CAIRO: An Egyptian cleric and member of the Constituent Assembly
tasked with drafting Egypt’s new constitution has said that girls
14-years-old are permitted to have sexual relations under Islam and has
proposed reducing the marriage age limit as a result.
“It is permissible for the girl at the age of 9 or 10 to marry,”
Yassir Barhami said in discussing a woman’s sexual reproduction and his
interpretation of Islam.
The Salafist – ultra-conservative – preacher claimed that under Islam when a girl begins to ovulate she is ready for marriage.
He added during a television debate on Dream TV last Tuesday that
“marriage of a girl would not be a supplement for education,” but added
that it “was better” to marry a girl young “than falling into sin with
The cleric cited the Qur’an in arguing that any girl who is menstruating should be marri
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