Was Muhammad a pedophile?

Is this question really that important?

Muhammad has been accused of being a pedophile for marrying his young child wife Aisha. One may ask – is this question really that important? Yes, it it is, since Muhammad is the perfect moral example to follow for muslims. By admitting this, a never ending flood of child marriages with prepubescent girls will continue to take place around the muslim world.

Our main question is therefor – is there any truth to this accusation? Let us find out by looking at the muslim sources instead of speculating. Leave the speculating to the media and the rest of the fools played by lying muslims.

What is pedophilia anyway?

According to psychiatric definitions [1], pedophilia or paedophilia is a psychiatric disorder in which an adult or older adolescent experiences a primary or exclusive sexual attraction to prepubescent children, generally age 11 years or younger.

Aisha was nine years old when Muhammad had sex with her

Aisha being of age nine when Muhammad consummated the marriage, is an undisputed fact supported by multiple hadiths.

Narrated Hisham’s father:
Khadija died three years before the Prophet departed to Medina. He stayed there for two years or so and then he married ‘Aisha when she was a girl of six years of age, and he consumed that marriage when she was nine years old. (Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 5, Book 58, Number 236)

Aisha was prepubescent when Muhammad had sex with her

‘A’isha (Allah be pleased with her) reported that Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) married her when she was seven years old, and he was taken to his house as a bride when she was nine, and her dolls were with her; and when he (the Holy Prophet) died she was eighteen years old. (Sahih Muslim, Book 008, Number 3311)

Aisha had her dolls with her at the time of her being taken to Muhammad for sex. The reason why Aisha was permitted to play with dolls in front of Muhammad is because she hadn’t attained puberty yet.

Narrated ‘Aisha:
I used to play with the dolls in the presence of the Prophet, and my girl friends also used to play with me. When Allah’s Apostle used to enter (my dwelling place) they used to hide themselves, but the Prophet would call them to join and play with me. (The playing with the dolls and similar images is forbidden, but it was allowed for ‘Aisha at that time, as she was a little girl, NOT YET REACHED THE AGE OF PUBERTY.) (Fateh-al-Bari page 143, Vol.13) (Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 8, Book 73, Number 151)

Narrated ‘Aisha:
The Prophet was screening me with his Rida’ (garment covering the upper part of the body) while I was looking at the Ethiopians who were playing in the courtyard of the mosque. (I continued watching) till I was satisfied. So you may deduce from this event how a little girl (who has not reached the age of puberty) who is eager to enjoy amusement should be treated in this respect. (Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 7, Book 62, Number 163)


From the definition above, Muhammad was a pedophile.

Further reading




[1] “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition”. American Psychiatric Publishing. 2013. Retrieved July 25, 2013.

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