Saudi Arabia: 5,000 child brides under age 14
"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
Muslims take this seriously and imitate Muhammad in this. 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."
The 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: "Do your best to ensure that your daughters do not see their first blood in your house."
The Qur'an also allows for marriage to pre-pubescent girls, stipulating that Islamic divorce procedures "shall apply to those who have not yet menstruated" (65:4).
Thus this news should come as no surprise to anyone -- except those who have bought the deceptive line of Islamic supremacists in the West, that Aisha was actually nineteen, etc.
"More than 5,000 child brides in Saudi Arabia," from Gulf News, November 8 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):
Dubai: More than 5,000 girls below the age of 14 are married off in Saudi Arabia, according to media reports.
There have been 5,622 marriages where the bride is under the age of 14 in Saudi Arabia, said Ali Abdul Rahman Al Roumi, a social services academic at Imam Mohammad Bin Saud Islamic University, adding that specifying a legal age would not solve the problem, and may lead to "even bigger problems".
A number of families from "rural areas" have been marrying their daughters off to older, rich men, according to the Saudi owned Al Hayat newspaper.
"We must solve this, by at least looking at the difference in age in cases where the bride is young, in which case it can be deceptive" he said. He did not specify what period of time that figure represents.
He added however that it was "not a trend"....
Of course not. It's an entrenched practice, sanctioned by Muhammad's example and practiced for centuries going back to the dawn of Islam, and before that as well.
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