MUHAMMAD, ISLAM, AND SEX

MUHAMMAD, ISLAM, AND SEX

“The Prophet of Allah liked three worldly objects – perfume, women and food.”

by Silas

 

Since 9/11 Islam has been in the news and its founder, Muhammad, is often mentioned. And rightly so, for he is the hub of cartoons, riots, and beheadings. His many pronouncements form the foundation and structure of Islam and range from war to sex, medicine to assassinations, snakes to angels, eating to excrement.

Recently I’ve read comments on Muhammad’s sexuality that troubled me and with which I disagreed. Writers, both pro and con, have described Muhammad from whoremonger to Puritan. Some critics claim Muhammad was a pedophile while supporters say that his marriages were only for platonic or political reasons. Wherein lies the truth?

Based upon my study of Muhammad’s life I find that both extremes are inaccurate. Christians who say Muhammad was a pedophile are incorrect. It is true that he married Aisha when she was 6, and sexually consummated that marriage when she was 9, before she had her first menstruation. But that does not make him a pedophile. It is true that some of his marriages were for non-sexual reasons but other marriages and relationships were made simply due to the women’s beauty and his sexual desire. Muhammad did not linger and long like a shy O’Henry character; he took, or his status drew them. Women gravitate toward rich or powerful men.

Note that some great and important men have let their sex drives lead them into immoral acts. We all know of King Edward the VIII’s relationship with Mrs. Wallis Simpson – and the wound it caused our England. The Americans have their examples: reportedly, Thomas Jefferson used one of his slaves, Martin Luther King was an adulterer, as was President Kennedy. Yet each of these men accomplished great things for their country. Their moral failings tarnishes their character but does not diminish their accomplishments.

However, history shows us that when religious men engage in immoral behavior then they are judged more harshly. This is because they proclaim a moral code and betray it. Muhammad falls into this religious category and this is why we should examine his actions. Muhammad proclaimed himself as the best example for humans to follow and Muslims are instructed to follow his lifestyle (Quran, 68:4, 33:21), hence he should be held to a higher standard.

But we must be fair if we evaluate Muhammad. He was a man, and should be expected to act like a normal man, one who deals with the temptations of human nature. We cannot expect him to be completely pure and innocent. All men are sinners, including Muhammad1, and all men have sex drives. Even a morally fine man like the American President Jimmy Carter confessed to the sin of lust. I doubt he is alone. So to point the finger at Muhammad and condemn him for that would be unfair. Men like having sex and Muhammad was no exception.

Therefore, this is not a voyeuristic exercise intended to hold a man who proclaims morality accountable for the slightest error. But, if his sex drive were so great and unchecked that it clouded his judgment, influenced his religious teachings, and drove his actions, then it would be justified and necessary to criticize Muhammad.

And please note: throughout the Quran there are verses showing that Allah was concerned with Muhammad’s sexual activities. Allah gives specific commands to Muslims concerning with whom they may and may not have sex, and even how they physically could have sex (a reference to sexual positions is found in 2:222, 223). Since the Quran and Hadith speak frequently of sex it is legitimate to take a deeper look.

Consequently, we are going to examine Muhammad’s actions, statements, and attitudes related to sex. Is Muhammad’s Paradise little more than an opulent Nevada whore house where men can spend all the day long in intercourse with beautiful angelic-like beings, or is it a place where Allah is worshipped in purity of heart, or is it both? Did Muhammad act properly when he dealt with women and men when sex was involved? Did Muhammad treat women properly or were they little more than instruments to satisfy his lust? Was Muhammad so focused on sexual satisfaction that it caused him to pronounce teachings that degraded women?

In order to examine Muhammad’s actions, statements, and attitudes related to sex, we have to actually consider what the Islamic source materials state, i.e. the writings of the Quran, Hadith, and Sira. Many authors render many opinions but few of them bother to quote the Islamic source materials and discuss their application and context.

To answer the questions I’m going to break this examination into three topics and quote primarily from Islamic source materials. These topics are:

1) Muhammad, Houris, and sex in Paradise.

2) Muhammad’s dealings with men and women involving sex.

3) Muhammad’s teachings on a woman’s station with respect to sex.

 

[NOTE: When I use the term “Allah” I am referring specifically to Islam’s God. Allah simply means God in Arabic, but in order to distinguish between Islam’s God, and Christianity’s God, I use the term “Allah”].

[NOTE: If there is bold in the quotes that I use, the emphasis is mine.]

 

 

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1) MUHAMMAD, HOURIS, AND SEX IN PARADISE

We start with Muhammad’s Quran – the most important Islamic text. It states that in Paradise men will be married to “Houris” (beautiful, angelic-like female creatures who’s virginity is renewed each day). Here are some verses:

“Thus (shall it be), and We will wed them with Houris, pure, beautiful ones.” The Evident Smoke, 44:54 Shakir2

… They shall recline on couches lined with thick brocade, and within reach will hang the fruits of both gardens. … Therein are bashful virgins whom neither man nor jinnee will have touched (opening their hymens with sexual intercourse) before. … Virgins as fair as corals and rubies…. The Beneficent, 55:54-58 Dawood3

In each there shall be virgins chaste and fair. … Dark eyed virgins sheltered in their tents whom neither man nor jinnee would have touched before. They shall recline on green cushions and fine carpets. … The Beneficent 55:70-77 Dawood

We created the Houris and made them virgins, loving companions for those of the right hand… That Which is Coming, 56:36 Dawood

As for the righteous, they shall surely triumph. Theirs shall be gardens and vineyards, and high-bosomed virgins for companions: a truly overflowing cup. The Tidings, 78:31-33 Dawood

Also reference 52:20, 56:22-24

(NOTE: for brevity’s sake I omitted the repetitive phrase “Which of your Lord’s blessings would you deny?” and represented it with three dots ” for verses 55:54-77).

 

The Hadith also mention the Houris…

Narrated Abu Huraira:

The Prophet said, “The first batch (of people) who will enter Paradise will be (glittering) like the full moon, and the batch next to them will be (glittering) like the most brilliant star in the sky. Their hearts will be as if the heart of a single man, for they will have neither enmity nor jealousy amongst themselves; everyone will have two wives from the houris, (who will be so beautiful, pure and transparent that) the marrow of the bones of their legs will be seen through the bones and the flesh.” Bukhari4, volume 4, #476.

Narrated Abu Huraira:

Allah’s Apostle said, “The first group of people who will enter Paradise, will be glittering like the full moon and those who will follow them, will glitter like the most brilliant star in the sky. They will not urinate, relieve nature, spit, or have any nasal secretions. Their combs will be of gold, and their sweat will smell like musk. The aloes-wood will be used in their centers. Their wives will be houris. All of them will look alike and will resemble their father Adam (in statute), sixty cubits tall.” Bukhari, volume 4, #544.

(Also ref. Sahih Muslim5, #6793).

The great Islamic scholar, Ibn Kathir6, comments on 78:33:

(And vineyards, and Kawa`ib Atrab,) meaning, wide-eyed maidens with fully developed breasts. Ibn `Abbas, Mujahid and others have said, (Kawa`ib) “This means round breasts. They meant by this that the breasts of these girls will be fully rounded and not sagging, because they will be virgins, equal in age.This means that they will only have one age.” The explanation of this has already been mentioned in Surat Al-Waqi`ah…

Comment on 56:36 from Maariful Tafsir7 (commentary)

The word “abkaran, being the plural of bikr, means ‘virgins’. The sense is the creation of the maidens of Paradise will be of such a nature that, even after every sexual intercourse, they will remain like virgins. (Source, Page 290).

Comment on 44:54 from Maariful Tafsir

… Although the inmates of Paradise will not be legally obligated to observe the precepts of Shariah the purpose of marriage will be to honour them. Therefore, this should not raise any objection IF the word is taken in the first sense, houris having big dark eyes will be given as life partners to the men of Paradise. The houris in this case will be granted to them as a gift. There will be no need for a contract of marriage as is done in this world. (Source, Page 762).

Some interesting comments are found in The Shorter Encyclopedia of Islam8, page 141, under the word, “Hur”.

“Two names are written on their breasts, one of the names of Allah and the name of their husband. They wear many jewels and ornaments etc. on their hands and feet. They dwell in splendid palaces surrounded by female attendants and all possible luxury.

When the believer enters Paradise he is welcomed by one of these beings; a large number of them are at his disposal; he cohabits with each of them as often as he has fasted days in Ramadan and as often as he has performed good works besides. Yet they remain always virgins…

Thus far we see that Muhammad’s Allah placed an emphasis on sexual pleasure in Paradise. The Houris are companions who remain in a perpetual state of virginity, regardless of how often they are used for sex.

But Muhammad had more to say on this…

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One of Muhammad’s more interesting sexual statements dealt with the amount of times a man can have sex in one day in Paradise.

A man will have intercourse in Paradise with his wives from among al-hoor al-‘iyn and his wives from among the people of this world, if they enter Paradise with him.A man will be given the strength of a hundred men to eat, drink, feel desire and have sexual intercourse. It was narrated from Anas that the Prophet said: “The believer in Paradise will be given such and such strength for sexual intercourse.” He was asked, “O Messenger of Allaah, will he really be able to do that?” He said, “He will be given the strength of one hundred (men).” (Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, no. 2459. He said, (it is) saheeh ghareeb). Sunan al-Tirmidhi #2459 (Source)

An additional three Hadith from Ibn Sad’s “Kitab al-Tabaqat al-Kabir”9, volume 1, pages 438, 439. (I have omitted the isnaad and the obligatory blessing on Muhammad):

…The apostle of Allah said, “Gabriel brought a kettle from which I ate and I was given the power of sexual intercourse to forty men.”

…The apostle of Allah was given the power to equal to that of forty men and the people of paradise will be given the power equal to eighty men

…The prophet was granted the power of sexual intercourse to that of forty men.

Ibn Kathir commenting on 56:35-37 says regarding the amount of times a man can have sex in one day in Paradise:

(In Paradise, the believer will be given such and such strength for women.) Anas said, “I asked, `O Allah’s Messenger! Will one be able to do that’ He said,

(He will be given the strength of a hundred (men).)” At-Tirmidhi also recorded it and said, “Sahih Gharib.” Abu Al-Qasim At-Tabarani recorded that Abu Hurayrah said that the Messenger of Allah was asked, “O Allah’s Messenger! Will we have sexual intercourse with our wives in Paradise” He said,

(The man will be able to have sexual intercourse with a hundred virgins in one day.) Al-Hafiz Abu `Abdullah Al-Maqdisi said, “In my view, this Hadith meets the criteria of the Sahih, and Allah knows best.” Allah’s statement,

(`Urub,) Sa`id bin Jubayr reported that Ibn `Abbas said, “They are in an infatuated state with their husbands, haven’t you ever seen a she-camel in heat? She is like that.” Ad-Dahhak reported from Ibn `Abbas who said, “The Urub and their husbands are their sweet hearts, and they are their husbands’ sweet hearts.” Similar was said by `Abdullah bin Sarjis, Mujahid, `Ikrimah, Abu Al-`Aliyah, Yahya bin Abi Kathir, `Atiyah, Al-Hasan, Qatadah, Ad-Dahhak and others. Ad-Dahhak reported from Ibn `Abbas;

Muhammad claimed he was gifted to perform sexually 40 times a day and that men in Paradise can have sex up to 80 or 100 times a day. Do the math – 100 times a day is over four times an hour for 24 hours. That this doesn’t leave much time for anything else does it? Muhammad promised unlimited sex. So, what do you think was on Muhammad’s mind?

Orgasm is the epitome of Islam’s heaven. Isn’t this image of Paradise more like a teenage boy’s or lecherous old man’s vision… engaging in sexual act after sexual act?

Muhammad’s motivation is described best by the Ghost in Hamlet….

So lust, thought to a radiant angel link’d,
Will sate itself in a celestial bed
And prey on garbage.

Hamlet 1.5.61-3, the Ghost to Hamlet

 

 

SECTION SUMMARY

Muhammad taught that Allah created “Houris” specifically for sexual use. They were created primarily to satisfy Muslim men’s lust. These Houris, though they are called “wives”, are not “wives” in any real sense. Rather, they are created primarily for sexual pleasure. They are whores, they are sex dolls, they are nothing but creatures created by Allah to be sexual playthings. Muhammad’s Allah plays the pimp.

This leads me to one of my main points against Muhammad and Islam: carnal pleasure was the best Muhammad could come up with because he did not know the beautiful presence of the One true God, he did not know the personal, intimate, love of Christ. Islam is a man’s religion – made by a man, for men. Consequently, Muhammad’s imagination created a heavenly Playboy mansion. Sorry, but I want something better and I know that what Christ and the Bible promise to believers far exceeds ejaculation.

The picture that the Quran gives us of Paradise is indeed one of an opulent Nevada whore house. Allah makes sure that his men can get erections all day long and provides the Houris to satiate their lust. Oh, lest they forget, I’m sure the Muslims there will remember to praise and thank Allah for this environment and ability of perpetual sex. But in Quranic passage after passage never is the emphasis put on Allah rather it is put on carnal fulfillment.

Doesn’t it strike you as perverse that Allah would create creatures just to be used sexually? This does not fit the character of the God I know.

Now we’ll move on to Muhammad’s personal relationships with men and women. Did Muhammad’s actions show respect toward women? Was Muhammad fair in his dealings with other men?

 

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2) MUHAMMAD’S DEALINGS WITH OTHERS WHEN SEX WAS INVOLVED

 

WHAT MUHAMMAD WANTED…

I’ve always said that people today should take Muhammad at his word. What did Muhammad want?

1) The Apostle of Allah said, “I like not from worldly life but perfumes and women.

2) The Apostle of Allah did not receive from worldly luxuries except perfume and women.

3) The Prophet of Allah liked three worldly objects – perfume, women and food. He obtained two and did not obtain one. He obtained women and perfumes but did not get food.

4) The Apostle of Allah did not obtain any thing from worldly objects dearer to him than women and perfumes.

5) Nothing was dearer to the Prophet of Allah than a horse. Then he said: O Allah! excuse me, nay! the women. (i.e. not dearer than women). (Kitab al-Tabaqat al-Kabir, Volume 1, page 469).

 

These statements say that the desire of Muhammad’s heart was to have sex with many women. Now we’ll take a look at some of the ways in which he got it.

 

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MUHAMMAD AND HIS OLD WIFE

This account focuses on how Muhammad treated one of his elderly wives.

After his first wife, Khadija, died Muhammad was left having to raise 4 young daughters. This is a challenge for any man. At the same time there was a female Muslim, Sauda, whose husband had left Islam, converted to Christianity, and later died. Sauda was now without a reliable means of support. A friend suggested to Muhammad that he marry her, and so he did. It is postulated that it was a mutually beneficial marriage: Sauda cared for and raised the children while Muhammad provided for her. This was not a marriage of lust or love but one of mutual support.

As time wore on Muhammad became more successful and wealthy. This gave him access to younger and more beautiful women. Sauda on the other hand grew older and uglier. She was never a beauty to begin with; she is described as being big and fat.

After his daughters matured he no longer needed Sauda. Muhammad found no sexual pleasure with her, but she was his wife and he had to do due diligence with her, i.e. give her a turn for intercourse. However, he didn’t like servicing the old, ugly woman and intended to divorce her. Some accounts say that he did divorce her but she begged him to take her back, promising her “sexual turn” to Aisha, (Muhammad’s child bride and favorite sexual partner). He relented and in the end did not divorce her.

The Sunan of Abu Dawud10 records:

… When Sauda daughter of Zam’ah became old and feared that the apostle of Allah would divorce her she said: Apostle of Allah, I give to ‘A’ishah the day you visit me. The Apostle of Allah accepted it from her. She said: We think that Allah, the Exalted, revealed about this or a similar matter the Qur’an: “If a wife fears cruelty or desertion on her husband’s part.”

This event is discussed in detail by Sam Shamoun here: http://www.answering-islam.org/Shamoun/sauda.htm

I am not going to cover this in detail for Sam Shamoun has already done so. However, I want to point out how Muhammad treated his elderly wife who had served him faithfully for many years, when he no longer needed her.

Regarding this Quranic passage, the Muslim scholar Ibn Kathir 11 states (taken from Sam Shamoun’s article):

Making peace is better than separation. An example of such peace can be felt in the story of Sawdah bint Zam’ah who WHEN SHE BECAME AGED, THE PROPHET WANTED TO DIVORCE HER, but she made peace with him by offering the night he used to spend with her to A’isha so that he would keep her. The Prophet accepted such terms and kept her.

Following the example of their prophet Muhammad some Muslims today continue this discarding. The wife gets old and their Allah grants them the option of dumping her. In the book, “Princess”, a similar event is described. Sultana, the Saudi female is married and incredibly wealthy. But after years of marriage she has aged. The powerful husband wants another women to satisfy his lusts…

Kareem could mouth any deception he chose, but I understood the implications of his taking a second wife. The desire for children was not his basis. The issue was primitive. We had been wed for eight years; sexual license was his aim. Obviously, my husband was weary of eating the same dish and sought a new, exotic fare for his palate. Sasson, “Princess”12, page 217.

This “Kareem” though lustful, was a bit more moral and faithful than Muhammad. Kareem intended to keep his wife even though he wanted another sexually. Muhammad, on the other hand, was going to dump Sauda and abandon her, much like a man dumps garbage. Instead of trying to do the right thing and care for Sauda, as the Quran commands in chapter 4:3, Muhammad intended to throw her away like a candy wrapper. Muhammad did not have the decency to care for an elderly wife. Instead he thought with his penis and sought to throw Sauda away.

 

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MUHAMMAD AND HIS SOLDIER

This next account focuses on how Muhammad treated one of his soldiers.

Muhammad had a committed battalion of men who fought for him through thick and thin. These men were loyal, tough, and obedient. They put their lives on the line for Muhammad again and again. Suffering through wounds and depravations they carved out a small State with Muhammad as Sovereign.

When Muhammad and his troops attacked a non-Muslim town and were victorious, Muhammad would enslave those they captured. He gave the female prisoners as the spoils of war to his soldiers. The female slaves were now the soldiers property, and as such, could be used for sex. The soldiers raped the female slaves. (More on this later.)

Following Muhammad’s conquest of the Jewish area of Khaibar one of Muhammad’s soldiers, Dihya, came to Muhammad and asked if he could take a female slave. Muhammad told him to take his pick. Dihya knew who was who in Khaibar and he promptly took the most beautiful woman for himself!

However, some of Muhammad’s advisors also knew about this woman and they told him that she was too beautiful for anyone else. Muhammad commanded Dihya to bring her to him. Muhammad took one look at her and was impressed by her beauty. He took Safiya for himself and told Dihya to go take another slave.

Below are the Islamic texts. I have written out the first quote in full and then edited the following references for relevant material to save space.

Narrated ‘Abdul ‘Aziz:

Anas said, ‘When Allah’s Apostle invaded Khaibar, we offered the Fajr prayer there yearly in the morning) when it was still dark. The Prophet rode and Abu Talha rode too and I was riding behind Abu Talha. The Prophet passed through the lane of Khaibar quickly and my knee was touching the thigh of the Prophet . He uncovered his thigh and I saw the whiteness of the thigh of the Prophet. When he entered the town, he said, ‘Allahu Akbar! Khaibar is ruined. Whenever we approach near a (hostile) nation (to fight) then evil will be the morning of those who have been warned.’ He repeated this thrice. The people came out for their jobs and some of them said, ‘Muhammad (has come).’ (Some of our companions added, “With his army.”) We conquered Khaibar, took the captives, and the booty was collected. Dihya came and said, ‘O Allah’s Prophet! Give me a slave girl from the captives.’ The Prophet said, ‘Go and take any slave girl.’ He took Safiya bint Huyai. A man came to the Prophet and said, ‘O Allah’s Apostle! You gave Safiya bint Huyai to Dihya and she is the chief mistress of the tribes of Quraiza and An-Nadir and she befits none but you.’ So the Prophet said, ‘Bring him along with her.’ So Dihya came with her and when the Prophet saw her, he said to Dihya, ‘Take any slave girl other than her from the captives.’ Anas added: The Prophet then manumitted her and married her.”

Thabit asked Anas, “O Abu Hamza! What did the Prophet pay her (as Mahr)?” He said, “Her self was her Mahr for he manumitted her and then married her.” Anas added, “While on the way, Um Sulaim dressed her for marriage (ceremony) and at night she sent her as a bride to the Prophet . So the Prophet was a bridegroom and he said, ‘Whoever has anything (food) should bring it.’ He spread out a leather sheet (for the food) and some brought dates and others cooking butter. (I think he (Anas) mentioned As-Sawaq). So they prepared a dish of Hais (a kind of meal). And that was Walima (the marriage banquet) of Allah’s Apostle .” Bukhari, volume 1 #367

Narrated Anas bin Malik:

The Prophet came to Khaibar and when Allah made him victorious and he conquered the town by breaking the enemy’s defense, the beauty of Safiya bint Huyai bin Akhtab was mentioned to him and her husband had been killed while she was a bride. Allah’s Apostle selected her for himself and he set out in her company till he reached Sadd-ar-Rawha’ where her menses were over and he married her. … Bukhari, volume 3 #437

Also reference Sahih Muslim #3329.

 

Muhammad’s lust overcame his sense of integrity and fairness and he chumped his own soldier. Muhammad lied and broke his word. His status gave him the power of taking what he wanted when he wanted it. My initial quote states: “The Prophet of Allah liked three worldly objects – perfume, women and food.” Here is a case of Muhammad illicitly taking what he wanted.

Is he a good example for mankind? Or is this just another example of how men with political power abuse those under their rule?

I’m sure Muhammad was thinking to himself, … “It’s good to be the king!”

 

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MUHAMMAD AND HIS SON’S WIFE

This next account focuses on three persons: Muhammad, his adopted son Zaid, and Zaid’s wife Zaynab. I will not go into all the details because this event is documented in depth in an article by Sam Shamoun: http://www.answering-islam.org/Shamoun/zaynab.htm

I’ll present the story, relevant Quranic passages, some comments, and a summary. I’ll quote from Sam Shamoun’s article because there is no need for me to re-write the argument. Quotes from Sam’s work will be in blue font, while Quranic passages will be in green.

This story is that one day Muhammad went to visit his adopted son Zaid (also spelled Zayd). Zaid was not home but his wife Zaynab was. Muhammad saw her scantily dressed and commented on her great beauty. The wife overheard Muhammad and was flattered. This caused her to gloat and in turn she taunted her husband. Therefore Zaid, knowing that Muhammad wanted her to satisfy his sexual desire, went to Muhammad and offered to divorce her. Muhammad told him not to divorce her but to remain with her. However the damage had been done and Zaid could no longer withhold something, even his wife’s body, from Muhammad. A short while later Zaid divorced Zaynab to enable Muhammad to marry her and satisfy his lust. Thereafter Muhammad did indeed marry her.

Below is the passage from the Quran on this event.

You said to the man whom God and yourself have favored: ‘Keep your wife and have fear of God.’ You sought to hide in your heart what God was to reveal. You were afraid of man, although it would have been more proper to fear God. And when Zayd divorced his wife, We gave her to you in marriage, so that it should become legitimate for true believers to wed the wives of their adopted sons if they divorced them. God’s will must needs be done. No blame shall be attached to the Prophet for doing what is sanctioned for him by God. Such was the way of God with the prophets who passed away before him (God’s decrees are pre-ordained); who fulfilled the mission with which God had charged them, fearing God and fearing none beside Him. Sufficient is God’s reckoning. The Confederate Tribes, 33:37, 38 Dawood.

Sam Shamoun summarizes Muhammad’s justification and trite excuse, found above, and presents two significant problems with the Quran’s pretext:

According to the Quran itself Allah caused Muhammad to have desires for another man’s wife, namely his adopted son Zaid ibn Haritha’s spouse Zaynab bint Jash. This led to his adopted son divorcing her so that Muhammad could marry her. The alleged reason why Allah commanded this to happen was so that Muhammad could set the example for others to emulate, making it permissible for adoptive fathers to marry their adopted children’s divorcees:

The other problem with this marriage is that shortly after it took place Allah abolished the practice of adoption completely:

God has not assigned to any man two hearts within his breast; nor has He made your wives, when you divorce, saying, ‘Be as my mother’s back,’ truly your mothers, neither has He made your adopted sons your sons in fact. That is your own saying, the words of your mouths; but God speaks the truth, and guides on the way. Call them after their true fathers; that is more equitable in the sight of God. If you know not who their fathers were, then they are your brothers in religion, and your clients. There is no fault in you if you make mistakes, but only in what your hearts premeditate. God is All-forgiving, All-compassionate. S. 33:4-5

 

In light of the foregoing, how could Muhammad set the example for adoptive fathers to marry their adopted sons’ former spouses when Allah went on to forbid the practice of adoption? Does this make any sense whatsoever? Is it not obvious that Muhammad needed to find justification for marrying Zaynab so he came up with this excuse and after people continued taunting him for marrying his son’s divorcee he then decided to do away with adoption altogether?

Sam’s summary is below:

1. Allah caused Muhammad to start lusting for a married woman who happened to be the wife of his adopted son.

2. Allah even caused Muhammad’s son to divorce his wife so that Muhammad could then marry her.

3. The reason why Allah did this was to show others that it was permissible for them to marry their adopted sons’ former wives.

4. Yet later on Allah forbade the adoption of children and prohibited calling any one the child of someone other than his/her biological father.

5. Therefore, Muhammad’s marriage to Zaynab was unnecessary since Muslims have no chance of ever marrying the former wives of their adopted children since there is no more adoption in Islam!

6. Furthermore, Muslims believe that Allah knows all things which means that he knew beforehand that he was going to abolish the practice of adoption. Why did he then commission the divorce between Zayd and Zaynab in order to allow Muhammad to set an example for others to marry their adopted children’s divorcees when he already knew in advance that he would prohibit adoption altogether?

Hence, whether a person consults the Quran alone or seeks to understand it by turning to the hadiths and/or the Islamic commentators, the fact remains that a Muslim must still deal with Muhammad committing adultery by taking another man’s wife.

Let’s be honest: had Muhammad truly wanted Zaid’s marriage to work, he would have exerted his influence and continued to counsel them to stay together. After all, didn’t Muhammad teach that “Allah” hates divorce?

Narrated Abdullah ibn Umar:
The Prophet said: Of all the lawful acts the most detestable to Allah is divorce. Sunan of Abu Dawood, Book 12, Number 2173:

Apparently when it comes to satisfying Muhammad’s sexual desires, Allah doesn’t hate divorce very much, he actually planned a divorce!

And my goodness! What does this tell you about Islamic marriage? Here is a man, married to a beautiful wife, but he does not love or respect her. She was nothing more than a sexual plaything to Muhammad and Zaid chucked her up on the meat block to gratify Muhammad’s lust. This was not a marriage based on love: it was a marriage for Muhammad’s lust.

Muhammad played the Jon Lovitz “Pathological Liar” character and invented “Quranic” lies to justify his sin.

 

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SEX WITH SLAVES

Muhammad also gave himself and his followers the right to have sex with slaves. Slave women were property and Muslim men were allowed to rape them. You can read about their treatment in an in-depth article here: http://www.answering-islam.org/Silas/femalecaptives.htm

I will quote some of the Quran’s passages on this and other related materials.

“Not so the worshippers, who are steadfast in prayer, who set aside a due portion of their wealth for the beggar and for the deprived, who truly believe in the Day of Reckoning and dread the punishment of their Lord (for none is secure from the punishment of their Lord); who restrain their carnal desire (save with their wives and their slave girls, for these are lawful to them: he that lusts after other than these is a transgressor…” Quran, 70:22-30, Dawood.

“…who restrain their carnal desires (except with their wives and slave girls, for these are lawful to them…” Quran, 23:5,6, Dawood.

Also reference 4:24 and 33:50.

 

The “Kitab al-Tabaqat al-Kabir”, page 151, mentions one of Muhammad’s slaves, Mariyah:

…”He presented to the prophet Mariyah, her sister Sirin, a donkey and a mule which was white… The apostle of Allah liked Mariyah who was of white complexion and curly hair and pretty… Then he cohabited with Mariyah as a handmaid and sent her to his property which he had acquired from Banu al-Nadir.”

This story is also supported by Tabari’s History13, volume 39, page 194.

“He used to visit her there and ordered her to veil herself, [but] he had intercourse with her by virtue of her being his property.”

Raping slaves was widespread amongst the Muslims. Note Muhammad’s ambivalent statement about the Muslim men using their newly acquired slaves for sex.

…Abu Sirma said to Abu Said al Khudri: “O Abu Said, did you hear Allah’s messenger mentioning about al-azl (coitus interruptus)?” He said, “Yes”, and added: “We went out with Allah’s messenger on the expedition to the Mustaliq and took captive some excellent Arab women; and we desired them for we were suffering from the absence of our wives, (but at the same time) we also desired ransom for them. So we decided to have sexual intercourse with them but by observing azl” (withdrawing the male sexual organ before emission of semen to avoid conception). But we said: “We are doing an act whereas Allah’s messenger is amongst us; why not ask him?” So we asked Allah’s messenger and he said: “It does not matter if you do not do it, for every soul that is to be born up to the Day of Resurrection will be born”. Sahih Muslim, volume 2, #3371.

These Muslims intended to sell the slave women in the slave market or for ransom. They performed coitus interruptus to prevent the slaves from getting pregnant, because if the slave got pregnant the Muslim soldier would be responsible for the slave and her future child. Therefore they could not sell the pregnant slave and their profit would be lost.

When it came to sexual satisfaction slave women were objects to be used as their owner saw fit. So many African Americans complain about early American slavery, but do those that have converted to Islam realize at how barbarically Muhammad treated slave women?

 

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MAKING THE ROUNDS

Earlier we were treated to Muhammad’s claim that he had the sexual power of 40 men. Here’s an example of Muhammad in action and how he viewed women, his wives in particular.

Narrated Anas bin Malik:

The Prophet used to pass by (have sexual relation with) all his wives in one night, and at that time he had nine wives. Bukhari, volume 7, # 142.

Narrated Qatada:

Anas bin Malik said, “The Prophet used to visit all his wives in a round, during the day and night and they were eleven in number.” I asked Anas, “Had the Prophet the strength for it?” Anas replied, “We used to say that the Prophet was given the strength of thirty (men).” And Sa’id said on the authority of Qatada that Anas had told him about nine wives only (not eleven). Bukhari, volume 1, #268.

Question for the female readers: How do you think Muhammad’s wives felt, knowing that while she was having sex with him, he would soon be traipsing off to the next wife, and then another, and another? How would you feel if your husband behaved that way? Would his using you be a manifestation of love or would you be just another piece of meat on his sexual buffet?

And for the record, few of Muhammad’s wives had children, and there was conflict aplenty between Muhammad’s wives. Some of them even successfully lied to him to prevent him from having sex with his other sexual partners. They were not one big happy family and few of the women found fulfillment in children. These accounts reinforce the “contract” aspect of Islamic marriage. Those women knew that one of their main functions was to service Muhammad’s desires.

 

SECTION SUMMARY

This section reviewed Muhammad’s actions in obtaining sexual satisfaction and examined if anyone was ill-treated. The examples prove that Muhammad did wrong several people:

  • He discarded his old wife Sauda, but kept her once she allowed him to have sex with someone else.
  • He cheated, chumped, and defrauded one of his soldiers in order to take the most beautiful woman, Safiya, as his own.
  • He got to feast on his son’s wife, Zaynab, by letting a few choice words slip, acted in a surreptitious and coy manner, and waited for the ripe apple to fall into his lap. Further, he claimed to have received a ridiculous “revelation” that allowed him to have this woman.
  • He claimed the right to use, even rape, female slaves to gratify his lusts.
  • He used his wives as a sexual banquet. He went through one after another like a fat sexual glutton going through a nine course meal of flesh.

Little wonder then that Aisha said, “It seems to me that your Lord hastens to satisfy your desire.” Aisha knew that when Muhammad wanted a woman, Muhammad got a woman.

 

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3) MUHAMMAD’S TEACHINGS ON SEX

We now turn to Muhammad’s teachings on sex. Do they put Muslim wives in a degraded or respected position?

 

1) ISLAMIC MARRIAGE: A CONTRACT

Muhammad taught that Islamic marriage is based upon a “marriage contract”. A man is to give the wife a dowry as part of the arrangement. This dowry literally buys the man the right to manage and control his wife, and buys him the right to her sexual organs. This marriage contract is definitely not an “until death do us part” contract, rather the marriage is based on performance and desire. When the man no longer desires the woman he can divorce her as Muhammad did with Sauda.

I am not saying that there is not true marital love in Muslim marriages, there is. Muhammad wanted strong loving marriages and the wife to be treated properly and cared for. (Sura 4 goes into details concerning Muhammad’s instructions on how the man is to treat the wife.) I am saying, however, that the foundation of Islamic marriage is contractual, not spiritual, and that distinction, as you shall see, puts the wife at a disadvantage.

Regarding the dowry buying the wife’s sexual organs, Bukhari recorded the following hadith. Note that the husband wanted his money back but because he already had had sex with his wife the transaction was sealed.

Narrated Said bin Jubair:

I said to Ibn ‘Umar, “If a man accuses his wife of illegal sexual intercourse (what is the judgment)?” He said, “Allah’s Prophet separated the couple of Bani ‘Ajlan (when the husband accused his wife for an illegal sexual intercourse). The Prophet said, ‘Allah knows that one of you two IS a liar; so will one of you repent?’ But they refused. He then again said, ‘Allah knows that one of you two is a liar; so will one of you repent?’ But they refused, whereupon he separated them by divorce.” Aiyub (a sub-narrator) said: ‘Amr bin Dinar said to me, “In the narration there is something which I do not see you mentioning, i.e. the husband said, “What about my money (Mahr)?’ The Prophet said, “You are not entitled to take back money, for if you told the truth you have already entered upon her (and consummated your marriage with her) and if you are a liar then you are less entitled to take it back.” Bukhari, volume 7, #261 (also 262).

The point is that, unlike other cultural marriages, Muhammad instituted that a man have the legal right to have sex with his wife. Once the man consummated the marriage the women had rendered what was paid for. Islamic marriage is not equal to Christian marriage. Instead of sex being an act of love it is part of a contract. A Muslim wife must fulfill this obligation continually or risk a divorce. And when a woman was divorced in early Islam she went without a primary means of support.

[Note: Islamic marriage is large topic and my comments are generalized. Because of Muhammad’s various rules many Muslim scholars have gone into great depth trying to explain all the stipulations].

 

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2) OBEY YOUR MASTER

Muhammad placed women in an inferior position to men similar to that of a child to his parents. A child is not fully mature and is incapable of making informed decisions or able to fend for himself. That makes him inferior to the adults who are responsible for his care. Likewise, Muhammad taught that women are inferior to men both intellectually and spiritually, and the husband, being superior, is given the right and responsibility to rule the wife as the parents rule the child. The Quran states:

“Men have authority over women because God has made the one superior to the other, and because they spend their wealth to maintain them. Good women are obedient. They guard their unseen parts because God has guarded them. As for those from whom you fear disobedience, admonish them and send them to beds apart and beat them. Then if they obey you, take no further action against them. Surely God is high, supreme.” Dawood, 4:34

Note in the above verse that the wife is to obey her husband or she can be beaten (http://www.answering-islam.org/Silas/wife-beating.htm).

Not only is he to be obeyed, he is to be honored greatly because Allah has made him superior to the woman. Further, she is to put his sexual fulfillment above other duties. Muslim’s and Tirmidhi’s hadith records Muhammad’s statement that the husband is over the wife and that she must hurry to fulfill his sexual desires:

Narrated Qays ibn Sa’d:

I went to al-Hirah and saw them (the people) prostrating themselves before a satrap of theirs, so I said: The Apostle of Allah has most right to have prostration made before him. When I came to the Prophet , I said: I went to al-Hirah and saw them prostrating themselves before a satrap of theirs, but you have most right, Apostle of Allah, to have (people) prostrating themselves before you. He said: Tell me , if you were to pass my grave, would you prostrate yourself before it? I said: No. He then said: Do not do so. If I were to command anyone to make prostration before another I would command women to prostrate themselves before their husbands, because of the special right over them given to husbands by Allah.” Sahih Muslim #2135

 

Chapter 20: IT IS NOT PERMISSIBLE FOR A WOMAN TO ABANDON THE BED OF HER HUSBAND

Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger as saying: By Him in Whose Hand is my life, when a man calls his wife to his bed, and she does not respond, the One Who is in the heaven is displeased with her until he (her husband) is pleased with her. Sahih Muslim, Book 008, Number 3367:

Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger as saying: When a man invites his wife to his bed and she does not come, and he (the husband) spends the night being angry with her, the angels curse her until morning. Sahih Muslim, Book 008, Number 3368:

Talq b. `Ali reported God’s messenger as saying, “When a man calls his wife to satisfy his desire she must go to him even if she is occupied at the oven.” (Mishkat Al-Masabih, p. 691: Tirmidhi)

Examine the wife’s position: if she does not come when called, even if it means burning dinner, she is disrespecting her husband and Allah and the angels are angry with her. Islamic wives are the sexual servants of their husbands and will be chastened if they do not hurry to comply. The offense! The outrage! Allah is angry and the angels are cursing her!

 

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3) PROSTITUTION BY ANY OTHER NAME: MUTA MARRIAGE

“Muta Marriage” is a short term contractual relationship, lasting hours or a few days, where the man gives something of value to a woman and they “marry” and engage in sex for an agreed length of time. Once the contractual time expires the marriage is over and they go their own ways. This is legalized Islamic prostitution. Men get satisfaction and women get something of value, be it money, or clothing, or even a Quranic recital.

Narrated Abdullah: We used to participate in the holy wars carried on by the Prophet and we had no women (wives) with us. So we said (to the Prophet ). “Shall we castrate ourselves?” But the Prophet forbade us to do that and thenceforth he allowed us to marry a woman (temporarily) by giving her even a garment, and then he recited: “O you who believe! Do not make unlawful the good things which Allah has made lawful for you.” Bukhari: Volume 6, Book 60, Number 139.

Temporary “Muta” marriage is practiced today and often arranged by Imams and other Islamic leaders in Europe (the city centre’s where Shia Muslims cluster), America (Shia parts of Dearborn, Michigan), and of course in the Mideast. The most common victims of Muta marriage are destitute widows and orphaned girls who are sold to old men. These females are driven to extreme means to pay rent and feed themselves and their children. These females are abused by both the men who purchase them and the Islamic leaders. Muhammad’s system allows them to be abandoned and then exploited rather than responding with charity and compassion.

Sunni Muslims do not normally practice Muta marriage. But many Sunni Muslims today are ashamed of what Muhammad did because they know that Muhammad allowed prostitution to satisfy his men’s wants. And that’s the same story with Muhammad again and again. Like Felix and his bag of tricks, Muhammad always managed to pull a “revelation” out of thin air and change the rules of the game. If one reads the “Sirat Rasulallah”, (“The Life of Muhammad”, by A. Guillaume), one will find that Muhammad allowed, then disallowed, then allowed, then disallowed Muta marriage, etc. several times. Muhammad’s rules and religion depended on circumstances, not on God’s will.

 

SECTION SUMMARY

I asked the question if Muhammad’s teachings put women in a degraded position and indeed they do. The marriage contract subjects the wife to the husband’s rule and she is now legally obligated to service her husband. If she disobeys she can be beaten. Because Muhammad taught that women are inferior to men they must honor their keeper and service him on demand. Further, Muhammad placed such importance upon sexual satisfaction that he allowed prostitution and women were purchased cheaply. To this day Muslim women are exploited for sex, legally, properly, under Islamic law,

For more on Islam and sexual allowances see this article: http://www.answering-islam.org/Shamoun/women_in_islam3.htm

 

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CONCLUSION: MUHAMMAD, ISLAM, AND SEX

 

“By their fruits ye shall know them.” Jesus, Matthew 7:16.

 

Muhammad claimed to be a prophet and we should examine his words and deeds. We have reviewed Muhammad’s actions, teachings, and attitudes related to sex to determine if these were tainted. I have quoted primarily from Islamic source materials and these texts prove Muhammad was corrupted by his sex drive.

Before I began this study I knew Muhammad loved having sex with beautiful women. What man wouldn’t? However, I never thought that his lust was as corrupting an influence as it has turned out to be. As I put together the pieces they formed a picture of a man who sanctioned his lust. Muhammad did not have to lie about it, like President Bill Clinton, instead he made up new rules to justify his behavior. Like a corrupt political leader Muhammad used his position to take advantage of others.

Muhammad’s Paradise is a sexual paradise. It is a man’s, not a woman’s Paradise. It is a Playboy Mansion where he, and other men, engage in sex 24/7.

 

The famous Christian missionary, Zwemer, having lived amongst Muslims and studied Islam for many years wrote this about the carnal component of Islam:

The degraded and degrading ethics of Islam are based on a low ideal of character, fixed forever as the high-water mark of holiness. To be like Mohammed is to be perfect. The deep-rooted sensuality of the prophet has borne bitter fruit in all ages and all Moslem lands.14

The “allah” that sanctioned Muhammad’s deeds is not the true God. Rather Muhammad’s allah15 is a synthetic creation of Muhammad’s knowledge and imagination, and the influences of a dark spirit. This allah served Muhammad when it suited him.

The real God’s character and standards far exceed “allah’s”.

Jesus said,

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery. But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Matthew 5:27. 28.

How does Muhammad fare under God’s standards?

Jesus foretold false prophets would come and deceive many (Matthew 24:11). Muhammad was a false prophet with a destructive message and as such Muhammad has done Satan’s bidding and oppressed and misled millions. To this day the Islamic world is kept in its bondage. The more fundamentalist an Islamic nation is, the darker is their society.

 

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  15. (For a more thorough review of this spirit and how it caused Muhammad to attempt suicide several times, see: http://www.answering-islam.org/Silas/suicide.htm)

 

8 July, 2006

 

Sex and Muhammad

Sex and Muhammad

Was Muhammad, whom the Quran says is the perfect model for mankind, sexually restrained?

The Quran (which was narrated by Muhammad) refers to Muhammad’s life as “a beautiful pattern of conduct for anyone whose hope is in Allah” (33:21) and “an exalted standard of character” (68:4). Yet, thanks to Allah’s extraordinary interest in his personal sex life (as immortalized in the Quran) the prophet of Islam had sex with just about anyone he pleased.Although the Quran didn’t appear to have enough space for topics like universal love and brotherhood (which neophytes sometimes insist are there, but aren’t), the list of sexual partners that Muhammad was entitled to is detailed more than once, sometimes in categories and sometimes in reference to specific persons (ie. Zaynab and Mary).

Muhammad was married to thirteen women, including eleven at one time. He relegated them to either consecutive days or (according to some accounts) all in one night. He had sex with a 9-year-old girl and married his adopted son’s wife (after arranging a quick divorce). On top of that, Muhammad had a multitude of slave girls and concubines with whom he had sex – sometimes on the very days in which they watched their husbands and fathers die at the hands of his army.

So, by any realistic measure, the creator of the world’s most sexually restrictive religion was also one of the most sexually indulgent characters in history.

Quran

Allah managed to hand down quite a few “revelations” that sanctioned Muhammad’s personal pursuit of sex to the doubters around him. Interestingly they have become part of the the eternal, infallible word of the Quran, to be memorized by generations of Muslims for whom they have no possible relevance. Quran (33:37) – “But when Zaid had accomplished his want of her, We gave her to you as a wife, so that there should be no difficulty for the believers in respect of the wives of their adopted sons, when they have accomplished their want of them; and Allah’s command shall be performed.” No doubt millions of young Muslims, trying to outdo one another at memorizing the Quran, have wondered about what this verse means and why it is there. In fact, this is a “revelation” of convenience that Allah just happened to hand down at a time when Muhammad lusted after his daughter-in-law, Zaynab, – a state of affairs that disturbed local customs. The verse “commands” Muhammad to marry the woman (following her husband’s gracious divorce). As for why this should be part of the eternal word of God…?Quran (33:50) – “O Prophet! surely We have made lawful to you your wives whom you have given their dowries, and those whom your right hand possesses out of those whom Allah has given to you as prisoners of war, and the daughters of your paternal uncles and the daughters of your paternal aunts, and the daughters of your maternal uncles and the daughters of your maternal aunts who fled with you; and a believing woman if she gave herself to the Prophet, if the Prophet desired to marry her– specially for you, not for the (rest of) believers; We know what We have ordained for them concerning their wives and those whom their right hands possess in order that no blame may attach to you; ” This is another special command that Muhammad handed down to himself that allows virtually unlimited sex, divinely sanctioned by Allah. One assumes that this “revelation” was meant to assuage some sort of disgruntlement in the community over Muhammad’s hedonism.

Quran (33:51) – “You may put off whom you please of them, and you may take to you whom you please, and whom you desire of those whom you had separated provisionally; no blame attaches to you; this is most proper, so that their eyes may be cool and they may not grieve, and that they should be pleased” This is in reference to a situation in which Muhammad’s wives were grumbling about his preference for sleeping with a slave girl (Mary the Copt) instead of them. Accordingly, Muhammad may sleep with whichever wife (or slave) he wishes without having to hear the others complain… as revealed in Allah’s literal and perfect words to more than a billion Muslims.

Quran (66:1-5) – “O Prophet! Why do you ban (for yourself) that which Allah has made lawful to you, seeking to please your wives?… Allah has already ordained for you, the dissolution of your oaths “ Another remarkably personal passage of sexual convenience in a book billed as Allah’s perfect and eternal message to mankind. Muhammad was caught sleeping with a slave woman on the night that he was supposed to be with one of his wives. Initially promising to be faithful, “Allah” tells his prophet to break that promise and enjoy sex with his slaves. If his wives objected then “it may be if he divorced you (all) that his Lord will give him instead of you, wives better than you.”

Quran (4:24) – “And all married women (are forbidden unto you) save those (captives) whom your right hands possess.” Allah even permitted Muhammad and his men to have sex with married slaves, such as those captured in battle.

Hadith and Sira

Sahih Muslim (8:3309) – Muhammad consummated his marriage to Aisha when she was only nine. (See also Sahih Bukhari 58:234 and many other places). No where in the reliable Hadith or Sira is there any other age given. Other references are Sahih Bukhari 3896, 5158 and 3311.

Sahih Bukhari (62:18) – Aisha’s father, Abu Bakr, wasn’t on board at first, but Muhammad explained how the rules of their religion made it possible. This is similar to the way that present-day cult leaders manipulate their followers into similar concessions.

Sahih Muslim (8:3311) – The girl took her dolls with her to Muhammad’s house (something to play with when the “prophet” was not having sex with her).

Sahih Bukhari (6:298) – Muhammad would take a bath with the little girl and fondle her.

Sahih Muslim (8:3460) – “Why didn’t you marry a young girl so that you could sport with her and she sport with you, or you could amuse with her and she could amuse with you?” Muhammad posed this question to one of his followers who had married an “older woman” instead of opting to fondle a child.

Sahih Bukhari (4:232) – Muhammad’s wives would wash semen stains out of his clothes, which were still wet from the spot-cleaning even when he went to the mosque for prayers. Between copulation and prayer, it’s a wonder he found the time to slay pagans.

Sahih Bukhari (6:300) – Muhammad’s wives had to be available for the prophet’s fondling even when they were having their menstrual period.

Sahih Bukhari (93:639) – The Prophet of Islam would recite the ‘Holy Quran’ with his head in Aisha’s lap, when she was menstruating.

Sahih Bukhari (62:6) – “The Prophet used to go round (have sexual relations with) all his wives in one night, and he had nine wives.” Muhammad also said that it was impossible to treat all wivesequally – and it isn’t hard to guess why.

Sahih Bukhari (5:268) – “The Prophet used to visit all his wives in a round, during the day and night and they were eleven in number.” I asked Anas, ‘Had the Prophet the strength for it?’ Anas replied, ‘We used to say that the Prophet was given the strength of thirty men.’ “

Sahih Bukhari (60:311) – “I feel that your Lord hastens in fulfilling your wishes and desires.” These words were spoken by Aisha within the context of her husband having been given ‘Allah’s permission’ to fulfill his sexual desires with a large number of women in whatever order he chooses. (It has been suggested that Aisha may have been speaking somewhat wryly).

Sahih Muslim (8:3424) – One of several narrations in which a leering Muhammad orders a clearly startled woman to suckle a grown man with her breast so that he will become “unlawful” to her – meaning that they can live under the same roof together.

Tabari 9:137 – “Allah granted Rayhana of the Qurayza to Muhammad as booty.” Muhammad considered the women that he captured and enslaved to be God’s gift to him.

Tabari 8I:117 – “Dihyah had asked the Messenger for Safiyah when the Prophet chose her for himself… the Apostle traded for Safiyah by giving Dihyah her two cousins. The women of Khaybar were distributed among the Muslims.” He sometimes pulled rank to reserve the most beautiful captured women for himself.

Tabari 9:139 – “You are a self-respecting girl, but the prophet is a womanizer.” Words spoken by the disappointed parents of a girl who had ‘offered’ herself to Muhammad (he accepted).

Notes

Muhammad’s sexual antics are an embarrassment to those Muslims aware of the truth. This is particularly so with their prophet’s consummation of his marriage to Aisha when she was only nine years of age. The thought of a 53-year-old man sleeping and bathing with a young girl is intensely unpleasant and it reflects the disgusting character of a sexual glutton rather than a holy man. Critics even allege that Muhammad was a pedophile.

Some Muslims respond by denying the hadith itself, which is a mistake. The accounts of Muhammad sleeping with a 9-year-old are no less reliable than those on which the five pillars of Islam are based. They have been an accepted part of tradition and did not become controversial until social mores began to change with the modern age.

The charge of pedophilia may or may not be true, depending on how it is defined. Technically, Muhammad did have a sexual relationship with a child, but Aisha was also the youngest of his twelve wives. Zaynab was in her 30’s when she attracted the unquenchable lust of the prophet. We don’t know the age of Muhammad’s sex slaves. They may or may not have been as young as Aisha, but there is no point in speculating.

Prior to the medical advances of the last century, marriage occurred at a much younger age across all societies. When life expectancy was in the mid 20’s (or lower), it made no sense to wait until 19 to start having children; otherwise, one ran the risk of not being around to raise them. In short, childhood as we know it was abbreviated by the reality of the times.

Another strong piece of evidence against Muhammad being a pedophile is that, according to the same Hadith, he waited from the time Aisha was six (when the marriage ceremony took place) until she turned nine to consummate the relationship. Although the text doesn’t say why, in all probability it was because he was waiting for her to begin menstrual cycles – thus entering into “womanhood.” It is unlikely that a pedophile would be concerned about this.

On the other hand, Muhammad passed down revelations from Allah that clearly condoned sleeping with underage girls, even by the standard of puberty. Quran (65:4) relates rules for divorce, one of them establishing a waiting period of three months to determine that the woman is not pregnant. But the same rule applies to “those too who have not had their courses,”meaning girls who have not begun to menstruate. (In our opinion, this would have been a great time for Allah to have said something else instead like, “a real man is one who marries an actual, grown woman”… but that’s just us).

Thanks to Muhammad’s extremely poor judgment (at best) and explicit approval of pedophilia, sex with children became deeply ingrained in the Islamic culture. For many centuries, Muslim armies would purge Christian and Hindu peasant villages of their menfolk and send the women and children to harems and the thriving child sex slave markets deep in the Islamic world.

When it comes to child marriage, contemporary clerics warn fellow Muslims against succumbing to the disapproval of the Christian West: “It behooves those who call for setting a minimum age for marriage to fear Allah and not contradict his Sharia, or try to legislate things Allah did not permit. For laws are Allah’s province; and legislation is his excusive right, to be shared by none other. And among these are the rules governing marriage.”

The Ayatollah Khomeini, who married a 12-year-old girl, even gave his consent to using infantsfor sexual pleasure (although warning against full penetration until the baby is a few years older). In April, 2010, a 13-year-old Yemeni girl died from injuries suffered to her womb during “intercourse”.

Some clerics propose relative mercy on underage girls by endorsing a process known as “thighing” (also known as “child molestation” in the West). According to a recent fatwa (number 23672), an imam answers this question: “My parents married me to a young girl who hasn’t yet reached puberty. How can I enjoy her sexually?” by telling the ‘man’ that he may “hug her, kiss her, and ejaculate between her legs.”

A prominent member of Saudi Arabia’s highest religious council said in 2012 that girls can be married “even if they are in the cradle,” then went on to explain that intercourse may occur whenever “they are capable of being placed beneath and bearing the weight of the man.”

Muhammad’s penchant for girls so much younger than himself was such that at least two of his father-in-laws (Abu Bakr and Omar, the first two caliphs) were actually younger than he was. This disappointing pattern is very much at odds with the sort of sexual discipline that one might expect of a true “prophet of God.”

Muhammad’s pursuit of Zaynab, the wife of his adopted son is almost as tough to stomach. This is because it not only raises a similar question of moral character, but also casts suspicion on whether his so-called prophecies were really divine revelation or dictates of personal convenience. According to one biographer, even Aisha appears to be somewhat doubtful of Muhammad’s claim that Allah commanded him to marry Zaynab, wryly remarking, “Truly Allah seems to be very quick in fulfilling your prayers.”

So controversial was Muhammad’s desire to marry his adopted son’s wife that he had to justify it with a stern pronouncement from Allah on the very institution of adoption, which has had tragic consequences to this day. Verses 33:4-5 are widely interpreted to imply that Islam is against adoption, meaning that an untold number of children in the Islamic world have been needlessly orphaned – all because Muhammad’s lustful desires for a married woman went beyond even what the other six wives that he possessed at the time and a multitude of slaves could satisfy.

Some Muslims deny that Muhammad was married to more than four women at a time, merely on the basis that the Quran only gives permission for marrying four. Unfortunately, Muslim historians disagree. Only one of Muhammad’s last eleven wives died before him (Zaynab bint Khuzayma). The rest outlived him by many years.

Muhammad forbade his ten widows from remarrying, even making sure that this “divine” order was forever preserved in the eternal word of Allah – Quran (33:53). To add insult to injury, they were all summarily disinherited from Muhammad’s estate by his successor (courtesy of another divine order “given” to Abu Bakr from Allah).

In summary, Islam’s holiest texts portray Muhammad not as a perfect man, but as a sexual hedonist. Not only did he become fat from indulging in food, but his pursuit of sex was no less gluttonous. On top of it all, he used personal “revelations” from Allah to justify his debauchery to the gullible masses which, to this day, continue to be venerated and memorized as if they are the holiest of utterances.

Justifying Muhammad’s Pedophilia

Justifying Muhammad’s Pedophilia

Most would love to see a picture of this beautiful Muslim woman as representing the wives of Muhammad.  But the fact is that he married a child at six and had sex with her at nine according to Muslim sources.  This gives many Muslim men the justification for doing the same – is not Muhammad the perfect example to follow? 

The article that follows tells of this situation.

Some Muslims are embarrassed of the fact that their prophet had sex with a child when he was 53 years old. However, instead of leaving him they lie about the age of Aisha and strive hard to prove that she was much older that what she herself said in countless hadiths. Others are so shameless that they don’t even try that approach, but rather go on justifying their prophet’s pedophilia.

Muhammad committed many egregious crimes. Perhaps the most despicable and shameful was his pedophilic relationship with a 9 year old child. No decent human, in fact no one worth of being called a human would condone, justify and rationalize such a crime. Sadly, Muslims have abdicated their humanity. There is no trace of it left in them. They look, talk, eat and defecate, like other people. What they lack is conscience. That is what separates humans from the lowest creatures such as reptiles and insects.

Their justification of this crime of their prophet shows their depth of depravity. When one defends a pedophile they only prove to the word what a vile beasts they are. Someone wrote a book putting together all what Muslims say in this regard.
http://islamhouse.com/en/books/330161/

1. Is the Purpose Criticizing the Marriage of Young Girls or Distorting the Picture of Prophet Muhammad? …

The purpose is to show this despicable man was immoral, pervert and sick in the head and not the perfect human and the best example as he claimed. Such a person could not be a prophet of God. His actions were demonic and evil. He should be condemned not emulated.

2. If such Marriage was Strange, then why didn›t the Disbelievers of Quraysh use it as a Pretext against Muhammad?

It is not normal for a grown up man to have sexual feelings for a child, unless one is a pedophile, just a it is not possible for a heterosexual man to have sexual feelings for another man unless he is a homosexual. This is not about morality or culture. It is about a mental disorder. Only pedophiles are aroused by children.

In my years of study of pre-Islamic Arabia I never came across an incident that an old man marries a child. Arabs used to betroth their children at small age. They were both of similar age. The actual marriage took place when both children were adult. This practice of old men marrying small children started with Muhammad, whom Muslims regarded as the best example to follow.

Furthermore, assuming this was an old practice of the Arabs, is it something good? It is certainly a despicable act. A child has not the mental capacity to decide for her future and forcing her to marry someone whom she has not chosen is violation of her human rights, especially if the man is old enough to be the girl’s grandfather. I am not going to even talk about the harm done to her body as I believe any sane person know that already. The question is why instead of condemning this evil practice Muhammad practiced it? By doing so he made that evil practice a sunna for his benighted and brain dead followers. Muslims do what Muhammad did like zombies. There is no intelligence in these people. Whatever he did, no matter how egregious they do it. They even drink the urine of camel because Muhammad drank it. Once a person becomes a Muslim the brain is gone. He is no longer a human.

3. Did they know the Marriage Age in Judaism?

We are talking of the marriage of an old man to a child. Many cultures married their children at young age. Gandhi married his wife when both of them were 10 years old. Such marriages were intended to allow the couple grow together and form some sort of bond. This was an old silly belief, nothing to do with pedophilia that Muhammad legitimized.

4. Europe also allows Marrying Young Girls!

The legal age of marriage in all European countries is 18. The only two countries that allow the minimum age of 16 are Albania and Malta, both influenced heavily by Islamic culture. Again, we are talking of an old man’s sexual relationship with a child. That is not the same for two teens loving each other and fooling around. It is normal for two teens falling in love. But it is not normal for a 50 year  old man lusting for a 6 year old child.

5. The Age of Consent in Most Countries Worldwide!.

The age of consent worldwide ranges between 18 and 21 with very few exceptions that allow marriage at 16.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marriageable_age

6. Is it Logical to judge a Marriage Case that took Place before 1400 Years under the Laws of the 1st Century? .

Yes it is very logical. If we are not allowed to make such judgment then we can’t judge the crimes of any historic figure. One who is unable to know this act is evil is not worth to be called a rational person.

Moreover, this is not about the past. Muslims regard Muhammad as the best example to follow for all times. So children are raped in all Islamic countries every day in the 21st century because Muhammad did it in the 7th century.

7. Brides in Africa are Younger than Ten.

Not true. See the above link. Muslims do so by violating the law and get away with it.

8. It is not for Satisfying a Desire.

That is the stupidest argument. What else is it for? If the idea is to make alliances with hostile tribes, as Muslims say, does that not mean that the child is used as political pawn? What about her rights? Why not marry a grown up woman? Furthermore, Abu Bakr was already a devotee of Muhammad. He did not have to rape his little daughter to win his friendship. Abu Bakr was a brain dead cultist. That fool allowed Muhammad to rape his child for the greed of going to heaven an screwing 72 virgins. Both of them are now in hell and some demon is screwing them. Muslims who defend Muhammad’s practices will join them.

9- It is not logical to compare the American or western girl in the 21st century with an eastern Arabian girl before 1400 years.

Human physiology has not changed for the last couple of million years. Human fetus matures in nine months irrespective of race and climate, and all girls come to puberty around the age of 13. These numbers have not changed in the last two million years. A nine year old child is a child in Africa, in Alaska or in Arabia. Aisha narrated that although playing with dolls are prohibited in Islam, Muhammad did not object that she plays with her dolls because she had not reached the age of puberty when the “prophet” took her to his bed. She was playing dolls and Muhammad wanted to have sex with her.

Muslims know this, but still defend that sick man and the irony is that they demand respect. No! You don’t deserve respect. Pigs deserve more respect than any person who follows a sick pedophile.

Women in Islam: Was Muhammad a Misogynist?

Women in Islam: Was Muhammad a Misogynist?

Ms. Atiya Khan is a Pakistani television personality. After the Islamic terrorism of 9/11, instead of wondering what derives her co-religionist to commit such crimes against other humans and deepen her knowledge, which would have likely led her to leave Islam she decided to deepen her faith instead. When good people learn the truth about Islam they can no longer believe in it.

Islam attracts people inclined towards violence. From the biographies of Muhammad we learn that most early Muslims were thugs and criminals prior to their conversion. They did not reform, they used their traits to raid, rape and promote Islam. They found in Islam justification for their actions.

The fact that Muslims’ faith is strengthened after some of them commit an act of terror is strange, but it goes back to the time of Muhammad.  Ibn Ishaq writes that the Quraish, the population of Mecca, ignored Muhammad until he began insulting their religion and telling them that their forefathers are in hell. [[1]] As the result, tension in Mecca was high and hostility was ready to erupt into violence.

One day, a group of youths from Mecca found a few Muslims of their age praying in a glen outside the town. They mocked them, and Muslims jumped at them and Sa’d ibn Abu Waqas smote and wounded one of the Meccans with a camel jawbone.

It’s well known that Muslims feel free to ridicule and malign all other faiths but have zero tolerance if their religion is slighted. Ibn Ishaq says, “This was the first blood to be shed in Islam.” [[2]] He also claims that as the result of this aggression, Muslims became stronger.
Another story is when Hamza, the rugged uncle of Muhammad, went to the mosque in Mecca. , took Abul Hakam who was sitting with a few other men off guard, and smote his head with his bow, which made his head to bleed. and again Ibn Ishaq gloats that as the result, everyone feared Muslims and the believers’ faith increased.

Other cases are the assassinations of Ka’b ibn Ashraf, the centenarian Abu Afak, and Asma bint Marwan, a mother of five children in Medina. After Asma was brutally murdered at night, Muhammad wanted to show off his power. He ordered her assassin, Salim ibn Umayr, to go back and taunt her small children for everyone to see the strength of Islam.  Ibn Ishaq says, “Now there was a great commotion among Bani Khatma that day about the affair of Bint Marwan. She had five children, and when Umayr went to them from the apostle he said, “I have killed Bint Marwan. That was the first day that Islam became powerful among Bani Khatma; before that those who were Muslims concealed the fact… The day after Bint Marwan was killed the men of Bani Khatma became Muslims because they saw the power of Islam.”[[3]]

The above stories, not only show how Islam expanded through fear and threat of violence, they also tell us about the society in which it had emerged. Although cultures are different, human nature is the same everywhere. Those of us who live in free societies find it incomprehensible to submit to a religion or any ideology by force. That is only a delusion. Under duress and threat of death, almost anyone will eventually surrender and submit to force.

The fact that Muslims’ faith increase as Islamic terrorism grows is a psychological phenomenon. In my book, “Understanding Muhammad and Muslims” I demonstrated that Muhammad was a psychopath narcissist and his followers, to the extent that they believe in him and try to emulate him, evince his psychopathology. The psychopath becomes bolder with every victory and will increase his violence. On the other hand defeat makes him recoil. The psychopath is a bully when strong but a coward in heart.

The reason for the rise of Islamic zealotry today is the victory of Islam in many fronts, starting with the 1979 revolution in Iran, the defeat of the Russians in Afghanistan and the massacre of 3000 Americans 9/11. All these victories make Muslims more resolute, and as the result, more terror and violence ensue. The reverse is also true. Nothing dampens the bully’s zealotry more than defeat. The response to a bully who slaps you is not turning the other cheek nor to slap him back, but to cut off his hand so can slap you no more.  The bully cannot help it. If he is not under your boot he will be at your throat.  He speaks and understands only the language of violence. To stop, he must be utterly crushed.

Back to Ms. Khan!  After watching the savagery of her co-religionists, this modern Canadian raised lady became so enthusiastic about Islam; she donned the veil and became its ardent promoter.  In an interview she disclosed that the reason she decided to cover her hair was because by looking at women’s hair, non-maharam men will rob her of her energy.  I am sure an Islamic university must have scientifically proven this phenomenon.

In recent years, thousands of young Muslim women have joined the jihad to provide sexual service for Muslim fighters.  Voltaire said, those who make you believe in absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.

This is not rational, but Islam is not a faith based on reason. It is based on bravado and vain glory.  All it takes for a moderate Muslim to become radicalized is the news that Islam is winning, for them to jump on the bandwagon of jihad.

This is happening again, as the terrorist of ISIS, have taken to butchering innocent people, many Muslim youths from all over the world have gained a new zeal to join them. The parents of these youths are shocked to learn that their kids have become terrorists, but they should not be. Moderate Islam is a breeding ground for terrorism. All terrorists were once moderate.   Even those who are Muslim by name alone and nothing else are in danger.  Ms. Khan is a good example. She was not a practicing Muslim, until 9/11. Today she runs a television show dedicated to promote Islam.

I have repeatedly stated that moderate Islam is the cradle of radical Islam. Islam is radical, and once the seed of this faith is sown, it will eventually grow into terrorism. Anyone who believes Muhammad was a prophet of God can become radicalized and even a terrorist.  Give me a young impressionable secular Muslim and I will transform him into a terrorist in one day. All I will do is to show him the teachings of Muhammad in the Quran and hadith and show him if he wants to be a true Muslim he has to kill non-Muslims. Of course there is no guarantee, because humans are free to choose good or evil.  After seeing the truth about Muhammad, he may decide to leave Islam. That was what I did and millions of others have done.

Meanwhile, Mrs. Kahn is sowing the seed of terrorism in her kids.  Her children are still young. When they grow up, it will take no effort for someone to show them that a true Muslim is one who fights for Allah and Ms. Khan may join the list of countless other distraught parents whose children become suicide bombers and terrorists. If that happens, she will have no one to blame but herself.  It was she who misled her children into accepting Muhammad as a prophet of God and groomed them to be scooped by the terrorists who can easily show them the real Islam is in fighting and killing non-Muslims and make Islam dominant.

As far as I can see Ms. Khan is not a scholar of Islam.  Like most Muslims however, she believes her conviction and zealotry make scholarship redundant. It doesn’t.

I generally don’t debate enthusiastic Muslims who have not read my book nor have any knowledge of their religion.  I make an exception this time since Ms. Khan is a public figure in Pakistan. She seems to have been in search of meaning and spirituality, but unfortunately in the wrong place.  My duty ends by showing her the truth. The rest is up to her.

Ms. Khan replied to several of my charges.  Here I am going to her rebuttal of the charge of misogyny that I laid on Muhammad. She wrote,

Misogyny is the hatred or dislike of women or girls. Misogyny can be manifested in numerous ways, including sexual discrimination, denigration of women, violence against women, and sexual objectification of women.” (From Wikipedia)

He [Muhammad] gave women the right to inherit property, right to divorce, right to choose a partner, right to work, right to public life, [and] he was loved by his wives and children, he gave [to] what woman said great importance and respect, [and] he was kind and playful with them.

He called his daughter Umma Abiha meaning mother of her father. He got up every time she entered the room gave her his seat and asked her to finish his sermons. He said that Fatima is of me and I am of Fatima. Whoever hurts her hurts me and whoever hurts me hurts God. This does not sound like a misogynist to me.”

 

Ms. Khan’s rebuttals are all short. You can read them in here:

She says Muhammad gave women the right to inherit property.  Didn’t women in Arabia have that right before? Khadija inherited the wealth of her two deceased husbands and continued their business hiring men to work for her. Muhammad reduced that inheritance and the power of women. Contrary to what Muslims claim, Islam did not improve the status of women in Arabia. It actually took everything they had and denigrated them to such an extent that some years after Muhammad’s death Aisha complained, “Do you make us (women) equal to dogs and donkeys?” [[4]]

The following story, narrated by Abdullah ibn Abbas reveals how Arab women lost their freedom, thanks to Islam.

“I asked Umar, “O Chief of the believers! Who were the two ladies from among the wives of the Prophet to whom Allah said: ‘If you two return in repentance (66.4)? He said, “I am astonished at your question, O Ibn ‘Abbas. They were Aisha and Hafsa. Then ‘Umar explained, “We, the people of Quraish, used to have authority over women, but when we came to live with the Ansar, we noticed that the Ansari women had the upper hand over their men, so our women started acquiring the habits of the Ansari women. Once I shouted at my wife and she paid me back in my coin and I disliked that she should answer me back. She said, ‘Why do you take it ill that I retort upon you? By Allah, the wives of the Prophet retort upon him, and some of them may not speak with him for the whole day till night.’ What she said scared me and I said to her, ‘Whoever amongst them does so, will be a great loser.’” [[5]]

This is a long Hadith. Umar expressed his concern that the women of Medina were influencing the women of Quraish and teaching them to be more independent.

Mecca was a religious hub. In religious centers, people are often fanatic, and in patriarchal religions, women are discriminated. Mecca was no exception. It was natural that women in Mecca had a lower status than other Arab women. When these women migrated to Medina and saw the freedom that women enjoyed there, they wanted it too. This did not sit well with Umar and Muhammad, the two misogynist men of Mecca. The above conversation between these two central figures of Islam shows that they were not pleased to see their wives enjoying the taste of freedom.

Arabs were not used to writing their history. Very little is left of pre Islamic culture and way of life. Whatever was written, Muslims destroyed.  What Muslim historians wrote of that time is all derogatory. Muhammad called anything pre-Islamic “jahiliya” (days of ignorance) and claimed that until he started his religion all Arabs (in fact all mankind) were ignorant. Muslims think Arabs buried their daughters alive and were constantly in war. They say that a woman prior to Islam was worth less than a camel and it was the Prophet who gave them the status of human being. The above hadith depicts a different story. We can see that Arab women had more rights prior to Islam.

Muhammad grew old, impotent and paranoid. He was strict with his wives, fearing the rivalry of young virile men.  The verses that he revealed to frighten his wives lest they go astray became the norm for all women.  Islam is a misogynistic religion because Muhammad was a misogynist.

Anytime that the Prophet needed to say the ultimate word and make others shut up, he would make his Allah reveal a verse. He was an old man, having a harem of a score of wives and concubines. His wives were young and beautiful. In his old age he became chieftain, and could afford to marry anyone. Some even came and offered themselves to him. He would choose only the young and the pretty. But political power is not a substitute to physical stamina. He was aware of the age gap between his young wives and himself. He was jealous and would warn his wives to not betray him.

30 “O Consorts of the Prophet! If any of you were guilty of evident unseemly conduct, the Punishment would be doubled to her, and that is easy for Allah. 31.  But any of you that is devout in the service of Allah and His Messenger, and works righteousness,- to her shall We grant her reward twice: and We have prepared for her a generous Sustenance. [[6]]

He would often remind his wives to behave in a way as not to attract the attention of other men and cover themselves so they don’t become desired by strangers.32.  O Consorts of the Prophet! Ye are not like any of the (other) women: if ye do fear (Allah), be not too complacent of speech, lest one in whose heart is a disease should be moved with desire: but speak ye a speech (that is) just. 33.  And stay quietly in your houses, and make not a dazzling display, like that of the former Times of Ignorance; and establish regular Prayer, and give regular Charity; and obey Allah and His Messenger. And Allah only wishes to remove all abomination from you, ye members of the Family, and to make you pure and spotless.[[7]]

Are these verses from God or the concerns of an impotent aging man with a bevy of young and attractive wives? Muhammad needed to control his wives and that is the reason behind the Islamic veil.  What was originally meant for his wives became part of the Sharia and is imposed in all Islamic countries on all Muslim women.

Muhammad repeatedly emphasized the importance of women to obey their husbands. Did this have something to do with the fact that most of his wives were teenagers that he needed to control?  His wives were uppity, as all teenagers are.  To frighten them into submission he made his own wishes expressed by his imaginary friend in the heavens. Any time he had some domestic problems, Allah would rush to the rescue and reveal a verse or two to help him out. The following was used to put his wives in their places.

“It may be if he divorced you (all) that his Lord will give him instead of you, wives better than you, Muslims (who submit to Allâh), believers, obedient to Allah, turning to Allâh in repentance, worshiping Allah sincerely, fasting or emigrants (for Allah’s sake), previously married and virgins.”[[8]]

Is the maker of the universe so petty as to be concerned about the domestic affairs of Muhammad and wives?

The truth that women in Arabia had more liberty and authority before Islam, rather than after it, can also be evinced from the fact that Khadijah had a business of her own and had men at her service. Muhammad was but one of her employees. Do we have any tale of women after Islam running their own business and hiring men to work for them?

Women are Deficient in Intelligence

Muhammad said women are deficient in intelligence, and the majority of them will go to Hell by being ungrateful to their husbands.

Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri,

“On ‘Id ul Fitr or ‘Id ul Adha Allah’s Apostle went out to the Musalla. After finishing the prayer, he delivered the sermon and ordered the people to give alms. He said, “O people! Give alms.” Then he went towards the women and said. “O women! Give alms, for I have seen that the majority of the dwellers of Hell-Fire were you (women).” The women asked, “O Allah’s Apostle! What is the reason for it?” He replied, “O women! You curse frequently, and are ungrateful to your husbands. I have not seen anyone more deficient in intelligence and religion than you. O women, some of you can lead a cautious wise man astray.”[[9]]

Does a man who thinks women are responsible for leading men astray, that the majority of them go to Hell because they are ungrateful to their husbands, and are deficient in intelligence, respect women? Various versions of this hadith are repeated in several places. In another hadith he explained the reason for which he believed women are deficient in intelligence:

When women asked, “O Allah’s Apostle! What is deficient in our intelligence and religion?” He said, “Is not the evidence of two women equal to the witness of one man?” They replied in the affirmative. He said, “This is the deficiency in her intelligence. Isn’t it true that a woman can neither pray nor fast during her menses?” The women replied in the affirmative. He said, “This is the deficiency in her religion.” [[10]]

So according to Muhammad, women are deficient in intelligence because the witness of two of them is equal to the witness of one man. And they are deficient in religion because during their menses they cannot pray or fast. What did he mean by “deficient in religion?” Perhaps he meant that women are spiritually less evolved than men?

The question is who made these laws?  Wasn’t it Muhammad who said that women cannot pray during their menses and that their testimony is worthless? The logical fallacy consists in trying to prove one absurdity by the authority of another.

Hell is filled with women.

Muhammad used fear as a means to drive home his point.  Like, Allah would allegedly send women to Hell for the most trivial of things, like displeasing their husbands.

He said, “I also saw the Hell-fire and I had never seen such a horrible sight. I saw that most of the inhabitants were women.” The people asked, “O Allah’s Apostle! Why is it so?” The Prophet replied, “Because of their ungratefulness.” It was asked whether they were ungrateful to Allah. The Prophet said, “They are ungrateful to their husbands and ungrateful to good deeds. If you are benevolent to one of them throughout the life and if she sees anything (undesirable) in you, she will say, ‘I have never had any good from you.’ “[[11]]

He must have said this to intimidate his own wives who most likely were reluctant to have sex with an old infirm man, who sweated and smelled foul, as I have shown in my book, “Understanding Muhammad”. There is no mention of men going to suffer any consequence for mistreating their wives.

Jabir ibn Abdullah narrated when Muhammad told women that the majority of the inhabitants of Hell were women and they asked why, the messenger of Allah said: “For you grumble often and show ingratitude to your spouse”. And then they began to give alms out of their ornaments such as their earrings and rings which they threw on to the cloth of Bilal. [[12]]

 

Beating Women

Men are allowed to abuse their wives verbally, emotionally and physically. The Quran says:

“Men are the maintainers of women because Allah has made some of them to excel others and because they spend out of their property; the good women are therefore obedient, guarding the unseen as Allah has guarded; and (as to) those on whose part you fear desertion, admonish them, and leave them alone in their bed and beat them; then if they obey you, do not seek a way against them; surely Allah is High.” [[13]]

This verse established the position of women in Islam. It denies their independence, makes them subservient to men, states that men are masters and owners because they are the breadwinners.  It implies that women are incapable of and should not be allowed to work and become providers. It assumes women’s work at home and taking care of children and house is worth nothing and she must be grateful for the food that her husband gives her.

Note that a woman does not have to disobey her husband to be beaten.  She may not have to even think of it. The mere fact that he fears that she is thinking of disobeying him licenses him to beat out of her.  Will he be answered for beating her? No!  Umar narrated, “The Prophet said, ‘A man will not be asked as to why he beat his wife.’” [[14]]

Several hadiths report that Muhammad and his close companions beat their wives.

Aisha narrated, “He (Muhammad) struck me on the chest which caused me pain.”[[15]]

Umar found the Prophet sitting sad and silent with his wives around him. … (He) decided to say something which would make the Prophet laugh, so he said, “Messenger of God, I wish you had seen (the treatment I meted out to) the daughter of Kharija when she asked me for extra money and I got up and slapped her on the neck.” God’s messenger laughed and said, “They are around me as you see asking for extra money.” Abu Bakr then got up, went to Aisha and slapped her on the neck, and Umar did the same to Hafsa. [[16]]

Narrated Aisha: A necklace of mine was lost at Al-Baida’ and we were on our way to Medina. Abu Bakr came to me and hit me violently on the chest and said, “You have detained the people because of a necklace.” [[17]]

Iyas ibn Abdullah reported God’s messenger as saying, “Do not beat God’s handmaidens;” but when `Umar came to God’s messenger and said, “The women have become emboldened towards their husbands,” he gave license to beat them. Then many women went round God’s messenger’s family complaining of their husbands, and he said, “Many women have gone around complaining of their husbands. Those are not the best among you” [[18]]

When a woman who was beaten severely by her husband went to Muhammad to complain he ignored her request.

Aisha said, “I have not seen any woman suffering as much as the believing women. Look! Her skin is greener than her clothes!” When ‘AbdurRahman heard that his wife had gone to the Prophet, he came with his two sons from another wife. She said, “By Allah! I have done no wrong to him but he is impotent and is as useless to me as this,” holding and showing the fringe of her garment, ‘Abdur-Rahman said, “By Allah, O Allah’s Apostle! She has told a lie! I am very strong and can satisfy her but she is disobedient and wants to go back to Rifa’a.” Allah’s Apostle said, to her, “If that is your intention, then know that it is unlawful for you to remarry Rifa’a unless Abdur-Rahman has had sexual intercourse with you.” Then the Prophet saw two boys with ‘Abdur-Rahman and asked (him), “Are these your sons?” On that ‘AbdurRahman said, “Yes.” The Prophet said, “You claim what you claim (i.e.. that he is impotent)? But by Allah, these boys resemble him as a crow resembles a crow,” [[19]]

So the fact that this woman was beaten to such an extent that her body had turned green was not enough excuse for her to ask for divorce. The only time a woman is entitled to ask for a divorce is when her husband is impotent.  The good news is however, that a woman has the right not to be hit in the face.

Hakim ibn Muawiya al-Qushairi quoted his father as telling that he asked, “Messenger of God, what right can any wife demand of her husband?” He replied, “That you should give her food to eat, clothe her when you clothe yourself, not strike her on the face, and do not revile her or separate from her except in the house.” [[20]]

To be fair, we should be grateful to Muhammad for saying women should not be reviled in public. At home it is okay.

Women are toys

Umar was once talking when his wife interjected, so he said to her: ‘You are a toy, if you are needed we will call you.’”[[21]]

And ‘Amru Bin al-’Aas, also a Khalif, said: “Women are toys, so choose.”[[22]]

According to the great Islamic philosopher Imam al Ghazali, “In the company of women, looking at them, and playing with them, the soul is refreshed, the heart is rested, and the man is strengthened to the worship of God…this is why God said: ‘That he might rest in her.’ (Q. 7:189)”[[23]]

These men were not stating their personal opinions but rather echoing that of their prophet who said, ‘The woman is a toy, whoever takes her let him care for her (or do not lose her).”[[24]]

Barra’a narrated, “The Prophet sent message to Sauda informing her that he had divorced her.” He married her in Mecca. No one among the Quraish would marry him and Sauda was the only woman eligible among his followers.  Barra’s says, “When Sauda heard the news, she sat in the way of the Prophet to Aisha’s house. When she saw the Prophet she told him, I beseech you by the one who has revealed to you the Quran and has exalted you above all the creation to tell me why you divorced me. Have I done something wrong that has offended you? The Prophet said no! Sauda said, I then beg you for the sake of the same God to not divorce me. I am getting old; I don’t need to be with a man. You can use my turn to stay with Aisha, but I wish that in the day of resurrection to be counted amongst your wives. The Prophet agreed and Sauda said that since then the Prophet spent the nights that were her turn with his favorite wife Aisha.” [[25]]

Muhammad decided to divorce Sauda because she was not attractive.  He had now a harem of young wives and Sauda had outworn her usefulness. No mention of Sauda’s age is made.  Ibn Sa’d says she died during the rule of Muaviyah in the year 54 Hijra.[[26]] Muhammad married her about a month after the death of Khadijah, i.e. three years before Hijra. Therefore, Sauda died 57 years after she married Muhammad. What is the normal age of a person? Larger overweigh people don’t live long. But let us say Sauda died at the age of eighty.  80-57=23.  This means she was 23 years old when she married Muhammad who was 50 years old at that time. She must have been young since despite having become a widow, she still did not have a child. If she died at the age of 90, which is unlikely, she could not have been older than 33 years when she married Muhammad.

We can see how Muhammad viewed his wives and women in general. When the greatest scholars of Islam say women are toys, it is because Muhammad said it.

Jabir bin ‘Abdullah, one of the companions of Muhammad, narrated “I was with the Prophet in a Ghazwa (raid/terrorist ambush). He asked me, have you got married?” I replied in the affirmative. He asked, “A virgin or a matron?” I replied, “I married a matron.” The Prophet said, “Why have you not married a virgin, so that you may play with her and she may play with you?” Jabir replied, “I have sisters (young in age) so I liked to marry a matron who could collect them all and comb their hair and look after them.”[[27]]

 

Women are inferior

The superiority of men over women is ratified in verse 2:228 where it says: “and men are a degree above them (women).”

While the Quran recognizes that the works of men and women are interdependent, it does not regard them as having equal worth.  Men are a step above the women and superior to them. “And it is for the women to act as they (the husbands) act by them, in all fairness; but the men are a step above them.[[28]]

Commenting of the verse (Q. 4:34) Ibn Kathir says, “Men are superior to women, and a man is better than a woman.”

Razi, commenting on Q. 4:11, says, “(The males share is that of two females). Man is more perfect than the woman in creation, and intelligence, and in the religious sphere, such as the suitability to be a judge, and a leader in worship. Also, the testimony of the man is twice that of the woman. So that whoever is given great responsibilities must be given correspondingly great privileges. As the woman is deficient in intelligence and of great lust, if she is given much money, much corruption will be the result. The male is mentioned first in Q. 4:11 because the male is better than the female.”

This superiority as Razi understands the Quran, is due to man’s natural superiority in “knowledge and power, and because the man gives his wife the dowry and spends on her.”

Women are sex objects

For Muhammad; women were nothing more than sex objects. It is reported that he refused to shake hands with them. To get their allegiance he plunged his hand in a bowl of water and then asked the women to do the same.  What is so sexual about a simple handshake? Was he torn between his sexual impulses and his religious ideals? Something must have happened in his mind that made him feel guilty when he touched women.

Jabir also reported that Allah’s Messenger saw a woman, and so he came to his wife, Zainab, as she was tanning leather, and had sexual intercourse with her. He then went to his Companions and told them: the woman advances and retires in the shape of a devil, so when one of you sees a woman, he should come to his wife, for that will repel what he feels in his heart. [[29]]

I wonder how a wife would feel knowing her husband is fancying another woman and is using her to relieve himself.  This is the morality of the prophet of 1.2 billion people!

The Quran and hadith are full of derogatory remarks on women. The following is an example.

Narrated Abu Huraira: “Apostle said, ‘If a husband calls his wife to his bed (i.e. to have sexual relations) and she refuses and causes him to sleep in anger, the angels will curse her till morning.’” [[30]]

Doesn’t Allah have anything better to do than worry about the sexual pleasures of his male servants? It seems quite absurd that God would employ so many angels to sit around and curse the women who do not please their husbands sexually. Hadiths like this are repeated so many times that one starts to suspect whether Allah is a dirty old pervert voyeur who gets pleasure watching people having sex.

Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger as saying: By Him in whose hand is my life, when a man calls his wife to his bed, and she does not respond, the One who is in the heaven is displeased with her until he (her husband) is pleased with her. [[31]]

“If a woman spends the night deserting her husband’s bed (does not sleep with him), then the angels send their curses on her till she comes back (to her husband).” [[32]]

Th`e Quran says, “Women are your fields: go, then, into your fields whence you please. [[33]]

Why Muhammad was so concerned about sex? It’s because he was an old man, his teeth were decaying and at least two of them were broken. His mouth had a foul smell. (These are not wild claims. I have backed them all in Understanding Muhammad.)  But his wives were attractive courtesans. They must have enjoyed their status as the wives of the Prophet and the first ladies of Arabia, but as I have shown in my upcoming book, The Life of Muhammad under the Light of Reason, they were reluctant to sleep with him. The warnings about the angels’ curses and Allah’s wrath were to coerce his wives to sleep with him.

Here is another of his obscene statements regarding women.  He said, “After me I have not left any affliction more harmful to men than women.” [[34]]

In every occasion he found an excuse to poison the minds of his followers with ridiculous talks like the following.

“Woman is like a rib. When you attempt to straighten it, you would break it. And if you leave her alone you would benefit by her, and crookedness will remain in her. [[35]]

How can Muslims respect their women when their prophet was so scornful of them, so contemptuous of their faith, so derisive of their intelligence, so dismissive of their rights and so disdainful of their status?

He said, “Many amongst men reached (the level of) perfection but none amongst the women reached this level except Asia, Pharaoh’s wife, and Mary, the daughter of ‘Imran. And no doubt, the superiority of ‘Aisha to other women is like the superiority of Tharid (i.e. a meat and bread dish) to other meals.”[[36]]

Here Mohammad is confusing Miriam, (in Arabic Maryam) daughter of Imran and sister of Moses and Aaron with Mary (also Maryam in Arabic) mother of Jesus. He made the same mistake in the Quran. Miriam is not an important religious figure. She even disobeyed God once.

Muhammad had no regard for women. To him women were sex objects created only to satisfy men.

Women are like domestic animals

In his last sermon Muhammad said, “Now then, O people, you have a right over your wives and they have a right over you. You have [the right] that they should not cause any one of whom you dislike to tread on your beds; and that they should not commit any open indecency (fā ishah). If they do, then God permits you to shut them in separate rooms and to beat them, but not severely. If they abstain from [evil], they have the right to their food and clothing in accordance with custom (bi’l-ma‘rūf). Treat women well, for they are [like] domestic animals (‘awānin) with you and do not possess anything for themselves. You have taken them only as a trust from God, and you have made the enjoyment of their persons lawful by the word of God” [[37]]

Commenting on the Quranic verse Q. 30:21 which states “And of His signs is that He created for you, of yourselves, spouses, that you may repose in them” Fakhr ad-Din ar-Razi wrote:

His saying ‘created for you’ is a proof that women were created like animals and plants and other useful things, just as the Most High has said ‘He created for you what is on earth’ and that necessitates the woman not to be created for worship and carrying the Divine commands. We say creating the women is one of the graces bestowed upon us and charging them with Divine commands to complete the graces bestowed upon us, not that they are charged as we men are charged. For women are not charged with many commands as we are charged, because the woman is weak, silly, in one sense she is like a child, and no commands are laid upon a child, but for the grace of Allah upon us to be complete, women had to be charged so that they may fear the torment of punishment and so follow her husband, and keep away from what is forbidden, otherwise corruption would be rampant.”[ [38]]

Another eminent Muslim thinker, Hadi Sabzevari, in his commentary on Sadr al-Mote’alihin wrote:

“That Sadr ad-Deen Shirazi classifies women as animals is a delicate allusion to the fact that women, due to the deficiency in their intelligence and understanding of intricacies, and due to their fondness of the adornments of the world, are truly and justly among the mute animals [al-haywanti al-samita]. They have the nature of beasts [ad-dawwab], but they have been given the disguise of human beings so that men would not be loath to talk to them and be compelled to have sexual intercourse with them. That is why our immaculate Law [shar’ina al-mutahhar] takes men’s side and gives them superiority in most matters, including divorce, “nushuz,” etc.” [[39]]

 

Women are the symbol of disease and affliction

When Muhammad dreamed a black woman, he interpreted it as the sign of disease.

Narrated Salim’s father “The Prophet said, “I saw (in a dream) a black woman with unkempt hair going out of Medina and settling in Mahai’a. I interpreted that as (a symbol of) epidemic of Medina being transferred to Mahai’a, namely, Al-Juhfa.” [[40]]

Even in religious matters he asserted the symbolic inferiority of women.

Narrated Sahl bin Sa’d: “The people used to pray with the Prophet tying their Izars around their necks because of their small sizes and the women were directed that they should not raise their heads from the prostrations till the men had sat straight. [[41]]

In the following hadith he sealed the eternal enslavement of women.

Narrated Abu Huraira: “The Prophet said, “It is not permissible for a woman who believes in Allah and the Last Day to travel for one day and night except with a Mahram .”[[42]]

As for Muhammad’s great respect for her daughter Fatima, which Ms. Khan stated, it is all made up by Shiites.  The historians report that while Muhammad had given Aisha a slave girl, she gave none to Fatima. She came to complain but Muhammad was not home. His wife Zeinab bint Jahsh told him about it and he went to her home at night. Ali and Fatima were in bed. He told them not to get up. He then placed his foot on the chest of Ali and told the couple that they have no right to complain.  This was the source of enmity between Fatima and Aisha who was ten years her junior.

Muhammad had no respect for Fatima or her husband Ali.  Ali knew it. When Muhammad was on his deathbed, his uncle Abbas pulled Ali aside and said, “Ali, three nights hence you will be a slave. I swear by God that I recognized death in the apostle’s face as I used to recognize it in the faces of the sons of Abdu’l-Muttalib. So let us go to him; if authority is to be with us, we shall know it, and if it is to be with others we will request him to enjoin the people to treat us well.’ ‘Ali answered: ‘By God, I will not. If it is withheld from us none after him will give it to us.’ The apostle died with the heat of noon that day.” [[43]]

This story should put to rest any claim that Shiites have regarding Ali. Apparently Ali had more hope that the believers may elect him as their leader than Muhammad giving him the authority. As history proves, he was so disliked that after the death of Fatima he remained isolated, no one wanting to associate with him. It also answers Ms. Khan’s unsubstantiated and undocumented claim that Muhammad had a lot of respect and love for his daughter. Narcissists don’t love anyone. They use people.

I can write a book on Muhammad’s misogyny. How can any self-respecting woman believe in a man who called her deficient in intelligence and faith, a crooked rib, inferior by degrees, and a tilt upon which her man can enter from whichever way he likes?

My question to Ms. Khan is whether she agrees with the above statements of her prophet.  If she does then there is no point to continue this debate. No one is interested to read the opinion of one who is deficient in intelligence. And if she does not agree, then why she is still a Muslim!

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Ali Sina is the founder of faithfreedom.org, a site created to help Muslims see the reality of Islam. He is the author of  “Understanding Muhammad and Muslims”. He is looking for a publisher for his new book The Life of Muhammad under the Light of Reason.

Women before and after Islam

 

Persian women before Islam
An Achaemenid Unit of Persian Female Warriors 1000 Years Before the Invasion of Islam

Persian women before Islam 1

Women serving in Persian Sassanid elite cavalry

 

Iranian women after Islam

Women in Islamic Republic of Iran beaten for exposing their hair

Afghan women beaten
Afghani Women under Taliban Regime

Lat Uzza Manat

Pre Islamic Arabs had such high regards for women that they worshipped three female deities. As with all triple goddesses, a religious concept found worldwide, Al Lat has three manifestations, each one connected to a phase of the moon and simultaneously to a phase in a woman’s life.  The waxing, crescent moon is represented by the maiden Qur,  the young girl and virgin (the Greek Kore, from which Quraish is derived); Al Uzza (the strong one) is the full moon or mother aspect (the mature woman corresponding to the Greek Demeter); and Al Menat is the waning moon or the crone, a wise old woman concerned with fate and skilled in prophecy and divination..

Black stone
The sacred black stone was a symbol of al Lat’s Yoni. The Goddess resided in her aspect of Earth Mother, creatrix of life and helper of women in childbirth.  People came to pray, to ask for offspring and protection, and to celebrate life.

Saudi women

21st Century Saudi Women

Saudi women 1

Under the Sharia a man has complete power over his wives and his right hand possessions (slaves)

 

[1] Ibn Ishaq p. 118

[2] Ibn Ishaq p.118

[3] Ibn Ishaq, 676; Ibn Hisham p. 582

[5] Bukhari, 3:43:648

[6] Quran 33.30

[7] Quran 33.32

[8] Quran. 66: 5

[9] Bukhari 2: 24: 541

[10] Bukhari 6: 301

[11] Bukhari 2: 18: 161

[12] Sahih Muslim 4: 1926

[13] Quran.4:34

[14] Dawud 11:2142

[15] Muslim: 4: 2127

[16] Mishkat Al-Masabih: vol. 2, p. 690; Muslim: 9: 3506

[17] Bukhari, 6: 60: 132

[18] Mishkat Al-Masabih: vol. 2, p. 692

[19] Bukhari, 7: 72: 715

[20] Mishkat Al-Masabih: vol. 2, p. 691

[21] Al-Musanaf by Abu Bakr Ahmad Ibn ‘Abd Allah Ibn Mousa Al-Kanadi who lived 557H., Vol. 1 Part 2, p. 263. See also Ihy’a ‘Uloum ed-Din by Ghazali, Dar al-Kotob al-‘Elmeyah, Beirut, Vol II, Kitab Adab al-Nikah, p. 52.

[22] Kanz-el-‘Ummal, Vol. 21, Hadith No. 919

[23] Ihy’a ‘Uloum ed-Din by Ghazali, Dar al-Kotob al-‘Elmeyah, Beirut, Vol II, Kitab Adab al-Nikah, p. 34.

[24] Tuffaha, Ahmad Zaky, Al-Mar’ah wal-Islam, Dar al-Kitab al-Lubnani, Beirut, first edition, 1985, p. 180.

[25] Tabaqat V. 8 p. 53-54

[26] Tabaqat V.8  page 56

[27] Bukhari: 3: 34: 310

[28] Quran, 2:228

[29] Bukhari 1: 6: 301

[30] Bukhari 4: 54: 460

[31] Sahih Muslim 8: 3367

[32] Bukhari 7: 62: 122

[33] Qur’an 2:223

[34] Bukhari 7: 62: 33

[35] Sahih Muslim 8; 3466

[36] Bukhari 4: 55: 623

[37] Ṭabarī, The Last Years of the Prophet

[38] Tafsir al-Kabir, Razi, commenting on Q. 30:21

[39] Quoted in Soroush, Abdolkarim, _Farbehtar az ideoloji_, Serat, Tehran, 1373 A.H.S.

[40] Bukhari 9: 87: 163

[41] Sahih Bukhari 1.778

[42] Sahih Bukhari 2.194

[43] Ibn Ishaq 682

Was Muhammad a Pedophile? – By ALI SINA

Was Muhammad a Pedophile? – By ALI SINA

Bassam Zawadi has written a series of “rebuttals” to several of my articles. I have ignored them because they are so shallow. However, Amir, who was once a Muslim and left it after reading my book has been insisting that I respond to them. I promised him that I would and he has held me to my promise even though I have a lot to do.  Anyway a promise is a promise. Here is my second response to Bassam Zawadi’s “rebuttal”.  I wished someone with a bit more knowledge would write a rebuttal to my articles.

Ali Sina’s problem here isn’t with the Holy Prophet (S), but in fact it is with Aisha (R). The reasons why this accusation is itself lame are because:

1)       Back then, it was perfectly normal for a girl at young age to marry. We know this because before Aisha was married to the Holy Prophet (S), she was engaged to someone else

 

At no time it was “perfectly normal” for an old man to marry little girls. In the old days parents use to betroth their children, sometimes in their infancy. This was done until very recently (70 years ago) in some villages in Iran.  Gandhi and his wife were ten and nine years old when they married. That is not what we are talking about. We are talking about an old man having sex with a little girl. We are talking about pedophilia.  It is normal for children to fall in love.  They fall in love with another child of their own age. But it is not normal for a fifty year old man to fall in love with a six year old girl.

 

2)       Who are we to tell Aisha now what is right for her and what is wrong for her? Aisha (R) remained all her life married to the Holy Prophet (S), and even when she was given the chance to divorce the Holy Prophet (S), she did not divorce him! A case like this shows that both of them loved each other

 

A six year old child is not in any position to choose her life partner. In the case of Aisha she probably thought this is normal because even her benighted parents had consented to this shameful betrayal of their trust.

We are not concerned about Aisha. She is dead. We are concerned about millions of little girls who are victimized today because of this tradition set by Muhammad.

To say Aisha was given the choice to divorce Muhammad is a silly argument. Divorce him and were to go? Medina had become the compound of Muhammad and every Muslim had become a cultist. The atmosphere was full of terror. How could she live a normal life after divorcing Muhammad? Anyway, this did not apply to Aisha who was brainwashed since childhood. This applied to Safiyah, Rayhanah and Juwariyah who were captives, whose relatives had been slaughtered and their villages destroyed. Where could they go?

Cultists do stupid things. Many cultists allow their wife or daughter to have sex with their beloved leader. This does not mean that they do it with conscience. Cultists lose their conscience and can no longer be regarded as responsible people.

 

3)       Noone objected to Aisha’s marriage with the Holy Prophet (S), infact everyone was happy! It seems the only person who has a problem, is Ali Sina and his crowd.

 

In a cultic atmosphere no one objects to the despicable deeds of the leader.  The cultist becomes befogged and those few who see something is wrong do not dare to question.  I have explained this phenomenon with many examples of modern day cults in my book Understanding Muhammad.

 

4) It was Aisha’s parents who approved of this marriage. They deemed it good to marry their daughter to the Holy Prophet (S), and indeed they did a great thing, as Aisha grew up to be a great scholar of Islam!

 

The followers of David Koresh let him sleep with their wives while they themselves were told to practice celibacy. Cultists do very stupid things. They are no longer in control of what they do.

This man says he saw Khomeini solicited one of his devout followers to let him have sex with his five year old daughter. The man agreed. The little girl screamed and cried all the night and the father heard everything and smiled. Does that mean what Khomeni did was okay because that foolish father agreed?  You must read my book to understand cultic mentality and hence you will understand Islam.

Aisha was no scholar. She was someone who remembered what Muhammad did and said and narrated them. That does not make her a scholar. But then again, all Muslim scholars are of that kind.  They are a bunch of ignoramuses who have memorized the hadith and the Quran mindlessly, but understand nothing and cannot reason like normal people.  I have not memorized any of that garbage, but I can defeat all Muslim scholars because I understand Islam.  Anyone can do that. If you understand Islam you can defeat all Muslim scholars.  If you read my book, you will understand Islam.

 

5)       When one looks up the definition of a “pedophile”, you will find that pedophiles have: “”Low self esteem. Many pedophiles, although by no means all, do not have a great sense of capacity for adopting a sexual demeanor towards adults or those of their own age or older. They feel unhappy and fearful at the prospect of sexual behaviour with adults and hence turn to children due to the fact that they are unable to have the strength of personality to seek adults for sexual demeanor. When considering treatment therefore it is important to establish and develop a higher sense of self-esteem in such individuals.” (Source). Obviously that is not the case with the Holy Prophet (S), as his other wives were older then Aisha, two of his wives were older then him, specifically Sauda (R) and Khadijah (R).

 

Muhammad had a very low self esteem. That is why he developed narcissism. Narcissism is a reaction to hide the low self esteem. I have explained this in my book extensively.

Muhammad was unable to have a normal relationship with women of his age. Khadijah was to him a sugar mommy.  She took care of all his needs like a mother would do. That woman had her own psychological problems. She suffered from co-dependency aka inverted narcissism.  After her death Muhammad did not marry a woman of his own age. Sauda was at least half his age and then he kept collecting teenagers.

 

6)       If the Holy Prophet (S) was a pedophile (Astaghfirullah), then one must ask why didn’t he consummate his marriage with Aisha right there and then when Aisha (R) was six years old? Infact, this source says: “Lack of impulse control. Many pedophiles find it extremely difficult to deal with the impulsive nature which inclines them towards sexual behaviour to children. They simply cannot control their need for engaging children in sexual practices. They might be said to suffer from an obsessive-compulsive condition. Here again treatment would involve developing better impulse control and of course redirecting the sexual inclinations.” (Source, same as above). Thus, if the Holy Prophet (S) was a “pedophile”, according to the definition of a pedophile, he would have no control over his sexual desire. On the contrary, the Holy Prophet (S) waited 3 years after the marriage contract to consummate his marriage with Aisha.

 

Muhammad wanted to consummate his “marriage” with Aisha right away. Abu Baker pleaded with him to wait.  Muhammad did not want to lose the trust of his foolish follower and complied.

We must also remember that Muhammad was not just a pedophile. He wanted to be a prophet and hence he had to preserve an image of propriety. We see him in Jaun, after raiding that town and killing people, a little girl with her wet nurse are brought to him and he tells her to give herself to him. The girl says can a princess give herself to an ordinary man? Muhammad raises his hand to beat her and she screams, “I beseech Allah from you.” Muhammad stops. That is because his followers were watching. He had to balance between his animal instinct and his deception of being a prophet and portraying an image of holiness.

Of course pedophiles exert some self control.  They don’t jump on all children they see. They wait for an appropriate time when they cannot be caught.  All predetor animals know when it is not safe to attack. The fact that Muhammad waited for three years was to appease Abu Bakr and it is not an indication that he had self control.

It is unbelievable that a person becomes so bereft of reason that would defend such a perversity and bring up these silly excuses to justify such a hideous crime. That is what blind faith does to cultists.  Poor Zawadi is a cultist. Even he may leave Islam if he reads my book.

Muhammad did suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. I have dedicated a whole chapter in my book to this topic alone.

 

7)       Can we honestly say Aisha (R) would’ve remained with the Holy Prophet (S) after she was allegedly “molested”? We must remember that Aisha (R) was very wise, and a great orator and she was quick to comment when she saw something wrong. If she was in any way, shape or form “molested” by the Holy Prophet (S), then she would’ve never remained married to him!

 

Having sex with a child is molesting her. There is no other way to put it. The fact that the victim is not aware of the abuse does not mean that the abuse does not take place.  There are many cases of children that are abducted and abused for years and they get used to it and do not escape even when they have a chance. The case of Elizabeth Smart is a good example.

She was kidnapped raped daily but when found by police she was not cooperating and claimed to be someone else.    You must read the chapter titled Psychology of Fear in the latest edition of my book to understand this phenomenon.

 

8)       The women who spoke to Aisha (R) when she was marrying the Holy Prophet (S) were happy for Aisha. When she married the Holy Prophet (S), they praised her, they didn’t cry for her, or pity her for marrying a person who is, allegedly, as Ali Sina claims a “pedophile” (Astaghfirullah!).

 

This is cultic behavior. The followers of Jim Jones cheerfully gave the poison laced Cool Aid to their children and drank it themselves. Does this make what they did normal? Listen to this horrifying last tape in Jamestown.  Everyone is happy to commit suicide.  This is cultic mentality that describes Muslims’ behavior who praise “martyrdom” and murder.

 

9)       Even the Non-Muslims who were quick to yell and shout when they saw something they didn’t like in Islam didn’t think anything was wrong with this marriage. After all, how can they say this marriage was wrong, when in the Arab culture it is normal for a girl at a young age to marry?

 

It is not normal for 50 year old men to have sexual feelings for little girls. This is part of human psychology and has nothing to do with culture.  It is simply not possible for normal men to have any other feeling for little girls other than parental feeling.  If an adult feels sexual feeling for little girls he is a sick person that has to seek psychological help or shoot himself quickly before causing harm to innocent children.

Not even Arabs with such a low morality married little girls when they were that old.  For a normal man it is not possible to feel sexual by a little child.  What part of this Zawadi does not understand? Even though pedophilia is legitimized, most Muslims don’t practice it. It is legal, but they don’t do it because they don’t get aroused by children. Muhammad gave legitimacy to pedophiles.

Didn’t the enemies of Muhammad criticize him for it? How does Zawadi know? They were all subdued and no trace of their criticism was left.

 

10)   Do we honestly think if Aisha (R) were alive today, she would support people like Ali Sina, who claim she was molested, and that her husband was a “pedophile”??

 

Probably not! Aisha was so victimized that she had no understanding of what is normal.  Many Muslims are unaware of the abuse that they suffer. But when they leave Islam and start seeing the abuse, it is then that they come to despise Muhammad. This does not happen with ex-Christians, ex-Jews or ex-Hindus. Only ex-Muslims see the extent of abuse. Others simply leave their faiths and say it was a lie. Muslims see more than lie. They also see the abuse. Brainwashed people don’t see the abuse.

 

Lastly, we end this section with some quotes from Aisha (R):

Sahih Al-Bukhari

Volume 1, Book 6, Number 299:

Narrated ‘Abdur-Rahman bin Al-Aswad:

(on the authority of his father) ‘Aisha said: “Whenever Allah’s Apostle wanted to fondle anyone of us during her periods (menses), he used to order her to put on an Izar and start fondling her.” ‘Aisha added, “None of you could control his sexual desires as the Prophet could.

 

I have quoted this hadith in my book and explained it. Muhammad was impotent. It is not that he controlled himself. He simply could not do it. He satisfied his lust by fondling his wives but was unable to perform intercourse.

 

Sahih Muslim

Book 006, Number 2439:

‘A’isha (Allah be pleased with her) reported: Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) used to kiss (his wives) while fasting and embraced (them) while fasting; but he had the greatest mastery over his desire among you.

Thus, according to the words of our Mother Aisha (R), the Holy Prophet (S) had the greatest control over his desire amongst the people. Thus, Aisha (R) herself has refuted the Christian missionaries, and anti-Islamic haters like Ali Sina with these quotes of hers!

How Aisha would know that?  Did she have any experience with other men to compare Muhammad with them?  That is another subject. She did have a fling with Safwan.  However, what she interpreted as “mastery over desire” was due to Muhammad’s inability to perform.  He contented himself with foreplay, and fondling. He “drank their honey” as one hadith puts it,  but he could not perform intercourse.  I have dedicated several pages in my book to Muhammad’s impotence.

Was Muhammad a Pedophile?

Was Muhammad a Pedophile?

David Wood, Tuesday, October 29, 2013

For the Western mind, one of the most disturbing facts about Islam is that its founder had a sexual relationship with a nine-year-old girl. Muhammad’s marriage to Aisha has even led some critics to refer to him as a “pedophile.” This is, of course, extremely upsetting to Muslims, who view their prophet as the ideal servant of God and as the greatest example of what a man should strive to be (see Qur’an 33:21). Nevertheless, Muhammad’s relationship with a young girl presents a problem for Muslims, especially for those who want to share their faith with others.

Some Muslims are so embarrassed by their prophet’s marriage to a prepubescent girl that they are attempting to rewrite history, claiming that, contrary to all available sources, Aisha must have been much older than history demands. Other Muslims appeal to moral relativism, suggesting that, while sex with young girls may be wrong today, it wasn’t wrong in seventh-century Arabia. Still other Muslims try to offer morally sufficient reasons for their prophet to marry Aisha (i.e., some good state of affairs that could only be attained through Muhammad’s relationship with Aisha).

Since pedophilia is one of the most serious charges that can be leveled against a person, the term “pedophile” should not be used lightly. With that said, let us carefully examine Muhammad’s relationship with Aisha, recalling the Western principle that a man is innocent until proven guilty.

FIRST MUSLIM DEFENSE: Aisha was older than nine when Muhammad first had sex with her.

Faced with the arguments of Western critics, Muslim apologists sometimes creatively piece together information from various accounts in an attempt to deny that Aisha was as young as critics often claim. Maulana Muhammad Ali writes:

The popular misconception as to Aishah’s age may be removed here. . . . Isabah, speaking of the Holy Prophet’s daughter Fatimah, says that she was about five years older than Aishah. It is a well-established fact that Fatimah was born when the Ka’bah was being rebuilt, i.e., five years before the Call. Aishah was therefore born in the year of the Call or a little before it, and she could not have been less than ten years at the time of her marriage with the Holy Prophet in the tenth year of the Call. . . . And as the period between her marriage and its consummation was not less than five years, because the consummation took place in the second year of the Flight, it follows that she could not have been less than fifteen at that time. The popular account that she was six years at marriage and nine years at the time of consummation is decidedly not correct because it supposes the period between the marriage and its consummation to be only three years, and this is historically wrong. (Ali, pp. 183-184)

RESPONSE: The historical evidence for Muhammad’s marriage to Aisha when she was still a child is too strong to be ignored.

Notice that Ali hasn’t offered a single quotation from any Muslim source claiming that Aisha was a teenager when Muhammad first had sex with her. Why not? Because there are no such sources. The problem with Ali’s selective and carefully edited defense (other than the complete lack of references) is that it ignores the numerous accounts we possess which record Aisha’s age when her marriage was consummated. Many of these accounts are from Aisha herself. Indeed, the evidence for Muhammad’s marriage to the young Aisha is as strong as the evidence for just about any other fact in Islam. We have copious traditions from Islam’s most trusted historical sources reporting Muhammad’s marriage proposal when Aisha was six or seven years old, as well as his consummation of that marriage when she was nine:

Sahih al-Bukhari 3896—Narrated Hisham’s father: Khadija died three years before the Prophet departed to Al-Madina. He stayed there for two years or so and then he wrote the marriage (wedding) contract with Aishah when she was a girl of six years of age, and he consummated that marriage when she was nine years old.

Sahih al-Bukhari 5158—Narrated Urwa: 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).

Sahih Muslim 3310—Aisha reported: Allah’s Apostle married me when I was six years old, and I was admitted to his house when I was nine years old.

Sahih Muslim 3311—Aisha reported that Allah’s Apostle married her when she was seven years old, and she was taken to his house as a bride when she was nine, and her dolls were with her; and when he (the Holy Prophet) died she was eighteen years old.

Sunan Abu Dawud 2116—Aishah said: The Apostle of Allah married me when I was seven years old. (The narrator Sulaiman said: Or six years.) He had intercourse with me when I was nine years old.

This is just a sample of the early Muslim traditions reporting Muhammad’s marriage to the young Aisha, but it is sufficient to show that she certainly wasn’t fifteen years old at the time of the consummation, as some Muslims claim.

(For a fuller treatment of the early evidence regarding Muhammad’s marriage to the young Aisha, click here.)

In addition to traditions concerning Aisha’s age, various ahadith also provide details about how the relationship began and progressed:

Sahih al-Bukhari 3895—Narrated Aishah that the Prophet said to her, “You have been shown to me twice in my dream. I saw you pictured on a piece of silk and someone said (to me), ‘This is your wife.’ When I uncovered the picture, I saw that it was yours. I said, ‘If this is from Allah it will be accomplished.’”

After having this dream about Aisha (who couldn’t have been more than six years old at the time), Muhammad proceeded to ask her father Abu Bakr for her hand in marriage. Abu Bakr understandably objected at first, but Muhammad was able to persuade him to consent.

Sahih al-Bukhari 5081—Narrated Urwa: The Prophet asked Abu Bakr for Aishah’s hand in marriage. Abu Bakr said, “But I am your brother.” The Prophet said, “You are my brother in Allah’s religion and His Book, but she (Aishah) is lawful for me to marry.”

The marriage contract was subsequently written. However, Aisha became extremely ill, so she wasn’t taken to his house for consummation until three years later:

Sahih al-Bukhari 3894—Narrated Aishah: My marriage (wedding) contract with the Prophet was written when I was a girl of six (years). We came to Al-Madina and we dismounted at the place of Bani Al-Harith bin Khazraj. Then I got ill and my hair fell down. Later on, my hair grew (again) and my mother, Umm 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 normal, 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 good luck.” Then she entrusted me to them and they prepared me (for the marriage). Unexpectedly Allah’s Messenger 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.

Once Aisha was a part of Muhammad’s household, she became his favorite wife, even after he had married several other women. Indeed, Muhammad’s other wives had to plead with him for equal treatment (to no avail):

Sahih al-Bukhari 2581—Narrated Urwa that Aishah said: “The wives of Allah’s Messenger were in two groups.” Urwa added: One group consisted of Aishah, Hafsa, Safiyya and Sauda; and the other group consisted of Umm Salama and the other wives of Allah’s Messenger. The Muslims knew that Allah’s Messenger loved Aishah, so if any of them had a gift and wished to give to Allah’s Messenger, he would delay it till Allah’s Messenger had come to Aishah’s home and then he would send his gift to Allah’s Messenger in her home. The group of Umm Salama discussed the matter together and decided that Umm Salama should request Allah’s Messenger to tell the people to send their gifts to him in whatever wife’s house he was. Umm Salama told Allah’s Messenger of what they had said, but he did not reply. Then they (those wives) asked Umm Salama about it. She said, “He did not say anything to me.” They asked her to talk to him again. She talked to him again when she met him on her day, but he gave no reply. When they asked her, she replied that he had given no reply. They said to her, “Talk to him till he gives you a reply.” When it was her turn, she talked to him again. He then said to her, “Do not hurt me regarding Aishah, as the Divine Revelations do not come to me on any of the beds except that of Aishah.”

Thus, Aisha held a place of special favor among Muhammad’s wives, which caused a great deal of tension among the women. Since it may be taken as historically certain that Aisha was very young when her marriage to Muhammad was consummated, critics sometimes charge that Muhammad’s preference for Aisha reveals his preference for young girls. We find some amount of support for this view in Sahih al-Bukhari:

Sahih al-Bukhari 2967—Narrated Jabir bin Abdullah: . . . When I took the permission of Allah’s Messenger, he asked me whether I had married a virgin or a matron and I replied that I had married a matron. He said, “Why hadn’t you married a virgin who would have played with you, and you would have played with her?” I replied, “O Allah’s Messenger! My father died (or was martyred) and I have some young sisters, so I felt it not proper that I should marry a young girl like them who would neither teach them manners nor serve them.”

Sahih al-Bukhari 6130—Narrated Aishah: I used to play with the dolls in the presence of the Prophet, and my girl friends also used to play with me. When Allah’s Messenger used to enter (my dwelling place), they used to hide themselves, but the Prophet would call them to join and play with me. (The playing with the dolls and similar images is forbidden, but it was allowed for Aishah at that time, as she was a little girl, not yet reached the age of puberty.)

Nevertheless, it must be noted that, if Muhammad had truly been obsessed with young girls, he could have taken many others as his wives. Muhammad eventually held complete power in Medina and later in Mecca, yet he didn’t build himself a harem of young girls. Since there isn’t enough evidence to support the charge that Muhammad had a perverted obsession with prepubescent girls, critics should be careful when making such a claim.

To sum up, the evidence makes it abundantly clear (1) that Muhammad had sexual intercourse with Aisha when she was very young, (2) that this relationship was pursued by Muhammad after he had dreamed about her, and (3) that she was his favorite wife. With so much historical data concerning the age of Aisha, it should be obvious that Muslims who deny her young age do so out of embarrassment.

SECOND MUSLIM DEFENSE: Morality is relative to one’s culture.

Another method of defending Muhammad’s marriage to Aisha is the Muslim appeal to moral relativism. According to this view, since different cultures have different standards of morality, it is wrong to criticize the standards of others based on one’s own ethical system. Consider the following responses by Maqsood Jafri and Abdur Rahman Squires:

The Arabs practiced polygamy. In the wake of custom the Prophet Muhammad married some ladies. Hazrat Khadijah was fifteen years older [than] him at the time of marriage. Most of them were his age sake. In his fifties he married Hazrat Aiysha, the daughter of Hazrat Abu Bakr when she was just bloomed to youth. Hinting this marriage some of the orientalists charge Prophet Muhammad as a “pedophile”. It was not only the Prophet Muhammad who had married a young girl [but] even the father of Hazrat Aiysha, Hazrat Abu Bakr had also married a young girl in his sixties. It was . . . part of the prevalent Arab culture and custom. Hence not to be taken seriously. (Source)

The large majority of Islamic jurists say that the earliest time which a marriage can be consummated is at the onset of sexual maturity (bulugh), meaning puberty. Since this was the norm of all Semitic cultures and it still is the norm of many cultures today—it is certainly not something that Islam invented. (Source)

Thus, since the practice of marrying young girls was “part of the prevalent Arab culture and custom,” it is “not to be taken seriously” as a criticism of Islam.

RESPONSE: Islam is utterly inconsistent with moral relativism.

This defense is truly amazing, for, when defending Muhammad’s moral perfection, Muslims often maintain that Muhammad condemned the Arab culture for its immorality. Abul A’la Mawdudi describes Muhammad’s moral stance as follows:

After spending his life in such chaste, pure and civilized manner, there comes a revolution in [Muhammad’s] being. He wearies of the darkness and ignorance, corruption, immorality, idolatry, and disorder which surround him on all sides. . . . He wants to get hold of that power with which he might bring about the downfall of the corrupt and disorderly world and lay the foundations of a new and better one. . . . He wanted to change the whole structure of society which had been handed down to them from time immemorial. (Mawdudi, pp. 53, 56)

Muslims are quick to point out immorality around the world, especially in the West. It seems, then, that they are presenting a very inconsistent message. When confronted with an immoral practice in another culture, Muslims cry out in one accord, “We condemn these practices, for they are against the eternal, perfect, and unalterable Law of God!” Yet, whenever the moral character of Muhammad is being scrutinized, Muslims suddenly say, “Don’t judge Muhammad! You should remember that he was from a different culture! Marrying young girls was common in Arabia, and it still is, thanks to Muhammad’s precedent. Different people have different moral standards, so no one should worry about Muhammad’s sexual relationship with a nine-year-old girl.”

This convenient switch from moral absolutism to moral relativism is logically unacceptable. If it is wrong to judge the practices of another culture, then both Muhammad and the Qur’an were wrong for condemning immoral practices in Arabia. But if condemning immoral practices is acceptable, then Muslim apologists need a better response to criticisms of Muhammad’s relationship with Aisha.

We should also note that, because Muhammad is described as the ideal pattern of conduct in the Qur’an (33:21), Muhammad’s actions, according to Islam, can never be wrong. In other words, if Muhammad is the pattern of conduct that Muslims are supposed to follow, and Muhammad had sex with a nine-year-old girl, then marriage to young girls can’t even be wrong in our day, since Muhammad is still the pattern of conduct for Muslims. This is precisely why the practice of marrying child-brides continues in the Muslim world. Islamic clerics recognize that the practice can’t be condemned without thereby condemning Muhammad.

THIRD MUSLIM DEFENSE: Muhammad’s marriage to Aisha was part of God’s plan.

Muslim apologists have developed another answer to Muhammad’s critics, namely, that Muhammad’s marriage to Aisha was part of God’s divine plan (i.e., God had an important reason for it). Consider two such responses by Abdul Hamid Siddiqi and Abdur Rahman Squires:

It should be borne in mind that, like all acts of the Holy Prophet, even this marriage had a Divine purpose behind it. Hazrat Aisha was a precocious girl and was developing both in mind and body with rapidity peculiar to such rare personalities. She was admitted to the house of the Holy Prophet just at the threshold of her puberty, the most impressionable and formative period of her life. It was the Holy Prophet who nurtured her sensibilities and directed the growth of her faculties to the most fruitful channel and thus she was made to play an eminent role in the history of Islam. Moreover, she was the only virgin lady to enter the House of the Holy Prophet and was thus very competent to share the feelings of other ladies of younger age who had numerous questions to ask from the Holy Prophet with regard to sexual ethics and morality. These ladies felt shy of asking them through the elderly wives of the Holy Prophet out of modesty. They could speak out their minds comparatively more freely to Aisha who was more or less of their own age group. (Siddiqi, Note on Sahih Muslim 1860)

Puberty is a biological sign which shows that a woman is capable of bearing children. Can anyone logically deny this? Part of the wisdom behind the Prophet Muhammad’s marriage to Aishah just after she reached puberty is to firmly establish this as a point of Islamic Law, even though it was already a cultural norm in all Semitic societies (including the one Jesus grew up in). (Source)

Here Muslim apologists argue that Muhammad married Aisha for a divine purpose. Young girls who had questions about sex needed someone to talk to, and who better for this task than the young wife of the Prophet? Further, Muhammad wanted to establish puberty as an appropriate age for marriage, so he decided to demonstrate this rule by marrying Aisha.

RESPONSE: Muslims have failed to offer a sufficient reason for God to ordain the marriage.

There are numerous problems with this line of defense. First, such a response could be used to justify nearly any behavior. Consider a husband on trial for beating his wife. When he takes the stand, he explains, “Your Honor, many women are victims of spousal abuse, and they need someone to talk to. Out of the kindness of my heart, I decided to beat my wife, so that she would be able to comfort other women whose husbands beat them.” This explanation would never be accepted (except, perhaps, in countries under Islamic rule, where Qur’an 4:34 guarantees a husband’s right to beat his wife). Besides, if Muhammad had simply outlawed sex with children instead of becoming a willing participant, little girls wouldn’t have to worry about sex, and they wouldn’t need to question Aisha.

Second, it isn’t necessary for a lawgiver to institute laws by performing actions that create a precedent. In other words, Muhammad didn’t need to marry a young girl in order establish a law about marrying girls who had reached puberty. Muhammad, as Islam’s lawgiver, could have simply issued a decree. For instance, Muhammad allowed husbands to beat their wives. Was it necessary for Muhammad to beat his wives in order to establish this as a law? Certainly not (even though he did beat Aisha in Sahih Muslim 2127). Similarly, when an American lawmaker says that killing someone in self-defense is acceptable, no one argues that the lawmaker must go out and kill someone in self-defense for his law to stand. Hence, the argument that Muhammad needed to marry a young girl to establish puberty as the appropriate age for marriage completely fails.

Third, the Muslim claim that Aisha was a “precocious child” strains the evidence. As we have seen, Aisha herself reports that, when she was taken to Muhammad’s house, she was playing on a swing with her friends. She was also still playing with dolls. Based on the evidence, Aisha sounds like a normal little girl, not like a young adult. Moreover, Muhammad didn’t marry her because she was precocious; he married her because he was dreaming about her.

Fourth, God couldn’t have been using Muhammad’s relationship with Aisha to establish puberty as the minimum age for marriage, since the Qur’an clearly allows marriage to prepubescent girls. According to Surah 2:228, if a Muslim man wants to divorce his wife, he should wait until she has gone through three monthly cycles (i.e., three periods) in order to make sure that she isn’t pregnant. But the question later arose: What about wives who do not have monthly cycles? How long should their husbands wait to divorce them? The Qur’an answers this question in Surah 65:4, where it gives divorce rules for (1) women who do not have monthly cycles because they are too old, (2) girls who do not have monthly cycles because they are too young, and (3) women and girls who do not have monthly cycles because they are pregnant. The verse declares that, if Muslim men want to divorce girls who haven’t yet reached puberty, they must wait three months (after having sex with them). The verse reads:

Qur’an 65:4 (Hilali-Khan)—And those of your women as have passed the age of monthly courses, for them the ‘Iddah (prescribed period), if you have doubts (about their periods), is three months, and for those who have no courses [(i.e. they are still immature) their ‘Iddah (prescribed period) is three months likewise, except in case of death]. And for those who are pregnant (whether they are divorced or their husbands are dead), their ‘Iddah (prescribed period) is until they deliver (their burdens), and whosoever fears Allah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make his matter easy for him.

In case there is confusion about the meaning of this verse, here are three classic Muslim commentaries on 65:4:

Tafsir Ibn Kathir—Allah the Exalted clarifies the waiting period of the woman in menopause. And that is the one whose menstruation has stopped due to her older age. Her `Iddah is three months instead of the three monthly cycles for those who menstruate, which is based upon the Ayah in (Surat) Al-Baqarah [see 2:228]. The same for the young, who have not reached the years of menstruation. Their `Iddah is three months like those in menopause.

Tafsir al-Jalalayn—And [as for] those of your women who (read allà’ï or allà’i in both instances) no longer expect to menstruate, if you have any doubts, about their waiting period, their prescribed [waiting] period shall be three months, and [also for] those who have not yet menstruated, because of their young age, their period shall [also] be three months.

Tafsir Ibn Abbas—(And for such of your women as despair of menstruation) because of old age, (if ye doubt) about their waiting period, (their period (of waiting) shall be three months) upon which another man asked: “O Messenger of Allah! What about the waiting period of those who do not have menstruation because they are too young?” (along with those who have it not) because of young age, their waiting period is three months.

Hence, unless Muslims expect us to believe that God wanted Muhammad to marry Aisha in order to refute the Qur’an, they must abandon this response. (I could also point out that, according to Muslim sources, Aisha hadn’t reached puberty by the time Muhammad consummated his marriage with her. Click here for sources proving that Aisha was still prepubescent when she was taken to Muhammad’s house.)

Fifth, Muslims search for reasons that would justify Muhammad’s relationship with Aisha because they are convinced that everything Muhammad did had a divine purpose behind it. When critics point out Muhammad’s numerous murders and assassinations, Muslims claim that these violent acts were fair and just. When critics note the extent of Muhammad’s polygamy, or his participation in the slave-trade, or his countless robberies (click here for references), Muslims provide answers based on the view that Muhammad was an outstanding moral example. Similarly, when Muslims are confronted with the evidence for Muhammad’s sexual encounters with Aisha, they assume that there must have been a reason for it. They then invent reasons for Muhammad’s behavior (i.e., the other little girls needed someone to talk to about sex), and they offer these reasons as a defense of Muhammad’s morality. However, non-Muslims do not share this confidence in Muhammad’s moral perfection. When non-Muslims hear about Muhammad’s violence, his greed, his polygamy, and his support of spousal abuse, we aren’t as quick to exonerate Muhammad as Muslims are. Because of this, Muslim justifications for Muhammad’s marriage to Aisha sound hollow when presented as a defense of his actions.

Finally, Muslim explanations for Muhammad’s behavior fail to take into account the dangers that accompany sex at a young age. Many Muslims assume that, as soon as a young girl gets her first period, she is suddenly ready to bear children. This “old enough to bleed, old enough to breed” mentality, aside from being disgusting, is completely false. A nine-year-old girl isn’t ready for sex or childbirth, even if she reaches menses earlier than other little girls. Children that young are still growing. When they become pregnant, their bodies divert nutritional resources to the developing fetus, depriving the growing girls of much-needed vitamins and minerals. Further, complications often result from adolescent pregnancies, because the bodies of the young girls simply aren’t ready to give birth.

(For a discussion of child-brides, click here.)

Western nations, unfettered by blind allegiance to seventh-century Arab ethics, have long discerned the dangers posed by adolescent pregnancies. Muslim apologists often claim that marriage to young girls was common in biblical times. This may be correct, but it has nothing to do with God endorsing the practice. Whereas many Christian countries have recognized the potential harms brought on by pregnancies among adolescent girls and have raised the legal age for marriage, Muslim countries are often kept from such advancements specifically because of Muhammad. This is very interesting, for Muslims frequently claim that Muhammad was scientifically enlightened and that the Qur’an is a scientific masterpiece. In reality, Muhammad’s marriage to Aisha is causing health problems (and even death) for young girls across the Middle East and North Africa, and has been doing so for nearly fourteen centuries. The dangers have even been noted by the United Nations, which issued the following report in an attempt to curb Islamic child marriage:

Traditional cultural practices reflect values and beliefs held by members of a community for periods often spanning generations. Every social grouping in the world has specific traditional cultural practices and beliefs, some of which are beneficial to all members, while others are harmful to a specific group, such as women. These harmful traditional practices include female genital mutilation (FGM); forced feeding of women; early marriage; the various taboos or practices which prevent women from controlling their own fertility; nutritional taboos and traditional birth practices; son preference and its implications for the status of the girl child; female infanticide; early pregnancy; and dowry price. Despite their harmful nature and their violation of international human rights laws, such practices persist because they are not questioned and take on an aura of morality in the eyes of those practicing them.

Child marriage robs a girl of her childhood-time necessary to develop physically, emotionally and psychologically. In fact, early marriage inflicts great emotional stress as the young woman is removed from her parents’ home to that of her husband and in-laws. Her husband, who will invariably be many years her senior, will have little in common with a young teenager. It is with this strange man that she has to develop an intimate emotional and physical relationship. She is obliged to have intercourse, although physically she might not be fully developed.

Health complications that result from early marriage in the Middle East and North Africa, for example, include the risk of operative delivery, low weight and malnutrition resulting from frequent pregnancies and lactation in the period of life when the young mothers are themselves still growing.

Early pregnancy can have harmful consequences for both young mothers and their babies. According to UNICEF, no girl should become pregnant before the age of 18 because she is not yet physically ready to bear children. Babies of mothers younger than 18 tend to be born premature and have low body weight; such babies are more likely to die in the first year of life. The risk to the young mother’s own health is also greater. Poor health is common among indigent pregnant and lactating women.

In many parts of the developing world, especially in rural areas, girls marry shortly after puberty and are expected to start having children immediately. Although the situation has improved since the early 1980’s, in many areas the majority of girls under 20 years of age are already married and having children. Although many countries have raised the legal age for marriage, this has had little impact on traditional societies where marriage and child-bearing confer “status” on a woman.

An additional health risk to young mothers is obstructed labor, which occurs when the baby’s head is too big for the orifice of the mother. This provokes vesicovaginal fistulas, especially when an untrained traditional birth attendant forces the baby’s head out unduly. (Source)

Contrary to Muslim claims, a nine-year-old girl just isn’t ready for sexual intercourse or for its possible ramifications (i.e., pregnancy, giving birth, breast-feeding, and raising a child). It is unnecessarily dangerous, for a much safer relationship could be crafted if the marriage were to take place several years later, when the girl reaches her late teens. Muslims may respond here by arguing, “But Aisha never became pregnant, so none of this matters.” Yet it does matter. Every year, countless young girls, still playing with dolls, are taken to live with much older husbands. If these husbands were to be challenged, they wouldn’t respond by saying, “But it’s part of Arabic culture”; instead, they would reply, “It can’t be wrong, because Muhammad did it.” In other words, even if we grant the bizarre claim that Aisha was somehow ready for sex and marriage, most nine-year-old girls aren’t ready for sex and marriage. But the practice of marrying children continues to this day in many Muslim countries, largely because Muslims hold up Muhammad as their highest role model.

FOURTH MUSLIM DEFENSE: The average lifespan in Muhammad’s day was so low that people had to marry young.

Muslim debater Osama Abdallah argues that Muhammad’s marriage to Aisha was justified, because people in Muhammad’s day needed to marry early:

Life 1400 years ago was very rough in the too hot desert. From my personal knowledge, the average life span back then was 50 years. People used to die from all kinds of diseases. Both parents of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) for instance, died natural deaths before he even knew them. (Source)

On this view, since people could die at any time in the “hot desert,” they would get married at a very early age to make sure they had as many years together as possible.

RESPONSE: Muhammad was already more than fifty years old when he consummated his marriage to Aisha, so there was no need for him to marry such a young girl.

Abdallah’s claim might make sense if Muhammad had been nine or ten years old when he married Aisha. But the Prophet of Islam was already well advanced in years. He was far closer to death than most available women, so why not marry an adult instead of a child? At the very least, why not marry a fully developed twenty-year-old instead of a little girl playing on a swing? By marrying Aisha when she was so young, Muhammad was, in effect, condemning her to a life of widowhood, for the Qur’an barred Muslims from marrying Muhammad’s widows (33:53). Beyond all this, Abdallah’s argument ignores the facts. Muhammad didn’t marry Aisha because the average life span was fifty years old; instead, he married her because (1) he had been dreaming about her, and (2) he had the power to persuade Abu Bakr to give him his daughter in marriage.

FIFTH MUSLIM DEFENSE: Other people have done it too—even Christians!

Abdallah also employs an “everybody’s doing it, so it’s okay” defense:

Not only was it a custom in the Arab society to Engage/Marry a young girl, it was also common in the Jewish society. The case of Mary the mother of Jesus comes to mind. In non biblical sources she was between 11-14 years old when she conceived Jesus. Mary had already been “BETROTHED” to Joseph before conceiving Jesus. Joseph was a much older man. Therefore Mary was younger than 11-14 years of age when she was “BETROTHED” to Joseph. We Muslims would never call Joseph a Child Molester, nor would we refer to the “Holy Ghost” of the Bible, that “Impregnated” Mary as a “Rapist” or “Adulterer.” (Source)

RESPONSE: Besides committing the “tu quoque” fallacy, this defense misses the point of the criticism against Muhammad.

Tu quoque is a type of fallacy that attempts to ignore a criticism because of some hypocrisy found in the critic. For instance, suppose I’m a thief. One day, I catch someone stealing my car, and I say, “Stop, Thief!” If the person stealing my car turns to me and says, “But you’re a thief too, so it’s not wrong for me to steal,” he will be committing the tu quoque fallacy. (It’s not okay to steal just because other people steal.)

Muslims rely heavily on the tu quoque. When people criticize Islam for terrorism, it’s common to hear Muslims say, “But Americans are killing Arabs!” as if this were a meaningful response to the charge. Likewise, when someone says, “Look at all the people Muhammad killed,” Muslims respond by saying, “But people were killed in the Bible too.”

To say that Joseph married a young girl in the Bible does nothing to address the problem of Muhammad’s marriage to Aisha. At best, such a defense would only show that Christians are being inconsistent. But in reality, the Muslim defense doesn’t even show this, since their comparison fails, for several reasons.

First, there is no real historical data reporting the age of Mary when she married Joseph. True, given the custom of the time, she was probably fairly young, perhaps as young as twelve or thirteen. But since we have no historical references to her age, we can’t rule out the possibility that Mary was twenty years old. The point here is this: people criticize Muhammad’s marriage to Aisha based on what we know (i.e., that Aisha was nine years old), whereas Muslims reply based on what we don’t know (i.e., the age of Mary).

Second, we must not forget that, biologically, thirteen-year-old girls are very different from nine-year-old girls. Nine-year-old girls typically haven’t reached menses. In a best-case scenario for Abdallah’s defense, a girl this young may have just entered the beginning stages of puberty (note: puberty is a process that lasts several years). A thirteen-year-old girl, on the other hand, may be coming to the end of puberty. Thus, even if we grant a young age for Mary, there would still be a world of difference between her and Aisha.

Third, Muslim apologists seem to miss the fact that Joseph is not the standard of morality in Christianity. When critics point to the age of Aisha, they are arguing something like this: “You’re trying to tell me that Muhammad was the greatest moral example of all time and that I should believe everything he says? I can’t believe that a person who would have sex with a little girl was the greatest man ever.” More simply, Muhammad is foundational to Islam. If there is a problem with Muhammad, there is a problem with Islam. If Muhammad was immoral, then it becomes difficult to take his teachings seriously. Thus, it makes no sense for a Muslim to say, “Well, Joseph married a young girl too.” Joseph isn’t foundational to Christianity. If an ancient text were found tomorrow, and this ancient text proved that Joseph was an axe-murderer, Christianity wouldn’t be affected at all, because Christians don’t consider him to be a prophet, or a bringer of revelation, or even an important figure in Christianity. Thus, if Muslims want to show that Christians are being inconsistent, they need to show that Jesus, or Peter, or Paul, or someone central to Christianity, did the things that Muhammad did. Fortunately, Jesus was sinless, and the apostles lived exemplary lives once they had committed themselves to Jesus.

The Internet is filled with examples of Muslim responses of this sort. Muslim websites constantly note that young girls are married in various countries and that these young girls sometimes give birth. No one doubts this. The problem is that this has nothing to do with whether or not marriage to a nine-year-old girl is morally acceptable for a mighty prophet. The fact that Muslims are forced to resort to an “everyone’s doing it” defense shows that they have run out of responses.

ASSESSMENT: Two Interpretations of “Pedophile.”

Muhammad unquestionably had sex with Aisha when she was nine years old. Does this make him a pedophile? Our answer to this question will depend on our definition of “pedophile.” In common usage, as well as in some dictionaries and even certain medical dictionaries, a “pedophile” is defined as anyone who is attracted to a young girl or boy. Stedman’s Medical Dictionary, for instance, defines “pedophilia” as “the act or fantasy on the part of an adult of engaging in sexual activity with a child or children” (Source). Since Muhammad had sex with a child, he been called a “pedophile” in this sense in numerous writings, sermons, and conversations.

The term “pedophile” has a more specific clinical use, however, where a “pedophile” is someone who has an exclusive or primary sexual interest in children. For example, The Encyclopedia of Mental Disorders defines “pedophilia” as “a psychosexual disorder in which the fantasy or actual act of engaging in sexual activity with prepubertal children is the preferred or exclusive means of achieving sexual excitement and gratification” (Source). Because Muhammad was sexually attracted to women and girls of various ages (including Khadijah, who was 15 years his senior), he would not be a pedophile in this more specific sense.

Hence, given the ambiguity of the term, care should be used when applying it. Indeed, since the term is commonly understood in the narrower sense, critics of Islam may be better off not using it at all. (Needless to say, people who are interested in maintaining an ongoing discussion with Muslims should avoid emotionally charged terms whenever possible.)

Nevertheless, Muslims are too hasty in dismissing objections to Muhammad’s relationship with Aisha. When Muslims tell us to convert to Islam, we can’t simply ignore their prophet’s marriage to a nine-year-old girl. Muslims view Muhammad as the highest example of a moral life, but his marriage to Aisha conflicts with that view. If they want to put Muhammad forward as the pattern of conduct for all humanity, Muslims need to come to terms with the many questionable things he did, as well as the catastrophic impact of his actions.

There is, of course, a simple (but highly explicit) way to evaluate the importance of Muhammad’s marriage to Aisha. We must begin by trying to get a mental picture of a morally perfect man. For Muslims, this will include all the things they have been taught about Muhammad. According to their picture, he is kind, generous, patient, humble, and trustworthy. He protects orphans and widows, endures persecution, helps the needy, and promotes justice. He prays faithfully, fasts regularly, and obeys God in everything. He is loyal to his friends and patient with his enemies. He never gives in when tempted with evil. Now we must picture this same man in a room with an innocent little girl. He takes away her doll, climbs on top of her, and forces his penis inside her. She doesn’t know what is happening because she is too young to know much about sex. Frightened and confused, she cries because of the pain and bleeds on her bed, but she tries to remain quiet out of respect for her new husband, who, in return, endangers her life.

If a person is able to keep the same vision of moral perfection throughout this description, he may have the faith necessary to be a Muslim. But if his vision of the perfect man is at odds with what Muhammad did on numerous occasions, he will need to look elsewhere for an ideal human being.

WORKS CITED

Ali, Maulana Muhammad. Muhammad the Prophet (St. Lambert: Payette and Sims, 1993).
Mawdudi, Abul A’la. Towards Understanding Islam (Islamic Circle of North America, 1986).
Sahih al-Bukhari, Muhammad Muhsin Khan, tr. (Riyadh: Darussalam Publishers, 1997).
Sahih Muslim, Abdul Hamid Siddiqi, tr. (New Delhi: Kitab Bhavan, 2000).
Sunan Abu Dawud, Ahmad Hasan, tr. (New Delhi: Kitab Bhavan, 2000).

By David Wood

Mariyah, the Sex Slave of the Holy Prophet

Mariyah, the Sex Slave of the Holy Prophet

Mariyah the Coptic sex slave of Muhammad

The following is Muhammad’s scandalous love affair with Mariyah the Copt who was one of the prophet’s wives’ maids. Muhammad slept with her without any ceremony, which caused uproar among his wives and had to be settled through the “Divine intervention.”  This story is recorded in an authenticated Hadith and is reported by Omar.

This Hadith is describing the reason for the revelation of the quranic verse 66: 4.

If ye two turn in repentance to Him, your hearts are indeed so inclined; But if ye back up each other against him, truly Allah is his Protector, and Gabriel, and (every) righteous one among those who believe,- and furthermore, the angels – will back (him) up.

Omar explains that these two women were Hafsa and Aisha who became disrespectful of the prophet causing him grief until he thought of divorcing all of his wives. Here is the full story.

Bukhari Volume 3, Book 43, Number 648:

Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbas:
I had been eager to ask ‘Umar about the two ladies from among the wives of the Prophet regarding whom Allah said (in the Qur’an saying): If you two (wives of the Prophet namely Aisha and Hafsa) turn in repentance to Allah your hearts are indeed so inclined (to oppose what the Prophet likes) (66.4), till performed the Hajj along with ‘Umar (and on our way back from Hajj) he went aside (to answer the call of nature) and I also went aside along with him carrying a tumbler of water. When he had answered the call of nature and returned. I poured water on his hands from the tumbler and he performed ablution. I said, “O Chief of the believers! ‘ Who were the two ladies from among the wives of the Prophet to whom Allah said:

‘If you two return in repentance (66.4)? He said, “I am astonished at your question, O Ibn ‘Abbas. They were Aisha and Hafsa.”

Then ‘Umar went on relating the narration and said.

“I and an Ansari neighbor of mine from Bani Umaiya bin Zaid who used to live in ‘Awali Al-Medina, used to visit the Prophet in turns. He used to go one day, and I another day. When I went I would bring him the news of what had happened that day regarding the instructions and orders and when he went, he used to do the same for me. We, the people of Quraish, used to have authority over women, but when we came to live with the Ansar, we noticed that the Ansari women had the upper hand over their men, so our women started acquiring the habits of the Ansari women. Once I shouted at my wife and she paid me back in my coin and I disliked that she should answer me back. She said, ‘Why do you take it ill that I retort upon you? By Allah, the wives of the Prophet retort upon him, and some of them may not speak with him for the whole day till night.’ What she said scared me and I said to her, ‘Whoever amongst them does so, will be a great loser.’ Then I dressed myself and went to Hafsa and asked her, ‘Does any of you keep Allah’s Apostle angry all the day long till night?’ She replied in the affirmative. I said, ‘She is a ruined losing person (and will never have success)! Doesn’t she fear that Allah may get angry for the anger of Allah’s Apostle and thus she will be ruined? Don’t ask Allah’s Apostle too many things, and don’t retort upon him in any case, and don’t desert him. Demand from me whatever you like, and don’t be tempted to imitate your neighbor (i.e. ‘Aisha) in her behavior towards the Prophet), for she (i.e. Aisha) is more beautiful than you, and more beloved to Allah’s Apostle.

In those days it was rumored that Ghassan, (a tribe living in Sham) was getting prepared their horses to invade us. My companion went (to the Prophet on the day of his turn, went and returned to us at night and knocked at my door violently, asking whether I was sleeping. I was scared (by the hard knocking) and came out to him. He said that a great thing had happened. I asked him: What is it? Have Ghassan come? He replied that it was worse and more serious than that, and added that Allah’s Apostle had divorced all his wives. I said, Hafsa is a ruined loser! I expected that would happen some day.’ So I dressed myself and offered the Fajr prayer with the Prophet. Then the Prophet entered an upper room and stayed there alone. I went to Hafsa and found her weeping. I asked her, ‘Why are you weeping? Didn’t I warn you? Have Allah’s Apostle divorced you all?’ She replied, ‘I don’t know. He is there in the upper room.’ I then went out and came to the pulpit and found a group of people around it and some of them were weeping. Then I sat with them for some time, but could not endure the situation. So I went to the upper room where the Prophet was and requested to a black slave of his: “Will you get the permission of (Allah’s Apostle) for Umar (to enter)? The slave went in, talked to the Prophet about it and came out saying, ‘I mentioned you to him but he did not reply.’ So, I went and sat with the people who were sitting by the pulpit, but I could not bear the situation, so I went to the slave again and said: “Will you get he permission for Umar? He went in and brought the same reply as before. When I was leaving, behold, the slave called me saying, “Allah’s Apostle has granted you permission.” So, I entered upon the Prophet and saw him lying on a mat without wedding on it, and the mat had left its mark on the body of the Prophet, and he was leaning on a leather pillow stuffed with palm fires. I greeted him and while still standing, I said: “Have you divorced your wives?’ He raised his eyes to me and replied in the negative. And then while still standing, I said chatting: “Will you heed what I say, ‘O Allah’s Apostle! We, the people of Quraish used to have the upper hand over our women (wives), and when we came to the people whose women had the upper hand over them…”

‘Umar told the whole story (about his wife). “On that the Prophet smiled.” ‘Umar further said, “I then said, ‘I went to Hafsa and said to her: Do not be tempted to imitate your companion (‘Aisha) for she is more beautiful than you and more beloved to the Prophet.’ The Prophet smiled again. When I saw him smiling, I sat down and cast a glance at the room, and by Allah, I couldn’t see anything of importance but three hides. I said (to Allah’s Apostle) “Invoke Allah to make your followers prosperous for the Persians and the Byzantines have been made prosperous and given worldly luxuries, though they do not worship Allah?’ The Prophet was leaning then (and on hearing my speech he sat straight) and said, ‘O Ibn Al-Khatttab! Do you have any doubt (that the Hereafter is better than this world)? These people have been given rewards of their good deeds in this world only.’ I asked the Prophet . ‘Please ask Allah’s forgiveness for me. The Prophet did not go to his wives because of the secret which Hafsa had disclosed to ‘Aisha, and he said that he would not go to his wives for one month as he was angry with them when Allah admonished him (for his oath that he would not approach Mariyah). When twenty-nine days had passed, the Prophet went to Aisha first of all. She said to him, ‘You took an oath that you would not come to us for one month, and today only twenty-nine days have passed, as I have been counting them day by day.’ The Prophet said, ‘The month is also of twenty-nine days.’ That month consisted of twenty-nine days. ‘Aisha said, ‘When the Divine revelation of Choice was revealed, the Prophet started with me, saying to me, ‘I am telling you something, but you needn’t hurry to give the reply till you can consult your parents.” ‘Aisha knew that her parents would not advise her to part with the Prophet . The Prophet said that Allah had said:–

‘O Prophet! Say To your wives; If you desire The life of this world And its glitter, … then come! I will make a provision for you and set you free In a handsome manner. But if you seek Allah And His Apostle, and The Home of the Hereafter, then Verily, Allah has prepared For the good-doers amongst you A great reward.’ (33.28) ‘Aisha said, ‘Am I to consult my parents about this? I indeed prefer Allah, His Apostle, and the Home of the Hereafter.’ After that the Prophet gave the choice to his other wives and they also gave the same reply as ‘Aisha did.”

This hadith is reported also in Muslim 9.3511, and Bukhari 3.43.648,7.62.119

It is significant as it contains two important historic points. First it reveals, by Omar’s own admission, that “Ansari women had the upper hand over their men”. Even if we consider that to be an exaggeration, it is clear that women in Medina had more rights and authority than their Quraishy counterparts. Mecca, the home of the Quraish tribe, where Omar and Muhammad came from was a religious hub. People living in religious towns are more bigots than those living in other cities. Religion has always played a role in subjugating women and taking away their human rights. So it is natural that women in Mecca were more subdued than those living anywhere else in Arabia and especially Medina that was a more cosmopolitan city having civilized nations like Jews and Christians as its inhabitants. Omar’s and Muhammad’s wives came to like this emancipating atmosphere and wanted to exercise their relative freedom. This, did not sit well with the two misogynist men of Mecca, namely Omar and Muhammad, and as this Hadith demonstrates they were alarmed by their wives’ newfound liberties.

The importance of this Hadith is in the fact that it proves women prior to Islam had much more freedom, which were taken away from them by Muhammad and his misogynistic successors. It becomes also clear that the deplorable status of women in Islam is not a divine verdict, but to a great extent a reflection of how women were treated in Mecca 1400 years ago.

The fact that there is so much emphasis in the Quran and the hadith about the importance of women being obedient to their husbands is indeed an indication of Muhammad’s own desire to control his young and rebellious wives.

This hadith is that it reveals yet another sexual scandal of the prophet.

One-day Muhammad goes to the house of his wife, Hafsa daughter of Omar and finds her maid Mariyah attractive.  He decides to get rid of Hafsa so he can be alone with Mariyah.  He lies to her saying her father Omar has called for her. When Hafsa leaves, Muhammad takes Mariyah to bed and has intercourse with her.  Resisting for Mariyah would have been unthinkable.  She was a slave girl away from her family and Muhammad was the law in that town. So technically, Muhammad raped Mariyah.

Meanwhile, Hafsa who had found out that her father had not send for her and was not expecting her returns home sooner than expected and to her chagrin finds her illustrious husband in bed with her maid.

She becomes hysterical and forgetting the station of the prophet she shouts and causes a scandal. The prophet pleads with her to calm down and promises not to sleep with Mariyah again. He begs her also not to divulge this secret to anyone else.

However, Hafsa who was unable to control herself relays everything to her friend Aisha and the two teens confabulate with their other co-wives and cause the “Mercy of Allah of Earth” much anguish.  The “Mercy of Allah” decides to punish all his wives and declares that he is not going to sleep with any one of them for one month.  This is second level of punishment recommended in the Quran. The first level is admonishing them and the third level is corporal punishment. Q. 4: 34.

When a man decides to punish a wife with sexual deprivation he can satisfy himself with his other wives. But Muhammad’s anger had made him make the oath not to sleep with any of them for one month. That of course would have been too much hardship for the beloved messenger of God (peace be upon his immaculate soul). Do God in his mercy came to the aid of his prophet and revealed the Surah Tahrim (Banning). In this Surah Allah rebukes his prophet for being so harsh to himself and for depriving himself from what he really likes, which has been made “lawful” for him, in order to please his wives.

1. O Prophet! Why do you ban (for yourself) that which Allâh has made lawful to you, seeking to please your wives? And Allâh is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.
2. Allâh has already ordained for you (O men), the dissolution of your oaths. And Allâh is your Maula (Lord, or Master, or Protector, etc.) and He is the All-Knower, the All-Wise.
3. And (remember) when the Prophet (SAW) disclosed a matter in confidence to one of his wives (Hafsah), so when she told it (to another i.e. ‘Aishah), and Allâh made it known to him, he informed part thereof and left a part. Then when he told her (Hafsah) thereof, she said: “Who told you this?” He said: “The All-Knower, the All-Aware (Allâh) has told me”.
4. If you two (wives of the Prophet SAW, namely ‘Aishah and Hafsah turn in repentance to Allâh, (it will be better for you), your hearts are indeed so inclined (to oppose what the Prophet SAW likes), but if you help one another against him (Muhammad SAW), then verily, Allâh is his Maula (Lord, or Master, or Protector, etc.), and Jibrael (Gabriel), and the righteous among the believers, and furthermore, the angels are his helpers.
5. It may be if he divorced you (all) that his Lord will give him instead of you, wives better than you, Muslims (who submit to Allâh), believers, obedient to Allâh, turning to Allâh in repentance, worshipping Allâh sincerely, fasting or emigrants (for Allâh’s sake), previously married and virgins.
(Q. 66:1-5)

Although Muhammad gave his word to Hafsam not to have sex with her maid he could not resist the temptation.  He had savored the sweetness of her forbidden fruit and had to have his fill. This became more urgent since he had taken another oath not to sleep with all of his wives.  How could the “Best of creation” not have sex for one whole month?

This was a difficult situation and no one but Allah could help him.  Well, nothing is impossible when Allah is right in your pants.  Leave everything in the hands of your “almighty” friend and let him take care of it.

Was Muhammad inspired by God or by his lust?

That is exactly what happened. Allah himself intervened and gave his prophet the green light to follow his heart’s desire. In the sura Tahrim Allah licenses his beloved prophet to have his flings with Mariyah and not pay attention to his wives. What can a prophet ask more? Allah was so concerned about Muhammad’s carnal pleasures that he even allowed ALL MEN to break their oaths as “a bounty.” Alhamdulillah! Subhanallah.  Isn’t Allah great?

It is also worthy of mention that Muhammad who came to know Hafsa had revealed his secret to Aisha, lied again and said that it was Allah who informed him (verse  3) wheras it was Aisha who told him.  But of course Muhammad is not the author of the Quran. It is Allah himself who is lying for his prophet.

In this sura Muhammad portrays the maker of the universe as a pimp, a gossiper and a liar – all that to cover up his own depravity and adultery.

In reaction to the above verses, Aisha, who was not only young and pretty, but also clever, is reported to have said to Muhammad, “Your God indeed rushes in coming to your aid!”

The above story must have been also embarrassing for Muhammad’s followers even when they gobbled mindlessly everything he told them. To conceal his lewdness they made up other hadiths to explain away those verses of the Quran that were already explained by Omar.

Muslim  9: 3496
‘A’isha (Allah be pleased with her) narrated that Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) used to spend time with Zainab daughter of Jahsh and drank honey at her house. She (‘A’isha further) said: I and Hafsa agreed that one whom Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) would visit first should say: I notice that you have an odour of the Maghafir (gum of mimosa). He (the Holy Prophet) visited one of them and she said to him like this, whereupon he said: I have taken honey in the house of Zainab bint Jabsh and I will never do it again. It was at this (that the following verse was revealed): ‘Why do you hold to be forbidden what Allah has made lawful for you… (up to). If you both (‘A’isha and Hafsa) turn to Allah” up to:” And when the Holy Prophet confided an information to one of his wives” (lxvi. 3). This refers to his saying: But I have taken honey.

The existence of the above Hadith and its difference with the one narrated by Omar reveals yet another fact that the companions of Muhammad were willing to lie, (as Muslims are today) to save the image of their prophet from blemish. It would be foolish to accept the story of drinking honey to justify the sura Tahrim.  Honey does not smell bad. But above all it is inconceivable that a trivial incident like drinking honey could cause such an upheaval in the household of Muhammad to the extent that he decides to divorce all of his wives or to punish them for one month by not sleeping with them. Could such an insignificant incident like drinking honey provoke so much uproar that would require the intervention of Allah with a warning to Muhammad’s wives that he would divorce all of them and He (Allah) would give him virgin and faithful wives? This explanation is absurd unless honey is a code name for what Muhammad drank from between the legs of Mariyah.

Several Muslims have claimed that the Hadiths quoted above narrated by Abdullah bin ‘Abbas are false and the correct version is the one about honey. This is nonsense. This hadith is recorded by both Bukahri and by Muslim. Furthermore it is the only logical explanation of the sha’ne nozool(context) of the Sura Tharim.  According to Muslim scholar Asif Iftikhar “a Hadith can be regarded as a source of religious guidance only `if the basis of that Hadith exists in the Quran or the Sunnah or the established principles.” The Quran allows having sex with the “right hand possessions” i.e. slaves (Q. 4:24) and it was Muhammad’s habit to have sex with his slave women. The text of the Sura makes it also clear that it is about having sex and not eating honey, which is a silly explanation. Asif Iftikhar writes, “Imam Ibni Ali Jauzee is reported to have said: “If you find a Hadith against the dictates of common sense or contrary to a universal rule, consider it a fabrication.

The story of honey is ludicrous and makes no sense. Why so much ado about honey? And which honey smells bad? In fact it honey is mildly fragrant. This hadith has been forged because obviously even in those early days, Muslims felt embarrassed about the actions of their prophet. However, the hadiths about Muhammad  lying to Hafsa to get rid of her so he could have sex with Mariyah makes perfect sense. It is in accordance with the Quran and in conformity with Muhammad’s depravity of conduct. It was not unusual for Muhammad to solicit sex from women whom he found attractive.

This story is also reported by Ibn Sa’d in Tabaqat:

Waqidi has informed us that Abu Bakr has narrated that the messenger of Allah (PBUH) had sexual intercourse with Mariyah in the house of Hafsah. When the messenger came out of the house, Hafsa was sitting at the gate (behind the locked door). She told the prophet, O Messenger of Allah, do you do this in my house and during my turn? The messenger said, control yourself and let me go because I make her haram to me. Hafsa said, I do not accept, unless you swear for me. That Hazrat (his holiness) said, by Allah I will not contact her again. Qasim ibn Muhammad has said that this promise of the Prophet that had forbidden Mariyyah to himself is invalid – it does not become a violation (hormat). [Tabaqat v. 8 p. 223 Publisher Entesharat-e Farhang va Andisheh Tehran1382 solar  h ( 2003) Translator Dr. Mohammad Mahdavi Damghani]

Qasim ibn Muhammad of course tries to find justification for Muhammad’s breach of his own promise. If his words had no validity why he gave them and if they were valid why he broke them?

My copy of the Qunan contains the following tafseer side by side with the Sura Tahrim.

Also it is reported that the Prophet had divided his days among his wives. And when it was the turn of Hafsa, he sent her for an errand to the house of her father Omar Khattab. When she took this order and went, the prophet called his slave girl Mariyah the Copt who bore his son Ibrahim, and who was a gift from the king Najashi and had sexual intercourse with her. When Hafsa returned, she found the door locked. So she sat there behind that locked door until the prophet finished the business and came out of the house while pleasure[?] was dripping from his face. When Hafsa found him in that condition she rebuked him saying you did not respect my honor; you sent me out of my house with an excuse so you could sleep with the slave girl. And in the day that was my turn you had intercourse with someone else. Then the Prophet said, be quiet for although she is my slave and halal to me, for your contentment I at this moment make her haram to myself. But Hafsa did not do this and when the Prophet went out of her house she knocked at the wall that separated her room from that of Aisha and told her everything. She also gave the glad tiding about what the Prophet had promised about making Mariyah haram to himself.[Published by Entesharat-e Elmiyyeh Eslami  Tehran 1377 lunar H. Tafseer and translation into Farsi by Mohammad Kazem Mo’refi]

Mariyah was a white Coptic young woman and very beautiful. She bore Ibrahim to Muhammad. I had my doubt about Ibrahim being Muhammad’s son. As per my research, Muhammad, during the last years of his life was suffering from acromegaly. One side-effect of this degenerative disease is impotence. He had erectile dysfunction. Note that Muhammad had six children with Khadijah who was already frothy years old when she married him, but no children with more than twenty young women with whom he had sex in the last ten years of his life. There are hadiths that show he actually did not have intercourse with his wives, but “fondled” them, and often he would go from one wife to another in one night touching them and playing with them, “drinking their honey,” but not having intercourse.  (For more details about Muhammad’s sex life see my book Understanding Muhammad).

Another hadith says the Prophet used to “imagine having sex” when in reality he did not.

Bukhari Vol. 7:  71:660:
Narrated Aisha: Magic was worked on Allah’s Apostle so that he used to think that he had sexual relations with his wives while he actually had not .”

Aisha has also said “none of you have the self control of the Prophet for he could fondle his wives but not have intercourse” The young and inexperienced woman did not realize that her illustrious husband was not controlling himself; he simply could not do it. Cialis and Viagra were not yet invented.

However, there was a hole in my theory. If Muhammad was impotent how could he sire Ibrahim? I suspected that the child could have belonged to someone else, but had no evidence to prove it. I finally got the evidence. The same Tabaqat, when talking about Mariyah says that there was a Coptic man in Medina (the person who accompanied her from Egypt to Medina) who used to visit Mariyah and rumor circulated that he was her lover.

After the brawl with his wives, Muhammad relocated Mariyah to a garden to the North of Medina.  There he could visit her without being accosted by his wives.  This situation provided ample opportunity for Mariyah’s lover to sneak in her house without being noticed. But someone must have seen him entering Mriyah’s house and the rumor reached Muhammad who sent Ali to kill the Coptic man. The story says that the man exposed himself and Ali upon seeing he was an eunuch spared his life.

Apparently, this was a convenient alibi to silence the crowd. Also Aisha was accused of having an affair with Safwan a young man living in Medina. Later she claimed that Safwan was eunuch.  This affair caused also a huge scandal which vexed Muhammad for over a month until Allah had to intervene and testify on behalf of Aisha. So how no one know that Safwan was a eunuch?

The story is clearly forged. How could this Coptic man know why Ali wanted to kill him for him to show his male organ (or lack of it) as soon as he saw Ali? Ibn Sa’d, the author of Tabaqat says, he saw Ali with his sword in his hand and climbed a date tree with fear and from there he exposed his private parts (awrat).  No conversation is exchanged. The man simply knew why Ali is coming towards him and that he wants to kill him. This does not sound a true story. Why would a messenger of God want to kill an innocent man and how did this man know why Ali wants to kill him?  Looks like this Coptic man had a better understanding of the unknown than the prophet of Allah.

Bukhari 2.018.153 Says that “The sun eclipsed in the life-time of Allah’s Apostle on the day when (his son) Ibrahim died. So the people said that the sun had eclipsed because of the death of Ibrahim. Allah’s Apostle said, “The sun and the moon do not eclipse because of the death or life (i.e. birth) of some-one. When you see the eclipse pray and invoke Allah.”

Bukhari 2.018.154 adds,

when the sun eclipsed he [Muhammad] led the people in prayer,… by then the sun (eclipse) had cleared. He delivered the Khutba (sermon) and after praising and glorifying Allah he said, “The sun and the moon are two signs against the signs of Allah; they do not eclipse on the death or life of anyone. So when you see the eclipse, remember Allah and say Takbir, pray and give Sadaqa.” The Prophet then said, “O followers of Muhammad! By Allah! There is none who has more ghaira (self-respect – honor) than Allah as He has forbidden that His slaves, male or female commit adultery (illegal sexual intercourse). O followers of Muhammad! By Allah! If you knew that which I know you would laugh little and weep much.

Ghaira is the very thing for which Muslims commit honor killing. If you look at a Muslim’s wife or daughter, his ghaira (roughly translated as honor) is injured. If he does not react, it shows that he has little ghaira. The greater is his ghaira the more violent will be his reaction.

The discussion about adultery at this occasion is quite revealing. Why would Muhammad talk about adultery, of all things, in the unreal of his son? It’s not that hard to imagine that he was thinking about it and perhaps knew Ibrahim was not his son.  In this sermon Muhammad talks about Allah having a lot of ghaira and then speaks of prohibition of adultery. He concludes by saying he knows of very sad things that others don’t know.  Well, it took 1400 years, but I think we have finally discovered those “sad things.”

Another point to bear in mind is that despite the fact the Mariyah was the only women who bore Muhammad a child, he did not marry her. Why would not he marry the mother of his only son?

Bukhari 2.018.161 in another version of this hadith says. “Narrated ‘Abdullah bin Abbas:

“The Prophet then said, “The sun and the moon are two of the signs of Allah. They eclipse neither because of the death of somebody nor because of his life (i.e. birth). So when you see them, remember Allah.” The people say, “O Allah’s Apostle! We saw you taking something from your place and then we saw you retreating.” The Prophet replied, “I saw Paradise and stretched my hands towards a bunch (of its fruits) and had I taken it, you would have eaten from it as long as the world remains. I also saw the Hell-fire and I had never seen such a horrible sight. I saw that most of the inhabitants were women.” The people asked, “O Allah’s Apostle! Why is it so?” The Prophet replied, “Because of their ungratefulness.” It was asked whether they are ungrateful to Allah. The Prophet said, “They are ungrateful to their companions of life (husbands) and ungrateful to good deeds. If you are benevolent to one of them throughout the life and if she sees anything (undesirable) in you, she will say, ‘I have never had any good from you.’ “

In the funeral of his only son Muhammad does not speak about him.  The man who thought it is unfair to say God has only daughters when men can boast with having sons, has lost his only son, but on the day of his death he chooses to speak about adultery and the punishment awaiting women who are ungrateful to their husband.  That is quite revealing.

Aisha: The Child Bride of Muhammad

Aisha: The Child Bride of Muhammad

The thought of an old man becoming aroused by a child is disturbing. The only name for that is pedophilia – one of the most despicable crimes imaginable.

All humans, including animals, are protective of children.  A child’s cry for help, any child, even the child of other species, arouses tenderness in most animals.

Pedophiles are amongst the sickest people because they violate the trust of children.

It is hard to believe that the prophet of Islam, the man literally worshipped and emulated by over a billion benighted souls was indeed a despicable pedophile.

Muhammad married Aisha when she was 6-years-old and consummated his “marriage” (read raped her) when she was nine. He was then, 54 years old.

The evidence is overwhelming, it is reported by Aisha in dozens of hadiths and never Muslims questioned it up until now that people have started raising an eyebrow.

Let it be clear that Muslims are not ashamed of the fact that their prophet was a pedophile. They themselves have practiced this heinous act for over a thousand year and many of them are still doing it. They are only embarrassed that the world is questioning them for it. But the proof is overwhelming.

Sahih Muslim Book 008, Number 3310:
‘A’isha (Allah be pleased with her) reported: Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) married me when I was six years old, and I was admitted to his house when I was nine years old.

Sahih Bukhari Volume 7, Book 62, Number 64
Narrated ‘Aisha:
that the Prophet married her when she was six years old and he consummated his marriage when she was nine years old, and then she remained with him for nine years (i.e., till his death).

Sahih Bukhari Volume 7, Book 62, Number 65
Narrated ‘Aisha:
that the Prophet married her when she was six years old and he consummated his marriage when she was nine years old. Hisham said: I have been informed that ‘Aisha remained with the Prophet for nine years (i.e. till his death).” what you know of the Quran (by heart)’

Sahih Bukhari Volume 7, Book 62, Number 88 
Narrated ‘Ursa:
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).

Some Muslims claim that it was Abu Bakr who approached Muhammad asking him to marry his daughter. This is not true.

Sahih Bukhari 7.18
Narrated ‘Ursa:
The Prophet asked Abu Bakr for ‘Aisha’s hand in marriage. Abu Bakr said “But I am your brother.” The Prophet said, “You are my brother in Allah’s religion and His Book, but she (Aisha) is lawful for me to marry.”

Arabs were a primitive lot. Yet they had some code of ethics that they honored scrupulously. For example, although they fought all the year round, they abstained from hostilities during certain holy months of the year. They also considered Mecca a holy city and did not make war against it. An adopted son’s wife was deemed to be a daughter in law and they would not marry her. Also it was customary that close friends made a pact of brotherhood and considered each other as true brothers. The Prophet disregarded all of these rules anytime they stood between him and his interests or whims.

Abu Bakr and Muhammad had pledged to each other to be brothers. So according to their customs Ayesha was a niece to the Muhammad. Yet that did not stop him to ask her father to give her to him even when she was only six years old.

But this moral relativist Prophet would use the same excuse to reject a woman he did not like.

Sahih Bukhari V.7, B62, N. 37
Narrated Ibn ‘Abbas:
It was said to the Prophet, “Won’t you marry the daughter of Hamza?” He said, “She is my foster niece (brother’s daughter)”

Hamza was Muhammad’s half uncle. In Islam marrying first cousins is acceptable. Muhammad refused to marry Hamza’s daughter, not on the ground that he was his Uncle, but with the excuse that Hamza was his foster brother.  Abu Bakr was also Muhammad’s foster brother. So what was the difference? Aisha was a pretty little girl whereas Hamza’s daughter was not.

The moral relativism of Muhammad becomes further evident from this hadith.

Narrated Aisha, Ummul Mu’minin:
The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said: What is unlawful by reason of consanguinity is unlawful by reason of fosterage.

In the following Hadith the self proclaimed prophet confided to Ahisha that he had dreamed of her.

Sahih Bukhari 9.140
Narrated ‘Aisha:
Allah’s Apostle said to me, “You were shown to me twice (in my dream) before I married you. I saw an angel carrying you in a silken piece of cloth, and I said to him, ‘Uncover (her),’ and behold, it was you. I said (to myself), ‘If this is from Allah, then it must happen.

Whether Muhammad had actually such dream or lied is not the point. Dreams are revelations of our own sub-conscience and not messages from the world of spirits.  This shows that Aisha must have been a baby being carried by an angel when Muhammad lusted for her.

There are numerous hadiths that explicitly reveal the age of Ayesha at the time of her marriage.

Sahih Bukhari 5.236.
Narrated Hisham’s father:
Khadija died three years before the Prophet departed to Medina. He stayed there for two years or so and then he married ‘Aisha when she was a girl of six years of age, and he consumed that marriage when she was nine years old.

Sahih Bukhari 5.234
Narrated Aisha:
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
.

Sunan Abu-Dawud Book 41, Number 4915,  also  Number 4916 and  Number 4917
Narrated Aisha, Ummul Mu’minin:
The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) married me when I was seven or six. When we came to Medina, some women came. according to Bishr’s version: Umm Ruman came to me when I was swinging.

They took me, made me prepared and decorated me. I was then brought to the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him), and he took up cohabitation with me when I was nine. She halted me at the door, and I burst into laughter.

In the above hadith we read that Aisha was playing on a swing when she was taken to Muhammad’s house, which proves there is no mistake that she was indeed a child.

Some Muslims claim that since all these stories are recorded in hadith we should ignore them altogether. This is nonsense.  Child marriage is permitted in the Quran. 65:4

Now as for such of your women as are beyond, the age of monthly courses, as well as for such as do not have any courses,  their waiting-period – if you have any doubt [about it] – shall be three [calendar] months.

This verse is saying if you want to marry a widow or a divorcee, wait for three menstruations to make sure she is not pregnant. This applies also to those who do not have any monthly courses, i.e. prepubescent girls.

Aisha was so small that she had no knowledge of sex when Muhammad “surprised” her by going to her.

Sahih Bukhari Volume 7, Book 62, Number 90 
Narrated Aisha:
When the Prophet married me, my mother came to me and made me enter the house (of the Prophet) and nothing surprised me but the coming of Allah’s Apostle to me in the forenoon.

It must have been quite a surprise!

The following hadith demonstrates that she was just a kid playing with her dolls. Pay attention to what the interpreter wrote in the parenthesis. (She was a little girl, not yet reached the age of puberty)

Sahih Bukhari Volume 8, Book 73, Number 151 
Narrated ‘Aisha:
I used to play with the dolls in the presence of the Prophet, and my girl friends also used to play with me. When Allah’s Apostle used to enter (my dwelling place) they used to hide themselves, but the Prophet would call them to join and play with me. (The playing with the dolls and similar images is forbidden, but it was allowed for ‘Aisha at that time, as she was a little girl, not yet reached the age of puberty.) (Fateh-al-Bari page 143, Vol.13)

Sahih Muslim Book 008, Number 3311
‘A’isha (Allah be pleased with her) reported that Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) married her when she was seven years old, and he was taken to his house as a bride when she was nine, and her dolls were with her; and when he (the Holy Prophet) died she was eighteen years old.

Muhammad died when he was 63 years old. So he must have married Aisha when he as 51 and went to her when he was 54.

Muhammad had many wives and concubines, but he was not in love with anyone of them. These young girls were his sex toys. Muhammad’s real love was Khadijah.  If you want to know why you have to read my book, Understanding Muhammad: A Psychobiography of Allah’s Prophet. The relationship between Muhammad and Khadijah was not based on love, but on co-dependency.  These two individuals were both needy and sick

Sahih Bukhari Volume 8, Book 73, Number 33 
Narrated ‘Aisha:
I never felt so jealous of any woman as I did of Khadija, though she had died three years before the Prophet married me, and that was because I heard him mentioning her too often, and because his Lord had ordered him to give her the glad tidings that she would have a palace in Paradise, made of Qasab and because he used to slaughter a sheep and distribute its meat among her friends.

Yemeni women hold up the Quran and Arabic placard reading “yes to the legal rights of the Muslim woman” as they take part in a protest outside the parliament in San’a, Sunday, March 21, 2010. Some of Yemen’s most influential Islamic leaders, including one the U.S. says mentored Osama bin Laden, have declared supporters of a ban on child brides to be apostates. The religious decree, issued Sunday, deeply imperils efforts to salvage legislation that would make it illegal for those under the age of 17 to marry. (AP Photo) (AP)

Khadija died in December of 619 AD, two years before Hijra. At that time Muhammad was 51-years-old.  In February 618 AD Muhammad married Aisha and took her to bed 3 years later.

Muslims are not ashamed of the fact that their prophet was a pedophile, but embarrassed for everyone knowing it some of them claim that Aisah was older, maybe 16 or 18 years old when she married Muhammad.  That is not true. Aisha said that as long as she could remember her parents were always Muslims.

Sahih Bukhari Volume 5, Book 58, Number 245
Narrated ‘Aisha:
(the wife of the Prophet) I never remembered my parents believing in any religion other than the true religion (i.e. Islam),

If Ayesha was older, she would have remembered the religion of her parents prior to becoming Muslims.

Now someone may still claim that all these hadiths are lies. Muslims are free to say whatever they want. But truth is clear like the Sun for those who have eyes to see.

Why would so many devout Muslims fabricate so many false hadiths about the age of Ayisha, to make their prophet look like a pedophile? These hadiths cannot be denied.

I can tell you why people would attribute false miracles to their prophet. Babis believe that Bab started to praise God as soon as he was born. There is a Hadith like that also about Muhammad too. Christians believe the birth of the Christ was miraculous and the Jews believe Moses opened a dry passageway through the Red Sea. Believers love to hear miraculous stories about their prophet even if they may not be true, but no one would fabricate lies to portray his prophet as a villain. If such stories are told in such large number, they must be true.


Controversies about the age of Aisha

The majority of Muslims agree that Aisha was only 9 years old when Muhammad married her and allow marriage to children in their laws.

Most Islamic sites make no apology for her young age and accuse the modernists for humbugging the Westerner’s morality and denying the truth.

The site Islamonline.com explains: “It should be noted that in the hot regions, it’s normal for a girl to attain maturity at a very early age” and argues that the marriages of Muhammad were to foster political alliances with their fathers and tribes. This is nonsense. Muhammad married Safiya after beheading her father, torturing to death her husband and massacring her entire tribe. He married Juwariyah after raiding her people, massacring the men and robbing their wealth and taking the women and children as slaves. He took Rayhana, the 15 year old Jewish girl of Bani Quraiza after massacring all the men and boys who had reached puberty.  With whom he wanted to make alliance?  What a shameful excuse to defend a war criminal.  What Muhammad did was disgusting, but it is just as disgusting when Muslim apologists try to acquit him of his crimes with such a shameless excuses.

As for Aisha, she was the daughter of Abu Bakr who was a friend and the primary supporter of Muhammad.  Muhammad did not need to have sex with that fool’s daughter to foster more friendship with him.

Muhammad was cult leader. He had brainwashed Abu Bakr. That benighted man would have done anything to please Muhammad. When you submit to a cult leader, you submit your intelligence and your conscience.  To understand the dynamism in the relationship between the cultist and his leader I invite you to read my book Understanding Muhammad.

Despite all these evidence, some Muslims deny that their prophet was a pedophile.  This is not because they don’t know it. Pedophilia is the law in most Islamic countries.  They want to save face.

On one hand it is good that they know what Muhammad did was shameful and don’t try to defend it, but to do so they lie.  They are the true hypocrites.  Instead of coming to their senses, they hide the facts and twist the truth.  Muslims have no shame.  Muslims do not have human qualities.  They are brain dead zombies.  This is what cults do to people.

The following is one example of the kind of arguments Muslims present to deny the obvious.

(Source:  http://www.understanding-islam.com/ri/mi-004.htm)

  • According to the generally accepted tradition, Aisha  (ra) was born about eight years before Hijrah. But according to another narrative in Bukhari (kitabu’l-tafseer) Aisha  (ra) is reported to have said that at the time Surah Al-Qamar, the 54th chapter of the Qur’an, was revealed, “I was a young girl”. The 54th surah of the Qur’an was revealed nine years before Hijrah. According to this tradition, Aisha  (ra) had not only been born before the revelation of the referred surah, but was actually a young girl (jariyah), not an infant (sibyah) at that time. Obviously, if this narrative is held to be true, it is in clear contradiction with the narratives reported by Hisham ibn `urwah. I see absolutely no reason that after the comments of the experts on the narratives of Hisham ibn `urwah, why we should not accept this narrative to be more accurate.

Answer:
Why should we believe in this  narrative and not in those detailed about Aisha herself, describing she and her friends was playing with dolls who hid when Muhammad entered the room, or her memories of playing on the swing when her mother called her and washed her face and took her to Muhammad? She said how ignorant she was in matters of sex when Muhammad started touching her and “surprised” her. These things are more likely to be remembered by a child than when a particular Surah was revealed.  The site continues:

  • According to a number of narratives, Aisha  (ra) accompanied the Muslims in the battle of Badr and Uhud. Furthermore, it is also reported in books of hadith and history that no one under the age of 15 years was allowed to take part in the battle of Uhud. All the boys below 15 years of age were sent back. Aisha ‘s (ra) participation in the battle of Badr and Uhud clearly indicate that she was not nine or ten years old at that time. After all, women used to accompany men to the battle fields to help them, not to be a burden on them.

Answer:
This is a weak excuse. When the Battle of Badr and Uhud occurred Aisha  was 10 to 11 years old. She did not go to be a warier, like the boys. She went to keep Muhammad warm during the nights. Boys who were less than 15 were sent back, but this did not apply to her.

  • According to almost all the historians Asma (ra), the elder sister of Aisha  (ra) was ten years older than Aisha  (ra). It is reported in Taqri’bu’l-tehzi’b as well as Al-bidayah wa’l-nihayah that Asma (ra) died in 73 hijrah when she was 100 years old. Now, obviously if Asma (ra) was 100 years old in 73 hijrah she should have been 27 or 28 years old at the time of hijrah. If Asma (ra) was 27 or 28 years old at the time of hijrah, Aisha  (ra) should have been 17 or 18 years old at that time. Thus, Aisha  (ra), if she got married in 1 AH (after hijrah) or 2 AH, was between 18 to 20 years old at the time of her marriage.

Answer:
When someone gets that old, people don’t care too much about her exact age. It is very easy to say she was 100 years old when in fact she was only 90. The difference is not noticeable to the younger folks and 100 is a round figure.  Younger people always think older people are much older.  Assuming the Hadith is authentic, it could be an honest mistake. People did not have birth certificates. Asma was not an important person and it did not occur to anyone that 1300 years later it would become the subject of a controversy.

  • Tabari in his treatise on Islamic history, while mentioning Abu Bakr (ra) reports that Abu Bakr had four children and all four were born during the Jahiliyyah — the pre Islamic period. Obviously, if Aisha  (ra) was born in the period of jahiliyyah, she could not have been less than 14 years in 1 AH — the time she most likely got married.

Answer:
Tabari’s narratives do not have the distinction to be known Sahih. The person narrating it was wrong. There are many hadiths narrated by Aisha herself that have more weight.

People remember important events better than those that are insignificant. The date of the birth of the children of Abu Bakr was not an important subject for Muslims to record. But the details of Muhammad’s life and his marriages were important. As you can read in the story of Safiyah’s wedding even the kind of food served is recorded.

  • According to Ibn Hisham, the historian, Aisha  (ra) accepted Islam quite some time before Umar ibn Khattab (ra). This shows that Aisha  (ra) accepted Islam during the first year of Islam. While, if the narrative of Aisha ‘s (ra) marriage at seven years of age is held to be true, Aisha  (ra) should not have been born during the first year of Islam.

Answer:
The apologist fails to provide the references to the hadithes that he quotes. In any case this is an error. To understand and accept a religion, one must be at least intelligent enough to make such decision. That is about 15 years old. But let us be generous and say that age is about 12. If Aisha accepted Islam during the first year of Islam, she must have been 26 years old when Muhammad married her. (12 + 14) Are we then supposed to believe that Aisha at the age of 26 used to play with her dolls?

  • Tabari has also reported that at the time Abu Bakr planned on migrating to Habshah (8 years before Hijrah), he went to Mut`am — with whose son Aisha  (ra) was engaged — and asked him to take Aisha  (ra) in his house as his son’s wife. Mut`am refused, because Abu Bakr had embraced Islam, and subsequently his son divorced Aisha  (ra). Now, if Aisha  (ra) was only seven years old at the time of her marriage, she could not have been born at the time Abu Bakr decided on migrating to Habshah. On the basis of this report it seems only reasonable to assume that Aisha  (ra) had not only been born 8 years before hijrah, but was also a young lady, quite prepared for marriage.

Answer:
It was an Arab tradition to betroth a girl to a boy even when the girl was a newborn. This tradition is still carried on in many Islamic countries. This is no proof that Aisha was a grown up.

  • According to a narrative reported by Ahmad ibn Hanbal, after the death of Khadijah (ra), when Khaulah (ra) came to the Prophet (pbuh) advising him to marry again, the Prophet (pbuh) asked her regarding the choices she had in her mind. Khaulah said: “You can marry a virgin (bikr) or a woman who has already been married (thayyib)”. When the Prophet (pbuh) asked about who the virgin was, Khaulah proposed Aisha ‘s (ra) name. All those who know the Arabic language, are aware that the word “bikr” in the Arabic language is not used for an immature nine year old girl. The correct word for a young playful girl, as stated earlier is “Jariyah”. “Bikr” on the other hand, is used for an unmarried lady, and obviously a nine year old is not a “lady”.

Answer:
This explanation is incorrect. Bikr means virgin and, virginity is not age specific. In fact Aisha was the second wife of Muhammad (after Khadijah) but Muhammad did not consummate his marriage with her for three years because she was too young and Abu Bakr begged him to wait. So he married Sauda bint Zamah, whom he mistreated because she was not pretty.

  • According to Ibn Hajar, Fatimah (ra) was five years older than Aisha  (ra). Fatimah (ra) is reported to have been born when the Prophet (pbuh) was 35 years old. Thus, even if this information is taken to be correct, Aisha  (ra) could by no means be less than 14 years old at the time of hijrah, and 15 or 16 years old at the time of her marriage.

Answer:
Of course this information cannot be taken as correct. If Aisha was five years older than Fatimah, and Fatimah was born when the Prophet was 35 years old, then Aisha must have been 30 years younger than Muhammad. So at the time of her marriage when he was 54, she must have been 24 years old.  This is not certainly correct, for the reasons explained above and also it contradicts the Hadiths that the apologist quoted about the age of Asma, who according to that Hadith was 10 years older than Aisha and died in 73 Hijra. In that case at the time of Hijra Asma must have been 100 –73 = 27 years old, but according to this Hadith she was 34 years old. The truth is that she was 17 years old. The two hadiths presented by the same apologist contradict each other and all other hadiths because both of them are wrong.

It all goes to show that in those days numbers did not mean much. It is more likely that people were wrong on dates that events.  The reports of the tender age of Aisha  is consistent with the stories of her childhood, playing with her toys, her girlfriends hiding when Muhammad entered the room, the Prophet playing with her, her ignorance about sex and her “surprise” when Muhammad came to her. All these confirm that she was a little girl.

This apologist argues:

It is the responsibility of all those who believe that marrying a girl as young as nine years old was an accepted norm of the Arab culture, to provide at least a few examples to substantiate their point of view. I have not yet been able to find a single dependable instance in the books of Arab history where a girl as young as nine years old was given away in marriage. Unless such examples are given, we do not have any reasonable grounds to believe that it really was an accepted norm.

I could not have said it better. Not only marring children was not part of the culture of any nation, it is actually contrary to human nature. Psychologically sane men don’t find little children sexually attractive. Muhammad was not psychologically healthy. He was a pedophile.  He was a victim of childhood abuse. To understand him and what went on in his sick mind, please read my book.

How he got away with it? He claimed to be a prophet and as such put himself above the scrutiny of mortals. Who dared to question Allah and his messenger? He had control over the life and death of the people in Medina. He acted very much like other cult leaders such as Jim Jones in his Jonestown, who slept with any woman he pleased, and like David Korsh in his compound, who had sex with every woman and even with the teen daughters of his followers while prohibiting them to touch their own wives. People who fall prey to cults do stupid things. They kill, like the followers of Charles Manson, Shoko Asahara and Muhammad; they commit suicide like the followers of Jim Jones, David Koresh or the Heaven’s Gate. Islam is a cult and Muhammad was a cult leader.  I have explained this point extensively in my book.

“In my opinion, neither was it an Arab tradition to give away girls in marriage at an age as young as nine or ten years, nor did the Prophet (pbuh) marry Aisha  (ra) at such a young age. The people of Arabia did not object to this marriage, because it never happened in the manner it has been narrated.”

Answer:
It may not have been a tradition then, but since Muhammad set the example, every Muslim pedophile finds justification and validation for taking children as brides and the ignorant parents, who are often poor, let their little girl to be raped for the greed of money.

Juwairiyah – another captive wife of Muhammad

Juwairiyah – another captive wife of Muhammad

The wars in the Arabian Peninsula, prior to Islam, were in comparison insignificant to those instigated by Muhammad and other Muslim rulers.  The earlier wars had mainly centered on tribal differences and were confined to bouts of squabbling with some fights. With the introduction of Islam came not only war, but also an unrelenting genocide and terror that would quickly become integral components in furthering Islam’s expansionism.

The early years of Muhammad’s prophetic career, in his native town Mecca, were peaceful. After 13 year of preaching no more than 80 or 100 people had embraced his cause. Not all of them were able fighting men. That explains why those early years were peaceful. Muslims did not have the strength to fight.

Soon after Muhammad migrated to Medina and the Arab population of that town accepted his religion, he began raiding and looting, first the merchant caravans and then the human settlements.

Shorty after Muhammad strengthened his position amongst the Arabs of Medina, he surrounded the Jewish quarter of Bani Qainuqa, a prosperous population of goldsmiths and blacksmiths and after confiscating their properties (vineyards and homes) and belongings (jewelry and arms) he banished them from their ancestral home.  Then he set his sight on the Bani Nadir, another Jewish tribe of Medina. He did a similar thing to them. He killed their leaders and many of their able-bodied men and after confiscating their properties and wealth, expelled them from Medina. In neither of these cases the Jews offered any resistance.

Emboldened by his victories over these weaker, non-combative and non-threatening people who agreed to give up their wealth in exchange for their lives and goaded by an insatiable greed and lust for power this self styled messenger of Allah then set his eyes upon other Jewish tribes of Arabia living outside of Medina. This time it was the turn of Bani al-Mustaliq.

Bukhari, the great biographer of Muhammad, narrates the attack on Bani al-Mustaliq in the following story (Hadith)

“Narrated Ibn Aun:
I wrote a letter to Nafi and Nafi wrote in reply to my letter that the Prophet had suddenly attacked Bani Mustaliq without warning while they were heedless and their cattle were being watered at the places of water. Their fighting men were killed and their women and children were taken as captives; the Prophet got Juwairiya on that day. Nafi said that Ibn ‘Umar had told him the above narration and that Ibn ‘Umar was in that army
.” Volume 3, Book 46, Number 717:

This same Hadith is recorded in the Sahih Muslim Book 019, Number 4292, which validates its authenticity.

Muhammad molded his religion after Judaism in the hope that the Jews would be the first to heed his call.  To his chagrin, the Jews had no interest in his religion and he never forgave them for that.  You cannot reject a narcissist without invoking his rage.  Muhammad was so upset that he changed the direction of the Qiblah (the direction towards which Muslims pray) from Jerusalem to Ka’ba, which at that time was just a temple of idols and made the Jews the scapegoat to rally his followers around himself.

The Arabs of Medina were generally a bunch of illiterate folk with little skills and often poor who made their living by working in the vineyards of the Jews and rendering other services to them. They were originally immigrants from Yemen, while the Jews were the masters of trades and the owners of the lands and had called Medina home for 2000 years. They were easy targets.  He prowled their wealth, enslaved their women and children and distributed them among the Arabs.  He convinced his followers that raiding and killing is ordained by God. Since then his prophetic career became very lucrative, one that would change his fortunes, and set his new religion on its path of war and military conquests.

Muhammad sent one of his companions; Bareeda bin Haseeb, to spy on the Bani al-Mustaliq. After assessing the situation he ordered his men to attack. Muslims came out of Madina on the 2nd of Shaban of 5 A.H. and encamped at Muraisa, a place at a distance of 9 marches from Medina.

The following is from an Islamic site:

The news of the advance of Muslim forces had already reached Haris. In panic, his men deserted him and he himself took refuge in some unknown place. But the local population of Muraisa took up arms against the Muslims and rained showers of arrows in a sustained manner. The Muslims launched a sudden and furious attack and routed the enemy, who suffered huge casualties and nearly 600 were taken prisoners by the Muslims. Among the booty there were 2,000 camels and 5,000 goats.

The prisoners of war included Barra, the daughter of Haris, who later on became Hazrat Juwairiyah, the consort of the Holy Prophet. According to the prevailing practice all the prisoners were made slaves and distributed among the victorious Muslim soldiers. Hazrat Juwairiyah fell to the lot of Thabit bin Qais. She was the daughter of the leader of the clan, and therefore, very much felt the discomfiture and disgrace of being made slave of an ordinary Muslim soldier. Therefore, she requested him to release her on payment of ransom. Thabit agreed to this, if she could pay him 9 Auqias of gold. Hazrat Juwairiyah had no ready money with her. [As if she had the money in some bank.  Muhammad had looted everything she and her people owned. How could she have any money with her or anywhere else?] She tried to raise this amount through contributions, and approached the Holy Prophet also in this connection. She said to him “0 Prophet of Allah! I am the daughter of Al Haris bin Zarar, the Lord (chief) of his people. You know that it is by chance that our people have fallen captive [by chance? I thought Muhammad had raided them] and I have fallen to the share of Thabit bin Qais and have requested him to release me considering my status, but he has refused. Please do an act of kindness and save me from humiliation”. The Holy Prophet was moved [aaah, he was moved. How tender!] and asked the captive woman if she would like a thing still better. She asked as to what was that thing.  He said that he was ready to pay her ransom and marry her if she liked. She agreed to this proposal. So the Holy Prophet (sallal alaho alahie wasallam) paid the amount of ransom and married her.”

The above is the story how Muhammad married Juwairiyah as recorded by Muslim historians. Interestingly Muhammad makes his Allah praise him with verses such as the following: “And surely thou hast sublime morals” (Quran 68:4). and Indeed in the Messenger of Allah you have a good example to follow” (Quran 33:21). The question that begs an answer is; was he really the standard of sublime morals and good example to follow?

First he attacks a population without warning and takes them by surprise. This is called terrorism.  Why?  Because they were easy targets and wealthy.  As usual he kills the unarmed men, plunders their belongings, then enslaves the rest. Is this behavior befitting of a messenger of God?

The narrator says, “According to the prevailing practice all the prisoners were made slaves and distributed among the victorious Muslim soldiers.” As we read the history of Islam, we see this WAS indeed the prevailing practice of Muslims, throughout the bloody history of Islam. Yet the question is whether this how a messenger of God should behave?

Muhammad called himself the mercy of God for all the worlds 21:107 . What is the difference between this “mercy of God” and a ruthless marauding gangster?

If this was the prevailing practice of the Arabs, couldn’t the messenger of God change it? Why engage in such a barbaric practice at all?  Did he not say that he had come to set the example for all to follow? Why should a man with such a claim behave in so brutal a fashion?  Did he come to set an example or to follow the evil deeds of the people of his time?

The apologist says that Muhammad was “moved.” Obviously he was not moved by compassion but by lust. The man was heartless. What moved was his genital.

Muhammad did not set free Juwairiyah because he felt sorry for her. He was a man incapable of such feelings. He wanted Juwairiyah for himself.

Unlike what most people think, Muhammad’s intentions were not to convert people to his religion. His real aim was power, wealth and domination. Religion was a pretext. He weighed each case and considered its financial benefits. In most cases it was more profitable if the people did not convert to Islam, but killed and their belongings pillaged.

If people were given the choice they could have feared defeat might have accepted Islam. Then Muhammad could not steal their wealth.  Muhammad did not deem wise to warn the Bani Mustaliq and many others whom he raided, vanquished and looted.

Muslim, another biographer of Muhammad narrates:

Ibn ‘Aun reported: I wrote to Nafi’ inquiring from him whether it was necessary to extend (to the disbelievers) an invitation to accept (Islam) before meeting them in fight. He wrote (in reply) to me that it was necessary in the early days of Islam. The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) made a raid upon Banu Mustaliq while they were unaware and their cattle were having a drink at the water. He killed those who fought and imprisoned others. On that very day, he captured Juwairiya bint al-Harith. Nafi’ said that this tradition was related to him by Abdullah b. Umar who (himself) was among the raiding troops.” Book 019, Number 4292:

Muslim warriors carried on this sunnah (examples set by Muhammad) after his death.

When a Muslim army invaded a town, they did not allow people to convert to Islam for three days.  During these three days they killed as many men as they could, pillaged their properties and raped their daughters and wives.  Only after a town had been decimated and the young women and children that could be sold as slaves were captured would the brutal campaign of Islamization, with its mandate that all must convert or die began.  The Jews and the Christians were given protection to live, provided they enter into dhimmitude.  Dhimmi means bonded.  But the dhimmis had to pay for their protection.  This payment known as jizyah was the source of livelihood for Muslims, who through it were able to live like parasites off the labor of the dhimmis.

Narrated Juwairiya bin Qudama At-Tamimi:
We said to ‘Umar bin Al-Khattab, oh Chief of the believers! Advise us.” He said, “I advise you to fulfill Allah’s Convention (made with the Dhimmis) as it is the convention of your Prophet and the source of the livelihood of your dependents (i.e. the taxes from the Dhimmis.)
 ”  Volume 4, Book 53, Number 388:

Aisha who accompanied the prophet on this expedition narrates how Juwairiya was captured.

when the prophet-peace be upon him- distributed the captives of Banu Almustaliq, she (Barrah) fell to the lot of Thabit ibn Qyas. She was married to her cousin, who was killed during the battle. She gave Thabit a deed, agreeing to pay him nine okes of gold for her freedom. She was a very beautiful woman. She captivated every man who saw her. She came to the prophet-peace be upon him-, to ask for his help in the matter. As soon as I saw her at door of my room, I took a dislike to her, for I knew that he would see her as I saw her. She went in and told him who she was, the daughter of al-Harith ibn Dhirar, the chief of his people. She said: “you can see the state to which I have been brought. I have fallen to the lot of Thabit, and have given him a deed for ransom, and I have to come to ask your help in the matter.’ He said: ‘would you like something better than that? I will discharge your debt, and marry you.’ she said: ‘yes. O then it is messenger of Allah! Done.’ he replied.” http://66.34.76.88/alsalafiyat/juwairiyah.htm

This story ends any arguments about to Muhammad’s real motives in taking so many women. It was not to help the widows but because they were young and beautiful.  Muhammad murders the husband of Juwairiyah, who was also her cousin.  Captivated by her beauty, he offers to free her, but only on the condition that she marry him. After having come to Muhammad to plead for his help, this self proclaimed “mercy of God for humanity” presents her with a most unwelcome choice, for whose price she had to become the wife of the murderer of her husband.  What other choice could she possibly have?

Muslim apologists insist that most of Muhammad’s wives were widows. They want to make us believe that Muhammad married them for charity.  The truth is that they were young and beautiful. If they were widows, it was because Muhammad murdered their husband. Juwairiyah was just 20 years old, and Muhammad was 58.

The rest of the story of Juwairiyah is mixed with half-truths and exaggerations, in the manner that have tainted most of the Hadiths.

It is said that when the Prophet-peace be upon him- departed from the raid with Juwairiyah and was at Dhuljaysh, he entrusted her to one of the Ansar and went forward to Madinah. Her father, al-Harith, discovered that she was held captive and went back o Madinah, bringing his daughter’s ransom. When he reached al-Aqia, he looked at the camels he had brought as her ransom and admired the two of them greatly, so he hid them in one of the passes of al-Aqia. Then he came to the Prophet-peace be upon him- dragging the camels behind him, and told him: “My daughter is too noble to be taken as a captive. Set her free by this ransom.” the Prophet-peace be upon him- replied: “Isn’t it better that we let her choose her self?” that is fair enough,” said al-Harith. He came to his daughter and said: “This man is letting you chose so do not dishonor us!” “I choose Allah’s messenger,” she replied calmly. “What a disgrace!” he exclaimed.

The Prophet-peace be upon him-, then said “where are two camels which you have hidden in al-Aqia in such -and- such a pass?” al-Harith exclaimed: “I bear witness that there is no God but Allah, and that you Muhammad are the messenger of Allah! For none could have know of this but Allah.”

Ibn-i-S’ad in his ‘Tabaqat’, states that the father of Juwairiyah paid her ransom amount, and when she became free, the Holy Prophet married her. As a result of this marriage a11 the prisoners of war numbering about 600 were freed by the Muslims as they did not like that any member of the family in which the holy Prophet was married, be made a slave.”

It is hard to determine which parts of this story are true.  But it is not hard to notice the contradictions contained within the main storyline.  We read that Muhammad paid the ransom to Thabit the captor of Juwairiyah and then married her. Then we read that Hairth, Juwairiyah’s father paid the ransom.

As to the claim of Muhammad having some sort of psychic ability, for instance knowing certain information such as the whereabouts of the camels, we can safely conclude that these claims are false. On many occasions Muhammad demonstrated precisely the opposite, and proved that he was by no means psychic, let alone prescient, as he failed to discern or to obtain through divine blessings the information he so desired. For instance, when he raided Khaibar, he tortured Kinsns the treasurer of that town, to the point of death, just so he could extract from him the information that would lead to the whereabouts of the city’s treasures.

Take note that in this particular instance the Arabs exhibited higher moral standards than their prophet. They released the relatives of Juwairiyah after they learned that Muhammad had married her. Muhammad was devoid of common decency, of having or showing even a hint of the virtue reflective of a moral leader.

Muslims claim that Juwairiyah became a very devout believer and would spend all of her days praying. The source of this claim can be found in the book Usud-ul-Ghaba. The author writes, whenever the Prophet used to come to Juwairiyah he would find her praying, then when he would return at a later time he still found her praying. One day he said to her: “Shall I tell you few words, if you say them they will be heavier in the scale than what you have done? You say: ‘subhaana allahe ‘adada khalqihi, subhana allahe ridhaa nafsehe, subhana allahe zinata ‘arshehe, subhana allahe zinata ‘arshehe,subhana allah midadda kalimaatihi.’ (Praise Allah as many times as number of his creatures, and as much as pleases him, and as much as the weight of his throne, and as much as the ink for his words).

One wonders why Muslims spend 5 times a day praying and waste that much man hours unproductively when they have such a simple and unbeatable formula to praise Allah?

Let us look at this story from a more realistic perspective. Put yourself in the shoes of a young woman who has just fallen into the lot of a murderer of her husband!  If you were a woman in Juwairiyah’s situation, how would you feel about the killer of your husband and many of your relatives and loved ones? Suppose further you have nowhere to go to. Juwairiah had no choice but to accept Muhammad’s offer to marry her. Now what would any woman do when this man came to her for sex? She probably would devise a survival ploy to avoid him a much as possible. That is what Juwairiyah did. Any time she heard Muhammad is footsteps, she pretended to be praying, in the hope that he may go to his other wives to satisfy his wretched lust. Yet, Muhammad was a cunning bastard.  He soon prescribed a sentence and told Juwairiyah that this “will be heavier in the scale” than praying all day long, robbing her from her excuse to shun him.

No decent person can believe this despicable criminal could be the prophet of God. Those who call themselves Muslims are either ignorant about the truth or they are truly shameless criminals themselves.  If up till now you called yourself a Muslim out of ignorance, you are left with no excuses.  Now it’s up to you to prove your humanity, spit at Muhammad and his filthy book of terror and leave Islam.

Read my book, Understanding Muhammad and all your questions about Islam will be answered.

Safiyah, the Jewish Wife of Muhammad

Safiyah, the Jewish Wife of Muhammad

The following is the story of Safiyah Bint Huyai Ibn Akhtab, the Jewish woman who was captured when Muhammad’s troops attacked Khaibar and brought her to the Prophet as part of his share of the booty.  Muhammad ordered Kinana, the young husband of Safiyah to be tortured to death to make him reveal the whereabouts of the treasure of the town. On the very nigh of that murder, he took Safiyah to his bed and claimed her as his trophy. This story is reported by Tabari in detail. It can also be found in Sira of Ibn Ishaq.  The following is reported in the Book of Tabaqat, compiled by Ibn Sa’d. Two years earlier, Muhammad had beheaded Huyai, the father of Safiyah along with 900 men of Bani Quraiza.

Huyai Ibn Akhtab, father of Safiyah was the leader of the Bani Nadir, one of the Jewish tribes of Medina. Muhammad had exiled the Bani Qainuqa’, another Jewsih tribe of Medina and was coveting the wealth of the Bani Nadit. He was looking for an excuse.

Meanwhile one of his followers, had treacherously killed two travelers and had stolen their belonging. Banditry had become the way of living for the Muslims. All trade and business in Medina had disappeared after Muhammad’s migration and the only way people could survive was through banditry.

When this person reported his crime to Muhammad and came to pay him his 20% share, Muhammad thought of a plan. He told the man that he had make a treaty with the Bani ‘Amer to not kill them and now he has to pay the bloodwit.  He then went to the Bani Nadir and said since they had a treaty with him they should pay the bloodwit. Now this was an outrageous demand. The Medinan treaty was unilateral and was imposed on the Jews. Even then it said that the Jews will fight against the invaders. There was no clause saying they are liable for the crimes committed by Muslims. Muhammad thought that for sure the Bani nadir will object to this unjust demand and he will use it as as excuse to get rid of them.

However, when he went to their quarter, accompanied by six of his close companions, the Jews were too frightened to argue and agreed to collect the money. Muhammad and his companions then sat beneath the shade of a wall while the Jews went to collect the money that he was extortioning from them.  This was not what Muhammad hoped for. He had come looking for an excuse and the Jews were not giving it. So he thought of another plan. He told his companions to sit there and that he will be back soon. His companions sat and he never came. The Jews came with the money but Muhammad had already gone.

When they went to the mosque, the saw him there. He told them that the Jews were plotting to kill him by throwing a stone on him from the top of the wall. When his companions expressed their surprise because they did not notice anything strange, he told them Gabriel had informed him.

Anyway, using that excuse he demanded that the Bani Nadir leave, leaving all their wealth for him. He actually wanted to massacre them all, but give in to Abdullah ibn Ubay who told him he won’t let him kill his allies. The Bani Nadir were exiled and Muhammad took possession of all their wealth alone, 100% of it. He argued since Muslims did not have to fight, and the Jews surrendered all their spoils belonged to him personally.

A year alter he fell on the Bani Quraiza, the last Jewish tribe of Medina. Huyah ibn Akhtab, the leader of the Bani Nadir was in the fortress of Bani Quraiza. Muhammad that all the men of this tribe should be beheaded and it was here that Huyay was killed along seven to nine hundred men and boy sof Bani Quraiza.

If the Bani Nadir wanted to kill him they did not need to climb a wall to throw a stone on him. He was in their fortress. They could easily kill him. But they were afraid of him. Their story should serve as a lesson to us. Cowardice never pays.

The Bani Nadir took refuge in Khaibar, a Jewish fortress 160 km to the North of Medina. That is how Safiyah ended up in Khaibar and married her young cousin Kinana who became a  leader and the treasurer f that town.

Kheibar FortressSafiyah was seventeen and very beautiful. When Muhammad raided Khaibar. He killed the unarmed men. People were not ready for war. They were taken by surprise.  Muhammad was not a warrior. He was a terrorist. His wars are called gazwah (raid, ambush, sudden attack).

Muhammad then captured Kinana and tortured him. He wanted to know where he had hidden the funds of the city. He pressed red hot iron ito his eyes and started a fire on his chest until Kinana died.

At this moment someone seeing Dihya taking possession of Safiyah, the 17 year old Kinana’s beautiful bride, feels jealous and informs Muhammad that Kinana’s wife  is very beautiful and he should take her for himself. Muhammad orders Bilal to find her and bring her.

Bilal finds Safiyah was was with her cousin, another young woman, sister of Kinana, and brings the two women to Muhammad. Dihya also comes.

When Kinana’s sister saw her brother’s mutilated corps, and the mutilated body of another man who was her husband she became hysterical and started shouting. Muhammad became enrages, slapped her  and shouted,  take this devil away from me.  Moments later,  he told Bilal, “don’t you have any humanity to parade women in front of the corpses of their loved ones?”  Bilal responded, I did it on purpose. I wished to see their grief and anger stirred up.

Muhammad then took Safiyah to his tent and wanted to have sex with her on that very night.  She was after all his “right hand possession and as the Quran 4:24 says, she it is permissible for Muslims to rape women captured in war.

The following is from Tabaqat.

“Safiyah was born in Medinah. She belonged to the Jewish tribe of Banu ‘I-Nadir. When this tribe was expelled from Medinah in the year 4 A.H, Huyai was one of those who settled in the fertile colony of Khaibar together with Kinana ibn al-Rabi’ to whom Safiyah was married a little before the Muslims attacked Khaibar. She was then seventeen. She had formerly been the wife of Sallam ibn Mishkam, who divorced her. One mile from Khaibar. Here the Prophet married Safiyah. She was groomed and made-up for the Prophet by Umm Sulaim, the mother of Anas ibn Malik. They spent the night there. Abu Ayyub al-Ansari guarded the tent of the Prophet the whole night. When, in the early dawn, the Prophet saw Abu Ayyub strolling up and down, he asked him what he meant by this sentry-go; he replied: “I was afraid for you with this young lady. You had killed her father, her husband and many of her relatives, and till recently she was an unbeliever. I was really afraid for you on her account”. The Prophet prayed for Abu Ayyub al-Ansari (Ibn Hisham, p. 766) Safiyah had requested the Prophet to wait till he had gone a stage away from Khaibar. “Why?” asked the Prophet. “I was afraid for you on account of the Jews who still happened to be near at Khaibar!”

The reason Safiyah rejected the sexual advances of Muhammad should be obvious to any thinking person. I believe most women would rather mourn than jump into bed with the killer of their father, husband and many relatives on the same day of their death. But the fact that the Prophet of Allah, this “Mercy of God to all the creation”  could not contain his sexual urges for one day to let this young girl grieve, says a lot of his moral character. He was utterly bereft of conscience and empathy.

As for the rest of the story we are not sure whether it is true or was fabricated by Muslim historians to wipe the impression of rape. But this is all we have and to find the truth we have to rely on these lopsided documents narrated and written by Muslims.

The story goes on to say that Abu Ayyub, was concerned for the safety of the prophet because he (Muhammad) had killed Safiyah’s father, husband and many of her relatives. This is logical. It is foolish to sleep with a woman after killing her loved ones. But Safiyah’s excuse for rejecting Muhammad’s advances towards her seems unreasonable. When Muhammad took this young girl into his tent, he had already killed many Jews and had chained others.  If there were any Jews left, they were more worried for their own lives than Safiyah being raped.    This excuse sounds foolish and obviously forged to claim that Safiyah wanted to have sex with Muhammad, if she didn’t it was because she was concerned for his safety.  The depravity of the Muslim mind is bottomless. They are a bunch of stupid people that believe in any asininity without thinking, but I am those with commonsense can see the excuses are a lie.

“The next day a Walima (we dding-feast) was arranged on behalf of the Prophet…

Note that the historian is saying that the wedding took place one day after Muhammad got private with Safiyah and made his moves to have sex with her. This presented no problem for the prophet as he had his Allah reveal a verse saying it is okay to sleep with women captured in war without marrying them even if they are married.

“And all married women (are forbidden unto you) save those (captives) whom your right hands possess…” (Q. 4:24 )

The above verse shows that Muhammad did not believe that slaves have any right.  Should Muslims come to power, this would be the fate of all non-Muslim women.  Muslims can’t change anything that Muhammad has said or done.

This is confirmed in another place.

(Q. 23: 1-7)

1-The believers must (eventually) win through,-
2- Those who humble themselves in their prayers;
3-Who avoid vain talk;
4- Who are active in deeds of charity;
5- Who abstain from sex,
6- Except with those joined to them in the marriage bond, or (the captives) whom their right hands possess,- for (in their case) they are free from blame,
7- But those whose desires exceed those limits are transgressors;-

Let us continue with the story of Safiyah.

“The other wives of the Prophet showed their jealousy by making slights upon her Jewish origin. But the Prophet always defended her. Once Safiyah was vexed to the extreme by the taunts of all the Arab wives of the Prophet. She took the complaint to the Prophet, who felt great compassion for her. He consoled her. He encouraged her. He equipped her with logic. He said: “Safiyah, take courage and be bold. They are in no way superior to you. Tell them: I am a daughter of the Prophet Harun, a niece of the Prophet Musa, and a wife of the Prophet Muhammad”.

When she was brought along with other prisoners, the Prophet said to her, “Safiyah, your father always maintained enmity with me until Allah made the final decision.” She said, “But Allah does not catch one for the sins of another.”

This contradicts Muhammad’s own behavior that annihilated the entire Bani Qainuqa with the pretext that few of them had killed a Muslim in retaliation of him killing a Jew. He banished an entire tribe, making them pay for the killing of a Muslim. That Muslim had already killed a Jew. But this did not matter to Muhammad. He needed an excuse to lay his hand on their wealth.

That is despite the verse that says “Namely, that no bearer of burdens can bear the burden of another” (Q. 53:38)  Also it was not Allah who made the final decision.

See how this despicable man washed his hand from his crime. Safiyah’s father was killed by Muhammad’s not by Allah. If God wanted to kill all those people He could have done it on his own. God needs no mercenaries to do his will.

“The Prophet then gave her the choice of joining her people after freedom or accepting Islam and coming into a matrimonial relationship with him”

Gave her a choice? What choice?  Muhammad had killed her husband and all her relatives. Where could she go?  Joining her people? Which people?   The men were killed and the women were enslaved.

She was very intelligent and gentle and said, “O Allah’s Messenger, I had hoped for Islam, and I confirmed you before your invitation. Now when I have the honour to be in your presence, I am given a choice between kufr and Islam I swear by Allah, that Allah and His Messenger is dearer to me than my own freedom and my joining with my people.”

Was this confession, if true, sincere? Was she safe to speak her mind? She was enslaved by a man who had exterminated her family. See the reference made to her “freedom”. This shows clearly that she was not free. In fact she must have been very intelligent to fabricate those lies to save her own life. But the truth is that this story is most likely a lie.

“When Safiyah was married, she was very young, and according to one report she was hardly seventeen years old and was extremely beautiful. Once A’isha said a few sentences about her short stature, at which the Prophet said, “You have said a thing that if it were left in the sea, it would mix with it (and make its water dirty). ” (Abu Dawud). She not only deeply loved the Prophet but also greatly respected him as Allah’s Messenger, for she heard the conversations of her father and uncle after they went to Medinah. When the Prophet migrated to Medinah, they came to see him and find out whether he was the true Messenger of Allah spoken of in the Scriptures. When they got back and talked together that night, Safiyah was in her bed listening to them. One of them said, “What do you think about him?” He replied, “He is the same Prophet foretold by our Scriptures.” Then the other said, “What is to be done?” The reply came that they must oppose him with all their might.”

Is this story, narrated by Abu Dawud, credible? How can two Jews recognize Muhammad as the prophet foretold by their scriptures and decide to oppose him with all their might? It defies all logic. It takes a “deficient in intelligence” or a Muslim to believe in this nonsense.

She was deeply in love with Muhammad, the murderer of her father and husband? How stupid can Muslim be to believe in this narration? How can a seventeen years old beautiful girl fall in love with an aging crippled man with a broken tooth and fetid smell? Read my book Understanding Muhammad to learn how Muhammad was deformed and smelled foul.

It’s doubtful these were the words of Safiyah. If she said such thing, she was lying, to make herself safe, but I doubt she said such thing.  All we need is a working brain to find where Muslims lie.

Why would someone decide to oppose with all his might the one who he knows is the promised one of his own scriptures?  Where in the Bible Muhammad is foretold?  Is Muhammad mentioned in the Bible? Read this article to see the pathetic lies of Muslims.  Muhammad is not mentioned in the Bible or in any sacred book.

“So Safiyah was convinced of the truth of the Prophet. She spared no pain to look after him, care for him and provide every comfort that she could think of. This is evident since she came into his presence after the fall of Khaibar.”

See how the writer contradicts himself in one page? Just a few lines above we read that she was captured and was taken to Muhammad as a prisoner. She didn’t come on her own. She was taken to Muhammad  because she was young and the beautiful.

“The Prophet had a slight grievance against her for she had refused when the Prophet wanted to have privacy with her at the previous stage (of the journey). At the next halt, the Prophet had privacy with her and spent all night with her. When she was asked by Umm Sulaim, “What did you see in Allah’s Messenger?” She said he was very pleased with her and did not sleep at all but was talking to her all night. He had asked her, ‘Why did you refuse at the first stage when I desired privacy with you?’ She had said, ‘I was afraid for you because of the nearness of the Jews. “‘This thing further increased my merit in his eyes.” (Tabaqat).

Bukhari also has recorded some Hadithes telling the invasion of Khaibar and how Muhammad met Safiyah.

Narrated ‘Abdul ‘Aziz:
Anas said, ‘When Allah’s Apostle invaded Khaibar, we offered the Fajr prayer there yearly in the morning) when it was still dark. The Prophet rode and Abu Talha rode too and I was riding behind Abu Talha. The Prophet passed through the lane of Khaibar quickly and my knee was touching the thigh of the Prophet . He uncovered his thigh and I saw the whiteness of the thigh of the Prophet. When he entered the town, he said, ‘Allahu Akbar! Khaibar is ruined. Whenever we approach near a (hostile) nation (to fight) then evil will be the morning of those who have been warned.’ He repeated this thrice. The people came out for their jobs and some of them said, ‘Muhammad (has come).’ (Some of our companions added, “With his army.”) We conquered Khaibar, took the captives, and the booty was collected. Dihya came and said, ‘O Allah’s Prophet! Give me a slave girl from the captives.’ The Prophet said, ‘Go and take any slave girl.’ He took Safiya bint Huyai. A man came to the Prophet and said, ‘O Allah’s Apostles! You gave Safiya bint Huyai to Dihya and she is the chief mistress of the tribes of Quraiza and An-Nadir and she befits none but you.’ So the Prophet said, ‘Bring him along with her.’ So Dihya came with her and when the Prophet saw her, he said to Dihya, ‘Take any slave girl other than her from the captives.’ Anas added: The Prophet then manumitted her and married her.”

Thabit asked Anas, “O Abu Hamza! What did the Prophet pay her (as Mahr)?” He said, “Her self was her Mahr for he manumitted her and then married her.” Anas added, “While on the way, Um Sulaim dressed her for marriage (ceremony) and at night she sent her as a bride to the Prophet .  (Sahih Bukhari 1.367)

Mahr is the dowry that a bride gets from her husband when he marries her. Muhammad did not pay Safiyah her Mahr because he had to pay it to himself for manumitting her. This story is significant because it gives us an insight into the moral and ethical values of Muhammad and his benighted followers. Muhammad was a psychopath. But Muslims have no shame. They worship a psychopath and want us to respect them. Does stupidity deserve respect? By virtue of following an insane man, every one of them acts insane.

Any decent, or even normal person cringer with stories like this, yet Muhammad taught that he is going to receive two rewards by marrying Safiyah. One for manumitting someone whom no one but himself had enslaved, and the other for marrying her.

Abu Musa reported that Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) said about one who emancipated a slave woman, and then married her, that for him there are two rewards. (Sahih Muslim Book 008, Number 3327)

Isn’t that disgusting?  Drop this stupid political correctness and call a spade a spade. Muslims are a bunch of morons.  How stupid these people can get?

Narrated Anas:
The Prophet offered the Fajr Prayer near Khaibar when it was still dark and then said, “Allahu-Akbar! Khaibar is destroyed, for whenever we approach a (hostile) nation (to fight), then evil will be the morning for those who have been warned.” Then the inhabitants of Khaibar came out running on the roads. The Prophet had their warriors killed, their offspring and woman taken as captives. Safiya was amongst the captives, She first came in the share of Dahya Alkali but later on she belonged to the Prophet . The Prophet made her manumission as her ‘Mahr’. (Sahih Bukhari V.5 B.59 N.512)

Please see Bassam Zawadi’s rebuttal of this article and my answers

http://alisina.org/muhammad-raped-safiyah/

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