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The Silent Tragedy of Child Marriage

"Since this is not negated later, we can take from this verse that it is permissible to have sexual intercourse with a prepubescent girl." — IslamOnline.Com

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Robert Spencer

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May 20, 2013 - 8:00 am
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Last Friday, an Afghan journalist named Mustafa Kazemi posted on Facebook a harrowing story about an eight-year-old girl in the Khashrood district of Nimruz province in Afghanistan, who was sold off into marriage to a mullah in his late 50s, and who bled to death on their wedding night.

It was one of many such tragedies in a land that little notes nor long remembers such deaths. An eight-year-old girl sold into marriage and dead after a brutal sexual assault that her body could not withstand is no more noteworthy than a pack animal that collapses under a too-heavy weight. It’s time and money wasted, that’s all. Forget about it. Get another one.

Indeed, the day after Kazemi posted his account, pro-Sharia lawmakers in Afghanistan blocked a proposed Law on Elimination of Violence Against Women, which would have set criminal penalties for child marriage. Pro-Sharia legislator Khalil Ahmad Shaheedzada denounced the law as un-Islamic, explaining: “Whatever is against Islamic law, we don’t even need to speak about it.”

That means that more girls like the eight year old in the Khashrood district will continue to suffer. For few things are more abundantly attested in Islamic law than the permissibility of child marriage. Islamic tradition records that Muhammad’s favorite wife, Aisha, was six when Muhammad wedded her and nine when he consummated the marriage:

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).

Another tradition has Aisha herself recount the scene:

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 Allright, 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. (Bukhari 5.58.234).

Muhammad was at this time fifty-four years old.

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What the hell is wrong with being 'Phobic'.
I am xxxphobic about a lot of things.
I am 'murderphobic', 'cancerphobic', 'drunk-driving phobic' and 'child-molester phobic'.
Oh yes, I am also Islamophobic.
duh
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Most westerners see Islam as just another religion, like Judaism and Christianity. They fail miserably to understand that Jesus main message was one of love and forgiveness and freedom, while Muhammad's message was one of totalitarian theocracy, hatred and oppression.

We ALL pay for this ignorance.
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Islam has institutionalized pedophilia.
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How about castration of all male Muslims, serving at least two purposes: Lessen the Muslim population and liberate a few Muslim girls.
46 weeks ago
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It isn't only pedophilia. This is so prevalent that it's obvious muslim men aren't capable of winning and seducing a grown woman who has ideas of her own. Therefore they have these child brides.
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The world will be a cleaner place when Islam goes the way of the druids, and those who are drawn to the kinder aspects of the Q'uran find their welcome in the Judaic or Eastern faiths.
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I had always thought that India had the most permissive sexual practices, a la the Kama Sutra, but even India does not permit the marriage of girls before the age of 16.

It is barbaric to force anyone to engage in an act that may result in her death, and incomprehensible that these babies are robbed of their innocence by depraved old men.

This cult, this horrendous holdover from the Dark Ages, is popular because it appeals to the basest instincts of man, and attempts to sanctify it behind pseudo-religious tripe: murder, pedophilia, rape, misogyny, oppression. It is sickest in its almost singleminded focus on sexual behavior, and the desperate measures permitted to any pathologically sexually inadequate male to ensure not only that his female doesn't stray, but that she is mutilated to such a degree that she can never have the simple human benefit of her own sexual pleasure. Sick. sick. sick. I suspect the only reason that homosexuality is banned is because the so-called "Allah's Apostle dind't swing that way himself. Obviously, he liked raping babies.
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I would only add one thing: you mentioned Islam is a holdover from the Dark Ages -- but even though Islam got its start in the "Dark Age" period of history, the civilized world would have found this just as atrocious in 476-800 A.D. as it does today.

These barbarians are no more advanced than Stone Age savages who lived thousands of years B.C. Their mindset is pre-civilization.
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Jesus said "woe unto you that offend one of these little ones that believe in me. It is better to have a millstone tied about your neck and to be cast into the sea"
Mo on the other hand forever sanctioned the abuse of children by aging degenerates. It's little wonder that leftists champion Islam and sodomy. The two are bedfellows.
It's telling the Bangladeshi "cleric" said calling pedophilia immoral would by extension call Mohammed immoral. I'll take up the challenge. The refuted prophet Mohammed was a murderous demonic baby raper and his doctrine is spawned in hell.
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If God wants to make saints out of modern city people I say this is impossible to do.If God wants make saints out of backward tribal people Yikes this is wacko to do. If God wants to build this holy temple on Mount Hermon in the midst of enemies north south east and west I say you gone crazy God. If God wants to make Islam people holy people who can stop him? You really think you can stop the ill of God?
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God and heal the ill and make them whole gain
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A few years ago I saw a program about Islamic "women" and the after seeing the faces of children when the wind blew their veils away from their faces, I understood why the Islamic men wanted them covered.
Mohamad was indeed a pedophile and that's a big part of that religion, how convenient for the perverts.
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Gee, somebody should notify NOW, or Code Pink. Oh, wait, they don't give a crap.
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Yes, because by comparison western women have nothing to complain about. If NOW were to fully embrace the cause of the women of the world they would have to admit it.
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The great Holy Prophet Mohammed married Aisha when she was six. The claim is that he didn't penetrate her with his penis (consumate) until her 9th birthday, the age of a 3rd grader. The hadiths scriptures (eyewitness accounts of the Holy Prophet's sayings and deed) tell stories of Mohammed spending most of the day in the bedroom alone with Aisha when she was 6, 7 and 8. From that lore came thighing, an established Islamic practice where a grown man has mastubatory sex with an infant or small child. One of the first fatwas (Islam law finding) Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomenei issued after he took over Iran was on the dos-and-don'ts of thighing.

Vive la difference. Moslems are just a misunderstood people. It's easy to understand why.
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Completely unacceptable in a civil society. You men who think this is OK--to have sex with children in the name of religion--stay away from my family. You wil meet your 72 virgins (or a 72-year old virgin) sooner than later. Have a nice day.
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