Debunking the slander against the Prophet's Marriage to Ayesha
Important Note: The age or even the name of Hazrat Ayesha (ra) is not mentioned in the Quran, which is believed to be the Revelation from the Creator of the Universe by ALL Muslims. Therefore, if any critic of Islam can prove with objective argument or solid evidence that a true Prophet of God cannot marry a girl of Hazrat Ayesha's age, then the hadiths that mention her age will be proven to be false automatically, and Muslims have no problem at all in rejecting those hadiths either. However, and unfortunately, no one will ever be able to prove it, anyway! Because they have no objective criterion to prove their case to begin with. Therefore, either way, the slanderer of the Prophet is in lose-lose situation, and hence there is no point of bringing up these kinds of non-issues to attack his character or to try to disprove the Quran. So, the anti-Islamic blind haters are dismantled right here, and that will surely end and refute the false accusations against the Prophet's marriage to Hazrat Ayesha once and for all. The funny thing is that the source they use to attack his character, the same source claims that he was a prophet of God! So, it's obvious that they are suffering from hatred and hallucination simultaneously. They are challenged to debate with me on this issue.
Introduction: The Prophet's marriage to Hazrat Ayasha is one of the most common attacks that critics of Islam use. Most of the time dumb uneducated haters accuse the Prophet of being a 'pedophile'. The same people, who accuse the Prophet of such a false charge, completely ignore the traditions at the time, the cultural context, and the facts about the marriage and the benefits the community received from this marriage.
All the Muslim scholars agree that the Prophet and Hazrat Ayesha were engaged for nearly three years before marriage. And in these three years the Prophet did not have (+++ual relations with her) until much later after the age of 9 years, according to hadith, once she reached puberty and moved in to the Prophet's house after the age of 9. Islam does not support pedophilia or child molestation under any circumstances. This is because the Quran associates marriage to physical and mental maturity and adulthood:
The Quran 4:6: Make trial of orphans until they reach the age of marriage; if then you find sound judgment in them, release their property to them; but consume it not wastefully, nor in haste against their growing up. If the guardian is well off, let him claim no remuneration, but if he is poor, let him have for himself what is just and reasonable. When ye release their property to them, take witnesses in their presence: But all sufficient is God in taking account.
The Quran 4:21: And how could ye take it when ye have gone in unto each other, and they have taken from you a solemn covenant?
Both of these verses together indicate that marriage is a solemn covenant. Agreement between man and woman at the age of maturity and where they can make good judgments. Therefore, they have to be developed.