In the hadith, Muhammad, the prophet of Allah, ‘cursed’ a young orphan girl who smiled at him by saying to her, “May you not advance in years!” When confronted about this, Muhammad went off on a typical religious tangent, saying how he was after all only human and could be pleased or displeased, yadda yadda, and how anyone he wrongly ‘cursed’ would be rewarded on the Day of Resurrection.
Muhammad later went on to marry a 9 year old girl named Aisha.
To me, Muhammad’s ‘curse’ claim is nothing more than the mutterings of a man who’s been caught out. The problem lies in the fact that the orphan girl mistook his words as being a curse, when they were more likely a compliment instead.
A compliment from a paedophile to a girl on the cusp of puberty.
Let’s modernise his words. The English translation of what he said is, “May you not advance in years!” That same sentence could be heard today as, “Well, aren’t you a sweet, little thing? I hope you always stay so young and beautiful and little.”
Of course, modern First World men (and I do not include Muslims in this generality) are able to separate the sweetness of a child from the sexual appeal of a young woman merely by the implementation of personal and social ethics and morals. But that has not always been the case; in England in earlier centuries it was common practice for a man to wed a girl at the turn of puberty, and as we all know, the onset of puberty in a girl can begin as young as 9, in some cases even earlier. Consummating the wedding was a very real occurrence.
This means that what we call paedophilia today was for thousands of years widely accepted as common practice. The modern way of thinking has recognised that a girl between the ages of 9 and 12 (when most begin puberty) is still too young mentally – if not physically – for sexual intercourse. In fact, modern law makes it illegal to have sexual relations with anyone under the age of 16, though in many earlier cultures a 16 year old female or male would already have been classed as an adult for a couple of years, if not several.
This was the case in 7th century Arabia, when a girl became an adult at the onset of puberty. Such was the world then. And the men of that time took full advantage of it … because it was men who passed the law in the first place. A nation of paedophile males hiding behind religious doctrine, and a nation of oppressed and brutalised females brainwashed by those same doctrines into accepting such oppression as normal and acceptable.
Can anyone sincerely say that things have changed for the better, after 14 centuries?