A video explaining the process of the erasure of Aisha’s true age, requested, though want this post to be about her and not her age.
We had the following conversation (which can be viewed on the post after my comment is out of moderation [Tazaqqa’s comment is more relevant anyway]):
[…]The first problem with this video is that it is untrue that most of the hadiths about Aisha’s age are transmitted by Hisham al Urwa. There is this hadith. There is also this one and this and this.
The other problem is that there are other hadith that indirectly shed light on her age like the first link I provided above and this one. Either Aisha was a young girl who liked to play on swings with her friends and with her dolls and Solomon’s Horses with her clay horses while married or she was nineteen years old and severely immature.
The third issue is that Bukhari is not the only one to report hadiths that Aisha was a young girl. There is Muslim here and here. It is also reported seven times in Sunan Abu Dawood. One link is here. Tabari mentions her age to be nine as well in Tabari, Volume 7, Page 7 and Volume 9 p. 129-131. There is one hadith in Sunan Nasa’I, Sunan Ibn Majah, narration in Ibn Ishaq, Ibn Kathir and several other compilations.
That being said I think everyone has the right to believe what they want. If someone cannot like Muhammad while believing that he married a child then obviously it is important for them to believe that he married Aisha when she was 19. Why 19? Because it is a modern legal age for marriage of course, and hence it satisfies our modern feelings about a man who lived 1400 years ago. […] However, I have nothing against anyone who thinks that she was 19 years old or even 23 years old. To each their own.
[…]I’m a little offended […] that you would suggest those of us who believe she was 19 would be doing so because we *need* to believe it. Believing is not a choice. There are a lot of things I would *choose* not to believe except I know for a fact that they are truth and believe them against my will. Rather, I have an issue with the way that hadiths are collected, I have an issue with the fact that they were collected at all, and I believe that the very fact that they were collected contradicts the purpose of their existence, as the Prophet did not wish them to be written in the first place because he feared they would be held to a degree of undeserving importance. I am not* trying to apply a modern legal age to the past, I would have no problem accepting Muhammad as a Prophet of God if I DID believe A’isha was nine, and I am certainly not being apologetic.
I think I’ll probably have to do another post on A’isha’s actual life, since this one has been taken over by her age debate.
Also, I don’t think playing with clay horses at 19 is “severely immature.” Clay horses are awesome. And it’s possible to play with dolls and maturely kick ass at the same time.