Dawudi, Abu Hanifa etc (8)
These are facts that Christian missionaries tend toignore to further their agenda of maligning the character of Mohammad (pbuh), this practice of the Christians is dishonest and intended to deceive.
Lady Aisha was betrothed to Mohammad at the age of 6 and then the marriage consummated at 9according to the hadith mentioned earlier. The betrothal at an early age (6 years old)was in concordance with the custom at the time, this is proven by the fact that LadyAisha was previously engaged for marriage to a man named Jubair ibn Mut`am (9).We must also state that the parents of Lady Aisha were in full agreement of themarriage to take place and most crucially in this regard they were in full agreementfor consummation to take place at the time it did, obviously no parent would sendtheir daughter for consummation in a pre-pubescent stage in her life
We must alsoremember that the marriage was not the idea of Muhammad (pbuh) but wassuggested to Mohammad by Khawalh bint Hakim (10). Also, the consummation of the marriage was suggested to Mohammad (pbuh) by Lady Aisha’s father, this isfurther proof that she had reached puberty but also shows that there was no sexualmotive within the blessed heart of Mohammad (pbuh) as neither the idea of marriageor consummation were initiated by him.(11) As a side note which is important, theIslamophobe brings a new element to his claim of ‘pre-pubescence’ and brings forthHadith that state that Aisha played with dolls and the Islamophobe infers from thisthat Aisha was below the age of puberty. This is an unscholarly conflation of events asthe traditions that tell us that Aisha played with dolls do not specify when she playedwith the dolls therefore it would be inaccurate to state that she played with dolls after or at the time of the consummation of the marriage. The dishonest Islamophobe triesto paint the picture of a girl playing with dolls and being forced into sex. This is notthe case historically. The traditions of Aisha playing with dolls do not mention whatage she was when she played with the dolls, therefore to make the Islamophobe’s judgement would be unscholarly and deceptive. The Islamophobe also uses a traditionthat teaches us that Lady Aisha, when moving into live with Muhammad (pbuh), hadtook her dolls with her to her new home. People in the West (including myself) canrelate to this as many girls on leaving their parents homes (whether to universityaccommodation or to live with their partner) take items of emotional value, dolls andteddy bears (from their childhood) are amongst these items. So, Aisha, was nodifferent in this regard. There is no tradition stating that she was playing with the dollsat the time of consummation nor after this time. It would be extremely unfair and evendeceptive to make that claims of the Islamophobe as there is NO evidence to supporttheir claim that Aisha was playing with dolls at the time of consummation. All weknow is that she was married at the age of six, she had a waiting period of three yearsin order to attain maturity and then she consummated the marriage after puberty; theseare the facts, to imply otherwise would be conjecture. I will also append an onlinearticle that deals with this subject to further your understanding (see reference number 22)
The reason I include these points is to pour further cold water ontheir already defeated ‘arguments’.So to summarise the key points proving puberty:~ Enemies of Islam at the time saw nothing wrong with themarriage which proves puberty had been reached at the time of consummation~ The parents of Lady Aisha deemed her to be ready for