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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 …

How Islam Views Early Marriage

How Islam Views Early Marriage

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. In this fatwa: 1- As for the question of marriage and the proper age of the girl, Islam considers the interests and well-being …

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 …



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