Muhammad in the Quran, Vol. 1: Chapter 25
15 Dec. 2015
MUHAMMAD AND CHILDREN
One of Muhammad's few sympathetic sides was his points of view concerning children - or mainly orphans. The reason may simply have been that he became an orphan himself when he was 6 years old. His father, Abdullah, died before Muhammad was born, and his mother, Amina, when he was 6.
But we should include the fact that he married a child, Aisha, when she was 6, and started sex with her when she was 9 (and he 54). And as damning: This child was his favorite wife until he died some 8 years later. Muslims try to explain away these facts, partly by claiming that she was 17 or something when sec started (but the old Islamic sources are practically unanimous saying she was 9), or that this was normal that time (which it was not, even though it surely happened - but Islam claims Muhammad was no ordinary man, but the representative of an omniscient god, and any god had known that a child 9 years old was/is not sexually mature). For more about Aisha see the chapter about Muhammad and his wives.
Worse: Muhammad's marriage to Aisha made child sex legitimate for Islam and Muslims for the entire future. There is no lower age limit, and it surely is legitimate from the girl child is 9 years old, because that was the age of Aisha when Muhammad started sew with her, and everything Muhammad did is morally legitimate, and "lawful and good".
There is said little about children in the Quran. Islam is a religion for the adult male - the warrior. F.x. nothing is said about their next life: Are they recreated as children or adults (one sentence may indicate that they are recreated as young adults, but it is not said), and at what garden (there are 4 or 6 or more) and what heaven will a small boy end up? - he has had no chance to steal and rob and kill for Allah, and thus "send forth" "good" deeds. If he ends in the lowest quality garden, how can he then end up in his father's family - who was a brave warrior - in one of the best gardens?
About girl children in Heaven, there is said exactly nothing.
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001 19/30-33b (A19/24) – in 2008 edition A19/23): A similar case as 18/84 above: As baby Jesus impossibly could be a prophet, this even according to Islam. There has to be other explanations, according to the Muslim scholars.
002 65/6d: "- - - just - - -". There is not too much justice in the sharia laws when it comes to handling children in cases of divorce - it is the interests of the father which counts. When you like we have met a quite young, divorced mother who hides herself behind a hedge to be able sometimes to see her primary school child, you see how much "justice" there are in those laws. Worse: Such laws are bad for the children - it is elementary psychology that children normally need and benefit from contact with both parents.
003 70/11b: "- - - the sinner's desire will be: would that he could redeem himself from the Penalty of the Day by (sacrificing) his children". The sacrifice of children did happen in old Arabia, but in contradiction to what the Quran liked to claim, even Muslim scholars today say it only happened infrequently. But why not paint the opponents as black as possible?
004 75/38b: (A75/16): "For this rendering of 'sawwa - - -: The stress on Allah's creating man AFTER he has been a sprout (English 2008 edition "germ-cell") 'who fasten itself' (omitted in the English 2008 edition), is a metonym for His endowing the (originally) primitive organism with what is described as a 'soul'". In Islam the fetus is not a human until Allah has given it a soul some time after it is conceived. According to Hadiths this happen when the fetus is 4 months old. The Quran does not tell what a fetus is before this.
005 81/8: "- - - the female (infant), buried alive - - -". In the old Arabia this happened to unwanted babies, mostly girls (boys were much more valuable). But science today - included Muslim scientists (f.x. A81/4) - have found that it did not happen often - Muslims overstated the fact to sully their opponents.
006 89/19: "- - - devour inheritance - - -". Beware that it is unlikely Muhammad here talks about your own inheritance. It is likely he means the inheritance belonging to orphans whom you take care of.
007 90/15-16: “(A good deed is among others*) the giving of food in a day of privation to the orphans with the claims of relationship.” Take care of the orphans, at least among relatives.
008 93/6: (A93/3): “Did He (Allah*) not find thee an orphan and give thee shelter (and care)?” Who really is “thee” in this sentence? – Muhammad, who lost his parents early? – or man who found Islam? – or - - -? Impossible to say. Clear speech?
009 93/9: "- - - treat not the orphan with harshness - - -". Muhammad lost his father before he was born, and his mother when he was 6. This may be the reason for this positive side of the Quran.
Sub-total Chapter 25 = 9 + 2.049 = 2.058.
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This work was upload with assistance of M. A. Khan, editor of islam-watch.org and the author of "Islamic Jihad: A Legacy of Forced Conversion, Imperialism, and Slavery".