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Does a little girl have the capacity to make informed decisions about marriage?

Yemen child brides, eight-year-old Nojud Ali, left, and Arwa, nine, pose for a picture as they celebrate their divorces, granted them by a Sana'a court. International pressure to prohibit the practice has intensified. Photograph: Khaled Fazaa/AFP/Getty Images 1

Does Allah have to say the AGE to bring us to using our Aql/Reasoning? Another angle to look at and ask does a little girl at 6, 7, 8, or 9 years old have the capacity or the experience to really know what is good for her and what the marriage institution entails for the rest of her days at that tender child age? Hence, can she really enter into a Meethaqan Galezan (solemn covenant) completely at her own volition? Now according to the Hadith this a form of disguised exploitation and given religious legitimacy which really has no true warrant from the Qur'an and get its validation from Hadith to implement pedophilia? Now the Qur'an literally presents us with the yes the Qur'an does so tackle the issue of maturity please read the Qur'an more carefully.

The Clear Evidence:

"And test the orphans until balagh (they reach) nika (marriageable age). Then if


nastum (you perceive) min'hum (in them) rush'dan (sound judgement), release their property to them. And do not consume it excessively and quickly, [anticipating] that they will grow up. And whoever, [when acting as guardian], is self-sufficient should refrain [from taking a fee]; and whoever is poor - let him take according to what is acceptable. Then when you release their property to them, bring witnesses upon them. And sufficient is Allah as Accountant." Sura 4/6 According to the Qur'an, physical maturity and mental maturity are both as important in discerning marriageable age this equals to having sound judgment. Now let me break this down a little bit further, Allah says, And test the orphans until balagh (they reach) nika (marriageable age). How do we know when a girl has reached nika (marriageable age)? "And test the orphans until balagh (they reach) nika (marriageable age) First, the trustee of a property should first test the ability of the grown up orphan to see if he or she is capable of managing his or her own affairs well. Second, the Qur'an provides guidelines / instructions for the trustee as to the time at which the property of the orphans is to be handed over--it is the time when the orphan has attained adulthood or marriageable age and that he or she has attained a good degree of mental maturity. Then if nastum (you perceive) min'hum (in them) rush'dan (sound judgement), release their property to them Hence, the Qur'an gives a clear definition / explanation of adulthood or marriageable age as one when a man or a woman has attained a good measure of mental maturity. So we can ask again a simple question, does a 6- or 9-year old have that level or quality of sound judgment? The answer of course would be NO. The Qur'anic guidelines / instructions laid out for us describes clearly in Sura 4:6 tell us that Prophet Muhammad and anyone who is and grown adult / man or woman couldnt marry any little girls that is of the age 6 -14.

There are other ayats that tells us that the marriage bond has been described as 'solemn covenant/solid contract---Meethaqan ghaleezan'.2 And how could you take it while you have gone in unto each other and they have taken from you an mthqan ghalan (solemn covenant)? Sura 4/21 Allah conveys to us in Sura 4/21 the same phrase 'mthqan ghalan (solemn covenant) has been used for husband-wife relationship as for the covenant that Allah took from all the prophets including our own prophet in Sura 33/7. "And mention when We took from the prophets their covenant and from you and from Noah and Abraham and Moses and Isa, the son of Mary; and We took from them an mthqan ghalan (solemn covenant) That He may question the truthful about their truth. And He has prepared for the disbelievers a painful punishment." Sura 33/7-8 Not only that, the same expression was also used when Allah took covenant from the Jews not to violate the Sabbath (4:154). And We raised over them the mount for [refusal of] their covenant; and We said to them, "Enter the gate bowing humbly", and We said to them, "Do not transgress on the sabbath", and We took from them an mthqan ghalan (solemn covenant). Sura 4/154 The reality in terms of marriage according to the Qur'an 'tying the knot' is going for a "mthqan ghalan (solemn covenant) of mutual trust and faithfulness for each other. And this type of relationships of marriage that, when developed and nourished in time, gives rise to true love, tranquility and mutual feelings of caring which Allah says in Sura 30:21 And of His signs is that He created you from dust; then, suddenly you were human beings dispersing. Sura 30/21 This is what Allah allows to build between us, to the point that our offspring become soothing comfort of our eyes as told to us in Sura 25/74. And those who say, "Our Lord, grant us from among azwjin (our wives) wadhurriyytin (and offspring) comfort to our eyes and make us an example for the righteous." Sura 25/74 The Arabic word in this verse for descendants, offspring, progeny is Dhurriyyatahu


There are two words frequently used in the Scripture to denote 'seed' they are: Nasl - noun pl. Insaal is progeny, offspring, issue, descendants. This word is derived from the root nsala, to beget, procreate, Other words derived from this word are: 1) Insaal- Procreation, generation 2) Tanaasul- Sexual propagation, procreation, generation, reproduction 3) Adaaut Tanaasal - Sexual organs, genitals 4) Da' faut Tanaasal - Sexual impotence 5) Tanaasuliy - Procreative, propagative, genital, sexual 6) Mard Tanaasiliy - Venereal disease 7) Tanaasiliyaat - Sexual organs And 8) Dhurriyah - Progeny, descendants, children, offspring; Dhurriy, Of or pertaining to the offspring or progeny The word dhurriyyah can be found in its plural form in Al Qur'an Surah 25:74 as offspring in Surah 6:88. The word dhurriyyatihim is used for descendants. In the Qur'an 2:124, 13:23 as offspring, in Surah 29:28 as seed and Surah 37:77 as progeny. Anyone with common sense and who uses their Aql / reasoning can ask the question, who is honest, can a girl who is of the age of 8 -16 can truly display enough decision, understanding and wisdom / judgment to enable her to enter into a mthqan ghalan (solemn covenant) with regards marriage for the rest of her life? O mankind! if ye have a doubt about the Resurrection, (consider) that We created you out of dust, then out of sperm, then out of a leech-like clot, then out of a morsel of flesh, partly formed and partly unformed, in order that We may manifest (our power) to you; and We cause whom We will to rest in the wombs for an appointed term, then do We bring you out as babes, then foster you litablugh (that ye may reach) ashuddakum (your age of full strength / maturity); and some of you are called to die, and some are

sent back to the feeblest old age, so that they know nothing after having known (much), and (further), thou seest the earth barren and lifeless, but when We pour down rain on it, it is stirred (to life), it swells, and it puts forth every kind of beautiful growth (in pairs). Sura 22/5 It is He Who has created you from dust then from a sperm-drop, then from a leechlike clot; then does he get you out (into the light) as a child: then litablugh (lets you reach) ashuddakum (your maturity / full strength); then lets you become old,- though of you there are some who die before;- and lets you reach a Term appointed; in order that ye may learn wisdom. Sura 40/67 And come not nigh to the orphan's property, except to improve it, until yablugha (he reaches) ashuddahu (his maturity); give measure and weight with (full) justice;- no burden do We place on any soul, but that which it can bear;- whenever ye speak, speak justly, even if a near relative is concerned; and fulfil the covenant of Allah: thus doth He command you, that ye may remember. Sura 6/152 Literally, because sexual relations is vital also in marriage we all know that sexual intimacy is intertwined in a marital relationship as this was the case with the unfortunate situation with this 8 year old girl who died because of it in Yemen. Conclusion: A girl around 6 16: 1) Cant have been an adult woman capable of making her own sound decisions, and, 2) Cant enter a mthqan ghalan (solemn covenant) at the age of 6 -16 with grown man / and elderly men. Hence, this behavior defies all reasons for a productive and meaningful union. These extreme practices violate and go against the Qur'anic injunctions of Sura 4/6 and Sura 4/21. Nonetheless, since the charge of pedophilia by Rev. Vines rested solely on some Hadith reports and not on any of the Qur'anic verses, the attention is now turned to those Hadith accounts as well as other observations related to Pedophilia and how many Muslims today are trying to use Hadith to practice it. Let us not be so naive here and ask ourselves what do you really think goes through a 40 or 60 year old man who seeks a 6, 7, 8 or 9 year old child for marriage.

Answer: Pederasty = Pedophilia