We have right to question. Prophet Muhammed is a pedophile he married aisha at 6 and consummated his marriage at 9 according to Wikipedia. Why can't we question this and say its wrong? Why should be people scared to point this out?
Everyone should indeed have the right to question Islam (or any other religion for that matter) without the fear of being physically harmed or killed. That being said, I also think that at this point the Aisha thing is just beating a dead horse. There are many more important criticisms pertaining to the modern day cultures, practices, and interpretations of Islam than what the prophet was supposedly doing with a 9 year old girl nearly 1500 years ago.
I have to agree with Becca on this one. The whole "he married and fucked a child" thing is sort of small potatoes. It's horrible by our standards, but way back when it was common practice. European Royalty did it all the time. It doesn't make it right, it doesn't make it any less deplorable, but there are more important things to be questioning, more important battles to be fought. If you want to Lampoon every historical figure who married an "underage" girl, you're going to be busy for a very, very long time.
I do - any chance I get when debating with them.
@Becca - that horse may not be as dead as we'd like:
Pedophilia and Bestiality Celebrated as a Right Of IslamBy Jennifer King
Islamic law is based on the rules of the Qur’an and the sunnah, the ‘perfect example’ of Muhammad, the Muslim prophet, recorded in the hadiths, traditions. All Muslims are ordered to imitate Muhammad’s ‘perfect example’ in thought, word and deed. They are ordered to regard Muhammad as the ideal human being and Islam as the best system for humanity forever, a system that Islamic law orders must rule the world and abolish all other religions, cultures and laws. The definition of the word consummate: In Sahih Bukhari, vol. 7, #64, the root word used is dakhala. Hans-Wehr Arabic-English Dictionary p273: it means ‘to enter, to pierce, to penetrate, to consummate, cohabit, to have sex with a female’.
PEDOPHILIA LAWS FROM ISLAM Q&A
Question #12708: Is it acceptable to marry a girl who has not yet started her menses? Answer: Marriage to a young girl before she reaches puberty is permissible according to sharee’ah, and it was narrated that there was scholarly consensus on this point. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): “And those of your women as have passed the age of monthly courses, for them the ‘Iddah (prescribed period), if you have doubt (about their periods), is three months; and for those who have no courses [(i.e. they are still immature) their ‘Iddah (prescribed period) is three months likewise” [al-Talaaq 65:4]" In this verse we see that Allaah states that for those who do not menstruate – because they are young and have not yet reached the age of puberty – the ‘iddah in the case of divorce is three months. This clearly indicates that it is permissible for a young girl who has not started her periods to marry.
Question #27305: Is it permissible to marry a thirteen year old girl? The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) married ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) when she was six years old, and he consummated the marriage with her when she was nine, and at that time he was over fifty. If she has not reached the age of puberty, then her father has the sole right to arrange her marriage and does not have to ask her permission. With regard to the wedding-party of a young married girl at the time of consummating the marriage, if the husband and the guardian of the girl agree upon something that will not cause harm to the young girl, then that may be done. If they disagree, then Ahmad and Abu ‘Ubayd say that once a girl reaches the age of nine then the marriage may be consummated even without her consent, but that does not apply in the case of who is younger.There is nothing in the hadeeth of ‘Aa’ishah to set an age limit or to forbid that in the case of a girl who is able for it before the age of nine.
This wasn't written in 700 AD, it was written a year ago:
Rationalizing Pedophilia in Islamby Raymond IbrahimJihad Watch
July 29, 2011
Earlier this month we saw—or rather, were once again reminded—that Islam permits pedophilia in the guise of "marriage": Top Saudi cleric, Dr. Salih bin Fawzan, issued a fatwa asserting that there is no minimum age for girls to marry, "even if they are in the cradle," and that the only criterion is that "they are capable of being placed beneath and bearing the weight of the men." While this practice speaks for itself, it is interesting to witness the great lengths some Muslims go to justify or rationalize it—or even to turn it into a source of pride. Consider, for example, this Muslim cleric discussing Muhammad's marriage to the child Aisha when she was nine. Far from blushing for shame, the cleric actually uses this anecdote to boast of the prophet's "patience" and "magnanimity."
Translation of relevant excerpt follows:
"The story of the prophet's marriage to Aisha reveals to us aspects like the prophet's conduct with Aisha, and more importantly the aspect regarding the relationship between the husband and wife, to show how one should treat his wife, just as the prophet did with Aisha. "We know that Asia's mother went to take her down from the swing that she was playing on to fix her hair and prepare her for the prophet so he could enter her [have sex with her]—and she did that all on the same day."
In another 2011 article, Ibrahim continues:
New Saudi Fatwa Defends Pedophilia as ‘Marriage’
Fawzan concludes his fatwa with a warning: “It behooves those who call for setting a minimum age for marriage, to fear Allah and not contradict his Sharia or try to legislate things Allah did not permit. For laws are Allah’s province; and legislation is his exclusive right, to be shared by none other. And among these are the rules governing marriage.”
Sorry to monopolize the conversation, but having been the father of little girls, this subject is personal. No one should believe the horse is dead, it's only resting it's eyes --
I think Pat says it all. Thanks Robert.
We should question all beliefs.
It seem to me a significant factor for religions and their beliefs to survive is to suppress questioning - Muslims appear to have a propensity to be physically violent and/or kill people, and Christians try to make you believe you'll go to hell if you don't "believe." And these sheeple continue to believe in and perpetuate their imaginary friends.
But imaginary friends/religion, to me, seem pretty easy to criticize (and ridicule). And I'm very grateful to live in America, where our secular Constitution, for now, protects our ability to freely criticize religion.
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