Following are excerpts
from a religious program presented by Egyptian cleric Sheik Abdallah
Kamal, which aired on Safa TV on January 9, 2012:
I mentioned yesterday that the Prophet Muhammad married Aisha when she
was six years old, and had sexual intercourse with her when she was
nine years old. People might raise an eyebrow and ask how such a thing
This hadith has
been taken, by people with ulterior motives, and by people who hate
the Prophet Muhammad – whether Christians, Orientalists, or even some
Muslims… They, however, made a great mistake, and in their efforts
to defend the Prophet Muhammad – and although we think highly of them
– they made a very dangerous mistake, and attributed a falsehood to
Imam Al-Bukhari, and made him appear to have made a mistake.
In an effort to ingratiate
themselves upon human rights organizations, they denied that the Prophet
Muhammad married Aisha, mother of the believers, at such a young age.
Some of the malevolent people, like the deceiver, Zakariya [Boutrus]
– and [the prophet Zakariya] has nothing to do with him – took that
hadith and accused the Prophet Muhammad of being a child rapist.
We say to him: Shut up. May Allah silence you, cut off your tongue,
and destroy the very foundations of your being, for you are leveling
accusations against the master of humanity, the beloved of God, the
Messenger of the Lord of the Worlds.
This [union] was decreed
by Allah, and therefore, the Prophet Muhammad only married Aisha because
of a decree by Allah.
The marriage of Aisha,
mother of the believers to the Prophet Muhammad, was not her first marriage.
She was betrothed, even before that, to Jubayr ibn Mut'im. Before the
Prophet Muhammad married her, Aisha was betrothed to Jubayr ibn Mut'im.
The environment differs
from one place to another, from one climate to another, and from one
country to another. In some countries, a girl reaches puberty at the
age of 8 or 9. Moreover, religious scholars have written, in the books
of jurisprudence that a girl may menstruate and even give birth at the
age of 9 years. She can give birth at the age of 9 years.
Okay. So where is this
cruelty and barbarism they are talking about? How can they claim that
the Prophet Muhammad only cared about his desire and his lust? What
is this obvious deception?
In warm places, girls
reach puberty at a very early age – generally at the age of 8 years.
In cold places, girls' puberty is delayed until the age of 21 years
– as is the case in some cold countries.
Where do you stand with
regard to the wedding of Joseph the Carpenter, who, as you write in
your own holy books, married the Virgin Mary when she was only 12 years
old and he was 90 years old? Is it not written in your books? Read your
own holy scripture. Joseph the Carpenter was 90 years old, while Mary
was 12 years old. Why don't you denounce this?!