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TimesOfIndia recently brought out a news item [1], on the Polish government approving a law making chemical castration mandatory for pedophiles in some cases.

Included Below are excerpts.

Under the law, sponsored by Poland’s centre-right government, paedophiles convicted of raping children under the age of 15 years or a close relative would have to undergo chemical therapy on their release from prison.

The purpose of this action is to improve the mental health of the convict, to lower his libido and thereby to reduce the risk of another crime being committed by the same person

Note the age of 15 years. Again, note the implication of pedophilia being an indication of mental illness.

The American Psychiatric Association defines Pedophilia as:

“A pedophile is a person who over at least a 6 month period has recurrent, intense sexually arousing fantasies, sexual urges, or behaviors involving sexual activity with a prepubescent child or children (age 13 years or younger). The fantasies, sexual urges, or behaviors cause clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning. The person is at least age 16 years and at least 5 years older than the child or children. Not to include an individual in late adolescence involved in an ongoing sexual relationship with a 12 or 13 year old (straight or gay). Individuals with pedophilia generally report an attraction to children of a particular age range. Some individuals prefer males, others prefer females, and some are aroused by both males and females. Pedophilia involving female victims is reported more than pedophilia involving male victims.” [2]

Now, I would like to talk about the prophet of Islam, Muhammad, and in particular his marriage with Aisha, the daughter of Abu Bakr, a man Muhammad called his brother.

In this regard, lets consider the following hadith.

Volume 7, Book 62, Number 64: Sahih Bukhari Narrated ‘Aisha: that the Prophet married her when she was six years old and he consummated his marriage when she was nine years old, and then she remained with him for nine years (i.e., till his death).[3]

Please bear in mind that Muhammad was more than 50 years of age when he married Aisha. This can be confirmed from the following hadith.

“Sahih Bukhari: Volume 5, Book 59, Number 742:Narrated ‘Aisha: Allah ‘s Apostle died when he was sixty-three years of age. [4]

There are other hadiths as well which corroborate the aforementioned ones.

When Abu Bakr was hesitant to marry off his 6 year old daughter to a 50+ Muhammad, the following Hadith sheds light on what Muhammad said.

Sahih Bukhari: Volume 7, Book 62, Number 18: Narrated ‘Ursa: The Prophet asked Abu Bakr for ‘Aisha’s hand in marriage. Abu Bakr said "But I am your brother." The Prophet said, "You are my brother in Allah’s religion and His Book, but she (Aisha) is lawful for me to marry."[5]

Following is a hadith which mentions how Muhammad had fantasies about Aisha even before he married her.

Sahih Bukhari: Volume 7, Book 62, Number 15: Narrated ‘Aisha: Allah’s Apostle said (to me), "You have been shown to me twice in (my) dreams. A man was carrying you in a silken cloth and said to me, ‘This is your wife.’ I uncovered it; and behold, it was you. I said to myself, ‘If this dream is from Allah, He will cause it to come true.’ "[6]

Since Aisha got married to a 50+ Muhammad at the age of 6, a reasonable guess would be that he fantasized about her when she was possibly around 4-5 years of age. But wait! Lets not jump to conclusions. Following is a citation from the book of Sirat Rasul Allah by Ibn Ishak, the most authentic biographer of Muhammad. Most other biographies are based on this monumental work by Ibn Ishak/Ibn Hisham.

Suhayli, ii.79: In the riwaya of Yunus I.I recorded that the apostle saw her (Ummu’l-Fadl) when she was baby crawling before him and said, ‘If she grows up and I am still alive I will marry her.’ But he died before she grew up and Sufyan b. al-Aswad b. Abdu’l-Asad al-Makhzumi married her and she bore him Rizq and Lubaba[7]

In the same context, following is another hadith by Musnad Ahmad.

Muhammad saw Um Habiba the daughter of Abbas while she was fatim (age of nursing) and he said, "If she grows up while I am still alive, I will marry her." [8]

Clearly, Muhammad’s interest in young girls extended beyond Aisha. As it can be clearly seen Muhammad, Allah’s messenger and the prophet of Islam, not only had uncontrollable urges to have sexual relations with little girls as young as 6 years old, he in fact was mentally ill enough to fantasize about  toddlers.  Why would anyone think that Muhammad’s sexual interest in babies be "the timeless expression of the Will of Allah?" How does such a prurient desire support Muhammad’s claim to be a prophet of Allah? Such a desire by an old man is contrary to nature, and is a perversion against the moral and ethical order of the universe.

It is unacceptable and abhorrent for any person, be it someone claiming to be the messenger of God or not, to lust after little girls and even babies. And therein lies the crux of the issue. Islam itself is based largely on Muhammad being the messenger of Allah and a person worthy of emulation. Who, as per Islamic traditions, lived his live in accordance with the divine injunctions of Allah. Since any attempt to reform Islam would involve admitting to some degree that Muhammad didn’t exactly live the life of a prophet, and furthermore that the divine injunctions aren’t exactly what true divinity would ordain, Muslims adamantly refuse to reform. This lack of reform is again largely consonant with the unquestionable, illogical submission that Islam demands. After all, the literal meaning of Islam in Arabic is submission. Yes, submission to Allah and the ways of his prophet, even if that prophet, if alive today, would have been castrated according to Polish laws for pedophilia.

References

[1] http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/news/world/europe/Poland-to-castrate-paedophiles/articleshow/5058218.cms

[2] Diagnostic And Statistical Manual Of Mental Disorders, 4th Edition, American Psychiatric Association, 1994.

[3] http://www.usc.edu/schools/college/crcc/engagement/resources/texts/muslim/hadith/bukhari/062.sbt.html#007.062.064

[4] http://www.usc.edu/schools/college/crcc/engagement/resources/texts/muslim/hadith/bukhari/059.sbt.html#005.059.742

[5] http://www.usc.edu/schools/college/crcc/engagement/resources/texts/muslim/hadith/bukhari/062.sbt.html#007.062.018

[6] http://www.usc.edu/schools/college/crcc/engagement/resources/texts/muslim/hadith/bukhari/062.sbt.html#007.062.015

[7] Ibn Ishaq, The Life of Muhammad: A Translation of Ishaq’s Sirat Rasul Allah, translated by A. Guillaume [Oxford University Press, Karachi], p. 311

[8] Musnad Ahmad, Number 25636