to note however, that Ibn Ishaq, the most authoritative historian of the life of the Prophet Muhammed ,...

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  • Ollie
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Hi,first I am not of Islam faith but found your question very interesting.

    I can not comment on Islam except if men looked up to her then why are woman treated in some countries as if they are nothing.I also agree

    getting young was accepted world wide thankfully we have got away from it.

  • 6 years ago

    because he was a child molester, and also a false prophet, and a lier.

  • 1 decade ago

    the story is not false, I guess, it is a lesson for peoples regarding the lower age of girls marriage.

  • I agree that there are many Historians and Islamic scholars who calculated it and said that Aisha couldn't have been 9 or 6 when he married her she was much older than this.

    People married at a younger age and they hit puberty at a younger age and they died at a younger age so there's no way to compare today to thousand years ago.

    Thanks for posting this. Some of the hateful comments down there is an example of people who prefer to stay ignorant and hateful

    Why don't you post it in Religion& Spirituality section?

    Unfortunately some people do not want to hear anything good about Islam some just want to hate and hate and hate.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Aisha's father was horrified when Muhammad proposed he hand over his daughter, so that Muhammad could add her to his harem (which shows that it was as unacceptable then, as it is now).

    A few days later Muhammad came back and told Aisha's father that he'd had a vision, and Allah stated that he wanted Muhammad to have Aisha (then 6). So the father had no choice but to hand his baby over to this paedophile.

  • Pupp
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    It wasn't uncommon to marry so young in the past. Just because she was a child, doesn't mean they consummated it straightaway, if at all.

    Source(s): My friend had an arranged marriage at the age of 16. though they would have married sooner if it weren't for modern laws.
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