Home Ayesha's® Age at the time of her marriage
The logic that is usually presented to support the marriage of minors is that the Messenger of Allah
(PBUH) married Ayesha® when she was six years old, and that by the time she was nine, she was sent
off with him. As this is a very important matter, we thought it proper that the research on this issue be
included here. For the first time, it explains a very important and rather crucial fact.
There are a few matters that are unanimously agreed to in our society; that is nobody has any difference
of opinion about them. One of these is that Ayesha® was six years old at the time of her Nikah, and that
by the time she was nine, she was sent to live with her husband. This misconception is accepted as a fact,
to the extent that nobody ever feels the need for any research in this respect. Its foundation is based on
those accounts that are in the compilations of "Bokhari", "Tabri" and "Tabqat Ibne Saad" and others.
However, one finds in these and other similar history books, such assertions that in fact contradict these
accounts. On the contrary, they prove that Ayesha® was much older at the time of her marriage.
Before we analyze this matter in light of historical evidence, it is necessary to understand one or two
vital pre-requisites. Firstly, the laws in The Quran concerning marriage and divorce were revealed long
after the migration of Nabi Muhammad (PBUH) from Makkah to Madina. Ayesha's® Nikah or sending-
off happened either before or during the years of Migration. Therefore it is obvious that it happened
before the relevant Quranic laws were revealed. As would be discussed later it was customary among
Arabs to negotiate or finalize a proposal before marriage. This was the same as what in our society is
called as giving one's word or getting engaged. The Quran mentions Nikah only, it does not mention any
promises or engagements. As such, when those historical accounts state that Ayesha's® Nikah was
performed at the age of six and she was sen