I had written 4 articles before about:
1.That the documentary evidence is very strong that Aisha,the last wife of Muhammad,consummated her marriage to him when she 9 and he was 52.
2.That the way the Koran is written it does say a husband can have sex with a prepuberty,pre-menstruation wife
An error I commited
Muslims,those who accept the Aisha story,the majority of Muslims,affirm:
1.Islamic law forbids a husband to sleep with a prepuberty wife.
2.In the case of Aisha it was acceptable because she had attained her first menstruation at 9.
I had stated that the Muslim literature does not say Aisha had attained puberty when she consummated the marriage.I was wrong.
The Situation gets Stranger
There is a hadith by Bukhari that says she had had her menstruation.
Who was Bukhari?
He was a Sunni Muslim,a Persian,who collected the supposed sayings and deeds of Muhammad and his companions 200 years after the event.He collected 200,000 stories and sayings (some say 300,000 or even 500,000) or hadiths and rejected all but a few thousand as authentic.For Sunni Muslims (90% of all Muslims) his collection is considered the most reliable and authentic.
The 6 Hadith Collections in Order of Authenticity
Among the Sunnis(90% of Muslims) there are 6 books of hadiths.The first two,by Bukhari and Muslim,are the most authentic,for them.
The collections in order of authenticity are those written by:
1.Bukhari (died 870)
2.Muslim (died 874)
3.Al-Nasai (died 915)
4.Abu Dawud (died 888)
5.Al-Tirmidhi (died 892)
6.Ibn Majah (died 887)
The Bukhari Text:
Volume 1, Book 8, Number 465:
“Narrated ‘Aisha: (the wife of the Prophet) I had seen my parents following Islam since I attained the age of puberty.
Not a day passed but the Prophet visited us, both in the mornings and evenings. My father Abu Bakr thought of building a mosque in the courtyard of his house and he did so. He used to pray and recite the Qur’an in it. The pagan women and their children used to stand by him and look at him with surprise. Abu Bakr was a Softhearted person and could not help weeping while reciting the Qur’an. The chiefs of the Quraish pagans became afraid of that (i.e. that their children and women might be affected by the recitation of Qur’an).” ”
To verify read:
Following the logic of the hadith would mean Aisha was 7 or 8 when she reached puberty.She had her first menstruation when she was in Mecca before Muhammad and all the Muslims(only 100 at most in 10 years of preaching by Muhammad) emigrated to Medina.
How can we be sure?
The hadith says “Abu Bakr was a softhearted person and could not help weeping while reciting the Qur’an. The chiefs of the Quraish pagans became afraid of that.”The phrase “the chiefs of the Quraish pagans” means:
1.It was before the Quraish tribe,which ruled in Mecca, became Muslim,that was the situation before Muhammad conquered Mecca with 10,000 soldiers.After that the Quraish was no longer pagan.
2.It says Abu Bekr,the father of Aisha,recited the Koran and the chiefs of the pagan Quraish were afraid of it,plus that Abu Bekr had a house where he recited it.The hadith also says ” pagan women and their children used to stand by him”.It all means it was in the Meccan period before Aisha went to Medina.Why?
3.Because when Muhammad went to Medina with his people the pagans Medinans accepted Islam,except for the Jews.It cannot refer to pagans in Medina.When Abu Bekr lived in Medina the people were Muslim.
This is how a Muslim explains it,he cites the hadith just given and analyzes it
It is in the forum section of Islamic-life.com in the section called “Refuting Ali Sina:”Aisha the Child Bride of Muhammad”:
“I know lots of people lack common understanding specially when they’re blinded by hatred so let me break it down this hadith to make things easier for them:
‘Aishah (radiallahu anha) is narrating a Makkan event. So what does this mean? It means she had reached the age of puberty before Muslims migrated to Medina
1- Marriage contract was drawn when she was 6-7 years old, approximately 1.5 years before migration to Medina
2- She attained the age of puberty when this event took place in Makkah; sometime after the marriage contract was drawn and before they migrated to Medina
3- They migrated to Medina
4- The marriage was consummated approximately 1.5 years after the migration when she was 9 years old.
Once a girl hits puberty, it typically takes abut 1-2 years before she finishes the puberty or more or less matures.”
Here is where the comment comes from:
He says that Aisha had her first menstruation in Mecca and that later she went to Medina where at the age of 9 she slept with Muhammad.In other words her menstruation was at age 7 or 8.The probability of a girl having a menstruation at age 7 or 8 is very,very low,it is possible this particular hadith is a fabrication,it was added later.Now we are to believe Aisha had her first menstruation at 7 or 8 instead of 9 or even 12.