“There is no equivalent term for ‘rape’ in the Koran. Likewise, there is not a single verse in the Koran which even remotely discourages forced sex.” —WikiIslam, the Online Source for Islam
Muhammad, the Perfect Example, Beds a Little Girl
Marrying young girls and having sex with them is legal in Islam. It amounts to pedophilia that is not only legal, but encouraged; for, if you are a practicing pedophile, you are walking in the footsteps of Muhammad himself.
Muhammad wedded and bedded Aisha while she was a still little girl. And Muhammad is considered to be the Uswa Hasana—or perfect example—since he was a man of lofty character, according to Allah. In Koran 68:4, Allah says to Muhammad, “And lo! thou art of sublime morals.”
A Quick Word on the Subject of Hadiths
There are two collections of hadiths that are considered the gold standard for reporting the traditions of Muhammad: Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim. The word sahih—which means authentic or sound—is a descriptor earned by Bukhari and Muslim for consistently following three important authentication criteria that other collectors of hadith have ignored: 1) the chain of reporters must connect back directly to Muhammad or one of his companions; 2) each narrator in the chain must be of sound reputation; and 3) the narratives collected must in no wise contradict the Koran.
Aisha’s Child Marriage to Muhammad
We can ascertain, based upon narratives found in Sahih Bukhari, Aisha’s correct age at the time of her betrothal to Muhammad, as well as her age when the marriage was finally consummated: “Narrated Aisha: The Prophet engaged me when I was a girl of six [lunar years]. . . . [M]y mother, Um Ruman, came to me while I was playing in a swing with some of my girl-friends. . . . Then she took me into the house. There . . . 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 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 [lunar] years of age.” —Sahih Bukhari, Volume 5, Book 58, Number 234
Why Four Witnesses Are Needed to Prove Illegal Sex
Aisha, accidentally left behind after a caravan stop, was found by a man who had no witness with him. Rumors of infidelity resulted: “Narrated Aisha: . . . After . . . we returned to Medina . . . people were spreading the forged statements of the false accusers. . . . I was a young girl and . . . I said [to Muhammad], ‘I know, by Allah, that you have listened to what people are saying. . . . Now, if I told you that I am innocent, and Allah knows that I am innocent, you would not believe me, and if I confessed to you falsely that I am guilty, and Allah knows that I am innocent, you would believe me.’ . . . I had hoped that Allah’s Apostle might have a dream in which Allah would prove my innocence. . . . So, there overtook him the same state which used to overtake him [whenever Allah would inspire him]. . . . When that . . . was over, he was smiling and the first word he said [was], ‘Aisha! Thank Allah, for Allah has declared your innocence.’ . . . So Allah revealed: ‘Verily! They who spread the slander are a gang among you. . . .’ [Koran 24:11]” —Sahih Bukhari, Volume 3, Book 48, Number 829
The Rule of Four: A Double-Edged Sword
Because of Aisha, Allah proclaimed the following: “And those who accuse free women, and do not bring four witnesses, flog them, [giving] eighty stripes, and do not admit any evidence from them ever; and these it is that are the transgressors.” —Koran 24:4 This is the origin of the requirement that four [male] witnesses are needed to prove that illegal sex has occurred.
The problem with this rule is that it can work against the victim. A woman forced into sex will have to accuse her rapist of illegal sex. But there is danger in a woman’s admission that she had sex outside the bounds of what is considered acceptable. And a failure to produce four male witnesses in her favor (or two male witnesses and four female witnesses), to prove the sex was not consensual, amounts to the woman’s being put at risk of receiving one hundred stripes by flogging, if she is single, or a death sentence by stoning, if she is married. Men are, technically speaking, subject to the same penalties; but women suffer far more often than do the men, since a woman counts only as half a man in terms of her legal credibility in court. There is a hadith in which Muhammad holds forth on this topic: “. . . [Women, y]our lack of common sense [can be well judged from the fact] that the evidence of two women is equal to one man. . . .” —Sahih Muslim, Book 1, Hadith 142
In one case, where a fourteen-year-old girl told her mother that her father had been raping her since she was nine, the father denied the wrongdoing. When spiritual guidance on the matter was sought, the advice given was this: “[I]t is not permissible to accuse the father of rape without evidence. Indeed, the Shariah put some special conditions for proving Zina [fornication or adultery] that are not required in cases of other crimes. The crime of Zina is not confirmed except if the fornicator admits it, or with the testimony of four trustworthy men, [since] the testimony of women is not accepted.” The legal ruling in the case is from Islamweb, Fatwa No. 156817, May 18, 2011. A fatwa is a legal ruling by a Muslim cleric. (The case is reported at WikiIslam.Net.) So, the above case, since it qualifies as a case of adultery—vis-à-vis the man’s relationship to his wife—or fornication—since he had sex with an unmarried girl—is to be charged as Zina, which requires four male witnesses to prove.
Allah Knows Best
Another girl, who asked for spiritual guidance after being raped by her father, received this advice: “If what you mentioned about your father is true that he had abused you sexually, then he had committed a serious crime and he must repent of it. . . . [T]hen you have to wear [a] hijab [to cover your head and hair] in his presence and avoid being in seclusion with him. . . . [R]efer to Fatwa 88782. You should do your best to forget this horrible issue. . . . This incident should never prevent you from marriage. . . . As for your hatred towards your father . . . you are not sinful because it is a matter of heart and an uncontrollable feeling. Nevertheless, you should never offend him; otherwise you would be disobedient as one has to be dutiful to . . . parents, even if they were wrongdoers. For further information, refer to Fatwa 88120. Finally, it is impermissible for you to tell your mother or anyone about this incident. Allah knows best.” (For the complete quote, visit here.) This particular case demonstrates how women can be easily silenced. After all, it was the girl’s fault for not wearing a hijab in the presence of her father, to hide her beauty and protect him from temptation, was it not? And a girl has no right to tell her mother, or anybody else, about being sexually abused, if this would disrespect her father, right?. Since women and girls have not much in the way of legal standing, a great deal depends on the goodwill of a father, when it comes to meeting day-to-day survival needs.
An Unfortunate Result
It would seem that women, in the Islamic world, really have very little in the way of rights—and no voice of any consequence in matters spiritual or legal. Since Muhammad is considered the perfect role model, the way he treated Aisha (as well as his other wives and sex slaves), along with the double-edged rules issued as a result of Aisha’s having been accused of adultery, is relevant to how Muslim men so often mistreat their women. Since Islam can never be changed—due to Muhammad’s status as the final prophet and last reformer of Islam—the end result for women is unfortunate, indeed.
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