There have been 5,622 marriages where the bride is under the age of 14 in Saudi Arabia, said Ali Abdul Rahman Al Roumi, a social services academic at Imam Mohammad Bin Saud Islamic University, adding that specifying a legal age would not solve the problem, and may lead to “even bigger problems”.
A number of families from “rural areas” have been marrying their daughters off to older, rich men, according to the Saudi owned Al Hayat newspaper.
We must solve this, by at least looking at the difference in age in cases where the bride is young, in which case it can be deceptive” he said. He did not specify what period of time that figure represents.
And why does the imam not want to specify a legal age for marriage? Because according to Islamic doctrine, Mohammed married his wife Aisha when she was six years old and consummated the marriage when she was nine. And if Mohammed did it, then it’s sunnah and permitted for all Muslims.