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Why Prophet Muhammad Married Aisha When She Was Only 9?

Posted on: April 11, 2011


In The name of Allah,The Most Merciful,The Most gracious

Why Prophet Muhammad Married Aisha When She

Was Only 9?

NOTE :  I WAS TALKING WITH A NON-MUSLIM ABOUT THIS ISSUE,AND HE GAVE ME THIS ARTICLE LINK,THIS SHOCKED ME ! BECAUSE HE WAS TAKING ARTICLE IN DIFFERENT WAY ! I REALIZED THAT THIS ARTICLE NEED UPDATE.

IN HISTORY WE DON;T HAVE CONFIRMED AGE OF AISHA R.A AT THE TIME OF MARRIAGE,SO THIS ARTICLE IS NOT CONFIRMING THAT HER AGE WAS 9.

THIS ARTICLE IS SHOWING THAT EVEN IF SHE WAS 9 :

Was this Marriage wrong before 1400 years ?  Did Muhammad s.a.w married her due to lust ? Was this marraige Wrong according to society and environment ?  Was this marriage done before her puberty ? 

Answer is NO .

I Will Publish another Article on same Issue Very Soon,In Article We will look at this Issue,using different way. InshahAllah.

Before We looked at this Issue from his marraige and Wife’s. Click here to read that article.
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Updated On : 14-feb-2013

 

1-It was a divine inspiration:

Before describing the rationale behind this married relation, let it be known that the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) married Sayyida Aisha not of his own desire rather it was a Divine inspiration. Read the following Hadith;

Narrated ‘Aisha:

That the Prophet said to her, “You have been shown to me twice in my dream. I saw you pictured on a piece of silk and some-one said (to me). ‘This is your wife.’ When I uncovered the picture, I saw that it was yours. I said, ‘If this is from Allah, it will be done.” {Bukhari :: Volume 5 :: Book 58 :: Hadith 235}

2-It was not out of his physical desires:

The Holy Prophet (Peace be upon him) did not marry Sayyidah Aisha out of his physical desires. One need to note that for first 54 years of his life he had only one wife. His only wife till 50th year of his life was Sayyida Khadija. He spent his entire youth with her and she was a two time widowed woman, 15 years elder to him. For next four years his only wife was Sayyidah Sa’uda.

3-Age of Marriage in Old Ages:

One must first understand that 1400 years ago was very different than now, times have changed and so have humans. 1400 years ago it was something very common to marry young girls, in fact they were not considered young girls, and rather they were considered young women back then. It is a historic fact that girls from the ages of 9 to 14 were being married in Europe, Asia, and Africa, in fact even in the United States girls at the age of 10 were also being married just more than a century ago.

Yet with these facts no historian claims that all these people were sick perverts, historians would call anyone who made such a claim to be arrogant and very stupid who has no grasp or understanding of history.

Even in Indo-Pak Sub-Continent girls used to be married at 12-13 even 50-60 years ago. And those ‘girls’ infact raised much better families. There were less family problems then. A simple analyses of the divorce rate then and know would certainly make it clear that maturity level earlier used to be different i.e. people used to come of age rather quickly.

4-Child Brides in Byzantine Empire:

http://www.roman-emperors.org/aggiefran.htm

Visit this link to see how common were the child brides in the Byzantine Empire.This article clearly states;”Child brides, whether Byzantines or foreign princesses, were the norm rather than the exception, especially from the late twelfth century”.

5-The Pagans of the Prophet’s time:

The fact that it was a completely acceptable thing can also be seen from the response of the pagans at that time. No Muslim or even pagan objected to the marriage because it was widely practiced. And even until today in 3rd world countries (Muslims and non-Muslims), little girls as young as 9 or 10 do get married. Anyway, the reason no one objected was to the Prophet’s marriage was:1-People used to have very short life-spans in Arabia. They used to live between 40 to 60 years maximum. So it was only normal and natural for girls to be married off at ages 9 or 10 or similar.2-Marriage for young girls was widely practiced among Arabs back then, and even today in many non-Muslim and Muslim countries

6-Engagement with Jubair bin Mutim:

It ought also be noted that Sayyidah Aisha ( RA) was engaged to Jubayr son of Mut’im before Prophet Muhammed (Peace be upon him. This indicates the age of marriage and engagement in Prophet’s time. However, the engagement was later nullified by Jubayr’s parents due to Abu Bakr (RA) embracing Islam.Doesn’t this indicate there was nothing bad in marrying a 9 year girl at that time?She must have been even younger when she was engaged to Jubair

7-Sayyidah Aisha was fit for marriage:

Furthermore as to the Holy Prophet’s marriage with Sayyidah Aisha, something people will notice is that the completion of the marriage was done when Sayyidah Aisha was 9 years old, not when she was 6, and there is a reason for that. The reason why this happened is because Sayyidah Aisha had been through puberty by the age of 9, and in Islam a female who under-goes puberty is considered a lady and is fit for marriage.
If we read the hadiths, we find that right before Sayyidah Aisha got married off to the Holy Prophet that she was sick and not feeling too well:

Narrated Sayyidah Aisha:

The Prophet engaged me when I was a girl of six (years). We went to Medina and stayed at the home of Bani-al-Harith bin Khazraj then I got ill and my hair fell down. Later on my hair grew (again) and my mother, Um Ruman, came to me while I was playing in a swing with some of my girl friends. She called me, and I went to her, not knowing what she wanted to do to me. She caught me by the hand and made me stand at the door of the house. I was breathless then, and when my breathing became all right, she took some water and rubbed my face and head with it. Then she took me into the house. There in the house I saw some Ansari women who said, “Best wishes and Allah’s Blessing and a good luck.” Then she entrusted me to them and they prepared me (for the marriage). Unexpectedly Allah’s Apostle came to me in the forenoon and my mother handed me over to him, and at that time I was a girl of nine years of age.” {Sahih Bukhari Volume 5, Book 58, Number 234}

So as we can see, Sayyidah Aisha got ill and her body was going through some changes, indicating that she was going through her puberty.

8-Sayyida Aisha never showed her displeasure:

Another striking thing to observe is that among hundreds of her narrations there is not even a single one showing her displeasure about this marriage. Hence, she had no problem with this relation. Infect it is manifest from several traditions that she loved the Holy Prophet (Peace be upon him) too much and even felt some sort of jealousy when she found others around him. Does this not prove that she was extremely happy about this marriage? So, when she herself had no problem at all then what’s the matter of concern for others?

9-A 9-year old Thai girl gave birth:

A 9 old girl can become a mother. If you don’t believe me then see here is the proof;

The news item is from the New Straits Times, 10/3/2001.

In our world today, we still have people who marry very young girls. Why should we object to someone who married a 9-year old girl 1400 years ago, when we still practice it today? The girl above even gave birth at the age of 9!

10-It was absolutely legal:

Prophet Muhammad’s marriage with Aisha was 100% legal and acceptable by all laws and Divine Religions. It is important to know that girls during the Biblical and Islamic days used to be married off at young ages when they either had their first periods, or their breasts start showing off. In other words, when they turn into “women”, then they get married off. It was quite different for men on the other hand, because physical power and the ability of living an independent life had always been and will always be a mandatory requirement for men to have in life. So men waited much longer than women in terms of getting married. The guy had to develop both his body and mind before he was ready for marriage. That is why you see girls as young as 9 or 10 were married to men as old as 30 or even older. The culture back then and in many of the world countries today (NON-MUSLIM ONES TOO) is quite different than what you live in today.And there is no divine law which is broken in marrying a girl of nine at any costs.

11-Her parents never objected:

Sayyidah Aisha’s mother and the Muslim women back then were O.K with her marriage. It was part of the Arab custom and still is in many of the Muslim and non-Muslim countries today for girls to marry at a very young age. When a girl’s body starts showing up (her breasts and her height and physical size), then she would be ready for marriage
The only reason why Sayyidah Aisha’s father, Abu Baker Al Sidique, broke her engagement with Jober is because he was a non-Muslim. Later, a woman named Kholeah Bint Hakeem suggested for Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him to marry Sayyidah Aisha, because the Prophet and Abu Baker became best friends. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) engaged Sayyidah Aisha for 3 years before he married her.

12-Muslims never concealed it:

Had there been any bad thinking regarding this marriage in minds of the people at that time. Muslims would have tried there best to conceal at that time. But they didn’t.

13-Refuting unjust Pagan views:

There were many baseless traditions in practice among the Arabs in those days. So Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was usually ordered by the Almighty ALLAH to refute such traditions through personal examples. Similar is the case of Prophet Muhammad’s marriage with Umm al Momineen Aisha (R.A.)

1-For a bad omen, Arab considered Shawwal a month prohibited for marriage. Sayyidah A’isha’s betrothal and departure from her parent’s house took place in Shawwal. This changed the ridiculous custom.

2-Another bad custom was that the Arabs did not give the hands of their daughters to those who they “called” their brothers (though were not actual brothers). This was the objection raised by Abu Bakr himself, when the Prophet (peace be upon him) made the proposal. The Prophet (Peace be upon him) then told him that a brother in faith was not an actual blood brother to be placed in the prohibited category.

14-Great Wisdom behind this marriage:

Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) marriage with Sayyidah Aisha at that age was indeed a great blessings for all the Muslims ever since. Most of the matters related to cleanliness, married relationship and other household issues have been cleared due to her narrations. She lived a long time after the death of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) and continued to teach the Ummah about matters of daily routine and great importance.

15-What was Sayyidah Aisha famous for ??

Well what was her specialty? I ask the critics.

Was it beauty?

Was it wealth?

No it was religion!Thus proving the DIVINE LOGIC.

Arwa Bin Zubair says, “I did not find anyone more proficient (than Aisha ) in the knowledge of the Holy Quran, the Commandments of Halal (lawful) and Haram (prohibited), Ilmul-Ansab and Arabic poetry. That is why, even senior companions of the Prophet used to consult Aisha in resolving intricate issues”.
(Jala-ul-Afham by Ibn Qaiyem and Ibn Sa’ad, Vol.2, p.26)

Also see this;

Abu Musa al-Ashari says: “Never had we (the companions) any difficulty for the solution of which we approached Aisha and did not get some useful information from her”. (Sirat-I-Aisha, on the authority of Trimidhi, pg. 163)

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402 Responses to "Why Prophet Muhammad Married Aisha When She Was Only 9?"

I actually enjoyed reading the story. I want you to send me more stories about Islam. More on the PROPHET(PBUH).

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the arabs of that time didn’t count the age of the women from the birth but from the moment of puberty -so aisha r.a was a girl of 18 -20 years old

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hz aisha r.a had a sister 10 years older we know her date birth and death so we can count the real age of hz aisha r.a

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JAMIL QADRI IS KAFIR KAFIR SHIA KAFIR

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Thanks a lot for this article now I can give answer to non Muslims. Allah bless you.

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praise and thank be to Allah !

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The only explanation is that this marriage took place to establish a strong connection between Abu Bakr’s family and Prohphet Muhammad a.s. It was not for a sexual relation. The best proof for that is that Muhammad a.s still lived continuesly with Hadija after that marriage and two years after Hadija give birth to Fatma. As everyone knows Muhammad a.s spent his most his time bringing up his daugther and his grandchildren. Aisha had never been in centre of his live. Nisa sure gives your an example > when he was front of the caravan with Hadija and his copanen aisha got lost for two days as she was at the very back.

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Jazakallah brother it was greatly helpful to answer the haters of islam.

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It is acceptable in our time to marry with underage girl? If, “Yes” then Muhammad, the prophet can be model …but if your answer is “NO” then Muhammad, the prophet is not a MOdel for all time…..please find an other Model….then may be the Qur’anic verse where it says that for every nation Allah send prophet…have ame meaning…..bye

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What is Under Age for you ?

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I say, bro.

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What do you say? …..
well in pakistan is 18 or plus and other parts of world have their own….. i am not saying that Muhammmad the prophet did “Right” or “wrong”. What I am saying is simply this “Is it acceptable in our time to marry with underage girl? Daily jang(Saturday, June 15, 2013, Shaban ul Muazzam 05, 1434 A.H. ) share news that 9 year girls was given in marraige but she ran to her grand father for help and police arested the person, 50 years old, who married her.But Muhammad the beloved prophet married with 9 years girl Asia and her father was helpless…because in the beginning he tried to save her child by tellin Muhammad, the prophet that we are brothers ….according to Arabs calture and moral values…they do not marry with half brother’s children …but Muhammad married her by abolishing moral values…and Asia’s father could not say her child….So sorry…. so it is up to u …take Muhammad role model. or not

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well in pakistan is 18 or plus and other parts of world have their own….. i am not saying that Muhammmad the prophet did “Right” or “wrong”. What I am saying is simply this “Is it acceptable in our time to marry with underage girl? Daily jang(Saturday, June 15, 2013, Shaban ul Muazzam 05, 1434 A.H. ) share news that 9 year girls was given in marraige but she ran to her grand father for help and police arested the person, 50 years old, who married her.But Muhammad the beloved prophet married with 9 years girl Asia and her father was helpless…because in the beginning he tried to save her child by tellin Muhammad, the prophet that we are brothers ….according to Arabs calture and moral values…they do not marry with half brother’s children …but Muhammad married her by abolishing moral values…and Asia’s father could not say her child….So sorry…. so it is up to u …take Muhammad role model. or not

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Well, in USA, drinking alcohol is not prohibited by legal terms. But Islam has prohibited it, for the benefit of men and women. This means, you cannot directly compare the rules of states with the rules of Islam. Islam allows something and prohibit another with real reasons and backgrounds. Moreover, the prophet Muhammad (PBUH) has never forced anyone to marry 9 year old girl / woman.

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How do you dare comparing a bottle of alcohol with a 9 y/old girl ? You are sick.

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Are you mad bro?

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Brother, I am not mad …..I am just talking the reality….. we need face reality…. and reality is that if any thing which is not good forever can be model for all times….. Muhammad, the Prophet’s deed, marrying Asia is not acceptable in our times …So, he cannot be our model…..

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jamil qadri is a fake muslim. may be a hindu or anti islam person.

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Wow mushkan parveen just because you cannot be objective doesn’t mean that you should say that… (don’t forget that Islam says that a true believer is one who asks questions and fight to know the truth and argue to know the truth)….

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Do i smell an islamist ?

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Good article in that it describes islam for what it is.. a medieval outdated oppressive and patriachal blood cult with a bit off paedophile excusing thrown in… if anyone set up a cult today based on the premises of moham they would be rightly condemned…education and technology is slowly destroying your religion around the world and is freeing women from this patriachal enslavement…your days are numbered with this fantasy religion..people want peace, freedom and to think for themselves … not a bunch of old men in turbans telling them lies/stories from 1400 years ..we already have islam lite and soon it will be driven back into the margins where it belongs…if you want to read happy stories that dont include fakery child abuse and hate try cinderella or snow white they are more relevant to the modern world than islam

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Well said

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Mike, with all due respect Islam is very ‘modern’ and humane, the moral values that live within us havent just been invented overnight; no, they were implanted looong ago in many civilizations.

The prophet Muhammed married for a number of legitimate reasons [as all stated above] and the modern day person would tell you it is disgusting, or even an act of pedophellia. This is very untrue, no messenger of God would even think of commiting any form of evil and I firmly believe that the Prophet Muhammed is the best, shining example of any man that ever lived. Most documentation is corrupted by its reader and the true message is adultrated to suite themselves and spread lie’s for false credit. What a shame

In relation to women, well these days they are plastered all around our tv’s/laptop screens….ofcourse the first natural thought would be of desire and lust, because they are shown in sexualized and demoralizing ways! No wonder the rape percentage is increasing…You tell me Mike how many women dressed in the Islamic attire [Full head to toe covering] would be attacked? Your answer is very little….Islam teaches respect and to look down whenever a woman passes you.

Finally, the stories handed down are FACTUAL, just like the stories of Jesus. We dont follow a lunatic religion where everyone jus grabs a sword and starts killing people for fun, that does NOT REPRESENT ISLAM in the least! Factions such as the Taliban/Al Qeada are giving your mind reason to assume Islam is barbaric and Unfair, when in reality it does not share any relation with violence and is peace loving. A few idiots who merely pay ‘lip service’ to thier religion and dont understand its roots; and then take innocent lives are not even considered to be muslim.

Peace, Love and Respect

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More justifications for the cult of islam.
Mate if Taliban & Al Queada etc etc (they all claim to be muslims and “fighting jihad” or “soldiers of allah” or some other dillusional cause) why you and all the other “peace loving muslims” get rid of these “factions”? Surely you guys can demonstrate (as you did when the “prophet” was insulted in a movie or a koran was accidently burnt).
Seems to me if taliban or al queada and other muslism wankers commit atrocities, killing thousands of innocents including their own kind, not much is done but burn the koran or insult the “prophet” and all hell breaks loose.
As for muhammad marrying a 6 year old and having sex with her when she was 9 and he was 54, seems to me he was a pedophile in any times, (including 1400 years ago.) I am sure if he was a real “pmessanger of god” .God would not have his messanger’s name tarnished in the future!!!

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Very well said brother.

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Well said Brother…May Allah guide us to straight path and open the harts..Summa Ameen..

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“We dont follow a lunatic religion where everyone jus grabs a sword and starts killing people for fun, that does NOT REPRESENT ISLAM in the least! Factions such as the Taliban/Al Qeada are giving your mind reason to assume Islam is barbaric and Unfair, when in reality it does not share any relation with violence and is peace loving.”

I agree with you……am a NON-Muslim,married lady who shares a very good relation with MUSLIM friends…..not just me even my husband is very fond of my closest Muslim friend(more of a brother than a friend)………the reason for all the ‘anti-islam’ is psuedo, media,politically created….

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There is no certain proof to say how old was she? by the way Mary was only 12 when she had Jesus so why no one talk about that ?

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No body raped her…so, there is no need to talk about her …that’s why no boy talks about her…but Asia was raped by the man name “MUHAMMAD” a so called or self right eous prophet…

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Pedophil is the man who marry a much yunger girl Joseph was more than 90 what is wrung with you people

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@ jamil Qadri–do you have proof that Muhammad (S.A.W) raped aisha (R.A)..if you dont know history then don’t talk about it..

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Parvez – Actually the problem is in Ayiesha’s statement. She said she was playing on the swing. Her mother came to take her, she did not know what was happening and she was scared. They washed her head and took her to Prophet(s). and she says prophet(s) married her when she was 6. and all that – Ayiesha’s statement is slanderous.

Ayiesha lied – she was actually 19 or 20 at the time of marriage and not 6. You are trying too hard to protect Ayiesha at the expense of prophet(s). The problem is not with what is true, the problem is with people who in trying to hide Ayiesha’s lie, end up destroying the true image of prophet(s)

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That’s right. Mary and her partner do not claim to be the go given role model for the world. So we don’t bother about them. But this fellow Muhammad is a different matter.

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Brother, what you say is so untrue and baseless. I would like to quote again the hadith {Sahih Bukhari Volume 5, Book 58, Number 234}, which has been included in the above article.

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jamil qadri who said to you Ayesha (ra) was raped ……???? if i tell you your mother was raped when she herself didnt encountered one what wil be your reaction….???? where have you been thumbsucking this information……????? is it your own sick imagination…..?????? Instead Ayesha (ra) reported how happy and honored she felt being the wife of MUHAMMED (PBUH) in her later stage of her life …..
there are some sick people in this world who dont feel angry when they see GAY, LESBIAN marrages happening around him in other words a man sucking a man and a women licking a women…. if this filthy disgusting act is considered legal and is welcomed in most of so called developed nations in our times.
i feel proud to say the messenger of our creator called MUHAMMED (PBUH) shows a example to this world that a man can ” MARRY “a younger women who have attained puberty and that too with her permission….

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First of All Don’t take a rape like word with Mother mary…. you are abusing her it was god’s wish to put a jesus(pbuh) in her womb.. and regarding mother of beleivers Aisha (ra) I think your society says it a rape to have a personal mate with a partner(husband) after marriage… Brother don’t mind I am not abusing you but what is the relation between your father and mother (cause they also have married) As per above quotes you believe that you too are the product of the rape… Think buddy.. May Allah(swt) show us the right path…

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Ever Man should follow Muhammad and have sex with child kill innocent people, rape women and should take pride in torturing non-believers. Don’t work but make good excuse to Loot and subjective people. Implement social justice to untolerent sharia

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Looks Like Non Muslims Don;t Rape ? they don;t have Sex ?

Don;t Work ? In Which World you are living.

so,In What your faith ? Tell me..I Will Give you your history how ur faith brothers kill….rapes…and loot.

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Hello brother… why want to go attack other people? This is not a debate for you to rebut opponents. Just ask yourself why you want to associate yourself with a lousy religion. Why? Why? Why?

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maam before saying anything better go through what actually the religion is and what it really says..dont talk bullshit here….

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Looks Like Non Muslims Don;t Rape ? they don;t have Sex ?

Don;t Work ? In Which World you are living.

so,In What your faith ? Tell me..I Will Give you your history how ur faith brothers kill….rapes…and loot.

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