Answer by Jim Ashby:
It's not so much about a man named Muhammad having sex with a child.
It's about Muhammad — the final prophet of God — having sex with a child.
If God is the embodiment of infallible truth and the wellspring of morality AND it is copacetic with him that his final prophet have sex with children, then nine-year-old girls will never be safe from lecherous pedophiles, will they?
It's a damning indictment of Allah and Muhammad as far as I can see.
Ahadith have many levels of authenticity. The most authentic is called 'sahih': the second-most authentic is called 'hasan'. Sahih means 'authentic'. Hasan means 'good'. Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī is considered the most authentic book after the Quran, and Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim is considered the next most authentic book after Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī.
There's a reason why the traditional, mainstream, Muslim understanding of Aisha's age at consummation always has been — and continues to be — 9 years old: because that's what Aisha, herself, claimed in both Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī and Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim (the two most authentic hadith sources). Here's what thewiki has to say about that . . .
According to Sunni scripturalsources, Aisha was six or seven years old when she was married to Muhammad and nine when the marriage was consummated. For example, , considered by many Sunni Muslims as the most authentic book after Quran, states:
- Narrated 'Aisha: that the Prophet married her when she was six years old and he consummated his marriage when she was nine years old, and then she remained with him for nine years (i.e., till his death). —,
Other interpretations of Aisha's age at consummation come from less reliable sources. This is why most mainstream Muslims, for over 1400 years, have held her age to be 9 at consummation.