Directed to athiests, christians, jews and agnostics alike.. First i will start out with the clinical definition of pedophilia Pedophilia or paedophilia (Commonwealth usage) is the primary or exclusive sexual attraction of adults to prepubescent children. A person with this attraction is called a pedophile or paedophile. Prophet muhammad (pbuh) married old woman, even older than him. Aisha was the only wife who was very young. Marriage for young girls was widely practiced among Semites back then, during biblical times. No-one had any objections to these marriages because it was the cultural norm back then. Even today, (Muslims and non-Muslims alike), little girls as young as 9 or 10 do get married. It has been over a thousand years since that age. Even now, in some parts of the world, children are infinitely more mature than they are in the west. They attain mental maturity at a much faster rate, because of the circumstances that they live in. Some 10 year olds even have jobs, others are able to take care of their entire families. To classify any and all children as being nothing more than children isn't true. And to classify a prodigy like A'isha as being nothing more than a child is to do injustice to her. 15yr olds use to lead armies and conquer countries back then.. young men were warriors back then fighting in wars.. If you check out Islamic History, you will find examples where Muslims both male and female at very young age have done things which even 50 year olds at our time cannot comprehend doing. As for this being a cultural norm in Arabia and other semite lands, check out the reports. Imam Ash-Shafi'e said: "During my stay in Yemen I have come across girls at the age of nine who menstruated so often." He (Ash-Shafi'e) also said: I have seen in the city of Sana'a a grandmother while she was twenty one. She menstruated at the age of nine and gave birth at the age of 10 Ibn Al-Jawzi narrated similar stories from Ibn U'qail and Abbad ibn Abbad Al-Muhlabi. Abbad ibn Abbad Al-Muhlabi said: "I have witnessed a woman from Muhlabah who become a grandmother at the age of eighteen. She gave birth (to her daughter) at the age of nine and her daughter gave birth to her child at the age of nine (as well), so the woman became a grandmother at the age of eighteen It is important to know that girls during the Biblical and Islamic days used to be married off at young ages when they had their first periods. Prophet Muhammad's marriage with Aisha was 100% legal and acceptable by all laws and Divine Religions. As a matter of fact, during these times young marriages were evident in all continents (Africa, Asia, Europe...) - The minimum age for marriage under Jewish law is 13 for boys, 12 for girls; however, the kiddushin can take place before that, and often did in medieval times. - Child brides as young as 8 (eight) were common among the Byzantine emperors and nobility. http://www.roman-emperors.org/aggiefran.htm This was also apparent in late 19th century AMERICA In the late nineteenth century,"Age of consent" referred to the legal age at which a girl could consent to sexual relations. Men who engaged in sexual relations with girls who had not reached the age of consent could be criminally prosecuted. American reformers were shocked to discover that the laws of most states set the age of consent at the age of ten or twelve, and in one state, Delaware, the age of consent was only seven. Women reformers and advocates of social purity initiated a campaign in 1885 to petition legislators to raise the legal age of consent to at least sixteen, although their ultimate goal was to raise the age to eighteen. The campaign was eventually quite successful; by 1920, almost all states had raised the age of consent to sixteen or eighteen. http://womhist.alexanderstreet.com/teacher/aoc.htm As a matter of fact, it still is... Age of consensual sex even today is subjective. In Ontario, Canada it's 16 and in British Columbia, Canada it's 14. In Holland it's 12 years old, 14 in Italy, France 15, Germany 16, Ireland 17, UK 16 As for the holy bible (since many christians like to attack muslims on this claim. Also because too many people emphasizing on islam but not christianity and judaism [scape-goating]). - Many jews and roman catholics believe mary was 12-14 years of age when she had jesus. Jospeh engaged in sexual acts with mary, who was much older than her (perhaps 35-43 years of age). It was culturally common at that time for much older men to wed younger women. Assuming that Joseph was a successful businessman (a carpenter), this would seem likely. - Abraham slept with a slave GIRL (hagar) to produce ishmail, he was 86 years old. With that said, I wouldn't be surprised if some concubines and wives of solomon, his father (david) and his son (Rehoboam) were young girls. - The holy bible indirectly supports the marriage of young girls as well, hence "If a man sells his daughter as a female slave, she is not to go free as the male slaves do. "If she is displeasing in the eyes of her master who designated her for himself, then he shall let her be redeemed. He does not have authority to sell her to a foreign people because of his unfairness to her."If he designates her for his son [Note: "his son" means that the master is either her father's age or even much older!], he shall deal with her according to the custom of daughters. The fact that the master can either marry her or marry her off to his son, means that MOST LIKELY, SHE IS HIS DAUGHTER'S AGE and younger than his son!! So he's probably at least 30+ years older than her. Yet, he himself (her father's age or even MUCH older) can marry her. - Keeping in mind the ideas of "political correctness" and "absolute morality", in Biblical times the age at which a girl could marry was puberty. However, during the Middle Ages it was usually twelve years old. Now in most "Christian" countries it is between fourteen and sixteen years old.