An imam in Ontario said girls are indeed OK to marry at young ages, so long as they’ve reached puberty and meet the Islamic definition of capable.
Mazin AbdulAdhim, an imam tied to the Hizb ut-Tahrir global Islamic movement, wrote on Facebook of his views, referring to Aisha, the 9-year-old girl married to Mohammad.
From CIJ News:
“As for his marriage to A’isha at a young age, Islam defines that puberty is the age of consent for marriage.
“Unlike you, we actually believe in the design of God, where human beings are able to have children at the age of puberty, and many young adults around the age of 12-14 often have the maturity of 25+ year olds.
“Inversely, there are many 18 year olds who are not fit for marriage, even though the law says they are old enough.
“Islam defines the minimum limit for marriage to be puberty, but also adds capability as a condition, as marriage is a responsibility.
“Aisha was known for her unusual maturity for her age, and she was married to the Prophet (pbuh) with the knowledge of the whole society.
“It was not hidden. In addition to that, she became the single greatest female scholar in the history of Islam, and we take a large portion of Islam from her narrations and her Islamic opinions, and we honor her by calling her “the mother of the believers.
“So, she was not some poor, abused child, rather she was a leader among mankind, and she married the greatest man to walk this earth, and the result of the great life she led in her youth shows in her great status in her old age and for centuries to come.”
Another imam, Musleh Khan, who serves as the Muslim spiritual leader for Toronto’s Police Service, said similarly in a lecutre during the Islamic Awareness Week at the University of Saskatchewan.
In the question-answer session of his remarks, he said, CIJ News reported:
“OK, you tell me what the age is to get married. What is the age that you should get married? Puberty. What else? …
“So what is the real age to get married if it’s so different everywhere you go? The answer it’s our prophet [Mohammad] peace and blessings be upon [who rules] at the age of puberty. …
“A 9-to-10-year-old back then is what most 25 and 30 year olds are now. OK. The maturity level is completely different.”