[The Bible on young girl Mary's marriage with much older Joseph - The Carpenter ]
As it is Christian evangelists and other believers in the Bible who have been bitterly reviling the Holy Prophet Muhammad
on account of his marriage with Aisha (Peace be with them all), we put to them the practices of the great patriarchs and prophets that are recorded in the Bible itself in this connection.
The main accusations regarding the marriage of Aisha are that she was too young in age while the Holy Prophet was a much older man, being fifty years of age, and that consent to marriage was either not obtained from her or she was not capable of giving it.
Mary and Joseph
The most famous marriage in Christianity is no doubt that of Mary, Jesus’ mother, with Joseph. While the following details are not in the canonical Gospels in the Bible, it appears from other early Christian writings (known as apocryphal writings) that Mary was twelve years old when the temple elders decided to find a husband for her. They selected the husband by drawing lots, and Joseph whom they chose was an elderly man, being according to some accounts ninety years old. The husband was selected and Mary was handed over to him, and she played no part in his selection.
These accounts are summed up in the Catholic Encyclopedia, 1913 edition, which is available online, as follows:
“It will not be without interest to recall here, unreliable though they are, the lengthy stories concerning St. Joseph’s marriage contained in the apocryphal writings. When forty years of age, Joseph married a woman called Melcha or Escha by some, Salome by others; they lived forty-nine years together and had six children … A year after his wife’s death, as the priests announced through Judea that they wished to find in the tribe of Juda a respectable man to espouse ...........................................
**** Mary, then twelve to fourteen years of age, Joseph, who was at the time ninety years old****, .................................
went up to Jerusalem among the candidates; a miracle manifested the choice God had made of Joseph …” [In article St. Joseph, under letter J. Here is a link to this article in the online Catholic Encyclopedia.http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/08504a.htm]
Although these apocryphal accounts are not now accepted by many Christians, and the Catholic Encyclopedia says that they “are void of authority”, yet it also speaks of their influence as follows:
“they nevertheless acquired in the course of ages some popularity; in them some ecclesiastical writers sought the answer to the well-known difficulty arising from the mention in the Gospel of the Lord’s brothers; from them also popular credulity has, contrary to all probability, as well as to the tradition witnessed by old works of art, retained the belief that St. Joseph was an old man at the time of marriage with the Mother of God.”
However, these accounts are accepted by the Eastern churches. The website of the Ukrainian Orthodoxy has an article on this subject entitled An Elderly Joseph which agrees with the presentation in the apocryphal writings “of Joseph as an elderly man, a widower with adult children”. It concludes:
“The Christian East’s picture of Joseph as a courageous, faithful, God-centred elderly widower rings true.”
We give below, as Appendix, a quotation from one of these apocryphal books, The Infancy Gospel of James, describing how Mary’s husband was selected.
While the Western Christian churches may not accept these accounts as authentic, the Eastern churches in Europe do accept that Mary was 12 years old and Joseph a widower 90 years old when they married. Moreover, there is nothing in the Gospels of the New Testament to contradict these accounts, and the Gospel stories are not at all inconsistent with these ages for Mary and Joseph.
Alá es Quien ha creado los cielos y la tierra y ha hecho bajar agua del cielo, mediante la cual ha sacado frutos para sustentaros. Ha sujetado a vuestro servicio las naves para que, por Su orden, surquen el mar. Ha sujetado a vuestro servicio los ríos."
"Ha sujetado a vuestro servicio el sol y la luna, que siguen su curso. Ha sujetado a vuestro servicio la noche y el día." "Os ha dado de todo lo que Le habéis pedido. Si os pusierais a contar las gracias de Alá, no podríais enumerarlas.
Biography of Shaikh. Muhammad Nasiruddin al-Albani (Rahimahu Allah) .. (1914 – October 2, 1999)
He was an influential Albanian Sunni Muslim Islamic scholar of the 20th Century; he specialized in the fields of hadith and fiqh. He was also
a prolific writer and speaker.
Biography: Early life
Al-Albani was born into a poor family in the city of Shkodër. His father, Nasserudin, had completed Sharia studies in Istanbul and returned to Albania. During the reign of secularist Ahmet Zogu, al-Albani's family disagreed with the Western-influenced views of the government and migrated to Damascus. In Damascus, he completed his early education, and taught himself the Quran, Tajwid, Arabic linguistic sciences, Hanafi Fiqh and further branches of the religion with the help of native scholars. In the meantime, he used to earn his living by working as a watchmaker, a trade he learned from his father.
Beginning of hadith studies
By the age of twenty al-Albani began specializing in the field of hadith and its related sciences, becoming influenced by articles in Al-Manaar magazine. He began work in this field by transcribing Abd al-Rahim ibn al-Husain al-'Iraqi's monumental Al-Mughnee 'an-hamlil-Asfar fil-Asfar fee takhrej maa fil-lhyaa min al-Akhbar.
Ibn Abdullah al-Bajali reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him, said, “Whoever is killed under the banner of blind following, who calls to tribalism or supports tribalism, then he has died upon ignorance.”
Abu Huraira reported: The Prophet, peace be upon him, said, “None will enter Paradise but will be shown the place he would have occupied in the Fire if he had rejected faith, so that he may be more thankful; and none will enter the Fire but will be shown the place he would have occupied in Paradise if he had faith, so that may be a cause of sorrow for him.”
Suhaib reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him, said, “Wondrous is the affair of the believer for there is good in every matter of his and this is not the case with anyone except the believer. If he is happy, then he thanks Allah and thus there is good for him; and if he is harmed, then he shows patience and thus there is good for him.”