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The Unjust Accusation of Paedophilia Against Prophet Muhammad

The Unjust Accusation of Paedophilia Against Prophet Muhammad

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Setting the record straight by dismantling the fallacious arguments and untruthful accusations of paedophilia against Prophet Muhammad. Peace be on him.

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May Allah guide the haters and bigots.
Setting the record straight by dismantling the fallacious arguments and untruthful accusations of paedophilia against Prophet Muhammad. Peace be on him.

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missionary christians islaam terrorists followers submitters consensual puberty maturity wives four believers kafir india hindu arab christian acp christianprince west east science moral relativity ages dark middle medieval backward usa patriots bin laden sheikh discover islam convert africa conversion rates birth fastest growing religion catholic pope rome paul

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 A comprehensive refutation of the accusation of paedophilia levelled at the Prophet  Muhammad ( peace be upon him) By Yahya Snow 
Of course Mohammad (pbuh) has been criticised ever since he began preaching themessage of Islam, this criticism began with his non-Muslim contemporaries in 7
th
century Arabia and extends to the modern day. The early criticism stemmed fromPagan Arabs who opposed the message that Muhammad (pbuh) preached thiscriticism follows a ubiquitous trait through the dark ages, middle ages, industrialrevolution and all the way to modern times as well as post-modern times. Thecommon trait being the origination of the critique of Mohammad (pbuh) wasenveloped in a bias born out of the authors of the critique coming from an opposingreligious stance and in many cases coming from an opposing evangelical background.Thus throwing the critique into the arena of prejudice, therefore, from an objectivestance this criticism is tinged with a bias and in the case of that which flows from theevangelical side we must say it is far from neutral.Of course both the early non-Muslim Arabs and the evangelical Christians of the pastand modern times have pursued a policy of open defamation of the Prophet (pbuh)and indeed they still are doing this through websites and books dedicated to attackingIslam. The same dedication to attack other religions by the evangelical Christiansdoes not exist. This observation is supported by the following quote from theorientalist W. Montgomery Watt ’ of the world’s great men none has been so muchmaligned as Mohammad’. This could well be due to the copious number of convertsto Islam from Christianity in the modern Western world today. If this is the case thenwe must realise that their focus on Islam is coming from an ideological andtheological battlefield. This, indeed, is my belief and the adage ‘ the first casualty of war is the truth’ comes to mind as their charges against Mohammad are bathed infalsehoods and deceptive quoting motivated by none other than attempting todiscredit Islam.Before delving into refuting the charge of paedophilia against the Mohammad (pbuh)lets look at a brief overview of the insults and charges thrown in the direction of Mohammad (pbuh)In the Middle Ages Mohammad (pbuh) was referred to via the derogatory termMaometics (the number of the beast, 666),Martin Luther described him as "a devil and first-born child of Satan" (1) Christian pastor Jerry Vines called him a "demon-possessed paedophile". (2)That said lets move onto dissecting their claim of paedophilia. Of course their claim is based on Lady Aisha’s early marriage to Mohammad (pbuh). From my experiences indiscussing this issue with those who advocate the claims I notice as a matter of factthat their objection to the marriage in question is fractured into a few claims:1. The primary charge they bring is that of outright paedophilia, i.e. ‘sex with a pre- pubescent girl’2. Having shown the individual that Aisha had reached puberty(i.e. claim 1 is false) their claim changes to ‘paedophilia with a young girl’
 
3. Finally after showing claim 2 as being unfair and lacking basis they claim that theage difference between Lady Aisha and Mohammad (pbuh) is far too vast and claim itto be repulsiveThe primary charge they bring is that of outright paedophilia, i.e. ‘sex with a pre- pubescent girl’Dealing with the first claim that Lady Aisha was ‘pre-pubescent’ when sheconsummated her marriage with Mohammed (pbuh). Their argument comes from the4 narrations (hadiths) in Al-Bukhari and 3 hadiths in Al-Muslim stating her age to being 9 when the marriage was consummated. It must be stated that the age isdisputed, reports regarding the age vary from 9 to age 20. The argument regardingwhether the age was 9 or not shall be discussed later on in this article. It is imperativethat we maintain a methodical approach in dealing with the accusations.This claim of ’pre-pubescence’ is not that common as it is widely accepted by most of the accusers of Muhammad (pbuh) that she had reached puberty at the time of consummation, to be fair the minority who do claim ‘pre-pubescence’ are theextremely ignorant and hateful ones amongst the accusers. So the vast majority of them, to their credit, are honest enough to admit or concede that she had reached puberty before any sexual contact. Having said that, the claim must still be refuted.First off, let us be clear, Lady Aisha had reached puberty. Obviously if that was notthe case then the Pagan Arabs who vehemently opposed Muhammad (pbuh) wouldhave brought this complaint up, no records of any such claims exist. Islamic lawdoes not allow sex with a pre-pubescent girl, therefore, as Islamic Law is based on theQuran and the teachings of Muhammad, it is known through this fact that Aisha hadreached puberty. Aisha saw this union as an honour and looked back at the marriageand her great life with Prophet Mohammed (pbuh) with great fondness and joy (3)thisobviously shows that she was in full agreement with the marriage. We must also statethat the parents of Lady Aisha were in full agreement of the marriage to take placeand most crucially in this regard they were in full agreement for consummation totake place at the time it did, obviously no parent would send their daughter for consummation in a pre-pubescent stage in her life. Colin Turner (4) highlights the factthat 7
th
century Arabian girls reached adulthood at an earlier age. The CambridgeWorld History of Food (5) agrees with Turner and states girls in the southerly regionsof Asia where the climate is warmer were marriageable in their eighth year and gave birth in their ninth or tenth year.The period of 3 years between the engagement and consummation was clearly for Lady Aisha to reach maturity, both physically and mentally. Both physical and mentalmaturation must be reached if a marriage is to be consummated, this is Islamic lawwhich is based upon the teachings of Muhammad (pbuh) and the Quran, this showsthat Aisha would have been physically mature as well as mentally mature for consummation, i.e. she would have attained puberty. Lady Aisha even confirmedhaving reached puberty (6) but many people are unaware of this as the claim theymake of ‘pre-pubescence‘ is not a common claim hence the proof to show their claimsto be false is not widely publicised. Karen Armstrong also confirms that Lady Aishahad reached puberty at the time of consummation in her ‘Muhammad: A Biographyof the Prophet’ (7), this ’reaching of puberty’ is confirmed by great scholars such as
 
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

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