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Thu Mar 25, 2021 11:24 am
BACK ON TOPIC — ACCURATE HISTORY CONCERNING AISHA’S AGE AT TIME OF MARRIAGE
Calculating the age of Aisha at marriage according to the date of her sister Asmaa’s birth.
By calculating the age of Aisha in comparison to the age of her sister (Asmaa bint Abi Bakr) we can know Aisha’s age at the time of her marriage betrothal and at the consummation of it.
All historical sources reported that Asmaa was 10 years older than Aisha.
And these sources state, without any dispute, that Asmaa was born 27 years before Hijrah [the journey of the Muhammad and his followers from Mecca to Medina in the year 622 AD]
. This shows that Asmaa’s age, at the time Muhammed had his cave revelation in the year 610 AD, was 14 years old.
(This was calculated by subtracting 13 years from her age before Hijrah: 27 – 13 = 14 years.)
As all sources without dispute agreed that this sister was 10 years older than Aisha, this makes it a certainty that the age of Aisha at time of Muhammed’s first cave epiphany in Mecca was 4 years old, which would mean that she was born 4 years before that revelation in the year of 606 AD.
Aisha and Muhammed were betrothed in marriage in Mecca 10 years after the first revelation, so her age was then 14 years.
(With simple arithmetical calculation we deduce that, because 4+10=14).
In other words, Aisha was born in the year 606 AD and was betrothed in 620 AD when she was then 14 years old.
And her marriage was consummated 3 years and a few months later, which coincides with the end of the first Hijrih year in the year 624 AD which then makes her age at the time 18 or 19 years depending on which month she was born.
(This was calculated by adding 14 + 3 + 1 = 18).
That is how we KNOW the real age of Aisha when Muhammed married her and first had sex with her.
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Calculating the age of Aisha at marriage according to the date of her sister Asmaa’s death.
By calculating the age of Aisha in comparison to the known year of death of her sister we can also deduce Aisha’s age at the time of her marriage betrothal and at the consummation of it.
Historical resources confirm without dispute that Asmaa died after a famous documented incident which was the death of her son, Abdullah bin al-Zubayr, who was killed by al-Hajjaj in the Islamic year of 73H. Asmaa was then 100 years old. So if we subtract the age of Asmaa (100 years) from her date of death (73H), we deduce she was 27 years old at time of Hijrah. And that exactly matches her mentioned age in historical resources.
If we subtract from her age the 10 years which is the documented age difference between her and Aisha — then the age of Aisha would be 17 years (27 – 10 = 17 years old) at the time of Hijrah. And as Aisha’s marriage betrothal was consummated in the first year after the Hijrah, that would make her age at that time 18 or 19 years old.
Which corroborates the correct calculation of the age of Aisha at time of marriage consummation with Muhammed, previously deduced (above) by Asmaa’s known year of birth.
And this is supported by the fact that al-Tabari in his book Tareekh al-Umam
confirmed that all the children of Abu Bakr were born during the pre-Islamic era. Which reveals the innaccuracy of the hadith
of al-Bukhari because — as has been shown above — Aisha was born 4 years before the first cave revelation.
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Calculating the age of Aisha relative to the age of Fatima, the daughter of Muhammed.
Ibn Hajar mentioned in al-Isaaba
that Fatima was born when Muhammed was 35 years old and that she was 5 years older than Aisha. Muhammad was born in the year 570 AD so that means Fatima was born in 605 AD (575+35=605)
and Aisha in 610 AD.
The Hijrah was in 622 AD when Muhammed was 52 years old and Fatima was 17-18 years old.
This would mean that the age of Aisha at the time of Hijrah would make her 12-13 years old. Which would mean Aisha was 13-14 years old when her marriage to Muhammed was consummated.
But this account is contradicted by the evidence above, and by the timeline neccesaary to fit the accepted tradition that Aisha was Muhammed’s third wife when she came to live with him.
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All Muhammed’s other wives were widows
All Muhammed’s wives were widows, all besides Aisha. She was his only virgin wife.
He was happily married to his first wife Khadija
for 25 years. And she had been a widow some years older than him (how much older is disputed) who had had three previous marriages, with children from each of them.
She died in 619 AD.
Before he left for Medina in 622 AD, it was suggested that Muhammed marry Sawda bint Zamʿa
, a widow of 55 years of age with five or six sons. It was suggested because she was suffering many hardships in Mecca due to her becoming a Muslim and because she had no male or tribal protection. He accepted the proposal.
As Aisha didn’t live with Muhammed as a wife until after the Hijrah to Medina in 623-624 AD, that makes Aisha his third wife.
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Other corroborating evidence showing Aisha was NOT a prepubescent child at the time of marriage consummation
Tabari states that all Abu Bakr’s children were born before the beginning of the revelation of the Quran in 610 AD.
So even if Aisha was born on the very last day before the beginning of that revelation, that would still make her 14-15 years old at the time of her marriage consummation in 624 AD (not 9 yrs).
Aisha had been betrothed in marriage to Jubayr ibn Mut im ibn Adi
who was not a Muslim nor were his family. Aisha’s father Abu Bakr would not have arranged a marriage betrothal to a non-Muslim after the revelation of Islam in 610 AD. So that is not consistent with her being born in 614 AD and thus only 9 yrs old in 623-624 AD.
All of the available evidence for deducing Aisha’s age are from Muslim sources. ALL OF THEM!
And these muslim sources are contradictory on certain details.
So whichever age for Aisha that you choose to believe, you will have to reject some of these muslim sources as false.
This means that you DO NOT get to decide her age by arguing ‘but muslims and the muslim sources agree and admit she was 9yrs old’.
Anyone who does that is either lying, is ill-informed, and/or is in the grip of a self-delusion.
And those non-muslims that do choose to believe sources inferring a young age need beware that it isn’t a self-delusion that is motivated by anti-Muslim bigotry fed by zionist-Jewish interests which irrationally seeks to denigrate Muhammed, Islam and all muslims for Israeli self-interest
— Muhammed was born in 570 AD.
— The beginning of Islam (his cave epiphany or ‘revelation’) was in 610 AD.
— All accounts state that Aisha was born BEFORE that, and by simple deduction we can conclude it was in 606 AD.
— Muhammed’s first wife Khadijah died in 619 AD.
— The marriage betrothal (nikah) to Aisha took place in 620 AD (when she was 14 - 15 yrs).
— Muhammed’s second marriage to help and protect an old widow and her children occurred in 622 AD.
— The Hijrah of the nascent Muslim community to Medinah occurred in the same year, 622 AD.
— Aisha’s marriage consummation occurred in 623-624 AD (when she was 18-19 yrs).
[The info above was collated from numerous sources, chiefly this one and this one.]