I have noticed a lot of shee`ahs try to go after the age of `aa’ishah saying that she was not 9 years old when she married the Prophet صلى الله عليه وآله but she was as some say 14 – 17 years old. I have always seen the Shee`ahs use Sunnee hadeeth to prove that she wasn’t 9 years old, but I have always wondered what is said about her age when she married the Prophet صلى الله عليه وآله?
Here is a SaHeeH hadeeth that shows that `Aa’ishah, the wife of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وآله, was indeed 10 years old when they were married, for sure.
إِنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ ص دَخَلَ بِعَائِشَةَ وَ هِيَ بِنْتُ عَشْرِ سِنِينَ وَ لَيْسَ يُدْخَلُ بِالْجَارِيَةِ حَتَّى تَكُونَ امْرَأَةً
“The Prophet صلى الله عليه وآله entered upon (had sexual intercourse with) `Aa’ishah when she was 10 years old, and that one doesn’t enter (upon) a jaariyah (girl) until she became a woman.”
1. Al-Kulayni, Al-Kaafi, vol.7, pg. 388, hadeeth # 1
2. Al-Toosi, Tahdheeb Al-aHkaam, vol. 6, ch. 91, pg. 251, hadeeth # 49
3. Al-`Aamilee, Wasaa’il Al-Shee`ah, vol. 1, ch. 4, pg. 44, hadeeth # 75
1. Al-Majlisi said this hadeeth is SaHeeH
è Mir’aat Al-`Uqool, vol. 24, pg. 235
2. Al-Majlisi said this hadeeth is SaHeeH Mawqoof (Authentic Halted)
è Milaadh Al-Akhyaar, vol. 10, pg. 102
In this context, when the word “dakhala” (entered) is used, it is used as a nice way of saying “intercourse”. As you can see that the Prophet صلى الله عليه وآله was married with `Aa’ishah by the time she was 10 years for sure, since it says he “entered upon” `Aa’ishah.