Is It True that Aishah Was 9 When She Married the Prophet?

Name of Questioner: Bernice

Date: 22-10-2019 07:39:55 PM

Consultant: Ask About Islam Editorial Team


Is it true that Aishah was 9 when she married the Prophet?

Dear Bernice,

Thank you for your question.

Answering your question, Dr. Jasser Auda, Professor and Al-Shatibi Chair of Maqasid Studies at the International Peace College South Africa, the Executive Director of the Maqasid Institute, states:

Aishah (may Allah be pleased with her) was not 9 or 11 when she married the Prophet (peace be upon him).

I know that this is one of the narrations you find in the books of history.

But given that Aishah converted to Islam “with her father”, then she migrated to Madinah as a teenager and that she married the Prophet later, scholars had estimated her age to be at least 16 when she married the Prophet (peace be upon him).

We hope this answers your question.

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