By Mawlana Abdul Azīm bin Abdur Rahman
Foreword by Mufti Ebrahim Desai: A person – Nilofar Ahmed – has published an article in the Dawn newspaper claiming Hadhrat ‘A’isha (may Allah be pleased with her)’s age was at least eighteen during marriage. This is substantiated with statements of muhaddithīn, Ayāt, and historical facts.
This research rebuts the claim and points out the inaccuracies and academic dishonesty in the article. This is a research by Mawlāna Abdul Azīm, who is also a student in Takhassus Fil-Hadīth at the Darul Iftaa [Mahmudiyyah, Durban]. Read the article of the Dawn newspaper first [click here to read]. You will observe how a simple minded person can get easily convinced with the article.
Due to the limitations of the mind, there are certain issues that are not easily comprehended by everyone. Generally there are two approaches in addressing such issues. The first is an apologetic one. In this, one endeavours to hide a reality in order to earn the confidence and pleasure of others. Authentic facts are denied and replaced by apparently appealing information with the fear that the masses, especially non-Muslims will have a negative understanding of Islam if the factual situation is presented.