The now notorious R&B singer, R. Kelly, has been dogged by sexual misconduct and abuse allegations for greater than 20 years. These embrace his quick marriage in 1994 to then 15-year outdated Aaliyah, when he was 27, lawsuits filed by ladies in 1996 (the sufferer was 15) and 2001 (this one was 17) claiming to have engaged in sex with him whereas underage (each of which have been settled out of courtroom), a video which surfaced in 2002 seeming to point out him engaged in sex with one other teenage woman, and a grand jury indictment later that year for 21 counts of kid pornography (the trial in 2008 led to a jury verdict of not responsible).Mr. Kelly has resurfaced within the information just lately attributable to a 6-part documentary entitled “Surviving R. Kelly” aired on Lifetime final week (Jan. 3-5). The goal of this collection, in response to Lifetime’s own description, is to make clear the R&B singer whose “…profession and playboy life-style has [sic] been riddled with rumors of abuse, predatory habits, and pedophilia.” They are hoping that the “damning proof and a number of witnesses” which they showcase will lastly result in acceptable opprobrium from the general public, if not the halls of justice, significantly now within the wake of the “MeToo” motion.
R. Kelly may need prevented all the results of his sexual proclivities if he had chosen a special profession path from R&B stardom. If the preliminary R. had stood not for his first title Robert however for a self-proclaimed title — Rasool (which implies “messenger” in Arabic) — and if he long-established himself after Islam’s prophet Muhammad, he may need made it out of this mess unscathed. All he would have wanted to do was to proclaim the existence of an omnipotent god with whom solely he could talk and who issued authoritative revelations solely by him. Then, like Muhammad before him, he could reveal that this god had commanded him to marry underage ladies, and to simply accept marriage proposals from as many females as he wished, and to personal and use as many sex slaves as his coronary heart desired and checking account could afford. Since any criticism of Muhammad’s habits towards ladies is off-limits in as we speak’s leftist-progressive, pro-Islamic feminist, politically appropriate policers of public opinion, Rasool Kelly would possibly equally benefit from the accolades and safety of Islamo-panderers in excessive locations.
Just to refresh the recollections of those that can’t recall a lot from early Muslim sources on the lifetime of Muhammad, the Arabian prophet declared that Allah had permitted Muslim males as much as 4 wives at anybody time (Qur’an 4:3), apart from Muhammad himself– in a particular exemption, he was allowed as many wives as he wished (to not point out slave ladies taken as booty or purchased from the slave market because the fruit of profitable jihad ventures):
O Prophet, certainly We have made lawful to you your wives to whom you’ve got given their due compensation and people your proper hand possesses from what Allah has returned to you [of captives] and the daughters of your paternal uncles and the daughters of your paternal aunts and the daughters of your maternal uncles and the daughters of your maternal aunts who emigrated with you and a believing woman if she provides herself to the Prophet [and] if the Prophet needs to marry her, [this is] just for you, excluding the [other] believers. We definitely know what We have made compulsory upon them regarding their wives and people their proper fingers possess, [but this is for you] so that there will likely be upon you no discomfort. And ever is Allah Forgiving and Merciful (Sura 33:50, my emphasis).
How lucky for Muhammad that Allah, who solely communicates his will by Muhammad, makes clear to the remainder of the world that as god of the universe he’s personally involved that the seventh C. backwater Arabian prophet not face any discomfort in his marriages and sexual relations!
This applies to many different events as properly. For occasion, someday Muhammad pays a go to to the home of his adopted son, Zayd, however the younger man shouldn’t be home. While on the entrance, Muhammad catches a glimpse of Zainab, his daughter-in-law, who’s in a “state of undress” and begins to burn with lust. Zayd learns of this, and involves Muhammad declaring his willingness to divorce Zainab so the prophet can have her. According to the Qur’an, Muhammad orders Zayd to maintain his wife (33:37), since in response to customized it was immoral for a father to marry his daughter-in-law, even from an adopted son. But a more in-depth take a look at this verse signifies that Allah is upbraiding Muhammad for his phrases to Zayd, since it’s Allah himself who has orchestrated this divorce exactly so Muhammad can take her as a wife and never have any discomfort over “human traditions.” For the welfare of humanity, Allah is utilizing Muhammad for example in order that henceforth folks will know it’s not immoral to marry the ex-wives of their adopted sons. And within the course of, Muhammad will get so as to add a scorching younger wife to his rising harem.
In essentially the most extremely authoritative assortment of traditions often known as Sahih Bukhari, we discover this report of Muhammad’s favourite and generally feisty teenage wife, Aisha, upon listening to Allah’s “revelations” regarding Muhammad’s privileges with ladies:
I used to look down upon these women who had given themselves to Allah’s Messenger and I used to say, “Can a girl give herself (to a man)?” But when Allah revealed: “You (O Muhammad) can postpone (the flip of) whom you’ll of them (your wives), and chances are you’ll obtain any of them whom you’ll; and there’s no blame on you in the event you invite one whose flip you’ve got put aside (quickly).’ (33.51) I mentioned (to the Prophet), “I really feel that your Lord hastens in fulfilling your needs and needs.” (Vol. 6, Book 60, Hadith 311, emphasis mine).
Aisha was unquestionably the youngest of Muhammad’s wives when he married her and took her to mattress, barely 9 years of age. Muhammad had just turned 52. (Determining ages on this relationship and in what follows is a bit hazy, since early Arab Muslim tradition calculated years based mostly on the lunar calendar, which is roughly 10 days lower than the photo voltaic calendar that we use within the West. Over the course of 75 lunar years, for instance, this could translate to roughly 73 photo voltaic years, and so forth.)
Here are the estimated ages of a few of his different wives, and his, on the time he married them:
Hafsah — 19; Muhammad — 53
Juwayriyah — 20; Muhammad — 56
Safiyah — 16; Muhammad — 57
Mulaykah — 13 or 14; Muhammad — 58
Asma — 20 or much less; Muhammad — 59
Amrah — 15; Muhammad 60.
Concubines (sex-slaves) have even much less stature than wives, so Muslim historical past data fewer private particulars about them, making their ages when Muhammad first took them much less sure. But educated guesses for 2 of them are potential:
Rayhanah — roughtly 15
Miriam (Mariyah) — between 17 and 20.
If solely Robert Kelly had initially styled himself as Rasool Kelly, and patterned his personal authoritative revelations after these of Muhammad, he may need completely prevented the scandals presently plaguing him. If Muhammad is so extremely revered in as we speak’s progressive tradition, why not R. Kelly?
Or, to show it round, if R. Kelly is rightly being pilloried for his sexual misconduct towards ladies, why not Muhammad, whose age differential and absolute energy over his younger brides would make him, in trendy parlance, a sex abuser par excellence.
If John Legend could publicly call R. Kelly a “serial youngster rapist,” I’m wondering what he would say about Muhammad. The reply, I’m certain, is “No remark.” Because within the West as we speak, the mainstream media and elite thought-shapers have predetermined that Islam is benign, Muhammad a feminist reformer, and Shari’ah a greater various to Western regulation and democracy. No want for information; no want for historical past. The die has already been forged….
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