A culture of child brides

Child brides are a reality in the Middle East. It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly when this tradition started gaining wide acceptance, but one thing is for sure: Most Islamic countries (especially poorer ones) regard this practice as normal, even beneficial. Why wouldn’t they? Their own prophet, Mohammad, consummated his marriage with his favorite bride, Aisha, when she was only 9 years old (there’s considerable whitewashing when it comes to the issue of her age. In fact, even Wikipedia avoids mentioning it, an obvious pandering to IslamicĀ apologetics). The story is either generally not discussed in the Islamic community, or if it is, it’s used as justification for this disgusting tradition.

CNN has the touching and painful story of little Nujood Ali, a 10 year old Yemeni girl who recently had to fight to divorce her much older abusive “husband”. She’s become somewhat of a celebrity, and her parents (the same people who basically sold her away to a pervert) are angry that her fame has not resulted in any money for them.

The most disturbing element in this story is under Sharia law, the husband had to be compensated financially for the divorce. So rather than go to jail for beating and raping this child, the courts have ordered Nujood to pay her husband more than 200 dollars. That’s a massive sum in a country where a significant portion of the population live off less than $1 a day.

Feel like throwing up yet? If not, go here.

Comments (5)

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    Yes this is one the first issues that made me so discussed by religion and specifically the one I grew up around, Islam. In college I would talk to Muslim girls about Aisha and her age and her marriage to Muhammad and these were women who were born and raised in the United State and they all accepted it!!! Some didn’t want to talk about it and some came up with excuses, but overall they all knew about it and it did not shake their faith…I just couldn’t believe it! I mean you really have to be a low life, disgusting kind of a human being to accept such a thing!

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    Is there a reason why you have Johannes B. Kerner, who is an unbearable (even if you don’t speak the language), zany, hypocritical slimeball of a German TV host on the illustration?

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    Jacob Fortin

    No idea who the guy is, honestly.

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    Diane Oraif

    Not all Muslims accept this. Many of us work hard to see an end to this sick practice. Anywhere polygamy is legal also has these horrible human rights abuses.

    Please be supportive of those of us with common sense. This is not Islam. We are just as upset or even more, because these kinds of people sometimes sho up on our congregations and give us a lot of trouble. Read on if you want more, http://www.newser.com/tag/36368/1/child-brides.html but remember, we Muslims are trying to put an end to this.

    .. http://quraan-today.blogspot.com/2010/09/did-prophet-muhammad-marry-6-year-old.html.. READ THIS. The girl was from 17 to 19–not 6. The age 6 came from some really bad calculations from Hadith written 200 years after the death of the Prophet.

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