Nigeria: Qur’anic School teacher marries off his 13-year-old daughter to 56-year-old man, a post from JihadWatch.org

Few things are more abundantly attested in Islamic law than the permissibility of child marriage. Islamic tradition records that Muhammad’s favorite wife, Aisha, was six when Muhammad wedded her and nine when he consummated the marriage:

“The Prophet wrote the (marriage contract) with Aisha while she was six years old and consummated his marriage with her while she was nine years old and she remained with him for nine years (i.e. till his death)” (Bukhari 7.62.88).

Another tradition has Aisha herself recount the scene:

The Prophet engaged me when I was a girl of six (years). We went to Medina and stayed at the home of Bani-al-Harith bin Khazraj. Then I got ill and my hair fell down. Later on my hair grew (again) and my mother, Um Ruman, came to me while I was playing in a swing with some of my girl friends. She called me, and I went to her, not knowing what she wanted to do to me. She caught me by the hand and made me stand at the door of the house. I was breathless then, and when my breathing became all right, she took some water and rubbed my face and head with it. Then she took me into the house. There in the house I saw some Ansari women who said, “Best wishes and Allah’s Blessing and a good luck.” Then she entrusted me to them and they prepared me (for the marriage). Unexpectedly Allah’s Apostle came to me in the forenoon and my mother handed me over to him, and at that time I was a girl of nine years of age. (Bukhari 5.58.234).

Muhammad was at this time fifty-four years old.

Marrying young girls was not all that unusual for its time, but because in Islam Muhammad is the supreme example of conduct (cf. Qur’an 33:21), he is considered exemplary in this unto today. And so in April 2011, the Bangladesh Mufti Fazlul Haque Amini declared that those trying to pass a law banning child marriage in that country were putting Muhammad in a bad light: “Banning child marriage will cause challenging the marriage of the holy prophet of Islam, [putting] the moral character of the prophet into controversy and challenge.” He added a threat: “Islam permits child marriage and it will not be tolerated if any ruler will ever try to touch this issue in the name of giving more rights to women.” The Mufti said that 200,000 jihadists were ready to sacrifice their lives for any law restricting child marriage.

Likewise the influential website Islamonline.com in December 2010 justified child marriage by invoking not only Muhammad’s example, but the Qur’an as well:

The Noble Qur’an has also mentioned the waiting period [i.e. for a divorced wife to remarry] for the wife who has not yet menstruated, saying: “And those who no longer expect menstruation among your women, if you doubt, then their period is three months, and [also for] those who have not menstruated” [Qur’an 65:4]. Since this is not negated later, we can take from this verse that it is permissible to have sexual intercourse with a prepubescent girl. The Qur’an is not like the books of jurisprudence which mention what the implications of things are, even if they are prohibited. It is true that the prophet entered into a marriage contract with A’isha when she was six years old, however he did not have sex with her until she was nine years old, according to al-Bukhari.

Other countries make Muhammad’s example the basis of their laws regarding the legal marriageable age for girls. Article 1041 of the Civil Code of the Islamic Republic of Iran states that girls can be engaged before the age of nine, and married at nine: “Marriage before puberty (nine full lunar years for girls) is prohibited. Marriage contracted before reaching puberty with the permission of the guardian is valid provided that the interests of the ward are duly observed.”

According to Amir Taheri in The Spirit of Allah: Khomeini and the Islamic Revolution (pp. 90-91), Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini himself married a ten-year-old girl when he was twenty-eight. Khomeini called marriage to a prepubescent girl “a divine blessing,” and advised the faithful to give their own daughters away accordingly: “Do your best to ensure that your daughters do not see their first blood in your house.” When he took power in Iran, he lowered the legal marriageable age of girls to nine, in accord with Muhammad’s example.

“This 13-year-old girl has been forced to marry her 56-year-old Teacher in Kano (Photo),” Ynaija.com, December 24, 2016 (thanks to Blazing Cat Fur):

A Qur’anic School teacher in Kurna Babban Layi area of Kano has perfected plans to marry off his 13-year-old daughter, Bilkisu, to his 56-year-old friend.

The revelation was made by a relative of the teenager who raised the alarm on Saturday when she took the teenager to Freedom Radio office in Sharada, Kano for a media campaign against the marriage.

According to Daily Nigerian, the teary-eyed teenager revealed that she does not love the man, saying she always cried whenever the matter was mentioned.

The relative, who pleaded not to be named, said she is calling for authorities, especially Kano State governor and Emir of Kano, to intervene and abort the marriage, billed to hold Friday next week.

She said she was concerned about the kind of life the girl would live if she married a man who has three wives and many grown up children.

“The groom has three wives, many children and grandchildren. I am appealing to Emir of Kano Muhammadu Sanusi and governor of Kano to help intervene,” he said.

She also disclosed that the father planned to marry off Bilkisu’s sister of almost the same age on the same day.

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2 Responses to Nigeria: Qur’anic School teacher marries off his 13-year-old daughter to 56-year-old man, a post from JihadWatch.org

  1. θ says:

    Imitating the obedience and life of Prophet Muhammad is not absolute, it is limited by certain Qur’anic limitation that ironically forbids Moslem from imitating his practices.

    Those who read Qur’an know better that the wives of Prophet Muhammad were not like the ordinary wives of Moslems (Q.33, v.32). They suffer what Mary suffers on behalf of God, such as restraining herself from re-marrying after death of Prophet (Q.33, v.53), they are Mothers of all Moslems (Q.33, v.6). The get the hailing rewards twice if obeying (Q.33, v.31), but also twice punishment if disobeying (Q.33, v.30). Nevertheless, they were given a freedom and choice to demand the divorcement and Mut’ah payment (Q.33, v.28) if their heart turned away from Prophet.

    Old man who marries a younger woman with consent (with a wide age-difference) certainly know a “risk” that the woman just goes after his wealth and wishes to have him die soon, even her marriage is a way for her investment (for her parents or for her next marriage), on purpose to gain the old man’s huge wealth and inheritance. But it is not a crime in either Secularism or in religion though.

    On the marriage of Aisha, she was already a 20 years old (about 9 years after her puberty in 11 y.o.) when she was chosen – despite the wide age-difference between her and Prophet – on purpose to convey Sunnah and Hadith, and to lead Ummah.

    Now, if there’s a young woman accepts herself to be married by an old man for different reasons other than conveying Islamic messages, we may have a prejudice that the main reason why she easily accepts that old man must be for seeking his wealth (houses, money, golds, cars, et cetera), or else for her personal future investment in “next” marriage after the old man dies. Once again, that’s not crime though.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Other psychological reason why a young woman liked the old men is the woman’s sexual preference, known as Feminine Oedipus attitude, Electra complex and Gerontophilia.
    Gerontophilia is the sexual preference for the elderly. A person with such a sexual preference is a gerontophile. The word gerontophilia was coined in 1901 by Richard von Krafft-Ebing.[1][2] It derives from Greek: geron, meaning “old man or woman” and philie, meaning “love”.[3]

    In Neo-Freudian psychology, the Electra complex, as proposed by Carl Gustav Jung, is a girl’s psychosexual competition with her mother for possession of her father. In the course of her psychosexual development, the complex is the girl’s phallic stage; formation of a discrete sexual identity, a boy’s analogous experience is the Oedipus complex.

    Feminine Oedipus attitude
    Initially, Freud equally applied the Oedipus complex to the psychosexual development of boys and girls, but later modified the female aspects of the theory as “feminine Oedipus attitude” and “negative Oedipus complex”;[15] yet, it was his student–collaborator Carl Jung, who, in 1913, proposed the Electra complex to describe a girl’s daughter–mother competition for psychosexual possession of the father.[16]
    Therefore, the satisfactory parental handling and resolution of the Electra complex are most important in developing the female infantile super-ego, because, by identifying with a parent, the girl internalizes morality; thereby, she chooses to comply with societal rules, rather than reflexively complying in fear of punishment.

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