For the Western mind, perhaps the most disturbing fact about Islam is that its founder had a sexual relationship with a nine-year-old girl. Because of this, it has become increasingly popular in some circles to refer to the Prophet of Islam as a "pedophile." This is, of course, extremely offensive to Muslims, who view Muhammad as the ideal servant of God and as the greatest example of what a man should strive to be. Nevertheless, Muhammad’s relationship with a young girl presents a problem for Muslims, especially for those who want to share their faith with others.
Since much of the following information will come as a shock to those
who are unfamiliar with this issue, we must be careful not to jump to
hasty conclusions about Muhammad. Pedophilia is one of the most serious
charges that can be leveled against a person, so the term "pedophile"
should not be used lightly. We must also remember that, if a man has
a sexual relationship with a young girl in a culture where such a union
is permissible, this doesn’t necessarily mean that the man is
a "sexual predator," as the term "pedophile" implies.
Christians especially should be wary of flippant name-calling. With
that said, let us carefully examine Muhammad’s relationship with
Aisha, recalling the Western principle that a man is innocent until