He who is honest to research Islam doesn’t see what habitual enemies say but considers what the essence

of Islam is. "I have studied him - the wonderful man and in my opinion far from being an anti-Christ, he must be called the Savior of Humanity. I believe that if a man like him were to assume the dictatorship of the modern world, he would succeed in solving its problems in a way that would bring it the much needed peace and happiness: I have prophesied about the faith of Muhammad that it would be acceptable to the Europe of tomorrow as it is beginning to be acceptable to the Europe of today." George Bernard Shaw Although I am not a scholar yet I shall address the issue as follows. Dare to reply. http://www.understanding-islam.com/related/text.asp?type=discussion&did=91 9 or 6 or else are neither included in quran nor in sayings of Prophet (peace be upon him) the narratives describing Ayesha's (ra) age at the time of her marriage do not fall under the scope of Sunnah. Obviously, the narrative of Ayesha's (ra) age at the time of her marriage is not a part of "the sayings of the Prophet, (peace be upon him)", it cannot be termed as the Prophet's "practices" and neither can it be included in the "actions which gained his approval". The narrative of Ayesha's age is just a narrative of a historical event. Just because it has been reported by Bukhari and Muslim, does not change its status from being a narrative of a historical event to a Sunnah. With due course of time, human body has changed as have the weathers, environment etc. Average age has decreased and a number of diseases has originated. Its only your present world where girls get married after 17 etc (most of people even dont wait to marry). How can you prove that girls were not married as young as 9 in that era; hundreds of years ago? You are pointing out the thing which was never said by prophet (peace be upon him) himself. Cant you see that she came to his house when she was 9? If nikah was done earlier, it doesnt mean that relationships were raised at once even before rukhsati. If she got intercourse at 6, had she any child? Why is your ‘history’ silent here? In fact you only read what you want. Puberty Start Your science says that average age of puberty start is 9. How would you prove that it was not lesser in those days? Can you come up with demographic evidence if you are really learnt people? Using English for communication and copying West can never make you people knowledgeable. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puberty#Conclusion_of_puberty

Potential fertility (sometimes termed nubility) usually precedes completion of growth by 1-2 years in girls. If start of puberty is at 6, when would it complete? Latest by 9. Right? 14 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marriageable_age#Europe http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Age_disparity_in_sexual_relationships#Modern_times [see how a formula suggests 14] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marriageable_age#Americas Marriage at 14 is legitimate in Russia Canada etc. In Indo-Pak, such a girl is a mere school going child. Should we now accuse Candians of child sex etc? 10-13 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Age_of_Consent#Social_attitudes “Social (and the resulting legal) attitudes toward the appropriate age of consent have drifted upwards in modern times; while ages from 10 through to 13 were typically acceptable in the mid-Nineteenth Century[1]” Ask your elders and appreciate the fact if they tell you that either they or their elders got married as early as 10-13. If people can marry at 10 in mid-nineteenth century, why are you highlighting the figure 9 even when you know that it was centuries ago. “15 through to 18 had become the norm in many countries by the end of the Twentieth Century.” Within some years, the figure raised from 10-13 to 15-18. If there is an increase, there must be even lower figures like the ‘itchy’ 9. You craps should cut a sorry figure now. 5-months http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Child_sexuality#Masturbation_and_orgasm “According to Alfred Kinsey's research in the 1950s, children are capable of experiencing orgasm from the age of five months.” What do 5 months suggest? Grow up dear. Ask Dr. Zakir Abdul Naik [MBBS] for clarification - your countryman. ETHIOPIA http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethiopia#Religion “According to the most recent 1994 National Census[40], Christians make up 61% of the country's population” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marriageable_age#Africa “Ethiopia: Legally 18 for both males and females. In practice, however, children in rural areas are married young. It is not uncommon to see girls as young as 6 years of age being married. It is also unusual for a girl to be 16 and yet unmarried.” Are these Christians committing child sex? Go there. You shall easily find ‘child-brides’. Then wonder how come they have babies. You just forgot Ethiopians in your enmity for Islam - in fact Pakistan. Live long Pakistan. Science is itself ‘scientific’ It says that over the due course of time, there have been abrupt changes in environment etc. People have gone lesser in height, eating habits have changed, average age has decreased etc. Traditions also changed dramatically. If today girls get associated to

someone late, it doesnt mean that earlier they were unfit for marriage. Dont you see that all his other wives were divorced/widows? Only this was virgin. Marriage – not forcination Why are you so much talkative? After all he married her and neither she nor anyone else (including her dad Abu Bakar may God be pleased with him) objected at it. Even those who were his most bitter enemies didnt raise the issue you have dug out. Had it been against customs, unbelievers would have been the first to taunt him of violating their society norms. Anti-Islam forces have been propagating with Islam since its inception. They too don’t criticize in such a ‘modern’ manner. There is no sense in raising an allegation which was not done by his countrymen especially non-believers. ‘Sensible’ to compare stone age with modern era Today, you have the luxury of cars. In his days, only animal transport was available. On current basis, does it make sense to call those Arabs poor since they didnt travel by bus etc? Comparison is done only where there is a room for similarities along with dissimilarities. If you compare totally opposite cultures, i fear you shall end up with a huge bank of dissimilarities. Either prove that such an age was not conformable for marriage in those days or find something else against Islam. If you are really a good critic, you must also collect "dis-confirming" evidences. Then weigh 'confirming evidences' against 'dis-confirming evidences'. Only then you shall be able to issue such a ruling. See Problem solving, Decision making and stuff under critical thinking, cognitive sciences, philosophy - to name a few.