One sunny afternoon as she skipped home from school, Saneeda was accosted by her estranged father, who wanted to marry her to a man she’d never met to settle a debt of “honour”. She was five years old.
A few months earlier, Saneeda’s father Ali Ahmed had eloped with a girl from another valley. To avoid violent revenge from her family, he promised to give them his daughter and niece Sapna in marriage.
Offering young girls as brides in compensation to settle disputes persists in many areas of the country. In Saneeda’s home district of Swat, the practice is known as “swara”.
Government data show that it is on the rise in Swat, four years after an army operation ended the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan’s brutal two-year rule in the scenic valley once known as the “Switzerland of Pakistan”.
Nine cases were registered in the area in 2013, up from just one in 2012. Rights groups say the true number is much higher.
In Islam, it is permitted for a man of any age to marry a girl from the age of nine years since Mohammed, the perfect example of a Muslim man, married Aisha at six and consummated the marriage when she was nine.
The Prophet Muhammad is considered an example for Muslims to follow. His life example is known as the sunnah, and is a valid source of Islamic law. The things that the Prophet Muhammad said and did have been gathered together in texts called hadith.
Honor Diaries is the first film to break the silence on ‘honor violence’ against women and girls. Honor Diaries is more than a movie, it is a movement to save women and girls from human rights abuses – around the world and here in America.
Two undercover reporters called 56 mosques to ask whether they would perform the marriage of a 14-year-old girl.
Two-thirds of those contacted refused to perform the marriage but 18 of the respondents spoken to agreed.
(h/t to Atlas Shrugs)
Underage marriage among Muslims has ignited a debate in Kerala [India], with the community’s most influential organisation vowing to get legitimacy for the practice while political parties and women’s groups have said it would be a setback when Muslim girls have been making strides in education.
It was triggered by a government effort to ratify underage marriages that have already taken place, because many such couples were finding it difficult to get their marriages registered. In June, the social welfare department, run by the Indian Union Muslim League in the UDF government, issued a circular asking local bodies to allow registration of marriages of girls below 18 and men below 21.
Political parties and Muslim women’s organisations alleged this would promote child marriage, forcing the government to amend the circular. Under the new circular, underage marriages only before June 28, 2013, could be registered under the Kerala Registration of Marriages (Common) Rules 2008.
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Outraged clerics who have pledged to fight for legitimacy say underage marriages are not common but sometimes inevitable. “We are not promoting underage marriages,” says Musthafa Mundupara, who is with Samastha Kerala Jamiyyathul Ulema and is general secretary of the state coordination committee for the protection of Muslim personal law. “But certain situations may demand such marriages. The Shariah law allows Muslim girls to marry when they attain puberty.”
Yes, sharia law is based on sacred Islamic doctrine, which is based on the Koran and the sunnah (the words and deeds of Mohammed. Mohammed married his wife Aisha when she was six and consummated the marriage when she was nine. Thus, pedophilia is made sacred in the Islamic ideology.
Parliamentarians in Iran have passed a bill to protect the rights of children which includes a clause that allows a man to marry his adopted daughter and while she is as young as 13 years.
Activists have expressed alarm that the bill, approved by parliament on Sunday, opens the door for the caretaker of a family to marry his or her adopted child if a court rules it is in the interests of the individual child.
Iran’s Guardian Council, a body of clerics and jurists which vets all parliamentary bills before the constitution and the Islamic law, has yet to issue its verdict on the controversial legislation.
To the dismay of rights campaigners, girls in the Islamic republic can marry as young as 13 provided they have the permission of their father. Boys can marry after the age of 15.
In Iran, a girl under the age of 13 can still marry, but needs the permission of a judge. At present, however, marrying stepchildren is forbidden under any circumstances.
As many as 42,000 children aged between 10 and 14 were married in 2010, according to the Iranian news website Tabnak. At least 75 children under the age of 10 were wed in Tehran alone.
According to sharia law which follows sunna (the words and deeds of Mohammed), girls can marry as soon as they reach puberty. Mohammed married his wife Aisha when she was six and consummated the marriage when she was nine.
Why? So Muslim men can follow the example of Mohammed. Allah said Mohammed was the perfect pattern to follow, and he married a six year old girl and consummated the marriage when she was nine.
Kerala’s nine prominent Muslim organisations led by the Muslim League have decided to approach the Supreme Court to exclude Muslim women from the law prescribing minimum marital age. According to them, the present Prohibition of Child Marriage Act 2006 which prescribes 18 as women’s legal marital age and 21 for men, violates Muslims’ fundamental right to practise their religion.
The Muslim groups’ move has angered reformers, social activists, women’s groups from even Muslim community. Interestingly, Muslim Students Federation (MSF), the student wing of the Muslim League too has attacked the move saying it would only take the community back. “This move will block Muslim girl’s educational progress” said T P Ashrafali, President, MSF.
V P Suhara said Muslim clerics and orthodoxy were behind the move. “We too will approach the supreme court to defeat this move. This is orthodoxy’s attempt to drive back the Muslim women who have come a long way in education and other fields in recent times. The clergy and the orthodoxy want Muslim women to remain uneducated so that they can continue with their traditional ways of exploitation like having multiple wives, divorce at their free will or denying the divorced women maintenance etc”.
Al Nahar, Lebanon, has reported that an eight year old child bride died in Yemen on her wedding night after suffering internal injuries due to sexual trauma. Human rights organizations are calling for the arrest of her husband who was five times her age.
The death occurred in the tribal area of Hardh in northwestern Yemen, which borders Saudi Arabia. This brings even more attention to the already existing issue of forced child marriages in the Middle Eastern region.
It is reported that over a quarter of Yemen’s young girls are married before the age of 15. Not only do they lose access to health and education, these child brides are commonly subjected to physical, emotional and sexual violence in their forced marriage.
One of the main issues is that there is currently no consistent established definition of a “child” that has been agreed upon worldwide. This leaves various interpretations within countries and little protection for those who are affected.
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In February 2009, a law was created in Yemen that set the minimum age for marriage at 17. Unfortunately, it was repealed after more conservative lawmakers called it un-Islamic.
A 30-year-old Saudi woman tried to commit a suicide by jumping from a high bridge in the Gulf Kingdom after she was forced by her father to marry an old man.
Police said they managed to catch the woman just moments before jumping down from King Fahd Bridge in the eastern port of Dammam.
“The woman told police she wanted to commit a suicide because she does not want to live any more after her father forced her to marry a much older man,” Al Saudeh Arabic language daily said without specifying the husband’s age.
The older man marrying a younger female (as young as six years old) is permitted in Islam because it is what Mohammed did. In his early 50’s, he married Aisha who was six and consummated the marriage when she had her menses at nine years old. In Islam, Allah said Mohammed is the perfect pattern for a man to follow andeverything Mohammed said or did is permitted.
The accompanying picture is of a Saudi men celebrating at a wedding party. The wedding party is segregated.
A prominent Niger Delta Muslim, Alhaji Mujahid Abubakar Dokubo-Asari, has lashed out at critics of the moves by Nigeria’s Senate to approve under-age marriage.
Expressing his opinion on the issue this morning, Dokubo, who converted to Islam as an adult, insisted that it is the right of Muslims to marry or give out their daughters at any age they wish, adding that this is not the business of non-Muslims.
Said the Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force (NDPVF) leader through Facebook:
“People should learn to respect other people’s sensibilities…We Muslims have the right to marry when we want or give out our daughters at any age we want. It is not your business and the law must respect our right to do so. Anything short of that is an infringement on our rights. We did not ask you to marry ladies of that age or give your daughters out in marriage at that age. Plzzzzzzzz respect our sensibilities.”
And Dokubo is right. It is permitted for a man to marry a girl as young as six. Why? Because Mohammed did and, according to Allah in the Koran, Mohammed is the perfect man and his words and actions are to be emulated by all good Muslim men.
This little girl is very poised and eloquent. Listen to her story and remember child marriage is Sunnah, following the example of Mohammed marrying Aisha at six and consummating the marriage when she was nine. (h/t to Jihad Watch)