I'm still waiting for my answer.
The real question is, just how old was she when they "consumated" the marriage.
How many wives did Muhammed have? How old was Aisha, his third wife, when they got married?
This bears a curious resemblance to the teachings of (Hassidic?) Judaism on the subject of pegam habrit (literally, "the defilement of the covenant" - brit here also means the organ that bears the mark of the covenant):
Thank you very much Romaios for these insightful links! It amazes me just how much knowledge is in the Abrahamic religions that is hidden and waiting to be rediscovered. Most of what these links say I agree in regards to the truth it discusses-- although I don't think the lives of the jinns depends solely on the lust we let out. I believe that jinns can live off of other things-- but our sins is like a 'drug' to them, and that's why they constantly come at us and whisper negative thoughts. This is why so many people have addictions and don't understand why.
I don't know if you ever heard story like this.. but there are many females here in the west, who are miserable and lost their self-esteem because when they were young -- in highschool years, they got into relationships very early. Their male partner put so much 'peer-pressure' and deception to have them fornicate. The male partner even goes as far as lying to her that they will marry in the future. But once they fornicated, the male friend never contacts her every again. They keep asking themselves why this male friend of their left them after they fornicated and she lost her virginity to him. She becomes so miserable, has so much pain in her heart, and keeps having negative thoughts with future relationships. What these misguided females don't understand is that the jinns have been running their relationship from the onset-- most likely controlling their male partner (through lust) to push them to commit this sin. When this sin occurs, the jinns enjoy a very powerful negative energy....while the antichrist benifits--who wants to push misery, disorder and poverty into our society.
What might make Shi'a Islam more appealing to James is the possibility of contracting a temporary marriage. Maybe fibonacci could tell us more about this.
Not all shia's accept this type of marriage. Personally I don't accept this type of marriage if it is for lustful/sexual purposes. If it is only to financially take care of a husbandless female for a temproary amount of time... like at times of war or economic suffering then yes it's okay. Remember an unmarried female and unmarried male who are not from the same family, can not live together. This temp marriage can be a contract to allow such an arrangement.
Was your "prophet" a paedophile or not?
To answer your question in short, no, Muhammad was not a pedophile. If you actually look up the psychological profile of a pedophile and look into the historical sources chronicling aspects of Muhammad’s life, you’ll see that he does not fit the bill (even if you go by the idea that he was a violent warrior).
Also, the issue of Aisha’s age is still debated amongst Muslims to this very day – there are those who claim that there is evidence to show that she was indeed older, anywhere from 14-19, and others abide by the age 9 claim. The consensus, however, is that the marriage was reportedly consummated when she reached puberty.
I have also heard one other theory – that some young women at that time began counting their age AFTER they hit puberty. But I have no way of verifying that, so I’ll just leave it.
Even if Muhammad was indeed this sick, pervert that people make him out to be, wouldn’t you think Aisha’s father, Abu Bakr, who also happened to be Muhammad’s best friend, would have done something about it? At least protested or gave some inclination that he found his best friend’s behavior to be dubious? And not to mention all of Muhammad’s many other followers and contemporaries, who still, upon his death, considered him to be a moral and trustworthy man?
As someone else here mentioned, Aisha did not bear any children, and we know for a fact that Muhammad was not sterile when he was married to her, since Mariyah the Copt bore him a son, who later died in infancy. All of his other children were from Khadija (a woman who was reportedly 15 years his senior when she married him), and with the exception of one daughter, they all died before his death.
To think that a lying scoundrel and a terrorist pedophile can establish a religion that ends up having a billion adherents is not only historically unsound, but in my opinion, it just represents a bad opinion of God. Falsehood cannot be upheld for this long to this capacity, no matter how violent or crazy its followers can be considered to be.
No one has to or is obligated to accept Muhammad as a prophet – if he was a prophet, which I believe he was, then God is sufficient as a witness. If other Muslims are not secure enough within their own faith to leave it at that, then that’s their problem, not mine. Same goes for non-Muslims.
Legitimate criticism is one thing, but unrealistic labeling of a historical individual is another.