Many accusations have been leveled against our beloved Prophet (PBUH). One of the most prominent is the claim he married a child. It has been claimed his wife Aisha (RA) was six. Some say nine.
Based upon historical facts and simple arithmetic we can conclude with certainty that this claim is absolutely false and any Hadith which says otherwise is a fabrication (Maudu`).
Asama, the sister of Aisha, was 10 years older than Aisha and died in 73 A.H. at the age of 100 years. Thus, at the time of Aisha joining the Holy Prophet as his wife in 2 A.H. Asma’ was 29 which would make Aisha 19.
Asmā’ bint Abi Bakr (أسماء بنت أبي بكر).
Aisha bint Abi Bakr (عائشة).
1. Mishkat al-Masabih, published in Lahore, 1986, volume 3, pages 300–301.
2. Tarikh Tabari, vol. 4, p. 50;
3. Vol. 8, p. 346.
4. Fadl-ul-Bari, vol. 1, p. 501