“Muhammad was a pedophile..”
When I heard this ‘statement’ for the first time, I was rather perplexed and annoyed. The next time I heard it, I was sad and frustrated that somebody is talking very rudely, questioning my faith. When I started reading on the matter, I knew this was a ‘new accuse’ to none, but myself .Now that I am convinced of ‘what is it and how is it, I don’t get ’emotional’ whenever I hear this. To be honest, now I am sick and bored of answering this question/accuse and hence when such a similar stuff came in as a comment to another post, I didn’t bother to answer it as I felt the ‘asker’ was not ‘questioning’, but rather bashing. But since my father insisted on explaining it to those who are interested in reading with an open mind, I am here, telling you what do I think and believe about the above ‘statement’.
Modern world is not interested in referring to history and context. I wonder why people insist on quoting history back to 132CE and 636 CE, when it comes to matters of Israel-Palastein, while the same people are irritated and annoyed when I quote history back to just 1400 years ago. Those with double standards please don’t read below.
Judging yesterday by today’s moral standards is a waste of time. Morality is relative not absolute, it varies from culture to culture and society to society. What is perceived to be moral in USA may not hold to be true in other parts of the world, such as Africa and Asia. Morality is also relative to time, fornication/dating little time ago was regarded as taboo and a matter of shame for the family. However, now this is a common habit, dating could start as early as at the age of 14. Another example would be dress code, which was very modest in history but not so now,which again makes modesty a relative term.
The criticism of Muhammad’s marriage to Aisha is something relatively new in that it grew up out of the values of “Post Enlightenment” Europe. Certainly, those from a Middle Eastern Semitic background would not have found anything to criticize, since nothing abnormal or immoral took place. It was European Christians who began to criticize Muhammad on this point, not ones who were in touch with their Semitic roots. I wonder why the people of Quraish and other Arabian tribes at Prophet’s time found absolutely no fault in the marriage. On the contrary it is evident from countless narrations that the marriage was successful. They detested Islam; they did everything to belittle the Prophet, tried to prevent Islam from spreading and even attempted to kill the Prophet! However, they raised no objection to the marriage of the Prophet to Aisha since at those times such a thing was not considered ‘immoral’.
It is upon reaching the age of puberty that a person, man or woman, becomes legally responsible under Islamic Law. At this point, they are allowed to make their own decisions and are held accountable for their actions. It should also be mentioned that in Islam, it is unlawful to force someone to marry someone that they do not want to marry. The evidence shows that Aisha’s marriage to the Prophet Muhammad was one which both parties and their families agreed upon.The marriage also strengthened the relationship between Abu Bakr and Prophet Muhammed. In addition, Aisha (RA) was exceedingly intelligent and had a formidable memory. She had profound knowledge of Quran and Sunnah.She narrated over 2,000 hadith (at least 2,210).
Girls were not given in Marriage until after menstruation. And It was also common among all peoples of that era to marry young girls. It should be noted that the Prophet Muhammed first married a widow woman who was much older than him. And he didn’t take another wife until after her death. There seems to be a lot of propaganda concerning the marital status of the Prophet Mohamed and his wives. Don’t you people remember King Solomon and his Hundreds of wives and So called concubines? There were no Limits on how many women men would take. Only when Islam came did Allah send down a commandment limiting wives to 4 and only if you could be fair with them.
Hear it from a Christian friend of mine:
“In the present standard he was a pervert. But during his time and in his society he was comparatively a good person, because people were not sparing even their own mother, mother’s sisters, own grown up sisters and other family members. The Prophet had to prevent them from such uncontrolled sexual perversion like animals by introducing provisions into Koran whom to marry and whom not to marry. He had to bring their own tribe to a decent human level with a code of conduct as if it were told by Allah to him.The whole thing has to be seen in its proper context, then only we can properly appreciate”
Overcoming cultural bias or admitting your own double standards is not always easy. For some people, it takes years for them to admit that they’ve been hypocritical.
Centuries ago,number of wives were uncountable.Later,it decreased to a countable size.Now it is one(supposedly)..Not too long will it be when your grandkids ask you,”Marriage,what the heck is that.There isn’t a need for getting married”:)
We had better taken concern about our morals standards,especially when it comes to that of West,than worrying about what happened 1400 yrs ago.
An interesting fact,Lina Medina gave birth at the age of 5 years, 7 months and 21 days. Encyclopaedia Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lina_Medina ) says:
“Lina Medina (born September 27, 1933 in Paurange, Peru) gave birth at the age of 5 years, 7 months and 21 days and is the youngest confirmed mother in medical