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.
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.