Worst excuse ever.
(MEMRI) — Following are excerpts from a religious program presented by Egyptian cleric Sheik Abdallah Kamal, which aired on Safa TV on January 9, 2012:
Abdallah Kamal: I mentioned yesterday that the Prophet Muhammad married Aisha when she was six years old, and had sexual intercourse with her when she was nine years old. People might raise an eyebrow and ask how such a thing could be.
This hadith has been taken, by people with ulterior motives, and by people who hate the Prophet Muhammad — whether Christians, Orientalists, or even some Muslims. . . They, however, made a great mistake, and in their efforts to defend the Prophet Muhammad — and although we think highly of them — they made a very dangerous mistake, and attributed a falsehood to Imam Al-Bukhari, and made him appear to have made a mistake. […]
The environment differs from one place to another, from one climate to another, and from one country to another. In some countries, a girl reaches puberty at the age of 8 or 9. Moreover, religious scholars have written, in the books of jurisprudence that a girl may menstruate and even give birth at the age of 9 years. She can give birth at the age of 9 years.
Okay. So where is this cruelty and barbarism they are talking about? How can they claim that the Prophet Muhammad only cared about his desire and his lust? What is this obvious deception?
In warm places, girls reach puberty at a very early age — generally at the age of 8 years. In cold places, girls’ puberty is delayed until the age of 21 years — as is the case in some cold countries.