Child sexual predators are so universally despised that they’re usually the very bottom of every social food chain, including prison. Self-respecting drug dealers and murderers have nothing but hatred and contempt for these lowest of the low. It’s that old saying about honor even among thieves.
Not so, unfortunately, when it comes to the Muslim world. Not all, just millions of men. While adult homosexuals are too often liable to capital punishment in Islam, pre-pubescent boys are considered fair game. And for girls, there is too often no age limit. Child brides as young as 9, are commonplace. “Temporary marriages” of convenience are allowed as ways around some limitations, such as when the man already has the maximum allotted five wives.
In the words of Hank Williams, Jr., it’s just “an old family tradition.” The Prophet Muhammad married a 9-year-old named Aiysha, although there’s apparently reason to believe she might have been even younger—that he married her at age 6 and consummated the marriage at 9. Hence the not uncommon stories of young Muslim girls dying in childbirth or even intercourse.
There’s a widely reported story that Iran’s patron saint, the Ayatollah Khomeini, had quite an eye for very young girls and once initiated a temporary marriage with a girl of 4. Apparently the age of 9 is significant because penetration prior to that is considered unsafe. Below that age the honored practice is called Mufa’khathat—literally “placing [the male member] between the thighs” of a child. The minimum recommended age for this practice is three months, although that is just a suggestion.
Go here to read more about the despicable practice of Mufa’khathat.
If you are as sickened by reading these words as I am in sharing them, congratulations—you are a bona fide member of civilized humanity. If you are a Muslim reading these words, you need to speak out to your brothers against these abominations.
Unfortunately, there is a third alternative: If you are reading these words and have no problem with those who do such things and even approve of them, be warned. There is a Day of Judgment coming.
Here’s what the true religion of peace has to say on this subject: “Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Things that cause people to stumble are bound to come, but woe to anyone through whom they come. It would be better for them to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around their neck than to cause one of these little ones to stumble’” (Luke 17:1-2).
And that should be the last word on that.
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