RELIGION > '10-year-old girls can marry,' says Saudi grand mufti

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It is permissible for girls to get married at age 10, Saudi Arabia's grand mufti has said, criticizing those who want to raise the legal marriageable age, the World Observer reported on its website April 24. 
A girl becomes ready for marriage at the age of 10 or 12 according to Islam, Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul-Aziz al-Sheikh said while stressing that Islamic law did not oppress women. 
"Those who call for raising the age of marriage to 25 are absolutely mistaken," al-Sheikh reportedly said in a lecture he gave at the faculty housing the mosque of Imam Mohamed bin Saud Islamic University in Riyadh.
"Our mothers and grandmothers got married when they were barely 12. Good upbringing makes a girl ready to perform all marital duties at that age," al-Sheikh said in response to a question raised by a female attendee on the practice of marrying minor girls without their consent. 
The Saudi Nation Human Rights Association (NHRA) has criticized the marriage of minors in the kingdom, considering it to be a "violation of childhood." 

NHRA said the practice of underage marriage was a breach of several U.N. treaties, including the Child Rights Treaty, which was signed by Saudi Arabia in 1996, and the Treaty for the Rights of Women, which the kingdom adopted in 2000.


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illawarrior hill

8/9/2012 12:07:00 PM

Even Islam requires consent to a marriage -consent of both bride and groom. How can a 12 year old child be deemed capable of informed legal consent? What adult man in his right mind would want to marry a child when he could have a woman. I can only imagine one possibe scenario ... he is so lousy in bed ... he needs someone he can control and who is incapable of knowing the difference!

Tony Cerone

6/26/2012 9:02:09 PM

Jewish conspiracy? Come on...Disgusting position to take on sanctioned child abuse. ....

sam stevens

6/21/2012 6:54:49 PM

10 year old girls can marry ? Yeah right, like they have a 'choice', this is sickening !

Ex Patriot

6/17/2012 6:51:13 PM

No big news ! Although there are laws against this in Turkey, there are still underage marriages going on. Worse is, government knows this and does not do anything against it !

US Observer

6/7/2012 7:54:38 PM

This thread is a classic microcosm of the problem with Islam right now. You have a story that is just sick and does not portray the religion in good light at all. Where are all of our usual pious posters? I have not seen one opine thoughts denouncing this Imam. Oh, other than the guy who immediately jumped to a Jew conspiracy to make Muslims look bad :/ which once again, makes the religion look bad. God gave man free will for a reason, I'm sure he would not object to public condemnation of evil.

Tekion Particle

6/6/2012 7:47:19 PM

@ Dr. Bashe Fuqdinleh. (By the way I don't think you are a doctor of anything ) What is Jewish got to do with this? Are you suggesting that the Jews made this Muhfti to say these things or you are admitting that you are a pedophile too?

Tekion Particle

6/6/2012 7:20:35 PM

So pedophilia is ok in Saudi Arabia the Micky Mouse kingdom. They behead people who stolen an apple then they allow the rape of a 10 year old girl I cannot get my head around that, can you?

Dr. Bashe Fuqdinleh

6/5/2012 9:46:25 AM

Thank you Michael. I believe this is all part of the Jewish conspiracy to discredit Islam.

In A Flap

5/19/2012 11:29:15 AM

and people wonder why islam is held in such contempt by some people. Just because people did something in the past, does not mean it is right. this is a charter for old men to abuse young girls.

Chris Green

5/18/2012 2:22:11 AM

Very well said, Rose White.
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