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Girls are ready to marry aged 10, says top Saudi cleric
Saudi Arabia's most powerful cleric recently called for the demolition of all churches on the Arabian peninsula. Now he is courting controversy again with his comments on the marriageable age for females.
- Simon McCormack
- Saudi Arabia
- April 25, 2012
That's what Saudi Arabia's Grand Mufti, Sheikh Abdul-Aziz Al al-Sheikh said when asked about marrying minor girls without their consent, according to The World Observer.
He also insisted that girls are ready for marriage by age 10 or 12.
"Our mothers and grandmothers got married when they were barely 12," he said, according to the Observer. "Good upbringing makes a girl ready to perform all marital duties at that age."
Omid Safi, a professor of religious studies at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, told The Huffington Post that al-Sheikh's comments show he is out of touch with modern Islam.
"The Mufti's quote is disastrous on so many fronts, namely because it removes the element of consent from marriage, (no 10-year-old girl can reasonably be expected to give her consent to marriage to an adult)," Safi wrote in an email. "It is yet another indication of the way in which the Saudi religious authorities are out of touch with their own populations and the emerging consensus of Islamic norms worldwide."
Arabian Business reports that Saudi Arabia is facing international pressure to set a minimum age for marriage after "cases involving children forced into wedlock with older men."
The Christian Science Monitor notes that, in 2009, Saudi courts declined to nullify a marriage between a 6-year-old girl and a 58-year-old man.
Full Story: Sheikh Abdul-Aziz al-Sheikh, Saudi Arabian Mufti, Says Girls Ready For Marriage At 10 Years Old
Source: Huffington Post Religion