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Delinking Child Marriage from Islam Is Key to Solving the Crisis

My mother-in-law was married at the age of 13. You might be tempted to think that she was probably the victim of the “Islamic law” she lived under. But if you were to think that, you would be totally wrong. My mother-in-law was raised Christian in the American South. My husband is a convert to …

Child Marriage in the US - Not a Muslim Phenomenon

“I got married three days after I turned 17,” explains Aisha Zaky, an American Muslim who is now 37 years old. “It was my decision. After my father passed away when I was fifteen, many people asked for my hand, because they loved my father. After meeting my now ex-husband for the first time, I …

Early Marriage - 3 Muslim Women Narrate Their Stories

Read Part One Back when she was seventeen, Aisha was one of those clear-thinking, capable, and responsible young women.  “Originally,” she explains, “my main reason for wanting to get married at an early age was to protect myself from promiscuity and any fitnah of that type. I saw other Muslim teens around me falling into …

When Parents Force Their Child Into Marriage...

“I was married when I was only 12,” she said calmly and matter-of-factly, as we all let out small but audible gasps of surprise, “..when I was still studying in school. I was informed that I wouldn’t be enrolling into the new academic year.” She paused to reflect, then went on, “My teachers were in …

Why So Many Unfair Marriage Practices?

Salam (Peace) Jonny,  I need to thank you for your question and for coming to About Islam with it. But I think you have confused many different types of marriages: child marriage (girls 12-13 years old), forced marriage, pragmatic marriage without love (for money), and early marriage (14-17 years old). And you held Islam responsible for …

Getting Married without a Written Contract: Valid?

Wa `alaykum as-salamu wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh. In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger. Dear brother in Islam, we would like to thank you for the great confidence you place in us. We implore Allah Almighty to …

Why Does Islam Allow Marriage at an Early Age?

Why Does Islam Allow Marriage at an Early Age?

Salam Dear Sister, Thank you for contacting us with your question. You are correct. Child marriage is indeed a controversial issue in the current era, because if not done with the right intentions and according to the prescribed manner, it can open the door to exploitation and injustice towards innocent children, especially when their parents use their …



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