Child Marriage — “Islam allows it as long as the girl is considered to have reached her pubescent stage, once she has her menstruation.”

ByPamela Geller on December 10, 2010
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The Government has no plan to review laws allowing for underage marriages because the practice is permitted under Islam.

"If the religion allows it, then we can't legislate against it."

Yemen-child-brides File photo: Wedlock Abuse: Underage brides in Yemen prepare for a life of servitude. (© IRIN)

There are no distinctions between child marriage and slavery. If anything, child marriage is worse: The child, unlike an adult slave (or a slave with his or her parents around) is entirely at the mercy of her "husband."

**Crickets chirping**  The crickets have died from exhaustion. I have come to the conclusion that feminists are misogynists. Their silence is fatal. 

Underage marriages are allowed in Islam, says Nazri

Kuala Lumpur: Minister in the Prime Minister's Department in charge of legal affairs has shot down calls to ban underage marriage, despite an uproar over the recent wedding of a 14-year-old Muslim school girl.

Siti Maryam Mahmod wed 23-year-old teacher Abdul Manan Othman last weekend in a mass wedding at a major mosque, after being given permission in an Islamic Sharia court.

Malaysian Muslims below the age of 16 are allowed to marry as long as they obtain the permission of the religious courts.

Sharia law runs in parallel with civil law in the multi-ethnic country.

However, Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz said the Government has no plan to review laws allowing for underage marriages because the practice is permitted under Islam.

"If the religion allows it, then we can't legislate against it," he told a press conference.

"Islam allows it as long as the girl is considered to have reached her pubescent stage, once she has her menstruation."

However, Siti Maryam's marriage has sparked criticism including from Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil, who insisted the Government did not condone the practice.

Activist groups have also called for the laws that allow underage marriage to be repealed, saying that the practice is widespread with some 16,000 Malaysian girls aged below 15 already married.

"The onset of puberty is no indication of sufficient maturity for marriage," pressure group Sisters in Islam said this week, citing a passage in the Koran which also requires "maturity of mind".

"No marriage of a minor child can be deemed acceptable," said the group's spokeswoman Yasmin Masidi.

Muslim Malays make up about 60 per cent of the country's 28 million population and on certain issues, including family law, they are subject to Islamic justice. – AFP

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  • How many of our so called feminist sisters will be supporting “Sisters in Islam” to try to get reform?
    Heck, many people, “feminists” included seem to still think Khomeni was a great man, and ignore the fact he sexually assaulted a 4 year old girl in a “temporary marriage”.
    BTW, many of the girls in Yemen would be nothing more than “temporary brides”

  • Telly

    There are a few, very few.
    Check out Phyllis Chesler.
    Good question about the temporary brides in Yemen.
    Does anyone know the answer?

  • gsw

    “that feminists are misogynists”
    Just as many ‘moderate’ muslims are actually fifth columnists, so are many so-called ‘feminists’.
    The religions (ALL of them) have brainwashed women into believing they are doing god’s work when they help subjugate women and that these women will receive their reward in heaven.
    In order to be a true feminist, you must renounce the misogyny known as religion.
    If you wish to continue believing in god, o.k, but the priests, imams, rabbis and shamans are all patriarchal – and this patriarchy is what makes it possible for women to become traitors to their own gender.

  • JOSHUA

    Underage marriage is the most objectionable practice! The child brides are not even aware that they are victims of a cruel custom.
    This is Joshua from Israeli Uncensored News

  • The German TV moderator Nazan Eckes,
    also an “understander” of the religion of peace™
    http://newstime.co.nz/pedophile-mass-murderer-apologist-nazan-eckes.html
    Video: Islam whitewasher, pedophile (65:4) & mass murderer
    apologist Nazan Eckes (TV host & author)
    3:110 Ye are the best of peoples, evolved for mankind (Muslims)
    vs.
    8:55 Surely the vilest of animals in Allah’s sight
    are those who disbelieve
    + 98:6 They (“People of the Book” [Bible] & Polytheist)
    are the worst of created beings (non-Muslims)
    The same concept of “Adolf Nazi” by his Aryan cult, SUPERmen (Aryans) vs. subhuman, first and foremost the Jews

  • Blow up the picture and look at the arms and hands of girls.

  • Chris

    I have blogged on this a ways back. The comments I got were “well europeans had arrangd marriages of young girls to older men”. That qualification by the supporters of this practice still does not make it right. Just because hundreds of years ago it was done by corrupt and perverted people does not make a pedifile practice correct.
    I wonder if the supporters would be so supportive if their little girl age age 9 was forced into a marriage with the neighbor 50, just so he can get his rocks off and then throw here to the curb when she turns 13 because she is old.
    How did we get into this mess. A mess where a backwoods, ignorent cult is dictating morals to us?

  • J.Matin

    The God of Abraham,Issac and Jacob will judge and punish these men their countries and the people that condone this horrible sin against children. I pray that He brings floods,earthquakes and famine to these countries and they all die for the evil sins. All who are HUMAN join me in prayer and then watch God render vengence! In the name of Jesus send forth your Angels to render vengence for the abuse of these innocent children and babies. I tell they are doing this in America also and our government is turning their heads!

  • WIde11

    “If the religion allows it, then we can’t legislate against it.”
    Can’t you just hear some Federal judge saying the same thing?

  • Barbara

    What is wrong with being a feminist? Do you mean to suggest that the FEMINISTS are behind this? They are as helpless and uninformed as anyone else regarding this. Do you want feminists to go and make citizens arrests of these men and then kidnap the girls and bring them back here?
    Why fight other women and people who promote women? Why not just concentrate the fight against the perpetrators of this evil. It makes me feel like having a stroke to see this, if it makes you feel any better. Have you seen the pictures of the Palesinian child brides of Gaza, where six year olds in slutty outfits are being led by the hand of middle aged husbands? No one has stopped that yet either.
    I would consider if a victory if we could even just keep this crap out of the USA.

  • Bobby

    Yes, ronmorgen. Some of the girls are much too thin; starved probably.
    If we don’t stand against this fascist cult’s crimes against children, then we are part of it.

  • Barbara

    Those look like henna dye tattoos. They are applied with a brush and come off in a couple of weeks. Maidens before marriage in places such as India use those as part of their bridal outfits.

  • Ruth

    Muslim child marriage is happening here in the United States. The police are using the same excuse here.
    It is part of the religion. So are many other rules that are against American law. We must stop them now, this is how muslims take over Christian countries. We are losing our freedoms very fast here. Then Islam will be the law of the land. Stop giving in to these terrorists.

  • I read Phyllis Chesler’s book: The Death of Feminism” 2005. Her conclusion was pathetic: that is was all psychological and that the men need help too!
    I occasionally read her current posts but nothing has changed, considering she herself experienced purdah in Afghanistan in her 20’s.
    Pamella is the only woman to speak out sharply and cogently on this issue, tho’ there are some Asian muslim women who do so, but more quietly.

  • Could you possibly post a link to any info you have on Khomeini and this assault on a 4 year old girl? I have read his quotes saying it is ok to have sex with a new-born baby.
    I would be most grateful as this needs to be publicised! Thank you.

  • Barbara

    I don’t doubt it could be happening here, but I haven’t heard about it or seen references to it before. Do you have any documentation? If this is true, can’t somone appeal to the police, child protective services, the prosecutor’s office, etc.?
    If one agency doesn’t work with you, maybe keep contacting more. This is obviously against the law, a civil rights lawyer could file a lawsuit on behalf of the victims or on behalf of the USA as a class action suit also.
    I am very curious to know where someone has seen this happen in the USA.

  • Why are feminists “helpless and uninformed”? You seem to want your cake and eat it: play sweet innocent lickle helpless girl, but want equal parity with men!
    Grow up! There is no reason on earth that any women should be ignorant of muslim rape and mutilation of women: all you need to do is google it!
    You are not promoting women from what I can see! You are no way promoting ME!! I am ashamed of you!
    Get off your backside and DO something! You’ll never catch up with Pamela but get your finger out or STFU!! Traitor!!

  • I suspect “Barbara” is a muslime troll.

  • Feminists, like all of the far left, are convinced that all cultures are equal, so they dare not oppose the practices of any culture. Apparently they believe causing women to suffer is all right if their culture requires it. To them, there are no absolutes. Everything is relative.

  • just sayin’ alot

    just good ol’ 7th century interactive kiddie porn

  • We all know about Muhammad and little Aisha, but a few of us know about Muhammad and little Hassan.
    “He (the Prophet) lift up his (al Hassan’s) shirt and kissed his (little) penis..”
    Title: Talkhees al-Habeer Author: Ibn Hajr al-Asqalani 60-61
    http://crossmuslims.blogspot.com/2010/12/perfect-man-of-islam.html

  • Barbara

    Uh what? Hitting the crack pipe early today?

  • LizardAZ

    This NOT a religion, it is an occult

  • Egghead

    Google the PBS documentary called The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan.
    FYI: On occasion, our United States’ troops have been ordered to guard Afghan tribal leader perverts RAPING kidnapped screaming little boys (that’s purposely plural) in the next room. I have read that some soldiers come home emotionally demolished from their Afghan experiences. And, we American taxpayers get to pay for it all….
    P.S. It is said that Afghanistan is more openly gay than San Francisco – all based on the explicit example of the genocidal pedophile rapist named Mohammed.

  • Egghead

    I have read (but have unable to personally verify) that international student housing at various American universities has been known to house families with child brides.

  • Demsci

    I think you are right, well said. I think real feminists and democracy-loyalists need to look worldwide. And when they face a choice between A. Protecting the human and equal rights wherever they are violated. And B. Respecting Islam, Muslims and their right of freedom of religion, they should definitely let A trump B.

  • Mac-101

    It’s a real pain in the arse to be an Afghan or Paki boy on THursday night. If the prevert makes it to prayers on early Friday morning ALL is forgiven!

  • Mike S.

    Does the CHILD get a say in this?

  • Marriage discrimination hurts our society on many levels