A twitter user shared the pictures of a supposedly 17-year old boy, Aliyu and his 15-year old bride, Aisha, wishing them a happy married life but this has started a conversation on early marriage and people are sharing their opinions on the matter.
Ladies and Gentlemen, rejoice with The youngest couple ever🤗🤷🏻♂️💔😂💗💕 pic.twitter.com/0TJWnNjBRL
— Sir. Sadeeq🛑 (@sadiq_wali) April 13, 2019
Meanwhile, the issue was one of the topics discussed on YourView show on Television Continental and one of the presenters, Akashat Ny’mat said that the marriage of the teenagers is not necessarily Islamic as thought by many people.
She explained that the age of adulthood and Western world are totally different, so, the parameters to measuring maturity is different, hence, “….the rule in Islam says that once sexual urge starts to come, one of the measures to curb is to allow marriage. When a child starts to feel emotions for someone else, if that person meets the criteria of a responsible young man, irrespective of what society defines it as, the parents should allow them marry. They can go ahead and co-habit in a legally married situation,” Ny’mat said, noting that teenage marriage exists in other country, however, “….what the law requires is that until they turn 18, they require the consent of an adult which is what happened in this situation that we have. So, around the world, marrying at this age is under the caveat of parental consent before it happens.”
For Ny’mat, with the level of education she has, she would not allow her 14-year old daughter get married. According to her, she would rather have a talk with her, “and see if she can be in control of the urges and watch her and guide her as a parent should. But if the solution is marriage, I’ll let it happen. I won’t allow premarital sex in my house.”
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Meanwhile, it was gathered online that Aliyu is following his family tradition of marrying early as male children in his family marry at the age of 17, while the female ones marry at 15. But despite this explanation, many people think that the couple are still too young to be married, while some people pose that early marriage is better than fornication.
According to those in support of early marriage, below are their reasons
I’m in no way in support of the critics. But sis early marriage is better than early fornication provided he has the means to carter for her!….
Most of the grown up single dudes are single simply because all they’very got is capability without capacity! #CheckndBalance
— Omar_Al-farooq (@3ngine_tabawa) April 17, 2019
I have been through the university system & I have seen what this hyper sexual society did to very good and responsible people.
Marriage is not all about sex,but it protects one from a lot of immoralities,it’s better to get married early than delay,only if Allah plans otherwise.
— MUSTAPHA (@angry_ustaaz) April 17, 2019
My problem with all these people against EARLY MARRIAGE is; no one is forcing you to do it. If you choose to remain unmarried or chose immorality for yourself or your children, it is OK. But those that choose to marry early or marry out their wards have the rights to. https://t.co/ngzkeNWtfr
— Abubakar H.I.D.I.M.A® 英雄 (@RealOilsheikh) April 17, 2019
Why is it that if you cite example with our parents or grand parents regarding early marriage people will be quick to remind you that times have changed, this is 2019 blah blah? If we are better than them Why then they had more successful marriages than us woke generation ?
— Ahmad Muhammad. (@MR_FRANK20) April 16, 2019
I will forever support Early Marriage over Early fornication. You lots who support otherwise are dumb.
— Sayyada 🌚 (@hayateey1) April 16, 2019
Early marriage is part of the sunnah and whoever rejects part of the Sunnah has rejected all of the Sunnah.
— Ma’azzam (As Salafi) (@El__maaz) April 16, 2019
Why all the rants about early marriage?? Since religions allows it then that’s fine. It left for you to take it or leave it. But don’t bash those who marry off their children so early by calling it names, like inhuman or uncivilized. Neither call out folks who chooses not to
— 🔴🔴fellow craft🔴🔴🔴 (@mr_undercover99) April 16, 2019
Early marriage is one of the solution to prostitution and illegal sexual act in this generation we are in right now. But you know we have our so called feminists that are here wanting to get that attention.
— Khaleel BR (@Officialfancyg) April 16, 2019
Early marriage is not the cause of divorce, most people who married in their late 30s have the highest divorce issue. Early marriage is better than fornicating 👌
That’s my opinion!
— Alaago of Lagos (@_Watchmann) April 15, 2019
And for those who think that the couple are too young, below are their reasons
This is an underage couple with incapability of facing the challenges that comes with marriage especially in this our generation. Don't bring "my parents married at a young age" or "early marriage is better than zina" to defend this avoidable mistake. Wish them a blessed marriage pic.twitter.com/fyc6lIwaVk
— Abdul🛀 (@Abdul5762) April 16, 2019
"Early marriage is better than early fornication."
What's the worst thing that can happen if two minors practise safe sex? How does it compare to the worst thing that can happen if two minors marry?
Adults haven't hacked marriage but somehow, kids should sign up?
— Faisal 'Jajayomi (@JajaPhD) April 16, 2019
It’s your patriarchy showing when you say early marriage is to prevent child prostitution. It’s your conclusion that the woman, being incapable of sustaining her morality like you the righteous male, shouldn’t be allowed to experience adulthood alone. Unlearn the ugly patriarchy.
— Gimba Kakanda (@gimbakakanda) April 16, 2019
I took a shot at big business and marriage at a early age.. Failed at both, but got lessons that’ll keep me sane for the rest of the journey. Priceless
— Ice Billion Berg (@IceBerg305) April 12, 2019
Honestly all of you supporting early marriages on the basis of prohibiting Zina don't even understand the sacred institution that is marriage. Marriage is waaay more than just sexual desires.
— Nusaybah Gumbi (@_nusss) April 16, 2019
About this child marriage issue,it is a pity that in the north we legit make it look like marriages are only about sex with all the “early marriage is better than fornication” ideology.
— Safiyya Dattijo (@Safiyyah_Datti) April 16, 2019