Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Watch: Palestinian TV celebrates uncle who married his 12-year-old niece

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An interview with a Jordanian-Arab couple, Abu Wajdi and Sara Al-Qassem, who have been married for 78 years, provided a glimpse of Islamic marriage traditions in British Syria-Palestina in the 1940s before the establishment of the State of Israel & Jordan:
Official PA TV host: "Tell us how did you meet your wife?"
Jordanian citizen Abu Wajdi Al-Qassem: "She is my cousin. She was born abroad [Egypt] and lived [there] with her family.
At the time, her father said to everyone: 'When we come to Palestine, this girl is intended for Abu Wajdi Al-Qassem.'"
(PA TV host): "How old was she?"
Abu Wajdi Al-Qassem: "Right when she was born she was given to me in my absence, but when she came [here] she was 12. (Laughing) She was 12. However, in Islam it is permissible..."

To this day, the practice of child marriage is considered a social norm throughout the Arab-Muslim world.
This is the story of millions of girls all over the Middle East, Asia and Africa in countries practicing Sharia laws where there is no age restriction for marriage.
Under Sharia law girls can marry at the age of 6, just like the Prophet Muhammad from the Koran did when he married Aisha. Muhammad consummated his marriage with Aisha when she was nine.