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Mohammed Hijab Did Not Say That It Is Halal to Marry Five-Year-Old Girls

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Spirituality & Religion
21st November 2023
Mohammed Hijab Did Not Say That It Is Halal to Marry Five-Year-Old Girls
Mohammed Hijab’s video was cut and decontextualized (X)

The Claim

The Muslim scholar and debater Mohammed Hijab said that it is halal to have sex with five-year old girls.

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Social media users recently widely shared a claim alleging that the Muslim scholar Mohammed Hijab said that it is halal (permissible) to marry five-year old girls in Islam.

The claim was also shared by the pro-Israeli rabbi Shmuley Boteach.

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Misbar’s Analysis

Misbar investigate the circulating claim and found it to be misleading. Rabbi Shmuley Boteach manipulatively shared a cut video to twist the words of Mohammed Hijab.

Mohammed Hijab’s Views on Marrying Five-Year Old Girls

In the full version of the video, Mohammed Hijab clearly says that the reason why Muslims are not allowed to marry girls at the age of five, for example, is because it would harm the girls. 

Hijab elaborates on why reading Hadith, Prophet Muhammed’s teachings and sayings, should complement reading the Quran for a holistic understanding of Islam. He gave the example of marrying-five-year-old girls, which is forbidden by the Hadith.

The video, which was published on YouTube back in 2017, is accompanied by a description that reads: “This video is an lucid demonstration how and why hadith denial leads to some extreme prescriptive consequences. Often times Muslims who are put off by some hadith they have little knowledge off end up denying the entire corpus as a result of hadith's non-compliance with a new post-colonial 'modernist' narrative. This video shows the irony in this position.”

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Hijab explained his position via his X account, clarifying that the video has been decontextualized. 

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Mohammed Hijab’s Debate With Rabbi Shmuley on Piers Morgan’s Show

In a fiery and provocative episode of "Piers Morgan Uncensored," the Muslim philosopher, scholar, and YouTuber Mohammed Hijab squared off against America's prominent rabbi, Shmuley, in a heated and contentious face-to-face debate. 

The topics covered in their intense exchange ranged from the ongoing occupation of Gaza and the West Bank to a critical examination of whether the Israeli Forces have crossed ethical boundaries in their pursuit of justice against Hamas, leading to a rising civilian death toll. 

The charged and wide-ranging conversation left no topic untouched, stirring up strong opinions on both sides.

Who Is Rabbi Shmuley Boteach?

Jacob Shmuel Boteach was born on November 19, 1966. He is an American rabbi, author, and television host, known for his extensive literary works. Notable among them are the best-selling titles "Kosher Sex: A Recipe for Passion and Intimacy" (1999) and "Kosher Jesus" (2012). 

Rabbi Shmuley is a fervent supporter of Israel and exonerates it of all of its war crimes against Palestinians.

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The cover of one of rabbi Shmuley’s books

He previously attacked the United States Representative Rashida Tlaib for her pro-Palestinian views.

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Who Is Mohammed Hijab?

Mohammed Hijab is a Philosopher of Religion and co-founder of Sapience Institute, renowned for his globally-watched debates and discussions that he claims represent the Islamic viewpoint across various dimensions—philosophical, political, and theological. 

His academic journey includes pursuing a PhD at the University of Birmingham, holding an MTH in Applied Theology from the University of Oxford, and earning an MA in Islamic Studies from SOAS University London, among other qualifications. Hijab has been fortunate to study under eminent Islamic scholars and has engaged with classical texts while actively contributing to Islamic academia.

Beyond his academic endeavors, Mohammed Hijab is an accomplished author with several publications to his name, and he holds pivotal roles within the Islamic academic community, including co-founding Sapience Institute, serving as Academic Co-ordinator for Islam Net, and lecturing at Mishkah University. His influential debates, such as those with Jordan Peterson, engagements in prominent forums, and media appearances covering a wide range of topics, have solidified his status as a prominent figure in the realm of contemporary Islamic social media content. 

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