Top Saudi cleric: OK for young girls to wed
lemondrop / lemondrop staff
03-Mar-2009 (5 comments)

The debate over the controversial practice of child marriage in Saudi Arabia was pushed back into the spotlight this week, with the kingdom's top cleric saying that it's OK for girls as young as 10 to wed. "It is incorrect to say that it's not permitted to marry off girls who are 15 and younger," Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Sheikh, the kingdom's grand mufti, said in remarks quoted Wednesday in the regional Al-Hayat newspaper. "A girl aged 10 or 12 can be married. Those who think she's too young are wrong and they are being unfair to her." The issue of child marriage has been a hot-button topic in the deeply conservative kingdom in recent weeks.
Late last month, a Saudi judge refused to annul the marriage of an 8-year-old girl to a 47-year-old man.



anonymous fish

This is outrageous!

by anonymous fish on

and just WHO gets to decide if she's reached puberty?

Despite her mother's vehement disagreement with the marriage, the child was married off anyway, because it turns out that mothers in Saudi Arabia do not have the same rights as fathers. I can't believe any father would sell his 8 year old daughter like this... and that any court wold allow it.  It is beyond disgusting and shameful.



we have oil...

by Net&yaboooo (not verified) on

YES . buy our OIL and we buy US millitary JUNK.
bad hunam rights in kingdom.wake up KING .


Why Are We Surprised?

by LalehGillani on

Islam allows the marriage. He is upholding a Sharia law recognized by the Ulama and Islam’s jurisprudence. As long as Saudi Arabia is a Muslim state, every man has the right to practice his legal right to marry a child.

In the modern world, we call it pedophilia. In Muslim states, they call it a time honored tradition established by the Prophet Mohammad himself.

Kaveh Nouraee

What Did You Expect?

by Kaveh Nouraee on

Humanity? Decency? Morality? A sense of values?

Their brains are malfunctioning as a result of the combination of desert heat and the fumes from the oil wells.

And what's worse is that there are people who live here amongst the rest of us who find nothing wrong with this at all.


I think those corrupt Arabs

by capt_ayhab on

I think those corrupt Arabs are having hard time filling up their Harems?