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    The Islamaphobe’s Glass House

    Refuting the Claim that Prophet Muhammad was a Pedophile



    Ibn al-Hashimi

    Disclaimer
    In this book, I will address Islamaphobes. A great many of these Islamaphobes identify
    themselves as Jews and Christians. However, I recognize that these Islamaphobes only
    make up a small percentage of the Jews and Christians overall. Although the
    Islamaphobes may well be the loudest voices amongst the Jews and Christians in the
    West, I recognize that they are only self-appointed leaders of the faith, and they do not
    represent the vast majority of well-meaning Jews and Christians. The Quran, while it
    does criticize some Jews and Christians (as well as some Muslims), nevertheless
    recognizes that not all Jews and Christians are alike. The Quran declares:
    Not all of them are alike: Of the People of the Book (Jews and Christians) are a
    portion that stand for the right. They rehearse the Signs of God all night long, and
    they prostrate themselves in adoration. They believe in God and the Last Day;
    they enjoin what is right, and forbid what is wrong; and they strive with one
    another in hastening to good works. They are in the ranks of the righteous.
    (Quran, 3:113-114)
    In the process of defending my religion against Jewish and Christian Islamaphobes, I
    pray that I do not offend well-meaning Jews and Christians in the process. I apologize in
    advance for any unintended harshness on my part. In the words of Saladin:
    Victory is changing the hearts of your opponents by gentleness and kindness.
    Any good that I bring is from God Most High; only the faults are mine.
    Ibn al-Hashimi
    نقره لتكبير أو تصغير الصورة ونقرتين لعرض الصورة في صفحة مستقلة بحجمها الطبيعي

    تحمَّلتُ وحديَ مـا لا أُطيـقْ من الإغترابِ وهَـمِّ الطريـقْ
    اللهم اني اسالك في هذه الساعة ان كانت جوليان في سرور فزدها في سرورها ومن نعيمك عليها . وان كانت جوليان في عذاب فنجها من عذابك وانت الغني الحميد برحمتك يا ارحم الراحمين

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    Age of Marriage Under Christian Law

    We have shown how the Jewish Encyclopedia says that under Jewish Law girls can
    marry at the age of twelve or even younger than that; let us now see what the Catholic
    Encyclopedia says of Christian laws with regards to marriage. The Catholic
    Encyclopedia says:
    The marriageable age is fourteen full years in males and twelve full years in
    females, under penalty of nullity (unless natural puberty supplies the want of
    years [i.e. if puberty occurs before the age of twelve])… The canonical age holds
    in England, Spain, Portugal, Greece (Ionian Isles excepted, where it is sixteen and
    fourteen), and as regards Catholics even in Austria. While in some parts of the
    United States the canonical marriage age of fourteen and twelve still prevails, in
    others it has been enlarged by statutes.
    (Catholic Encyclopedia, http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/01206c.htm)
    Elsewhere, the Catholic Encyclopedia says:
    By the common law, the age at which minors were capable of marrying, known as
    the age of consent, was fixed at fourteen years for males and twelve years for
    females. Marriages under the age of seven years for both were void, but between
    seven and the age of consent [14 for males, 12 for females] the parties could
    contract an imperfect marriage, which was voidable but not necessarily void.
    (Catholic Encyclopedia, http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/09691b.htm)
    Although twelve was the general guideline, Christian fathers were allowed to marry their
    daughters off even before that. We read:
    Medieval Christianity continued to maintain the age of twelve as a minimal age
    for females to enter into marriage. However, even this low age limit was not
    absolute. Using natural law logic, Catholic authorities argued that the decisive
    factor which determined a child's readiness for marriage and sexual relations was
    the onset of puberty, and not necessarily age as such. According to one Catholic
    scholar, “If it could be satisfactorily proved that puberty . . . was actually attained
    by the boy before the completion of his fourteenth year, or by the girl before the
    completion of her twelfth year, then . . . the party could enter upon a valid
    marriage.” [1]
    (Mark E. Pietrzyk, http://www.internationalorder.org/scandal_response.html)
    Similar to Jewish Law, Christian Law differentiated between the minimum age of
    marriage and the absolute minimum age of marriage. Twelve years old was the
    minimum age of marriage, called the age of consent; in other words, a girl had to be
    twelve years old before should could arrange her own marriage. But the absolute
    minimum age of marriage was in fact seven years of age, during which time her father
    could arrange her marriage without her permission. In the Journal of Psychology and
    Human Sexuality, we read:
    Age of Consent: A Historical Overview
    Age of Consent throughout history has usually coincided with the age of
    puberty although at sometimes it has been as early as seven…The Roman
    tradition served as the base for Christian Europe as well as the Christian Church
    itself which generally, essentially based upon biological development, set it at
    12 or 14 but continued to set the absolute minimum at seven. In the past
    century there has been a tendency to raise the age of consent but the reasons for
    the change have not always been clear and the issue has been further complicated
    by the reluctance of many contemporary historians to recognize what the actual
    age of consent in the past has been. This failure has distorted the importance of
    biology on age of consent in the past.
    (Age of Consent: A Historical Overview

    http://www.haworthpress.com/store/Ar...XH16E3FKBF7Q9P
    3MKLPC82LUJNKC41U5&ID=87429)

    Saint Thomas Aquinas, considered by Catholics to be the greatest theologian of all time,
    wrote in The Summa Theologica:
    If the parties are betrothed by another person [i.e. the father] before they reach the
    age of puberty, either of them or both can demur; wherefore in that case the
    betrothal does not take effect, so that neither does any affinity result therefrom.
    Hence a betrothal made between certain persons by some other takes effect, in so
    far as those between whom the betrothal is arranged do not demur when they
    reach the proper age, whence they are understood to consent to what others have
    done.
    (The Summa Theologica of St. Thomas Aquinas,
    http://www.newadvent.org/summa/5043.htm)
    In other words, pre-pubertal marriages arranged by the father are recognized by the
    Church. Once the girl reaches puberty, she has the option of nullifying the marriage.
    However, there is a big catch to this: if the man has sex with the pre-pubertal girl, then
    she can no longer nullify the marriage. Catholic popes argued that even if marriage took
    place before twelve years of age and before puberty, then such a marriage would still be
    binding by the law. We read:
    Sexual intercourse which took place before marital age limits or puberty was not
    necessarily illicit or sinful. On the contrary, some popes ruled that intercourse
    below the age of twelve/fourteen had the effect of sealing a marriage contract, as
    long as such intercourse took place after the age of discretion, which was seven.
    [2] Once intercourse had taken place, the marriage could not be annulled.
    (Mark E. Pietrzyk, http://www.internationalorder.org/scandal_response.html)
    This is a very important point, and shatters the glass house that the Christians live in.
    The popes—who, due to the backing of the Holy Ghost, are considered infallible when
    they issue such religious edicts—ruled that a girl could be married off after the age of
    [2] Rush, 32-34. 17
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    seven, before the age of consent. In other words, she could be married
    نقره لتكبير أو تصغير الصورة ونقرتين لعرض الصورة في صفحة مستقلة بحجمها الطبيعي

    تحمَّلتُ وحديَ مـا لا أُطيـقْ من الإغترابِ وهَـمِّ الطريـقْ
    اللهم اني اسالك في هذه الساعة ان كانت جوليان في سرور فزدها في سرورها ومن نعيمك عليها . وان كانت جوليان في عذاب فنجها من عذابك وانت الغني الحميد برحمتك يا ارحم الراحمين

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    seven, before the age of consent. In other words, she could be married against her will.
    If the husband had sex with her (even against her will), then this sealed the marriage and
    the girl could not annul the marriage. In the twelfth century, Pope Alexander III ruled:
    If a girl of tender age is betrothed and delivered to her husband, and afterwards
    desires to marry a different man, her petition is not to be granted if her husband
    swears that he has had carnal knowledge of her even at the early age of eleven or
    twelve. [3]
    The Christian scholars ruled that even if a seven year old girl had sex before reaching the
    age of puberty, the fact that she had sex proves that she was mature enough to be married.
    In other words, the minimum criteria to marry a girl is that a man can have sex with her.
    When a man wants to marry a young girl, all he has to do is marry her and then have sex
    with her. In a very circular logic, the sex he had with her will validate his marriage and
    prevent an annulment. Christian Law therefore dictates that it does not matter how young
    a girl is, or whether or not she has attained the age of puberty; all that truly matters is that
    her husband can penetrate her and have sex. Once he does this, nobody can oppose or
    annul the marriage.
    C. Yandell writes in “Carpe Corpus: Time and Gender in Early Modern France”:
    In canon law, puberty normally determines marriageable age, although the
    minimum age for marriage is seven years, "the age of reason", when a child is
    deemed capable of consent. The lawyer Estienne Pasquier notes that the Digest
    compiled by Justinian specifies fourteen years for men, twelve for women, but, he
    adds, if one is capable of carnal cohabitation before this age, marriage is
    permitted.
    (Carpe Corpus: Time and Gender in Early Modern France, by Cathy Yandell
    p.37,
    http://books.google.com/books?id=YXs...A37&lpg=PA37&d
    q





    [3] Quoted in John Fulton, The Laws of Marriage (New York: E. and J.B. Young, 1883), 112. 18
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    نقره لتكبير أو تصغير الصورة ونقرتين لعرض الصورة في صفحة مستقلة بحجمها الطبيعي

    تحمَّلتُ وحديَ مـا لا أُطيـقْ من الإغترابِ وهَـمِّ الطريـقْ
    اللهم اني اسالك في هذه الساعة ان كانت جوليان في سرور فزدها في سرورها ومن نعيمك عليها . وان كانت جوليان في عذاب فنجها من عذابك وانت الغني الحميد برحمتك يا ارحم الراحمين

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    =noblewomen+married+early&source=web&ots=q6KGHQigfa&sig=0Pv9 5S0Z7
    pBtjVz9GZHbuWc53ho#PPP1,M1)
    We read further:
    Thus even for very young partners, the act of intercourse bound the two of them
    together for life. As one Catholic scholar has written, “carnal relations between
    the parties seemed to indicate sufficient maturity and made up for the defect of
    years.” [4] Sexual intercourse below the age of discretion (seven) was not a crime,
    but merely “invalid,” and thus, inconsequential, as under Jewish law. [5]
    Parents arranged marriages for their pre-pubescent children during the Middle
    Ages for a variety of dynastic, economic, and cultural reasons. [6] Such marriages
    were usually consummated at the age of twelve. Although physicians warned of
    the dangers of impregnating very young girls and implored husbands to wait until
    the wife reached the age of at least fourteen, such warnings usually went
    unheeded, and the Catholic Church continued to bless marital bonds with twelveyear-
    old girls. [7]
    Although technically the consent of the child was necessary for a marriage to take
    place, the child was usually not in a position to challenge his or her parents and
    resist an unwanted union. This led to a number of abuses which went
    unchallenged by the Church. In 1526, the Dutch scholar Erasmus complained,
    “It is no uncommon case, especially in France, for a girl of scarce ten
    years to be married and a mother next year. . . . It seems portentous, and
    yet we sometimes see it, especially in Britain and Italy, that a tender child

    is married to a septuagenarian [i.e. a man in his seventies]. . . . Yet Church
    laws do not rescind such nuptials” [8]
    In later centuries, some Christian commentators would denounce sexual relations
    with young girls as being equivalent to rape. In the sixteenth century, canonist
    Egidio Bossi argued for this interpretation on the grounds that a child could
    hardly be considered as being in a position to give consent. However, he
    recommended that the age of consent be fixed at only six or seven years of age.
    [9]
    At the Council of Trent in the sixteenth century, there was some discussion
    among the Church leadership about possibly raising the age for marriage.
    Cardinal Charles De Guise of Lorraine, France, advocated raising the age of
    marriage for women to twenty and for men to twenty-five. The bishop of Cordia,
    Spain, argued for the ages of twenty for women and twenty-two for men.
    However, the majority of those on the Council were opposed to raising the age for
    marriage on the grounds that adolescents would be tempted to commit fornication
    unless they were permitted to marry. The conservatives prevailed: the age limit
    remained at twelve for females and fourteen for males. [10]
    (Mark E. Pietrzyk, http://www.internationalorder.org/scandal_response.html)
    In a paper published at a symposium on Byzantine Studies, we read:
    Baptism, usually at birth, was the fundamental rite of incorporation into the body
    of Christ and the Church…Betrothal, sometimes as early as the age of five,
    marked another stage in the child’s social incorporation.
    (Byzantine Studies: 2006 Spring Symposium,
    http://www.doaks.org/byz_2006_symposium_abstracts.html )




    Aisha (peace be upon her) was around the age of puberty when she married. Christians
    criticize the Prophet’s marriage to her on the grounds that she was too young. Yet,
    Christian Law not only allowed girls to marry at the age of puberty, but rather it was
    encouraged by the Church to marry at this young age. In an article entitled “The Practice
    and Theory of Marriage in Roman North Africa”, we read:
    Other canons require that lectors, upon reaching puberty, should either marry or
    take vows of celibacy.
    (The Practice and Theory of Marriage in Roman North Africa,
    http://people.vanderbilt.edu/~james....huntermar.html)
    In the article entitled “Marriage: Laws and Customs”, we read:
    Legal Age for Marriage
    Roman law gave the minimum age for marriage as that of puberty which was 14
    for boys and 12 for girls; these remained the legal age for marriage until the late
    19th Century in Britain…There is however evidence that child marriages were
    reasonably common in North West England in the 16th century…
    (Marriage: Laws and Customs, http://www.isle-ofman.
    com/manxnotebook/famhist/genealgy/marr.htm)
    In an article entitled “Law, Sex, and Christian Society in Medieval Europe”, we read:
    Ordinary people who chose not to devote their lives to ascetic observances were
    often advised that their best defense against the ever present urge to copulate was
    to marry early. For this reason, St. Chrysostom warned parents to see to it that
    their children married soon after they reached the age of puberty.
    (Law, Sex, and Christian Society in Medieval Europe,
    http://www.pinn.net/~sunshine/book-sum/medevl1.html)

    When girls neared the approximate age of puberty, they were considered marriage
    material. These pre-pubescent and pubescent girls were routinely married off to men
    who were the same age as their grandfathers. We read:
    Christian canon law followed Roman law in setting the minimum age of marriage
    at twelve for females and fourteen for males. The logic behind these marital age
    limits was that these were the approximate ages of puberty for both genders,
    indicating readiness for procreation. In ancient Rome, among both pagans and
    Christians, marriage at an early age was frequent. Betrothals often occurred even
    before puberty, although the consummation of marriage through intercourse
    usually did not take place until after the girl’s first menstruation. Very often, the
    age of discrepancy of marriage partners was great. According to one historian,
    “the matching of a man with a woman young enough to be his daughter or even
    granddaughter was generally accepted.” [11]
    (Mark E. Pietrzyk, http://www.internationalorder.org/scandal_response.html)
    [
    نقره لتكبير أو تصغير الصورة ونقرتين لعرض الصورة في صفحة مستقلة بحجمها الطبيعي

    تحمَّلتُ وحديَ مـا لا أُطيـقْ من الإغترابِ وهَـمِّ الطريـقْ
    اللهم اني اسالك في هذه الساعة ان كانت جوليان في سرور فزدها في سرورها ومن نعيمك عليها . وان كانت جوليان في عذاب فنجها من عذابك وانت الغني الحميد برحمتك يا ارحم الراحمين

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    Age of Marriage Under Jewish Law

    The Jewish website, Jewfaq.org, says:
    The minimum age for marriage under Jewish law is 13 for boys, 12 for girls;
    however, the kiddushin [betrothal] can take place before that, and often did in
    medieval times.


    (JewFaq.org, http://www.jewfaq.org/marriage.htm)


    The age of twelve approximates the commencement of puberty. According to Jewish
    Law, marriage at this age is not just allowed, but rather it is actively encouraged and
    fathers are advised to quickly wed their pubescent daughters. We read:
    One passage that would echo long and loud for Ashkenazic Jews throughout the
    Middle Ages held that a man who marries off his sons and daughters near the
    period of puberty (samukh le-firkan) will receive the scriptural blessing: “you
    shall know that your tent is in peace” (Job 5:24), 101 evidently understood to
    mean that if one’s children were married, they would not succumb to sexual
    temptation” (Biale, 1997:p49-50)[95]


    (G.U.S.: A World Reference Atlas, http://www2.rz.huberlin.
    de/sexology/GESUND/ARCHIV/GUS/MIDDLEEASTOLD.HTM)


    So Jewish Law allows men to marry twelve year olds, whom today would be considered
    “child brides”. But the plot thickens! Even the age limit of twelve is not absolute.
    Rather, twelve years old is merely the age at which a girl can herself decide to get
    married. Before that, however, her father can have her married off, without her
    permission.

    We read from the website of the Special Rapporteur to the United Nations:
    According to Jewish religious law (halacha), which in Israel confers validity on
    the marriage of Jews conducted within its borders, it is possible to marry a young

    girl of any age, but the girl herself may decide to marry only when she has
    reached the age of 12 and a half.


    (U.N. representative, http://www.right-to-education.org/co...ge/israel.html)
    The authoritative Jewish website, AskMoses.com, says:
    What is the minimum age of marriage according to Jewish law?
    by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg


    …In ancient (and not so ancient) times however, marriage was often-times
    celebrated at a rather young age. Although we do not follow this dictum,
    technically speaking, a girl may be betrothed the moment she is born, and married
    at the age of three. [Shulchan Aruch, Even HaEzer 37:1.] A boy may betroth and
    marry at the age of thirteen. [Shulchan Aruch, Even HaEzer 43:1]


    (AskMoses.com, http://www.askmoses.com/article.html?h=573&o=2488)
    The Talmud recommends that a daughter be given in marriage at around the age of
    twelve (i.e. the commencement of puberty), but Jewish fathers were historically allowed
    to marry their daughters off even before that age. Surprisingly, the wife could be as
    young as three years old. According to Jewish Law, such marriages were officially
    sealed by the man having sex with the baby. We read:


    In the ancient world, Jewish law seemed to require an act of intercourse for a
    betrothal to be recognised. The Mishnah said: "A girl three years old and one
    day may be betrothed by intercourse […]" (Mishnah, Nid. V. 4). Maimonides
    (A. D. 1180) states: "If she is three years and one day old she may be betrothed by
    an act of intercourse, with the consent of her father. If she is less than that, and her
    father has her betrothed by an act of intercourse, she is not betrothed"


    ([1972:p18][78]). Edwardes (1967a:p168)[79]: "The early-marriage tradition of
    Israel found acceptance in Christendom, whose precocious children bedded and




    wedded at or even before puberty...At the time of St. Paul, girls were married
    at puberty or a little before.


    (G.U.S.: A World Reference Atlas, http://www2.rz.huberlin.
    de/sexology/GESUND/ARCHIV/GUS/MIDDLEEASTOLD.HTM)
    Although twelve was set as the recommended age, Jewish fathers were marrying their
    daughters off well before that. We read:
    Although the Talmud recommended that a daughter be given in marriage when
    na'rah, between the ages of twelve and twelve and a half, a father could marry her
    off well before that time…16th century Jewish history reveals a prevalence of girl
    "child" marriage, many of whom were between 12 and 14 years of age (Lamdan,
    1996)[86]


    The early marriage age may be attributed to several factors: an attempt to prevent
    the temptation of sexual relations before marriage; the effort to arrange the best
    possible match both socially and economically; the insecurity of diaspora
    Jews during the age of expulsions from Spain and Ottoman expansion, moving
    them to establish ties that would assure the children's financial future; and the
    desire to raise a new generation of Jews as quickly as possible to assure the
    continuity of their people.


    (G.U.S.: A World Reference Atlas, http://www2.rz.huberlin.
    de/sexology/GESUND/ARCHIV/GUS/MIDDLEEASTOLD.HTM)
    According to many Jewish scholars, a girl should be married off as soon as she hits
    puberty and no later. The Jewish Encyclopedia says:


    Age for Marriage


    The first positive commandment of the Bible, according to rabbinic interpretation
    (Maimonides, "Minyan ha-Miẓwot," 212), is that concerning the propagation of
    the human species (Gen. i. 28). It is thus considered the duty of every Israelite to

    marry as early in life as possible…Some urge that children should marry as
    soon as they reach the age of puberty.
    (Jewish Encyclopedia,
    http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/vi...er=M&artid=216)
    In the journal entitled Women in Judaism, we find that Jews were still marrying at the age
    of puberty up until World War I:


    A Daughter’s Coming of Age


    In earlier days, girls got married at the age of nine…[following the] custom
    of marrying daughters at age eight to ten…if the maiden does not get married
    until the age of fifteen she has no hope of marriage, because she would be
    considered an old maid…At the end of the nineteenth century, despite these
    regulations, families still married their daughters at the age of twelve and
    thirteen…On the eve of World War I, the situation changed somewhat for the
    better when the legal age for marriage was raised to fifteen.
    (Women in Judaism: A Multidisciplinary Journal,


    http://www.utoronto.ca/wjudaism/jour...2/sehayek.html)


    Jewish girls “got married at the age of nine”, a practice which continued up until “the eve
    of World War I”. Why then are the Jews criticizing Prophet Muhammad (peace e upon
    him) for marrying Aisha (peace be upon her) at the age of nine? Is this not hypocrisy? Is
    this not a case of living in a glass house and throwing stones? Why is it that Christian
    adversaries condemn Muslims but say nothing at all to their Jewish counterparts?
    To conclude, we close with the words of Mark E. Pietrzyk:


    According to the Talmud, the recommended age for marriage is sometime after
    twelve for females, and thirteen for males. Marriage below these ages was
    generally frowned upon. However, a father was allowed to betroth his daughter
    to another man at an earlier age, and sexual intercourse was regarded as a valid


    means of sealing a betrothal. The age limit for betrothal through sexual
    intercourse was shockingly low. According to the Talmud, “A girl of the age of
    three years and one day may be betrothed by intercourse.”
    (Mark E. Pietrzyk, http://www.internationalorder.org/scandal_response.html)
    نقره لتكبير أو تصغير الصورة ونقرتين لعرض الصورة في صفحة مستقلة بحجمها الطبيعي

    تحمَّلتُ وحديَ مـا لا أُطيـقْ من الإغترابِ وهَـمِّ الطريـقْ
    اللهم اني اسالك في هذه الساعة ان كانت جوليان في سرور فزدها في سرورها ومن نعيمك عليها . وان كانت جوليان في عذاب فنجها من عذابك وانت الغني الحميد برحمتك يا ارحم الراحمين

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    Age of Marriage During Biblical Times


    It is ironic that Christian missionaries attack Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) for
    his marrying Aisha (peace be upon her) at such a young age, but we find that this was the
    normal age of marriage during Biblical times. Theology.edu, a website maintained by a
    reputable Christian ministry, clearly mentions in an article entitled “Ancient Israelite
    Marriage Customs” that the age of marriage was around the age of puberty:
    The wife was to be taken from within the larger family circle (usually at the outset
    of puberty or around the age of 13) in order to maintain the purity of the family
    line.
    (Jim West, ThD; http://www.theology.edu/marriage.htm)


    In the book entitled Life in Biblical Israel, a Christian priest writes:
    It is safe to assume the bride was considerably younger than the groom, and
    childbearing would have begun shortly after puberty.
    (Life in Biblical Israel, p.58,


    http://books.google.com.pk/books?id=...+biblical+isra
    el&pg=PP1&ots=k_Uryl4rgv&sig=gbiH8WI_FNKI7tA9nMra9m3LcLo&pre v=ht
    tp://www.google.com.pk/search?hl=en&q=Life+in+Biblical+Israel+&btnG=Goo
    gle+Search&sa=X&oi=print&ct=title&cad=one-book-with-thumbnail#PPR2,M1)


    In the book Ancient Jewish Epitaphs, we read:


    For Jewish women—as for women in antiquity generally—marriage was often
    entered into early. We do not have many inscriptions recording the age at which
    women were married, but the few who record it mention ages ranging from 12...
    (Ancient Jewish Epitaphs, p.103-104,


    http://books.google.com/books?id=F54...DFd8#PPA103,M1)
    نقره لتكبير أو تصغير الصورة ونقرتين لعرض الصورة في صفحة مستقلة بحجمها الطبيعي

    تحمَّلتُ وحديَ مـا لا أُطيـقْ من الإغترابِ وهَـمِّ الطريـقْ
    اللهم اني اسالك في هذه الساعة ان كانت جوليان في سرور فزدها في سرورها ومن نعيمك عليها . وان كانت جوليان في عذاب فنجها من عذابك وانت الغني الحميد برحمتك يا ارحم الراحمين

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    Age of Marriage in Rome



    According to About.com:


    In Ancient Rome…young girls were often married off when they were between
    the ages of twelve and fourteen.


    (About.com, http://marriage.about.com/cs/teenmar...enmarriage.htm)


    In the book entitled The Age of Marriage in Ancient Rome, we read:


    Traditionally in pre-modern societies, AAFM [age at first marriage] for girls
    corresponded with the visible onset of puberty. In these early societies, high
    mortality rates demanded an offsetting high-birth rate. As a result, younger
    marriages were required to facilitate population growth.


    (The Age of Marriage in Ancient Rome,


    http://osdir.com/ml/education.publications.bryn-mawr-classical-review/2006-
    05/msg00028.html)


    In a scholarly article about the Roman Empire, we read that marriage would oftentimes
    precede the onset of puberty:


    Durry (1955a/b/c, 1956)[48] had argued that Roman girls were married before
    puberty, that puberty was not important in fixing the age of marriage, and that
    such early marriages were consummated before puberty…
    Taking into consideration epigraphic and literary material, Hopkins concludes
    that "[w]hether pre-pubertal or not, girl's age at marriage was by our
    standards very young and marriages were generally immediately
    consummated" …


    At least one author believed that a girl "should be married and deflowered as soon
    as she reaches puberty (i.e., the socially determined age of puberty)… "

    Psychohistorians[66] cite Rouselle (1988:p33) in arguing that Roman
    misconceptions about the hymen "could only be the result of girls being
    deflowered before puberty", being lawfully married before puberty.
    (Janssen, D.F.; Oct 2002. G.U.S.. Volume I: World Reference Atlas. Interim
    Report. Amsterdam, The Netherlands, http://www2.huberlin.
    de/sexology/GESUND/ARCHIV/GUS/HISTORYCHHS.HTM#_Toc26337
    172)


    In the article “The Age of Roman Girls at Marriage”, we read:


    In fact menarche (onset of menses) was not always a pre-condition of marriage;


    nevertheless marriages were usually consummated immediately…they (prepubertal
    marriages) were not exceptional and were condoned.
    (The Age of Roman Girls at Marriage, http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0032-
    4728%28196503%2918%3A3%3C309%3ATAORGA%3E2.0.CO%3B2-
    Q&size=LARGE&origin=JSTOR-enlargePage)
    The age of seven was in vogue:


    Around AD 530, and at least as far back as the reign of Augustus, the legal
    minimum age of marriage for girls was 12 and for boys 14 (Hopkins,
    p313n22)…At least for the aristocracy, early ages are frequently mentioned.
    Betrothal could take place within a poorly defined period before this age; at least
    it must be assumed that a minimum legal age of seven was in vogue
    (p313n23)[49] … Plutarche (historian, philosopher), and Soranus (doctor,
    practising at Rome), both Greeks, implied that early marriage (12 or before) and
    defloration would occur…
    (Janssen, D.F.; Oct 2002. G.U.S.. Volume I: World Reference Atlas. Interim
    Report. Amsterdam, The Netherlands,
    http://www2.huberlin.

    de/sexology/GESUND/ARCHIV/GUS/HISTORYCHHS.HTM#_Toc26337
    172)


    The great Roman leader Augustus fixed the minimum age of marriage at ten years old:


    Roman children of the aristocracy married youngest (Hopkins, 1965:316ff;
    1983[57]:p94; Weaver, 1986:p156)[58]. Roman marriage arrangements usually
    began with a betrothal, which was possible before age ten[59], at least in the case
    of the aristocracy, or when political gains were in vogue (Balsdon, p87,
    275n18)[60]. Augustus (AD 9) had fixed the minimum age at ten (Rawson,
    1986:p21)[61]…


    (Janssen, D.F.; Oct 2002. G.U.S.. Volume I: World Reference Atlas. Interim
    Report. Amsterdam, The Netherlands, http://www2.huberlin.
    de/sexology/GESUND/ARCHIV/GUS/HISTORYCHHS.HTM#_Toc26337
    172)
    نقره لتكبير أو تصغير الصورة ونقرتين لعرض الصورة في صفحة مستقلة بحجمها الطبيعي

    تحمَّلتُ وحديَ مـا لا أُطيـقْ من الإغترابِ وهَـمِّ الطريـقْ
    اللهم اني اسالك في هذه الساعة ان كانت جوليان في سرور فزدها في سرورها ومن نعيمك عليها . وان كانت جوليان في عذاب فنجها من عذابك وانت الغني الحميد برحمتك يا ارحم الراحمين

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    Age of Marriage in Greece


    In the Ancient Greek civilization, the time to marry was at the onset of puberty:
    Flacelière (59) also mentioned that girls could marry as soon as puberty hit.


    (Daily Life in Greece at the Time of Pericles, http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0075-
    4269(1966)86%3C250%3ADLIGAT%3E2.0.CO%3B2-W ,
    http://www.richeast.org/htwm/Greeks/.../marriage.html )


    WomenInTheAncientWorld.com says:
    Athenian men married out of a sense of civic duty and put off the fateful day until
    the age of 30 or more, at which time they married girls of half their age whose
    youth made them more easily controlled.
    (WomanInTheAncientWorld.com,


    http://www.womenintheancientworld.co...ent%20egypt.ht
    m)





    Age of Marriage in Christian Europe



    In an article about Medieval times, Molloy College’s website says:
    Women were marriageable right after puberty, marriage arrangements were made
    while they were in infancy; they were wed at the age of twelve or fourteen to men
    in their twenties or thirties.


    (Molloy College, http://www.molloy.edu/sophia/med_ren/med_text.htm)
    Puberty was linked to virginity, a highly sought after quality. We read in Judith M.
    Bennet’s book Singlewomen in the European Past:


    As Anthony Molho persuasively illustrates, the cultural imperative to marry
    young women soon after they reached sexual maturity even prompted many
    Florentine fathers to falsify their daughters' ages to give them more time to
    negotiate a favorable marriage.


    (Singlewomen in the European Past, p.44,


    http://books.google.com/books?id=l6Y...4&lpg=PA44&dq=
    nobility+married+early&source=web&ots=K6CD_RPNNC&sig=rug6ZIF REdsm
    FAKkjPIboKsd2KI)


    The History at Minnesota website indicates that the average age of marriage just 500
    years ago was only 12.7 (http://www.hist.umn.edu/~rmccaa/NAHUAEN3/outline.htm)
    This is an average, meaning that many girls were getting married much younger than that.
    Why then are the Christians up in arms about Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)
    who married Aisha (peace be upon her) more than 1,400 years ago?
    نقره لتكبير أو تصغير الصورة ونقرتين لعرض الصورة في صفحة مستقلة بحجمها الطبيعي

    تحمَّلتُ وحديَ مـا لا أُطيـقْ من الإغترابِ وهَـمِّ الطريـقْ
    اللهم اني اسالك في هذه الساعة ان كانت جوليان في سرور فزدها في سرورها ومن نعيمك عليها . وان كانت جوليان في عذاب فنجها من عذابك وانت الغني الحميد برحمتك يا ارحم الراحمين

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    Christian Saints


    We have already clearly established that Jewish and Christian Law allowed for girls to be
    married off at such a young age. We have also shown that such marriages were not only
    allowed, but encouraged; they were in fact the norm. Yet perhaps a Christian polemicist
    would argue that the matter is not about what the masses did but what the leaders did;
    after all, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was the leader of the Muslims, not just
    any follower. To refute this point, we first point to the Christian popes who sanctioned
    such early marriages and actively encouraged them. But to further weaken their spurious
    argument, we will cite the example of numerous Christian saints who married young
    girls. Therefore, if the Christians attack Prophet Muhammad, then let them first throw
    stones at their own revered heroes. Let us begin:


    1. Saint Augustine: Saint Augustine, who is credited with having formulated Christian
    theology, betrothed himself to a ten year old girl, and this was when he was thirty-one
    years of age. He waited two years for her body to mature, after which she moved into
    Saint Augustine’s at the age of twelve. How is it then that the Christians attack Prophet
    Muhammad (peace be upon him) for marrying Aisha (peace be upon her) when she was
    nine or ten, when their venerated Saint Augustine himself betrothed a ten year old girl?
    We read:

    One such example of betrothal between a mature male and young girl is that of St.
    Augustine (354-439 A.D.). At the age of thirty-one, Augustine betrothed himself
    to a ten-year-old girl.


    (Mark E. Pietrzyk, http://www.internationalorder.org/scandal_response.html)


    2. Saint Agnes: Another very famous Christian figure in history, Saint Agnes—who is
    known as the patron saint of chastity—fielded marriage proposals when she was younger
    than twelve years old. Yet suddenly the Christians turn their noses up when we Muslims
    say that Aisha (peace be upon her) fielded marriage proposals at a similar age. Domestic-
    Church.com says:
    Saint Agnes' name means chaste or pure in Greek and lamb or victim in Latin.
    She has always been regarded by the Church as a special patroness of purity.
    Agnes was martyred early in the persecution of Diocletian, who began his
    persecution of Christians in March of 303. She was only twelve or thirteen years
    old at the time of her death (accounts differ). Even at that young age, her wealth
    and beauty had attracted the attention of the young noblemen of Rome, who
    competed with each other for her hand in marriage.
    (Domestic-Church.com, http://www.domesticchurch.
    com/CONTENT.DCC/19980101/SAINTS/STAGNES.HTM)


    3. Saint Hedwig of Andechs: Saint Hedwig is revered by the Christians as the patron
    saint of orphans. She was married off at the age of twelve to Henry I of Silesia.


    4. Saint Rita of Cascia: She is considered by Christians to be the patron saint of
    hopeless causes, and was betrothed at the age of twelve to a man named Paola Mancini.


    5. Saint Mary of Jesus Crucified: She was betrothed at the age of thirteen.


    6. Saint Elizabeth of Portugal, patron of the Third Order of St. Francis, was married off
    at the age of twelve.


    7. Saint Joseph, the supposed foster father of Jesus, was in his nineties when he married


    the twelve year old Mary. Some claim that Joseph was in his thirties—and not his
    nineties—but the fact remains that he was a grown man who married a twelve year old.
    And there are many other examples from amongst the venerated Christian saints…
    نقره لتكبير أو تصغير الصورة ونقرتين لعرض الصورة في صفحة مستقلة بحجمها الطبيعي

    تحمَّلتُ وحديَ مـا لا أُطيـقْ من الإغترابِ وهَـمِّ الطريـقْ
    اللهم اني اسالك في هذه الساعة ان كانت جوليان في سرور فزدها في سرورها ومن نعيمك عليها . وان كانت جوليان في عذاب فنجها من عذابك وانت الغني الحميد برحمتك يا ارحم الراحمين

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    Christian Kings, Royals, and Nobles


    The Christian royals were marrying girls as young as nine, according to an article written
    by Professor Lynda Garland of the University of New England:


    Child brides, whether Byzantines or foreign princesses, were the norm rather than
    the exception, especially from the late twelfth century. Irene Ducaena, wife of
    Alexius I Comnenus, was twelve at her marriage, and empress before she was
    fifteen; the Byzantine princess Theodora, Manuel's niece, was in her thirteenth
    year when she married Baldwin III of Jerusalem; and Margaret-Maria of Hungary
    married Isaac II Angelus at the age of nine.
    (Professor Lynda Garland of University of New England, http://www.romanemperors.
    org/aggiefran.htm)


    It should be noted that these Christian kings, royals, and nobles married with the blessing
    and sanction of the Church. As such, the countless examples that we will provide serve
    as a strong proof against the Christians and their insincere criticisms of Prophet
    Muhammad (peace be upon him). In this article, we will only provide a few of the many
    examples, as follows:


    1. King Richard II, at the age of thirty, married a French princess named Isabella who
    was only seven years old at the time.


    2. Duchess of Milan, Bianca of Savoy, was married off at the age of thirteen.


    3. Theodora Comnena was married off at the age of thirteen to King Baldwin III, who
    was more than double her age.


    4. King Adronikos I Komnenos, the valiant Christian leader of the Byzantine Empire,
    married the twelve year old Agnes of France when he was sixty-four years old.


    5. King Denis of Portugal married the twelve year old Saint Elizabeth of Portugal.

    6. Girolamo Riario, Lord of Imola and Forli, married the nine year old Caterina
    Sforza.


    7. Jeanne III of Navarre was wed at the age of thirteen.


    8. Giovanni Sforza married the thirteen year old Lucrezia Borgia.


    9. King Haakon VI of Norway married the ten year old Queen Margaret.


    10. Count Agness of Essex was betrothed at the age of only three years old and
    married off at the age of twelve to a man who was almost fifty years of age.


    11. Prince Edward of Wales married the French king’s daughter, Isabella, who was
    only seven years old.


    12. Romanos II married Bertha (renamed Eudokia), the daughter of the King of Italy,
    when she was only four years old!


    13. Stephen Milutin, the Kral of Serbia, married Simonis, the daughter of Emperor
    Andronikos II, when she was only five years old. At the time of the marriage, Stephen
    Milutin was fifty years old.


    14. Edward I married the nine year old Eleanor of Castile.


    15. Richard of Shrewsbury, King Edward IV’s son, married the five year old Anne
    Mowbray of Norfolk.


    16. Mary Stewart married Henry VIII when she was only six.
    And there are many other examples…


    Perhaps a Christian polemicist would argue that these Christian royals were individuals
    and do not represent Christianity. Yet, this argument is weakened when we take into
    account that no royal marriage was validated without the consent and approval of the

    Christian Church! Papal consent was a prerequisite of the time. To illustrate this, we can
    look at the example of the marriage of Prince Edward to the young Isabella:
    Given that twelve was the canonical age for marriage, and that in 1298 the
    Pope had stipulated that she should marry Prince Edward as soon as she
    reached that age, these dates are viable. In the same document of June 1298, the
    Pope describes Isabella as being 'under seven years', which places her birth at any
    time from 1291 onwards. Furthermore, the Treaty of Montreuil (June 1299)
    provided for Isabella's betrothal and marriage to take place when she reached the
    respective canonical ages of seven and twelve. So she must have reached seven
    before May 1303, and twelve before January 1308.
    (Isabella,
    http://bookshop.blackwell.co.uk/jsp/...es/choice/extr
    act_isabella.jsp)


    It is safe to say that if Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) had been Christian, then
    the Church itself would have sanctioned his marriage to Aisha (peace be upon her)! But
    because the Prophet (peace be upon him) is Muslim, the Church instead has levied
    allegations of “pedophilia” against him! This is the two-faced nature of the Crusader
    bigots.
    نقره لتكبير أو تصغير الصورة ونقرتين لعرض الصورة في صفحة مستقلة بحجمها الطبيعي

    تحمَّلتُ وحديَ مـا لا أُطيـقْ من الإغترابِ وهَـمِّ الطريـقْ
    اللهم اني اسالك في هذه الساعة ان كانت جوليان في سرور فزدها في سرورها ومن نعيمك عليها . وان كانت جوليان في عذاب فنجها من عذابك وانت الغني الحميد برحمتك يا ارحم الراحمين

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Refuting the Claim that Prophet Muhammad was a Pedophile

Refuting the Claim that Prophet Muhammad was a Pedophile