Mohammed's Nine-Year Old Wife July version Numerous people have said that Mohammed had sex with his youngest wife, 'Aisha, daughter of Abu Bakr, when he was about 53 and she was only nine years old. Some Muslims deny that. If somebody were to claim Mohammed and 'Aisha had sex when she was nine, and they were wrong, that would be a serious slander against Mohammed.
On the other hand, if it were true, that would show a very different side of Mohammed that would shock many. So is this accusation against Mohammed true or false? This paper will first give the evidence for A'isha being nine when her marriage was consummated, then raise 11 objections to this, and finally, ask what if each view were correct. This is important to a widely practiced but overlooked practice today: In Iran as of June it is legal for a 9 year old girl to marry with her parents' permission.
Voices Behind the Veil p. After her father tied her up, burned her back with a piece of iron, locked her up for three days with no food, he eventually married her of to a year old man. He never sent her to school because he said that it would drive them from their tradition, they would start asking questions, and not want to marry until they are 19 or The Taliban encouraged families to marry off their daughters as young as eight years old.
It was actually somewhat of a gross story, basically of many girls who needed C-sections but did not get them. Many survived, but could not have any children due to their perforated uteruses. To understand the authoritative nature of the example of Mohammed, we have to understand something of the Muslim hadiths. They hold a higher place in Sunni Islam than church tradition does in the Catholic and Orthodox churches. Sunni Muslims hold to six collections of hadiths as the most authoritative writings in Islam after the Qur'an.
The rest of this paper shows that the accusation is completely true, according to numerous corroborating early Muslims sources. In addition to these quotes from the six authoritative hadiths is a reference from the highly respected early Muslim historians ibn Ishaq and al-Tabari. Sahih al-Bukhari A. Khadija died three years before the Prophet departed to Medina.
He stayed there for two years or so and then he married 'Aisha when she was a girl of six years of age, and he consummated that marriage when she was nine years old. The same points are in Bukhari vol. The Prophet wrote the marriage contract with 'Aisha while she was six year old and consummated his marriage with her while she was nine years old and she remained with him for nine years i.
The Prophet was screening me with his Rida' garment covering the upper part of the body while I was looking at the Ethiopians who were playing in the courtyard of the mosque. I continued watching till I was satisfied. So you may deduce from this event how a little girl who has not reached the age of puberty who is eager to enjoy amusement should be treated in this respect. Islam , and I don't remember a single day passing without our being visited by Allah's Apostle in the morning and in the evening.
Therefore 'Aisha either was not born yet or else not very old or not born yet when her parents became Muslims. This is consistent with her being a child when her marriage with Mohammed was consummated. Sahih Muslim A. This is generally considered the second most reliable collection of hadiths. Allah's Messenger may peace be upon him married me when I was six years old, and I was admitted to his house at the age of nine.
We went to Medina and I had an attack of fever for a month, and my hair had come down to the earlobes. Umm Ruman my mother came to me and I was at that time on a swing along with my playmates. She called me loudly and I went to her and I did not know what she had wanted of me.
She took hold of my hand and took me to the door, and I was saying: Ha, ha as if I was gasping , until the agitation of my heart was over. She took me to a house, where had gathered the women of the Ansar.
They all blessed me and wished me good luck and said: May you have shared in good. She my mother entrusted me to them. They washed my head and embellished me and nothing frightened me. Allah's Messenger may peace be upon him came there in the morning, and I was entrusted to him. Allah's Apostle may peace be upon him married me when I was six years old, and I was admitted to his house when I was nine years old. The Apostle of Allah may peace be upon him married me when I was seven years old.
The narrator Sulaiman said: He had intercourse with me when I was nine years old. I used to play with dolls. Sometimes the Apostle of Allah may peace be upon him entered upon me when the girls were with me.
When he came in, they went out, and when he went out, they came in. Rather it says the playmates played with her, and they went out when Mohammed came by, and could come back after he was finished with her. The Apostle of Allah may peace be upon him married me when I was seven or six.
When we came to Medina, some women came. According to Bishr's version: Umm Ruman came to me when I was swinging. They took me, made me prepared and decorated me. I was then brought to the Apostle of Allah may peace be upon him , and he took up cohabitation with me when I was nine. She halted me at the door, and I burst into laughter.
That is to say: I menstruated, and I was brought in a house, and there were some women of the Ansari Helpers in it. With good luck and blessing. The tradition of one of them has been included in the other.
Sunan Abu Dawud vol. They washed my head and redressed me. No one came to me suddenly except the Apostle of Allah may peace be upon him in the forenoon. So they entrusted me to him. When we came to Medina, the women came to me when I was playing on the swing, and my hair were [sp] up to my ears. They brought me, prepared me, and decorated me. Then they brought me to the Apostle of Allah may peace be upon him and he took up cohabitation with me, when I was nine.
I was swinging and I had my friends. They brought me to a house ; there were some women of the Ansar Helpers. We came to Medina and stayed with Banu al-Harith b. I swear by Allah, I was swinging between two date-palms. Then my mother came, and made me come down; and I had my hair up to the ears. The transmitter then mentioned the rest of the tradition.
Conclusion on Abu Dawud: Ahmad and Is'haq said that if a female orphan reaches nine years old and was wed with her consent, then the marriage is permissible and she will have no choice when she matures. The two relied on a hadith by Ai'sha stating that the prophet peace be upon him had sexual relations with her when she was nine. Aisha said, if the little girl reaches nine then she is a woman" Tirmidhi said: Tirmidhi, "Marriage according to Allah's apostle", Conclusion on Tirmidhi: Sunan Nas'ai A.
The Apostle of Allah peace be upon him married her when she was six and had intercourse with her when she was nine. Sunan Nas'ai, Book of Marriage, no. The Apostle of Allah peace be upon him married me when I was seven and had intercourse with me when I was nine. The Apostle of Allah peace be upon him married me when I was nine and I accompanied him for nine years.
The Apostle of Allah peace be upon him married her when she was nine and died when she was eighteen. The Apostle of Allah peace be upon him married me when I was six and had intercourse with me when I was nine and I was playing with dolls. However, the English translator at the front wrote the following under On the 9th or the 12th of Rabi-ul-Awwal 11 A. Hadrat 'A'isha was eighteen years of age at the time when the Holy Prophet Muhammad peace and blessings of Allah be upon him passed away and she remained a widow for forty-eight years till she died at the age of sixty-seven.
Conclusion on Sunan Nasa'i: Not counting English translation notes, the Arabic has 5 references and no counter-references to affirm that A'isha was nine. A'isha was married when she was six years old, and nine when she went to Mohammed's house. A'isha was married at seven, went to Mohammed's house at nine, and was 18 when Mohammed died. According to al-Zawa'id, its isnad is sahih according to the condition of Bukhari.
However Abu 'Ubaida did not hear from his father, so it is munqata has a gap Ibn-i-Majah vol. I had wronged none in regard to him. It was due to my ignorance and extreme youth that the apostle died in my arms.