Interesting video at MEMRI, of an interview with a former Hizbullah Member, Rami ‘Aleiq, on Rotana Music TV. Rami ‘Aleiq is now reformed, apparently having undergone some form of pseudo Christian rituals, though he maintains that he’s still a Muslim. The part of his obtaining temporary marriage contracts with prostitutes is interesting enough, but what really caught the eye is at the end of the video, where he admits to having sex with a nine year old girl.
Listen up folks. No matter how many times apologists try to down play Mohamed’s sexual escapades with nine year old Aisha, -that it was “permitted way back then, or that Mohamed was a product of that period in time, so you shouldn’t judge him by today’s standards”- the fact remains, that Mohamed is still regarded as the supreme example for human behavior within Islam.
“The messenger of GOD has set up a good example for those among you who seek GOD and the Last Day, and constantly think about GOD.” Koran 33:21
So it stands to reason that he will be imitated in this respect as well, since he’s supposedly the perfect man. Anyone raising the logical point that his behaviour in this respect, is not fitting for any generation in history, let alone in the 21 century, risks being labeled an apostate.
Interviewer: [In your book,] you write: “When I went on trips, I used to go secretly with several young friends to the Al-Marja neighborhood in Damascus. We would go to a hotel in order to have sex with prostitutes for 500 Syrian liras per half hour.” To justify this, you write: “None of us would make physical contact with the girl he chose before signing a formal pleasure-marriage contract with her.” Isn’t marriage meant to be out of pure intentions? Weren’t you conning God this way?
Rami ‘Aleiq: You’re right. Pleasure-marriage means conning God, as well as ourselves. I am against this way of relating to sex and to women. […] This is something that still goes on. It is wrong.
Interviewer: Back then you were an observant Shiite Muslim from Hizbullah, weren’t you?
Rami ‘Aleiq nods. […]
Interviewer: How did you ever dare to sign a pleasure-marriage contract with a nine-year-old girl?
Rami ‘Aleiq: In our culture, in order to be able to touch a girl or a woman, there must be a contract of pleasure-marriage. […]
Interviewer: We are talking about a nine-year-old girl…
Rami ‘Aleiq: Sure. In Islam, and this is what we were taught, a girl is mature from the age of nine. This is true with regard to Sunnis as well as Shiites. You are focusing on Shia Islam, because I am a Shiite, but according to religious jurisprudence, a girl is mature at the age of nine. This is where we got this idea. I was a child, and so was she, so I was not allowed to touch her, if I didn’t form with her the kind of relation that permitted this.
Mohamed, was a pedophile, and those who follow in his footsteps, in the mistaken belief that he is the supreme example of human behaviour, are pedophiles as well. The more you find out about Islam, the more there is not to like. KGS
UPDATE: And to further make a point, here’s this:
The norm sets the limit at the age of 17, but according to Islamic figures, this goes against Sharia, and therefore Parliament cannot legislate on the matter. Meanwhile, lawmakers have decided to delay by two years the political elections scheduled for April.
Sana’a (AsiaNews) – Some Yemeni religious figures have launched a “fatwa” against the law recently approved by Parliament that sets the minimum age for marriage at 17. The statement, signed by the rector of Al-Eman University, Sheikh Abdul-Majid al-Zindani, and by representatives of the party Islamic Islah, is aimed at eliminating the minimum age limit.
The question of the minimum age for marriage in Yemen was brought to the attention of world public opinion last April, following the case of Nojud Mohammed Ali, an 8-year-old girl who requested and obtained a divorce after being forced to marry a 30-year-old man.
News Yemen reports that the 17 signers of the “fatwa” claim that the law has no Islamic foundation and violates Sharia, the Islamic law, which the Constitution of the country affirms as the basis of all of its laws. “The marriage age,” says the assistant secretary general of the Islah party, Mohammad Assadi, “is an Islamic rule, and political parties cannot intervene in such affairs.”
H/T: For the Yemen story: Baron Bodissey