The followings are the conclusions we get after the long discussion.
Mohammed was a pedophile
Even according to the most stringent clinical definition of pedophilia, DSM-IV-TR, Muhammad would be defined as a pedophile. Note that there are other generally accepted definitions of pedophilia that do not confine the definition to pre-pubertal children or require fantasies, sexual urges or behaviors over a certain period of time. However, for the sake of this discussion I will confine my argument to DSM-IV-TR.
Diagnostic criteria for 302.2 Pedophilia
1. Over a period of at least six months, recurrent, intense sexually arousing fantasies, sexual urges, or behaviors involving sexual activity with a prepubescent child or children (generally age 13 years or younger).
2. The person has acted on these sexual urges, or the sexual urges or fantasies caused marked distress or interpersonal difficulty.
3. The person is at least age 16 years and at least 5 years older than the child or children in Criterion A.
(Note: Do not include an individual in late adolescence involved in an ongoing sexual relationship with a 12 or 13 year-old.)
Does Muhammad meet all these criteria?
1. Yes. Muhammad had sexual relations with a pre-pubescent girl for a prolonged period – likely to be at least 6-7 years.
2. Yes. Muhammad had acted on his sexual urges – as demonstrated by Tabari IX:131 and various Bukhari hadiths (stating consummation at age nine when it has been established that Aisha didn’t reach puberty until she was at least 14 years old).
3. Yes. Muhammad was 57 years old when Aisha was only 9 years old when they first had sex.
Therefore, even according to the strict clinical definition of DSM-IV-TR, it can be proven that Muhammad was a pedophile.
Islam allows and promotes child marriage
Islam allows and promotes child marriages. This is the reason that many child marriages take place in Islamic countries. Few examples are:
* Roshan Qasem, 11, will joining the household of Said Mohammed, 55; his first wife; their three sons; and their daughter, who is the same age as Roshan.
* Ghulan Haider, 11, is to be married to Faiz Mohammed, 40. She had hoped to become a teacher but was forced to quit her classes when she became engaged.
* Majabin Mohammed, 13, at left, sits with her husband of six months, Mohammed Fazal, 45. Village elders advised him to accept Majabin as payment for a gambling debt.
Bad effects of child marriages
According to United Nations, Principle II:
Member States shall take legislative action to specify a minimum age for marriage, which in any case shall not be less than fifteen years of age; no marriage shall be legally entered into by any person under this age, except where a competent authority has granted a dispensation as to age, for serious reasons, in the interest of the intending spouses.
In many countries, child marriage is a crime. And if a Muslim tries to follow his prophet’s Sunnah, he will have to face sever consequences.
WHAT ARE THE CONSEQUENCES OR RESULTS OF EARLY MARRIAGE?
Adolescent pregnancy is alarmingly common in many countries. Every year, adolescents* give birth to 15 million infants.1 These young girls face considerable health risks during pregnancy and childbirth. Girls aged 15–19 are twice as likely to die from childbirth as women in their twenties; those under age 15 are five times as likely to die.2 Because early childbearing is so frequent, and carries so many health risks, pregnancy-related complications are the main cause of death for 15–19 year old girls worldwide.
* The World Health Organization defines adolescence as the period of life between ages 10 and 19.
Sexual Behaviour and Childbearing
• Globally, most people become sexually active during adolescence. Rates are highest in sub-Saharan Africa, where more than half of girls aged 15–19 in seven countries are sexually experienced.
• Millions of adolescents are bearing children. In sub-Saharan Africa, more than half of women give birth before age 20. In Latin America and the Caribbean, this figure drops to one third.
Why is Adolescent Pregnancy So Common?
• A lack of information and services: Adolescents often have poor information about reproduction and sexuality, and little access to family planning and reproductive health services.
In Sri Lanka, one-third of young adults age 16–24 did not know the duration of a normal pregnancy. Fewer than 5% had discussed reproductive health with their parents.
• Cultural values: In many developing countries, female status is equated with marriage and motherhood. Adolescents often marry early; more than 50 countries allow marriage at age 16 or below, and seven allow marriage as early as age 12. Even the youngest brides face immediate pressure to prove that they are fertile.
Reproductive health problems and deaths are more common among sexually active adolescents than among women in their 20’s and early 30’s.4 Physiologically and socially, adolescents are more vulnerable to:
• Maternal death: Girls age 15–19 are up to twice as likely to die during pregnancy or delivery as women age 20–34.4
• Infant and child mortality: Children born to adolescents are more likely to die during their first five years of life than those born to women age 20–29.9
• Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs): Each year, 1 in 20 adolescents worldwide contracts an STD (including HIV/AIDS).
At Kenyatta Hospital in Nairobi, one-quarter of girls age 15-19 seeking antenatal care had an STD (gonorrhoea, chlamydia or herpes).
• Violence/sexual abuse: Adolescent girls may lack the confidence and decision-making skills to refuse unwanted sex. Girls who are subject to sexual abuse and rape can suffer serious, life-long physical and emotional consequences.
In interviews with adolescents in Peru and Colombia, 60% said they had been sexually abused within the previous year.
• Unsafe abortion: Each year, girls age 15-19 undergo at least five million induced abortions. Because abortion is legally restricted in many countries, adolescents often resort to unsafe procedures by unskilled providers. Adolescent girls therefore suffer a significant – and disproportionate – share of death and disability from unsafe abortion.
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