Islamic countries are infamous for their legal tolerance of child abuse. Child brides can be seen in Afghanistan, Pakistan and most of the Middle East and North Africa. In Iran, the legal age for a girl to be eligible for marriage is 6 — yes, six. Young girls are often sold for dowry by parents to get some capital to start a business or to buy cattle. Islamic apologists argue that it is simply a cultural thing and has nothing to do with Islam. I disagree and here’s why:
1. Prophet Muhammed married a child.
Muhammed, the pedophile married the daughter of his friend Abu Bakar, the little Aisha. This fact can be verified with various verses of the Quran and many accounts in the Sahih (“Authentic”) Hadiths. Here’s one that explains everything:
Narrated Aisha: “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 Alright, 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.
Various other accounts in the authentic hadith collections of Bukhari and Muslim shows that Muhammed married Aisha when she was 6 and had sex (or rather raped her) when she was 9.
It is proven that Aisha used to play with dolls — and according to Islam, only prepubescent girls are allowed to play with dolls. It proves that Muhammed was a pedophile.
Some Muslims argue that it was custom back in those days, tus Muhammed is not guilty of pedophilia. But my question is: isn’t the “Final Prophet of God” supposed to teach mankind the best and final code of conduct ordained by God? So that means pedophilia is blatantly permitted the creator of the universe, the all-mighty Allah.
Also, Muhammed is proclaimed “uswa hasana, al-Insan al-kamil” (perfect human; an example to follow). So that means Muslims are supposed to follow the example of Muhammed and have sexual relationship with pre-pubescent children.
2. The Quran sanctions Pedophilia
The Quran says in Arabic:
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“and those who never had menses” (because they are underage)
The Tafsir (explanation of the Quranic verses) explain it in a very eloquent manner:
Tafsir from Maududi
“Therefore, making mention of the waiting-period for girls who have not yet menstruated, clearly proves that it is not only permissible to give away the girl at this age but it is permissible for the husband to consummate marriage with her. Now, obviously no Muslim has the right to forbid a thing which the Qur’an has held as permissible.” (Maududi, volume 5, p. 620, note 13)
Therefore, it is absolutely clear that Muslims abuse children because their Holy book endorses Pedophilia and the their “best and last Prophet” has performed it himself.
I’d rather not believe in such a sick God and his sick “messenger”. Would you?