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The love story of Mohammed and Aisha began, as so many of these tribal love stories do, when the prophet of Islam felt a compelling need to marry a six-year-old-girl and the girl’s father wanted an alliance with the rising power of Mohammed. Mohammed’s father was his first real ally outside the family, except that thanks to the rape and abuse of a little girl, he wasn’t “outside the family” at all.
The abuse of Aisha is the foundation of Islam. Due to this “marriage,” Aisha’s father was able to succeed Mohammed and become the First Caliph. After his death she was the pivot that helped split Islam into Sunnis and Shiites. It is all but impossible to imagine Islam as we know it today without her.
What was the marriage of Mohammed and Aisha like? Aisha was playing on her swing set, and then she was brought into the house and placed on Mohammed’s lap. She continued playing with dolls and lived with Mohammed and his other wives until he died when she was only eighteen. Afterward, as the widow of the prophet, she was forbidden to remarry and compelled to remain celibate for the next 50 years. But she got her own back by playing a role in the assassination of two Caliphs.
There isn’t much love in this story, but there certainly is a great deal of tragedy, and yet there are countless Sunni girls named Aisha who are raised to view her as the embodiment of Muslim womanhood. Countless little girls continue to be sexually abused because of the Islamic precedent set by Mohammed’s sexual abuse of Aisha. The horrors stemming from that would have driven Shakespeare to drink poison.
Last year in Pakistan, a 9-year-old girl had acid thrown in her face by her 10-year-old husband, who was also her cousin. These married children were acting out all the aspects of a Muslim marriage, which includes the ritual blast of acid to the face when the wife displeases the husband. A 5-year-old was nearly married off by a Muslim cleric who protested that, “The marriage is allowed in Islam.”
Where the love story of Mohammed and Aisha ended, the nightmares of countless 5-, 7- and 9-year-old girls began. Those nightmares have since spread to the West. Nine-year-old girls are being married off in Britain, in Sweden and in Canada. Forget “Little Mosque on the Prairie” and think of “Little Brides” instead.
As Americans celebrate Valentine’s Day, for Muslim girls there is only another day of compulsion, terror and pain. The Muslim world is right not to celebrate Valentine’s Day, for what is there to celebrate about child marriages and honor killings. The real question is will America still be able to celebrate it a century from now or will we have exchanged the love story for the compulsion of Sharia?
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