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Aisha bint Abu Bakr (604-678; Arabic: عائشة بنت أبوبکر‎) was the third wife of Muhammad. Aisha is given honour in Islam, especially in the Sunni branch. She is often called by Muslims Umm-al-mu'minin which means "the Mother of the Believers".

Aisha was the daughter of Um Ruman and Abu Bakr of Mecca. Aisha was six or seven years old when she was betrothed to Muhammad. (Marriage under the age of 21 was common worldwide at the time)[1][2] She was not Muhammad's only wife.[3] The reason for her young age may have been to make sure she was a virgin. They had sex when she hit puberty at age nine or ten. Some people describe the relationship as hebephilic.[4]

Her ten-year marriage to Muhammad ended when he died. Aisha lived fifty more years in and around Medina. Much of her time was spent learning the Quran, and the Sunnah of Muhammad.

References[change | change source]

  1. D. A. Spellberg, Politics, Gender, and the Islamic Past: the Legacy of A'isha bint Abi Bakr, Columbia University Press, 1994, p. 40
  2. Karen Armstrong, Muhammad: A Biography of the Prophet, Harper San Franscisco, 1992, p. 157.
  4. Ahmed, Leila. "Women and the Advent of Islam." Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 11.4 (1986): 665-691