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What Does the Qur'an Say About the Proper Age to Marry

What Does the Qur'an Say About the Proper Age to Marry

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Does a little girl have the capacity to make informeddecisions about marriage?
Yemen child brides, eight-year-old Nojud Ali, left, and Arwa, nine, pose for a picture as they celebrate their divorces, granted themby a Sana'a court. International pressure to prohibit the practice has intensified. Photograph: Khaled Fazaa/AFP/Getty Images
Does Allah have to say the AGE to bring us to using our Aql/Reasoning?Another angle to look at and ask does a little girl at 6, 7, 8, or 9 years old have thecapacity or the experience to really know what is good for her and what the marriageinstitution entails for the rest of her days at that tender child age?Hence, can she really enter into a Meethaqan Galezan (solemn covenant) completely ather own volition?Now according to the Hadith this a form of disguised exploitation and given religiouslegitimacy which really has no true warrant from the Qur'an and get its validation fromHadith to implement pedophilia?Now the Qur'an literally presents us with the answers....so yes the Qur'an does so tacklethe issue of maturity please read the Qur'an more carefully.
The Clear Evidence:
 "And test the orphans until
balaghū (they reach) nikā
a (marriageable age).
Then if
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ānastum (you perceive) min'hum (in them) rush'dan (sound judgement),
release theirproperty to them. And do not consume it excessively and quickly, [anticipating] thatthey will grow up. And whoever, [when acting as guardian], is self-sufficient shouldrefrain [from taking a fee]; and whoever is poor - let him take according to what isacceptable. Then when you release their property to them, bring witnesses upon them.And sufficient is Allah as Accountant." Sura 4/6According to the Qur'an, physical maturity and mental maturity are both as importantin discerning marriageable age this equals to having sound judgment.Now let me break this down a little bit further,Allah says,
And test the orphans until
balaghū (they reach) nikā
a (marriageable age).
How do we know when a girl has reached
a (marriageable age)?
"And test the orphans until balaghū (they reach) nikā
a (marriageable age)”
First, the trustee of a property should first test the ability of the grown up orphan to seeif he or she is capable of managing his or her own affairs well.Second, the Qur'an provides guidelines / instructions for the trustee as to the time atwhich the property of the orphans is to be handed over--it is the time when the orphanhas attained adulthood or marriageable age and that he or she has attained a gooddegree of mental maturity.
Then if
ānastum (you perceive) min'hum (in them) rush'dan (sound
release their property to them”
 Hence, the Qur'an gives a clear definition / explanation of adulthood or marriageableage as one when a man or a woman has attained a good measure of mental maturity.So we can ask again a simple question, does a 6- or 9-year old have that level or qualityof sound judgment?The answer of course would be NO.The Qur'anic guidelines / instructions laid out for us describes clearly in Sura 4:6 tellus that Prophet Muhammad and anyone who is and grown adult / man or woman
couldn’t marry any little girls that is
of the age 6 -14.
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There are other ayats that tells us that the marriage bond has been described as 'solemncovenant/solid contract---Meethaqan ghaleezan'.
And how could you take it while you have gone in unto each other and they havetaken from you an 
(solemn covenant)?”
Sura 4/21Allah conveys to us in Sura 4/21 the same phrase'
has been used for husband-wife relationship as for the covenant that Allahtook from all the prophets including our own prophet in Sura 33/7."And mention when We took from the prophets their covenant and from you and fromNoah and Abraham and Moses and Isa, the son of Mary; and We took from them an
an(solemn covenant)
That He may question the truthful about theirtruth. And He has prepared for the disbelievers a painful punishment." Sura 33/7-8Not only that, the same expression was also used when Allah took covenant from the Jews not to violate the Sabbath (4:154).
And We raised over them the mount for [refusal of] their covenant; and We said tothem, "Enter the gate bowing humbly", and We said to them, "Do not transgress on thesabbath", and We took from them an 
an(solemn covenant)
” Sura
4/154The reality in terms of marriage according to the Qur'an
'tying the knot'
is going for a"
an(solemn covenant)
of mutual trust and faithfulness for eachother. And this type of relationships of marriage that, when developed and nourishedin time, gives rise to true love, tranquility and mutual feelings of caring which Allahsays in Sura 30:21
And of His signs is that He created you from dust; then, suddenly you were humanbeings dispersing
.” Sura 30/21
 This is what Allah allows to build between us, to the point that our offspring becomesoothing comfort of our eyes as told to us in Sura 25/74.
And those who say, "Our Lord, grant us from among 
 (our wives)
 (and offspring)
comfort to our eyes and make us an example for therighteous." Sura 25/74The Arabic word in this verse for descendants, offspring, progeny is Dhurriyyatahu

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