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Sweden: Man fined $342 for posting satirical cartoon about child marriage in Islam on Facebook

“The district court is of the opinion that the speech expresses a clear contempt for people of the Muslim creed. It implies that Muslims would generally be pedophiles and that pedophilia would be part of the religion of Islam.”

How would anyone get such an idea? Maybe from the fact, as recorded in Islamic tradition, that Muhammad consummated his marriage with (i.e., raped) Aisha when she was nine, and the resultant fact that child marriage is accepted in wide swaths of the Islamic world. Child marriage has abundant attestation in Islamic tradition and law.

Turkey’s directorate of religious affairs (Diyanet) said in January 2018 that under Islamic law, girls as young as nine can marry.

“Islam has no age barrier in marriage and Muslims have no apology for those who refuse to accept this” — Ishaq Akintola, professor of Islamic Eschatology and Director of Muslim Rights Concern, Nigeria

“There is no minimum marriage age for either men or women in Islamic law. The law in many countries permits girls to marry only from the age of 18. This is arbitrary legislation, not Islamic law.” — Dr. Abd Al-Hamid Al-‘Ubeidi, Iraqi expert on Islamic law

There is no minimum age for marriage and that girls can be married “even if they are in the cradle.” — Dr. Salih bin Fawzan, prominent cleric and member of Saudi Arabia’s highest religious council

“Islam does not forbid marriage of young children.” — Pakistan’s Council of Islamic Ideology

Hadiths that Muslims consider authentic record that Muhammad’s favorite wife, Aisha, was six when Muhammad wedded her and nine when he consummated the marriage:

“The Prophet wrote the (marriage contract) with Aisha while she was six years old and consummated his marriage with her while she was nine years old and she remained with him for nine years (i.e. till his death)” (Bukhari 7.62.88).

Another tradition has Aisha herself recount the scene:

The Prophet engaged me when I was a girl of six (years). We went to Medina and stayed at the home of Bani-al-Harith bin Khazraj. Then I got ill and my hair fell down. Later on my hair grew (again) and my mother, Um Ruman, came to me while I was playing in a swing with some of my girl friends. She called me, and I went to her, not knowing what she wanted to do to me. She caught me by the hand and made me stand at the door of the house. I was breathless then, and when my breathing became all right, she took some water and rubbed my face and head with it. Then she took me into the house. There in the house I saw some Ansari women who said, “Best wishes and Allah’s Blessing and a good luck.” Then she entrusted me to them and they prepared me (for the marriage). Unexpectedly Allah’s Apostle came to me in the forenoon and my mother handed me over to him, and at that time I was a girl of nine years of age. (Bukhari 5.58.234).

Muhammad was at this time fifty-four years old.

Marrying young girls was not all that unusual for its time, but because in Islam Muhammad is the supreme example of conduct (cf. Qur’an 33:21), he is considered exemplary in this unto today. And so in April 2011, the Bangladesh Mufti Fazlul Haque Amini declared that those trying to pass a law banning child marriage in that country were putting Muhammad in a bad light: “Banning child marriage will cause challenging the marriage of the holy prophet of Islam, [putting] the moral character of the prophet into controversy and challenge.” He added a threat: “Islam permits child marriage and it will not be tolerated if any ruler will ever try to touch this issue in the name of giving more rights to women.” The Mufti said that 200,000 jihadists were ready to sacrifice their lives for any law restricting child marriage.

Likewise the influential website Islamonline.com in December 2010 justified child marriage by invoking not only Muhammad’s example, but the Qur’an as well:

The Noble Qur’an has also mentioned the waiting period [i.e. for a divorced wife to remarry] for the wife who has not yet menstruated, saying: “And those who no longer expect menstruation among your women, if you doubt, then their period is three months, and [also for] those who have not menstruated” [Qur’an 65:4]. Since this is not negated later, we can take from this verse that it is permissible to have sexual intercourse with a prepubescent girl. The Qur’an is not like the books of jurisprudence which mention what the implications of things are, even if they are prohibited. It is true that the prophet entered into a marriage contract with A’isha when she was six years old, however he did not have sex with her until she was nine years old, according to al-Bukhari.

Other countries make Muhammad’s example the basis of their laws regarding the legal marriageable age for girls. Article 1041 of the Civil Code of the Islamic Republic of Iran states that girls can be engaged before the age of nine, and married at nine: “Marriage before puberty (nine full lunar years for girls) is prohibited. Marriage contracted before reaching puberty with the permission of the guardian is valid provided that the interests of the ward are duly observed.”

According to Amir Taheri in The Spirit of Allah: Khomeini and the Islamic Revolution (pp. 90-91), Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini himself married a ten-year-old girl when he was twenty-eight. Khomeini called marriage to a prepubescent girl “a divine blessing,” and advised the faithful to give their own daughters away accordingly: “Do your best to ensure that your daughters do not see their first blood in your house.” When he took power in Iran, he lowered the legal marriageable age of girls to nine, in accord with Muhammad’s example.

“64-year-old man is convicted of satire about Islam on Facebook,” translated from “64-åring döms för satirbild om islam på Facebook,” Fria Tider, July 4, 2018 (thanks to Denny):

A 64-year-old man in Skåne Hörby was reported by the Network Inspector after posting a satirical image about Islam on Facebook. Now the man has been sentenced to a fine for the breach of acceptable opinion against the public.

The satirical image was drawn by the cartoonist Jan-Erik Ander and shows two men with beards and turbans. One man is holding a pram with a small child, and the other asks: “Grandchild?”

“No, this is my new wife!,” the man with the baby carriage answers.

The 64-year-old man posted the image on February 21, 2017 in a closed Facebook group, in which users discussed childhood marriage in Islam. In a comment on the picture, the man wrote that Muslims were “pedophiles, they must be stopped and given no access to Europe.”

The report was filed in October by the tax-funded Network Inspector. The police investigated the 64-year-old after consulting his “contact person” Robin Enander of the Left-wing Legal Affairs Front.

In a hearing at the police station in Hörby, the man acknowledged the facts, but denied committing any crime.

“It was mostly fun, it was not meant so maliciously. I usually comment with humor and I thought it was humor. I posted the image because it was humorous,” he said, among other things.

Court prosecutor Mathias Larsson charged the man for both the satirical image and his commentary on the image. According to the prosecutor, the post indicated that the 64-year-old “threatened or expressed disagreement with the public or another group of persons on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin or creed.”

Lund’s District Court made the same assessment of “the entire text, with both text and image.”

“The district court is of the opinion that the speech expresses a clear contempt for people of the Muslim creed. It implies that Muslims would generally be pedophiles and that pedophilia would be part of the religion of Islam. It has also been devised in an abusive and inconsiderate manner, and does not invite some profound religion-critical discussion,” the court wrote.

The crime was not serious, the district court determined, as it gave the man a conditional sentence with 60 daily fines of SEK 50 for hatred against the public.

Source: Jihad Watch

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