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Old 04 August 2007, 12:33 AM
King_Crimson King_Crimson is offline
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Originally Posted by Troberg View Post
One has to remember that the holy books of booth religions were written in another time, where marriage at a very young age was common, although often more as a political gesture than what we today considers reasons to marry. They reflect that set of values, which we have since outgrown.
Hello Troberg,

Yes you are right. Marriage at a very young age was considered fine in those times. However there are some problems when it comes to Islam:

1. Paedophilia was NEVER accepted. Muhammad legitimised this by marrying a child himself, and also the Quran shows its okay too (Quran 65:4)

2. Muhammad is the "best example" for all Muslims to follow for all time. Since Muhammad married a 6 year old girl when he was 51, this is Sunnah (example). Muslims who have the inclination and the money can marry a young girl no matter what their own age is.

3. The Quran is considered the unchanged, unchangeable word of the Islamic deity (Allah) and it is a book "for all time" and for all Muslims to follow. Since the Quran allows Paedophilia and does not set restriction, then Allah is also condoning Paedophilia.

4. Muhammad said that ANY innovation to Islam or the Quran after he died would land the person in hell; therefore Muslims know they are not to change it.

Then you have the problem of Muslims, who believe Muhammad was the best example, having to condemn such actions. They condemn someone they love more dearly than their families and own lives. To condemn this also they condemn their own God.

Just some reasons why we should NOT, in the case of Islam, be thinking "oh, people don't do that anymore".

Ghulan Haider, 11, is to be married to Faiz Mohammed, 40. She had hoped to become a teacher but was forced to quit her classes when she became engaged.

Roshan Qasem, 11, will joing the household of Said Mohammed, 55; his first wife; their three sons; and their daughter, who is the same age as Roshan.

Majabin Mohammed, 13, at left, sits with her husband of six months, Mohammed Fazal, 45, his first wife and their child. Village elders advised him to accept Majabin as payment for a gambling debt.

Source article:

Just three examples to show that this is sanctioned, even up to this day, in Islam.


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