A. Aisha's Age
APPARENTLY ashamed that their prophet Muhammad married a 6-year-old girl and had sex with her when she was 9 years old, Muslims have been coming up with various explanations to prove that the girl was already in puberty at a young age.
Muslims claim that 9-year-old girls during the time of their prophet where “big” (malaki ang bulas) or were already in puberty, or was already menstruating.
But the Hadiths, or traditions about the life of Islam’s prophet, contradict all the explanations of Muslim apologists.
The Hadiths, particularly that of Bukhari—which the Islamic world considers as the most reliable collection of stories about Islam’s prophet—clearly show that the 9-year-old Aisha was still a “little girl” or “young girl” when their prophet had taken her for his wife.
It is notable that many of the accounts that say that Aisha was a “little” or “young” girl was told by the Aisha herself.
B. The TRUTH According to the Hadith
Following are some of the Hadith accounts that show this fact and truth.
1. SAHIH (AUTHENTIC) BUKHARI BOOK 62, HADITH 163
Narrated 'Aisha: The Prophet was screening me with his Rida' (garment covering the upper part of the body) while I was looking at the Ethiopians who were playing in the courtyard of the mosque. (I continued watching) till I was satisfied. So you may deduce from this event how a little girl (who has not reached the age of puberty) who is eager to enjoy amusement should be treated in this respect.
In this hadith, Islam’s prophet kept the “LITTLE GIRL” Aisha in his UPPER GARMENT. This shows the CHILD being HELD CLOSE to the BODY of Islam’s prophet.
Islamic tradition prohibits the mingling of NON-RELATIVE MALES and FEMALES, more so A FEMALE BEING HELD CLOSE to the BODY of a NON-RELATIVE MALE. This shows that the “LITTLE GIRL” was already the WIFE of Islam’s prophet when he HELD HER CLOSE to HIS BODY.
This shows that according to Aisha, she was still a “LITTLE GIRL,” one who “HAS NOT REACHED THE AGE OF PUBERTY” when the prophet of Muslims TOOK HER INTO HIS ARMS in MARRIAGE.
2. SAHIH BUKHARI BOOK 73, HADITH 151
Narrated 'Aisha: I used to play with the dolls in the presence of the Prophet, and my girl friends also used to play with me. When Allah's Apostle used to enter (my dwelling place) they used to hide themselves, but the Prophet would call them to join and play with me. (The playing with the dolls and similar images is forbidden, but it was allowed for 'Aisha at that time, as she was a little girl, not yet reached the age of puberty.) (Fateh-al-Bari page 143, Vol.13) (Book #73, Hadith #151)
According to Aisha, she was still PLAYING WITH DOLLS when Islam’s prophet “used to enter (my dwelling place).” This fact prompted the highly regarded commentary FATEH-AL-BARI [also FATH-UL-BARI] to explain that “'Aisha at that time, as she was a little girl, not yet reached the age of puberty.”
Muslims will say that the hadith does not say that Aisha ang their prophet were already married and living together at that time.
But again, Islamic tradition prohibits NON-RELATED MALES from ENTERING the DWELLING PLACES of FEMALES. The fact that Islam’s prophet freely ENTERED the dwelling place of the “LITTLE GIRL” showed that Aisha has STILL “not yet reached the age of puberty” when they started living together.
3. SAHIH BUKHARI BOOK 92, HADITH 562
Narrated 'Aisha: After the slanderers had given a forged statement against her, Allah's Apostle called 'Ali bin Abi Talib and Usama bin Zaid when the Divine Inspiration was delayed. He wanted to ask them and consult them about the question of divorcing me. Usama gave his evidence that was based on what he knew about my innocence, but 'Ali said, "Allah has not put restrictions on you and there are many women other than her. Furthermore you may ask the slave girl who will tell you the truth." So the Prophet asked Barira (my salve girl), "Have you seen anything that may arouse your suspicion?" She replied, "I have not seen anything more than that she is a little girl who sleeps, leaving the dough of her family (unguarded) that the domestic goats come and eat it." Then the Prophet stood on the pulpit and said, "O Muslims! Who will help me against the man who has harmed me by slandering my wife? By Allah, I know nothing about my family except good." The narrator added: Then the Prophet mentioned the innocence of 'Aisha. (See Hadith No. 274, Vol. 6)
The LITTLE GIRL, Aisha, was already MARRIED and LIVING WITH Islam’s prophet when she was accused of being UNFAITHFUL to him. So, Aisha’s slave girl, BARIRA, had to testify on her behalf.
According to the hadith, Barira declared that the WIFE of Islam’s prophet was “a little girl” who even neglects her basic duties as a child.
In HADITH 48, BOOK 829, Barira is even cited as saying, “I have never seen in her anything faulty except that she (Aisha) is a girl of IMMATURE AGE.”
There are more hadiths that show the same thing: that Aisha was a “LITTLE GIRL” and of “IMMATURE AGE” when she became the wife of Islam’s prophet.
And these hadiths PROVE that the explanations of Muslim apologists are ALL WRONG.
The WIFE of Islam’s prophet HAD NOT REACHED the AGE OF PUBERTY when she was MARRIED and LIVED with him. She was still a “LITTLE GIRL” and NOT “BIG” as Muslims claim.