Saturday, April 8, 2017

Does Islam support pedophilia or child marriages? Did Prophet Muhammad marry a 6 year old? Are relations with prepubertal girls allowed in Qur’an (65:4) as some non-Muslims state? What is the minimum age for marriage?

68:2 You are not, by the Grace of your Lord, a madman. 68:3 And indeed, for you surely is an endless reward. 68:4 And indeed, you surely are of a great moral character. 68:5 So you will see, and they will see, 68:6 Which of you is the afflicted one. 68:7 Indeed, your Lord is most knowing of (he) who has strayed from His way, and He is most knowing of the guided ones.

(“Pedophilia, or paedophilia”, according to the article “Pedophilia” in wikipedia, “is a psychiatric disorder in which an adult or older adolescent experiences a primary or exclusive sexual attraction to prepubescent (pre-teen) children”)(According to Verse 68:2-7, Muhammad was not a madman, and he had a great moral character; other than that is false, invented and a defamation against the Prophet)(Allah knows best)

65:1 O Prophet, when you divorce women (l-nisaa), then divorce them for their waiting period, and keep count of the waiting period, and fear Allah, your Lord. Do not expel them from their houses, and nor should they leave unless they commit a clear immorality. And these are the limits of Allah. And whoever transgresses the limits of Allah, then certainly he has wronged himself. You know not; perhaps Allah will bring about, after that, a matter. 65:2 Then when they have reached their term, then retain them with kindness or part with them with kindness. And take as witnesses two just men among you and establish the testimony for Allah. That is instructed to whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day. And whoever fears Allah, He will make for him a way out, 65:3 And He will provide for him from where he cannot think. And whoever puts his trust upon Allah, then He is sufficient for him. Indeed, Allah will accomplish His purpose. Indeed, Allah has set a measure for everything. 65:4 And those among your women (nisaikum) who have despaired of menstruation, if you doubt, then their waiting period is three months, and for those who have not menstruated. And those who are pregnant, their term is until they deliver their burdens. And whoever fears Allah, He will make his affair easy for him.

(The Verses 65:1 and 65:4 mention “women”, not children; and is ruling on divorce, not on marriage. So, some non-Muslims wrongly use these Verses which according to the context, only refer to “women”, not children)(The root of “l-nisaa / nisai” is “Nun-Siin-Waw”, and it only means “women”)(Consider the Verses below)(Allah knows best)

40:67 He is the One Who created you from dust, then from a semen-drop, then from a clinging substance; then He brings you out as a child; then lets you reach maturity, then lets you become old - and among you there are some who die before - and lets you reach a specified term, so that you may use reason.

(There is a distinction between “child” and “maturity” in the Qur’an)(Allah knows best)

12:22 And when he reached his maturity, We gave him wisdom and knowledge. And thus We reward the good-doers.

(“Maturity” and getting “wisdom and knowledge” are related to each other in the Qur’an (12:22))(Allah knows best)

28:14 And when he reached his full strength and became mature, We bestowed upon him wisdom and knowledge. And thus We reward the good-doers.

(“Maturity” and “full strength, wisdom and knowledge” are related to each other in the Qur’an (28:14))(Allah knows best)

6:152 And do not go near the orphan’s wealth except in that which is best until he reaches his maturity. And give full measure and weight in justice. We do not burden any soul except to its capacity. And when you speak then be just, even if he is a near relative. And fulfill the Covenant of Allah. That He has enjoined on you so that you may remember.

(“Maturity” and “accessing the wealth” are related to each other in the Qur’an (6:152))(Allah knows best)

4:6 And test the orphans until they reach marriage. Then if you perceive in them sound judgment, deliver their wealth to them. And do not consume it excessively and quickly, that they will grow up. And whoever is self-sufficient should refrain; and whoever is poor - let him consume in a fair manner. Then when you deliver their wealth to them, bring witnesses upon them. And sufficient is Allah as Reckoner.

(“Reaching (age of) marriage” and “accessing the wealth” are related to each other in the Qur’an (4:6), so the Qur’an implicitly says that the “(age of) marriage” is in “maturity”)(So, on one hand, “maturity” is directly related to “accessing the wealth” (6:152), and to “full strength, wisdom and knowledge” (28:14) and to getting “wisdom and knowledge” (12:22). On the other hand, getting “their wealth” (4:6) and having “sound judgment” is directly related to “reaching (age of) marriage” (4:6), so “maturity” is implicitly related to “(age of) marriage”. In addition, “maturity” is differenced from “child” in Verse 40:67. So, the Qur’an does not support pedophilia or child marriages at all)(Allah knows best)

18:82 And as for the wall, it was for two orphan boys in the town, and underneath it was a treasure for them, and their father was righteous. So your Lord intended that they reach their maturity, and bring forth their treasure as a mercy from your Lord. And I did not do it on my (own) accord. That is the interpretation of that (about) which you were not able (to have) patience."

(Verse 18:82 also confirms that “maturity” and “accessing the wealth” are related)(Allah knows best)

4:24 And those women who are married except whom you rightfully possess. The decree of Allah upon you. And lawful to you are beyond these, that you seek them with your wealth desiring chastity, not lust. So for whatever you benefit from them, give them their bridal due as an obligation. And there is no sin on you concerning what you mutually agree to, beyond the obligation. Indeed, Allah is All-Knowing, All-Wise.

(Verse 4:24 also confirms that you need wealth in order to get married. On the other hand, you have to reach maturity in order to access the wealth (18:82, 6:152))(Allah knows best)

24:32 And marry the single among you and the righteous among your male slaves, and your female slaves. If they are poor, Allah will enrich them from His Bounty. And Allah is All-Encompassing, All-Knowing. 24:33 And let those who do not find marriage refrain (falyasta’fif) until Allah enriches them of His Bounty. And those who seek (yabtaghuna) the writing from among whom your right hands possess, give them the writing if you know any good in them, and give them from the wealth of Allah, which He has given you. And do not compel your slave girls to prostitution (l-bighai), if they desire chastity, to seek temporary gain of the life of the world. And whoever compels them, then indeed, Allah is, after their compulsion, Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.

(Verse 24:32 makes no distinction between male and female in regard to marrying with your wealth, so the same age of marriage (in maturity) is for both, whether male or female, because Verse 24:32 is addressed to males and females)(“if they are poor” refers to male and female slaves)(The root of “yasta’fifi” is “Ayn-Fa-Fa”, and it means “to abstain from what is unlawful, be abstinent, restrain. ta’affuf – modest/abstinence”. According to the context, it is interpreted that they have to refrain from “marriage”, until they have wealth)(Another barrier to marriage, besides the lack of wealth and maturity, is that forced marriages are forbidden (24:33, 33:50, 33:28, 4:19), at any age. Another condition is that women have to marry with the permission of their family (4:25). So, women is protected by these rules)(Forced marriages are also forbidden in this sentence: “do not compel your slave girls to prostitution, if they desire chastity” (24:33), because the root of bothbighai / yabtaghu(prostitution / seek) is “Ba-Ghayn-Ya”, and it means “sought for or after, desired, endeavored to find and take and get (good or evil), unchaste, loving or affecting a thing, seeking what one should not seek, etc.”. So, according to the context of the Verse, you cannot compel them in regard to seeking / desiring a husband, if they want to remain chaste. This interpretation is confirmed within the same verse, which uses the same root word in a previous sentence “those who seek (Ba-Ghayn-Ya) the writing from among whom your right hands possess”. So, compelling them to “get married” if she desires to be chaste is called “prostitution”. Prostitution/fornication/adultery are forbidden in Islam, so the context of the Verse is always about marrying)(Allah knows best)

4:127 And they seek your ruling concerning women (l-nisai). Say, "Allah gives you the ruling about them and what has been recited to you in the Book concerning the orphans women (l-nisai) to whom you do not give what is ordained for them and you desire to marry them, and the weak among children and to stand for orphans with justice. And whatever good you do, then indeed, Allah is All-Knowing of it.

(Verse 4:127 mentions “women” in regard to “marriage”, not “children”)(In Verse 40:67, there is a distinction between “child” and “maturity”)(Allah knows best)

33:28 O Prophet, say to your wives, "If you desire the life of the world and its adornment, then come, I will provide for you and release you with a good release.

(The wives are not forced to be married to the Prophet)(Allah knows best)

46:9 Say, "I am not a new (one) among the Messengers and nor do I know what will be done with me and with you. I follow that which is revealed to me, and I am not but a clear warner."

(The Prophet followed the correct women’s age of marriage)(Allah knows best)

56:37 Devoted, well-matched (atraban). 56:38 For the companions of the right,

(The word “atraban” (well-matched) can also be translated as “equals in age”. So the well-matched ones are equals in age. That is confirmed by the root of “atraban”, which is “Ta-Ra-Ba”, and it means “contemporary friend, match/fellow/equal, suiting the age and matching in all other aspects, etc.”)(Allah knows best)

38:52 And with them (will be) well-matched (atrabun) companions of modest gaze.

78:33 And splendid companions (wakawa’iba) well-matched (atraban),

(“wakawa’iba” (splendid companions) can also be translated as “full-breasted”, “fully developed”, etc. And “atraban” (well-matched) can also be translated as “equals in age”. So the Qur’an does not support child marriages, whether between an adult and a child, or between two childs, because it says “fully developed”)(The root of “kawa’iba” is “Kaf-Ayn-Ba”, and it means “swell / prominent / protuberant / projection / budding (common examples include a woman’s breasts), anything elevated, tarsus, joint / juncture / division of bones (more commonly the ankle bone), etc.”)(So, there is a relation between “having a spouse” and to be “full-breasted / fully developed”)(Allah knows best)

66:5 Perhaps his Lord, if he divorced you, He will substitute for him wives better than you - submissive, faithful, obedient, repentant, who worship, who fast, previously married and virgins.

(There is no discrimination between a woman previously married and a virgin. So, there is no even preference for a virgin)(Allah knows best)

4:19 O you who believe, it is not lawful for you to inherit women by force. And do not constraint them in order to take part of what you have given them unless they commit a clear immorality. And live with them in kindness. For if you dislike them - perhaps you dislike a thing and Allah has placed much good in it.

16:90 Indeed, Allah commands justice and good, and giving to relatives, and forbids immorality and bad and oppression. He admonishes you so that you may take heed.

(In Islam, Muslims have to marry, in order to have sexual relations, because adultery and fornication are forbidden. So Muslim women have rights and are protected in that regard, while non-Muslim girls have no rights in that sense. Some non-Muslims are hypocrites, because many of them have sexual relations outside marriage. Non-Muslims are also hypocrites in regard to pedophilia, according to the article in wikipedia “list of pedophile and pederast advocacy organizations”, there are pedophile organizations in Australia (2), Belgium (5), Canada (2), Denmark (1), France (1), Germany (15), Italy (1), Netherlands (4), Norway (2), Switzerland (1), United Kingdom (2), and United States (5); and also an international organization which had members in 20 countries. This organization uses English, French, German and Spanish as its languages. The list is not including groups which discuss and support the pedophile activism (e.g. “Christian boy love” group, etc.). On the other hand, such organizations are obviously forbidden in Muslim countries)(Allah knows best)

4:25 And whoever among you is not able to marry free chaste believing women, then from those whom your right hands possess of believing girls. And Allah knows all about your faith. You are of one another. So marry them with the permission of their family and give them their bridal due in a fair manner. Chaste, not committing immorality and not taking secret lovers. Then if after marriage they commit adultery, then their punishment is half of that which is for free chaste women. That is for whoever among you who fears committing sin, and to be patient is better for you. And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.

(Protection of women)(Allah knows best)

33:59 O Prophet, Say to your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw over themselves their outer garments. That is more suitable that they should be known and not harmed. And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.

(Protection of women)(Allah knows best)

69:40 Indeed, it is surely the Word of a noble Messenger. 69:41 And it is not a word of a poet; little is what you believe 69:42 Nor it is the word of a soothsayer; little is what you take heed. 69:43 (It is) a revelation from the Lord of the worlds. 69:44 And if he had fabricated against Us some sayings, 69:45 We would certainly have seized him by the right hand;

11:35 Or do they say, "He has invented it?" Say, "If I have invented it, then on me is my crime, but I am innocent of what crimes you commit."

68:35 Then will We treat the Muslims like the criminals? 68:36 What is with you? How do you judge?

("Muslim" is an Arabic word meaning "one who submits (to God)". So, by definition, a Muslim is never a criminal, because God commands the right and forbids the wrong (31:17). Only the non-Muslims / those who do not submit can be criminals)(Allah knows best)

52:29 Therefore remind, for by the grace of your Lord you are not a soothsayer or a madman.

53:2 Your companion has not strayed, nor has he erred,

16:64 And We have not revealed to you the Book except that you make clear to them that in which they differed, and as a guidance and mercy for a people who believe.

(The Qur’an makes clear that in which people differed. It is said that most Sunnis believe that the Prophet married a six year old, while many Sunnis, and all Shias, deny it, because these Sunnis, and all Shias, do not think that the source telling that story is reliable or authentic; the Shias do not even have such story about the Prophet among their books, so it is a controversial subject. But the Qur’an clarifies it: there is no child marriages in Islam. Any source that contradicts the Qur’an is wrong. So, those who make the religion an excuse to marry a child, they are doing other than Islam (aka Submission (to God))(And it is also said that the hadith says “when” the Prophet consummated his marriage. It sounds like an insolence, fabrication, gossip and defamation, because someone with moral character would not tell others when he is going to have sexual relations. Likewise, it is also said that the Prophet married a “Christian”, while it is forbidden in Islam. So, defamation against the Prophet was something common at that time, not only at this time. If it was so that he married a “Christian” or “Jew”, such nickname would indicate her previous religion, but she had to sincerely convert to Islam in order to marrying to a Muslim (i.e. to the Prophet))(Allah knows best)

49:11 O you who believe, (Let) not a people ridicule (another) people, perhaps they may be better than them; and (let) not women (ridicule other) women, perhaps they may be better than them. And do not insult yourselves and do not call each other by nicknames. Wretched is the name of disobedience after the faith. And whoever does not repent, then those - they are the wrongdoers.

See also: Does Islam encourage slavery? Is slavery allowed in Islam? Are sex slaves allowed in Islam?

See also: Do non-Muslims oppress women?

See also: Is it allowed in Islam to have relations with maids/slaves without marrying? Is adultery permitted?

See also: Is rape allowed?

See also: The Qur’an and Sunnah. Verses used by people in favor and against the hadith. Does the Qur’an support following the hadith (a saying attributed to Prophet Muhammad)?

See also: Can a Muslim man or woman marry a Non-Muslim?

See also: According to verse 4:34, is wife beating allowed in Islam? Is it supported by other verses?

See also: Root Dictionary of the Holy Qur’an (Index)

See also: Are women allowed to drive in Islam?

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