Muhammad in the Quran, Vol. 4: Chapter 91
15 Dec. 2015
MUHAMMAD AND CHILDREN
Islam is a religion for men, and primarily for the warrior - like most war religions through the times. It says little about women and even less about children - though it clearly tells that a good Muslim will have their children around them in Paradise, but without debating how it is possible for the children all to qualify to the same garden (there are 4 or 6 or more gardens in the heaven meant for ordinary believers) and heaven (there are 7 according to the Quran - one above the other high above the flat Earth (all these 3 claims are wrong - Earth is not flat, and astronomy of today has long since proved there is no material heaven - the heavens must be material if the stars are fastened to one of them, and for bodily resurrected Muslims to walk and live on them - not to mention 7 one above the other.)) How many of Muhammad's descendants did f.x. qualify for the same heaven as Muhammad? His heaven - the 7th - is for absolute top prophets, and not even Jesus qualified for it. None of Muhammad's children or later descendants were top prophets, and thus could not qualify for such a heaven. The Quran also did not explain how it is possible for every man (the same is not said about women) in Paradise to have his children around him. One thing is that maybe they did not qualify for the same garden or the same heaven, but also: A good Muslim gets his 6 sons around him in say garden number 4. Time passes, and then each of his sons gets his say 5 sons on average around him, like the Quran promises = 30 sons + the original 6 = 36. Another generation passes, and the say 5 sons of each of the 30 arrives = 150 + the 36 = 186. One more generation - say 4 sons each this time = 600 + the 186 = 786. Generation number 5 a 4 sons each = 2400 + 786 = 3186. Generation 6 a 4 sons = 9600 + 3186 = 12.786. Generation 7 a 4 sons = 38.400 + 12.876 = 50.276. Generation 8 say 3 sons each = 115.200 + 50.276 = 165.476. Etc.
To get children, the man and each of the sons had to have at least one wife. Add this to the sons, and you get 330.952 or more. In addition there are the houris. Islam tells that a good Muslim can get up to 72 houris each. Say that these have been good, but far from top Muslims, and each has got 20 houris. that makes 3.309.520 houris + 330.952 = 3.640.472 persons. This was after only 8 generations. Now there are roughly 50 generations since Muhammad started Islam. How many hundreds of millions or billions are there after 50 generations? Remember that this mathematically is a geometric line, and geometric lines raise fast.
But this is the only way each man in each generation can have his children around himself in Paradise, like the Quran promises. The extended family. Here very extended - not to say extended "ad absurdum".
And each man his private throne, luxurious home, etc.
As said the Quran does not talk much about children, except that orphans are relatively often mentioned, and Muhammad always advised people to take care of orphans. The reason for this may be that Muhammad was an orphan himself - his father died before he was born, and his mother when he was six. But even if this care for orphans was personally motivated, it is one of the (not too many - sorry) positive sides of Muhammad. Another is that he put an end to what sometimes happened, that unwanted babies - normally girls - were killed (buried alive). But it must be added that also Muslim scientists says that this was something which happened far more seldom than some Muslims claimed and claim to sully pagan Arabs. But for these two points and that children would live near their father in Paradise, not much is said about children in the Quran.
There also s another aspect with the theme Muhammad and children: Pedophilia. Aisha - likely born in 613 AD - was married to him likely in 619 AD, 6 years old. Sex between them started when she was 9 - nine - years old in 622 AD (he then was some 52 years - 43 years older than she). As damning: This child was his favorite wife until he died some 10 years later.
Islam and Muslims try to excuse this by claiming that sex with children was nothing special at that time. But Muhammad - and Islam and Muslims - claim(ed) that he was no ordinary man, but the representative of a good and benevolent god (and thus should set standards on Earth). Any omniscient, good, and benevolent god - and any man of 52 - knew that no girl of 9 ever was sexually mature. This "explanation" or excuse or explaining away thus is invalid.
But Muhammad did set the Muslim standard for sex with children - pedophilia: There really is no lower limit for the age of children when men can start sex with them, but it is absolutely clear that it at least is "lawful and good" from the girl is 9 years old, because Muhammad's - the moral pinnacle of Islam - pedophilia "proves" that it is morally ok and just at least from the girl is 9 years.
But Muhammad and pedophilia is not a subject for this chapter.
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001 2/83c: "- - - treat with kindness - - - orphans - - -". One of Islam's positive sides is its care for orphans - frequently mentioned in the Quran, perhaps because Muhammad was an orphan himself (his father died before he was born, his mother when he was 6).
002 4/2b: “To orphans restore their property (when they reach their age), nor substitute (your) worthless things for (their) good ones; and devour not their substance (by mixing it up) with your own. For this is indeed a great sin". One of the verses behind the Sharia laws.
003 4/3a: “If ye (Muslims*) fear that ye shall not be able to deal justly with the orphans, marry women of your choice – two or three or four - - -“. Sometimes an ok excuse for a marriage? (By the way: This is the verse which permits Muslim men to have 4 wives (+ sex with as many slave girls/women as you can afford).
004 4/36b: “- - - do good - to parents, kinfolks, orphans, those in need, neighbors who are near, neighbors who are strangers, the Companion by your side, the wayfarer (ye meet), and what your right hand possess (= slaves*) - - -”. Allah likes people who do good - even to slaves. Your slaves are mentioned after even wayfarers you happen to meet, but they are mentioned. Proving Islam was planning to end slavery? Hardly.
005 17/34: "Come not neigh to an orphan's property - - -". Muhammad's care for orphans - perhaps because he was one himself - is one of the sympathetic sides of the Quran. There is one bad point though: A man with an orphan young girl in his house - it is too easy for him to marry her (for lust or for her money if she has inherited something).
006 19/30-33b (A19/24 – in the 2008 edition A19/23): A similar case as 18/84 above: As baby (Jesus) impossibly could be a prophet, this even according to Islam. There has to be other explanations, according to the Muslim scholars.
007 65/6d: "- - - just - - -". There is not too much justice in the sharia laws when it comes to handling children in cases of divorce - it is the interests of the father which counts. When you like we have met a quite young, divorced mother who hides herself behind a hedge to be able sometimes to see her primary school child, you see how much "justice" there are in those laws. Worse: Such laws are bad for the children - it is elementary psychology that children normally need and benefit from contact with both parents.
008 70/11b: "- - - the sinner's desire will be: would that he could redeem himself from the Penalty of the Day by (sacrificing) his children". The sacrifice of children did happen in old Arabia, but in contradiction to what the Quran liked to claim, even Muslim scholars today say it only happened infrequently. But why not paint the opponents as black as possible?
009 75/38b: (A75/16): "For this rendering of 'sawwa - - -: The stress on Allah's creating man AFTER he has been a sprout (English 2008 edition "germ-cell", a word which did not exist in Arab or any other language at the time of Muhammad or in the 650s AD when Umar had his official Quran made) 'who fasten itself' (omitted in the English 2008 edition), is a metonym for His endowing the (originally) primitive organism with what is described as a 'soul'". In Islam the fetus is not a human until Allah has given it a soul some time after it is conceived. According to Hadiths this happen when the fetus is 4 months old. The Quran does not tell what a fetus is before this.
010 81/8: "- - - the female (infant), buried alive - - -". In the old Arabia this happened to unwanted babies, mostly girls (boys were much more valuable). But science today - included Muslim scientists (f.x. A81/4) - have found that it did not happen often - Muslims overstated the fact to sully their opponents.
012 89/19: "- - - devour inheritance - - -". Beware that it is unlikely Muhammad here talks about your own inheritance. It is likely he means the inheritance belonging to orphans whom you take care of.
013 90/15-16: “(A good deed is among others*) the giving of food in a day of privation to the orphans with the claims of relationship.” Take care of the orphans.
014 93/6: (A93/3): “Did He (Allah*) not find thee an orphan and give thee shelter (and care)?” Who really is “thee” in this sentence? – Muhammad, who lost his parents early? – or man who found Islam? – or - - -? Impossible to say. Clear speech?
015 93/9: "- - - treat not the orphan with harshness - - -". Muhammad lost his father before he was born, and his mother when he was 6. This may be the reason for this positive side of the Quran.
Sub-total Chapter 91 = 15 + 10.068 = 10.083.
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This work was upload with assistance of M. A. Khan, editor of islam-watch.org and the author of "Islamic Jihad: A Legacy of Forced Conversion, Imperialism, and Slavery".