So close, yet so far away
Firstly, I’d like to point out to all my followers, that these kind of people rarely are interested in actually knowing the Truth and understanding in Islam, and are more interested in finding holes in Islam. But remember, Islam is free of holes, a perfect religion that guides mankind out of the darkness of misguidance.
So this answer is more for my Muslim brothers and sisters who have been asked this question or have thought about this question and have had doubts in their hearts because of it.
You cannot simply throw the validity of an entire religion into doubt because of one social norm that doesn’t apply in today’s time.
Let’s first examine the issue as you stated, of ‘Aisha being too young to menstruate. This is a gross misunderstanding, because a woman’s maturity depends highly on geographical and climate conditions, as well as genetic influence. Let’s examine the culture of the Arabs at the time. During the period of Muhammad (pbuh), the Arabs would often marry off both their daughters and sons at very early ages. It was a societal pressure, and many women were looked down upon if they were not married by the age of 18, with society dismissing them as too old. As a result, women and men naturally matured both physically and emotionally at a much faster rate than they do now. Amongst the Companions were commanders of armies who were at the mere age of 16 years of age.
The culture of marrying early was not exclusive to the Arabs, but in fact existed amongst the Romans, Jews, and Persians as well. Had Muhammad (pbuh) marrying ‘Aisha (ra) at the time been morally wrong, surely at least one of the Jews, Christians, or Pagans of the time would have raised an uproar and questioned his morality or good character to bring him down. But there was not a single outcry. In fact, his marriage was celebrated at the time by everyone.
People such as this parrot here (i mention parrot because he’s been copy pasting questions used by so called Islamic critics from a facebook page or website) tend to make a gross assumption that societal norms and values stay constant throughout history. But he comes from a society that until less than a hundred years ago did not consider women as persons, and until less than 50 years ago did not consider african americans of equal status. You cannot challenge the status quo of a culture or society that existed over a 1000 years ago as being morally corrupt based on the values and ideas of the society you live in today.
Would the marriage of a 54 year old to a 9 year old today be considered morally wrong? Absolutely. Society has catered to the idea in a such a way that most women and men reach the age of 18 and are still complete children. They may mature physically but their emotional maturation speed is nowhere near that of the men and women of the past. This isn’t necessarily an insult, rather it is just how this society works. In fact, the legal age for sexual contact is over 16 years of age, meaning society deems a person fit to make their own decisions at that age. In the period of Muhammad (pbuh) at this age most women had already given birth and were raising their children, and most men were already working or commanding armies.
In conclusion, you cannot simply pluck out morally questionable occurrences of cultures a thousand plus years old using your own current society as a viewpoint and expect that kind of argument to hold in any intelligent discussion.
And Allah Knows Best
girls who were bullied most of their life and gain confidence at one point should be feared most because they dont take anyone’s shit no longer and they will destroy you if you think otherwise