Top Saudi cleric says child brides are cool!

Prince Faisal gets a hug from Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul-Aziz Al al-Sheikh
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The debate over the practice of men marrying children in Saudi Arabia was back in the spotlight this week, with the kingdom’s top cleric refusing to annul the marriage of an 8-year-old girl to a 47-year-old man.

“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…”

“We hear a lot in the media about the marriage of underage girls,” he said, according to the newspaper. “We should know that Shariah law has not brought injustice to women…”

The Saudi Ministry of Justice has not made any public comment on the issue.

The concept of Age of Consent doesn’t mean a hell of a lot – when there is no opportunity for consent. Or refusal.

5 thoughts on “Top Saudi cleric says child brides are cool!

  1. Cinaedh says:

    Saudi Arabia is not a place that comes to mind when I think about The Free World. If it wasn’t for oil, they’d be shunned by enlightened people around the world.

    As it stands now, we’re fully supporting this and other, similar obscenities.

    • BOBBY says:

      what we really need to understand is what do you real mean when you say obscenities? marriage always seem to a issue when it comes to islam… wwhat really seems to me as a obscenities is that having 5 girlfreinds breeding them with children and then claiming on the welfare system take away the welfare system element and what you are left with is what monkeys and apes do in the jungle!!! at least marriage is a lawfull think outside the box and you will see the perfect system for humanitie is ISLAM with its DIVINE LAWS!!!

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