September 15, 2008
Moroccan theologian: marrying 9 year old girls permissible; "mainstream" Muslims accuse him of "distorting" Islam
Strangely, however, another Muslim theologian at the other end of the Muslim world reached the same exact conclusion? "Moroccan theologian: Muslim girls can wed at nine," Middle East Online, September 15:
Sheikh Maghraoui reiterates his claims are based on Prophet Mohammad’s sayings.
RABAT - A Moroccan theologian repeated his claims Sunday that Muslim girls could marry as early as nine years old, arguing it was sanctioned by the Prophet Mohammed.
"The marriage of nine-year-old girls is not forbidden because according to the Hadith (the Prophet Mohammed's sayings), Mohammed married Aisha when she was only seven-years-old and he consummated his union when she was nine," wrote Sheikh Mohamed Ben Abderrahman Al-Maghraoui on his website (Maghrawi.net).
"I am a confirmed theologian and I have not made this up. It is the prophet who said it before me," said the Marrakesh-based founder of a religious association.
So get off my back already!
"Those who criticise me, like the press or Moroccan television as well as the lawyer who filed the complaint (against me), are part of a secular attack against the Islamic nation and its theologians," he added.
Earlier this month, Rabat-based lawyer Mourad Bekkouri filed a complaint against Sheikh Maghraoui and his fatwa, which he said damages children's human rights, and the family and criminal code by increasing the risk of rape.
He said the theologian is undermining Islam and its followers and that he had requested the state prosecutor to speed up the case.
His views were backed by the left-wing newspaper Al Ittihad Al Ichtiraki, which claimed that "vicious theologians are today capable of putting religion in the service of paedophilia."
The views of Maghraoui, which contradict the teachings of mainstream Islam and the interpretation of the life Prophet Mohammed, has sparked anger and criticism among pious Muslims, who accused him of deliberately attempting to distort Islam.
Where does one start here? As odious as Maghraoui's fatwa is, he does, in fact, ground it in Islam's roots of jurisprudence. After all, if the most "perfect" man married a 9 year old, and Muslims are supposed to emulate him, how has Maghraoui's fatwa "contradicted the ... interpretation of the life of Prophet Mohammed"? As for accusations that he is "deliberately attempting to distort Islam," are these "pious" Muslims saying Muhammad never married a 9 year old? So much for the importance of the hadith and the sunna it offers.
Posted by Raymond at September 15, 2008 9:50 PM
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On the Left-wing European blogs, Muslims argue that the Hadith documenting Aisha's age are "dubious". When pointed out that there are at least six in Bukari that corroborate one another, they claim that they are all sourced back to Hishams father, "who was elderly with a failing memory". When you point out that several are narrated by Aisha herself, they deny, obfuscate, look for any reason to insist that their scripture doesn't say what it says.
From three different narrators, here is the basis for legalized pedophilia in the Islamic world...
From the collection of Bukhari
Volume 5, Book 58, Number 236:
Narrated Hisham's father:
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.
Volume 7, Book 62, Number 64:
that the Prophet married her when she was six years old and he consummated his marriage when she was nine years old, and then she remained with him for nine years (i.e., till his death).
Volume 7, Book 62, Number 88:
The Prophet wrote the (marriage contract) with 'Aisha while she was six years old and consummated his marriage with her while she was nine years old and she remained with him for nine years (i.e. till his death).
Posted by: Cornelius [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 15, 2008 10:35 PM
I find this whole thing revolting. Why? I have a ten-year-old daughter. Most girls aged nine don't even have *breasts* or pubic hair! Even in the well-nourished western world, most nine year olds haven't even started their periods. In much of the Islamosphere - in places like Yemen, Sudan, Somalia, Afghanistan - girls would surely be thin and small and stunted, their maturation delayed by poor nutrition and no medical care.
So Muslim clerics are saying that it's perfectly legal and acceptable for a flat-chested immature frightened little girl to be HURT by a man of 20, 30, 40, 50, 60. They're sacralising sadistic child abuse of the worst kind.
ICK. Many of the girls thus abused must surely be permanently physically damaged by being subjected to something that their bodies are just not yet ready to handle. I wonder how many of them bleed to death? I wonder how many of them suffer fistulas (and are then tossed out with the garbage, as used goods)?
Seems to me that there must be an awful lot of deeply sick men in the Islamosphere who find it sexually exciting to cause 1. extreme pain and life-threatening physical damage and 2. terror in little girls; men who for some weird and perverted reason, find screams of pain and fright, or the frozen silence of terrified catatonia, more exciting than the happy whoops of a joyously pleased adult woman.
Posted by: dumbledoresarmy [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 16,