The question has crossed my mind several times – in fact every time there is a report of sexual child abuse in the local media, and the subsequent comments when it is posted on this blog and CAWM group wall on Facebook.
The accusation is that it is Islam that promotes sexual child abuse and that it is inspired by Prophet Muhammadh S.A.W’s marriage to Aisha R.A.
The Islam that I know and believe in does not promote sexual child abuse or the abuse of any human being inlcluding women. It is a religion of respect and dignity. Our Prophet is an icon of tolerance and all human qualities that we hear about in the civilized world.
It is sad that some “uneducated” and “uncivilized” minds who have come to portray Islam as unfit for civilized human existence. It is the likes of our magistrates and religous clerics who take a simplistic and pure literal meaning of certain arabic literature to show that children are good for giving away in marriage.
A very classic example of the arrogance of certain “uncivilized” Islamic clerics is what one Sheikh said on national TV recently. He is reported to have said that there is no specific punishment in Islamic Sharia for homosexuality. He made this remark in a discussion relating to the paedophile who had sexually abused over 35 underage boys!
It is the cleric’s lack of a proper breadth of understanding in Islam that he could not see the obvious, in the teaching of Islam; and not a wrong with Islam itself!