Fatwa Question Details (Islamonline.net)
Californian Muslim - United States
Would a 50-year-old “Prophet of God” Have Sex
with a 9-year-old Girl?
As-salamu `alaykum. The fourth argument that the
Christian group posed, which caused great perplexity to Muslims in
California, is related to the Prophet’s marriage to `A’ishah (may
Allah be pleased with her). Here, the author as well as the Christian
group pose this question:
Would a 50-year-old “Prophet of God” have sex with a 9-year-old girl?
Could you please send my question to Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi to answer it?
Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi
Wa `alaykum As-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.
In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon
Dear questioner, thank you very much for having confidence in us, and we
hope our efforts, which are purely for Allah's Sake, meet your
Before answering your question, we would like first to state that
through the centuries, the enemies of Islam have advanced numerous
accusations and far-fetched theories to discredit Islam and its last
Prophet, Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). Praise be to Allah
alone, all such accusations have been successfully refuted by the Muslim
Ummah. It is no wonder that we see a group of some Christians
reinventing accusations against the noble character of the Prophet about
his marriage to young `A’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her).
We have forwarded your question to Dr. Muzammil H. Siddiqi,
former President of the Islamic Society of North America and Director of
the Islamic Society of Orange County, Garden Grove, California. He
states the following:
"The author of this flyer attacks the character of Prophet Muhammad
(peace and blessings be upon him) by using these words, “Prophet of
God having sex with a 9-year-old girl.” He is trying to confuse his
readers as if the Prophet was not married to this girl or married her
against her will. The Prophet’s wife `A’ishah (may Allah be pleased
with her) was indeed young, but he married her according to the
traditions of his people at that time.
`A’ishah was most pleased with this marriage. She became his best
supporter and learned much of Islam from him. She was a great teacher
for many women and men of her time. Her parents were very pleased with
this marriage. Historically, it is not confirmed that she was 9 years
old when she came in the household of the Prophet. There are various
reports from age 9 to age 24. Her maturity, knowledge, intelligence, and
contributions during the life of the Prophet and afterwards all indicate
that she was either an exceptional nine-year-old or must have been older
than that. Whatever the case may be about her age, one thing is certain:
she was a most compatible spouse of Prophet Muhammad. None of the
contemporaries of the Prophet, his friends or foes, are reported to be
surprised by this marriage or made objections to it.
The author should read his own Bible and ask himself how fair he is in
judging Prophet Muhammad with one standard and his own prophets with
another. If he thinks that a Prophet of God should not have a very young
wife, then he should also reject Abraham as God’s Prophet. If he
cannot accept a 50-year-old Prophet of God having a 9-year-old wife
(though I do not agree that she was 9), then he should also not accept
an 86-year- old Prophet of God who slept with a young maiden of his own
wife without marrying her, as the Bible says (see Genesis 16:1-16). He
should then reject all the Prophets who came in the line of Prophet
Abraham, including Jesus. He should also reject the whole Bible, Old and
New Testament, because they both praise Abraham as a great person.
We as Muslims, of course, honor Prophet Ibrahim (peace and blessings be
upon him) and respect his marriage to Hajar (may Allah be pleased with
her). She was the honored mother of Prophet Isma`il (peace and blessings
be upon him and upon all the Prophets of God)."
You can also read:
Misconceptions about Prophet’s Marriage to `Aisha
about the Marriage of the Prophet
the Claims regarding the Prophet's Marriages
beautiful wives of the Prophet
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the Sun Set in a Muddy Pool?
If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to write back!
May Allah guide you to the straight path, and guide you to that which
pleases Him, Amen.
Allah Almighty knows best.
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