This kind of thing is based on Muhammad’s example in his marriage to the child Aisha.
Hadiths that Muslims consider authentic record that Muhammad’s favorite wife, Aisha, was six when Muhammad wedded her and nine when he consummated the marriage:
“The Prophet wrote the (marriage contract) with Aisha while she was six years old and consummated his marriage with her while she was nine years old and she remained with him for nine years (i.e. till his death)” (Bukhari 7.62.88).
Another tradition has Aisha herself recount the scene:
The Prophet engaged me when I was a girl of six (years). We went to Medina and stayed at the home of Bani-al-Harith bin Khazraj. Then I got ill and my hair fell down. Later on my hair grew (again) and my mother, Um Ruman, came to me while I was playing in a swing with some of my girl friends. She called me, and I went to her, not knowing what she wanted to do to me. She caught me by the hand and made me stand at the door of the house. I was breathless then, and when my breathing became all right, she took some water and rubbed my face and head with it. Then she took me into the house. There in the house I saw some Ansari women who said, “Best wishes and Allah’s Blessing and a good luck.” Then she entrusted me to them and they prepared me (for the marriage). Unexpectedly Allah’s Apostle came to me in the forenoon and my mother handed me over to him, and at that time I was a girl of nine years of age. (Bukhari 5.58.234).
Muhammad was at this time fifty-four years old.
“He wanted to marry an 11-year-old girl,” translated from “Il voulait se marier avec une fillette de 11 ans,” L’Est éclair/Abonnés, June 22, 2022 (thanks to Medforth):
Culture shock or illness? A 30-year-old Afghan refugee was sentenced in Troyes because he harassed on a daily basis an 11-year-old girl whom he wanted to marry.
He is 30 years old, she is 11, yet he wanted to marry her! This Tuesday, June 21, Ahmad R. appeared before the Troyes judicial court for acts of moral harassment, violence and corruption of a minor. Acts committed in an Aube commune* between January 1 and May 2, 2022….
After a stay in Sweden, it was natural for this Afghan refugee to get closer to his community when he arrived in France in 2020. One Afghan family in particular offered him their home in the Aube department out of solidarity. The man then fell in love with their young daughter.
The victim’s mother told the court: “He has been constantly harassing my daughter for a year (the accusations date back to January this year, editor’s note). Ever since we invited him to stay over one night because of the lockdown. My husband and I have told him to stop harassing our child.”
But the man continues his doings. Streets, school, club … “… He was everywhere my daughter goes. Today she is even afraid to stay alone in our house.” The headmaster of the high school made a report about this “prowler” near the school. In the courtroom, the accused responded (recounted by a translator): “Everything is true. I apologize to the family and the court.” But for him there is no harassment, and he says he is aware that “with my 30 years and her age, this is not conceivable. I am not in love with her, but if her family agrees …”
The accused’s lawyer stresses that his client was not aware that he was acting wrongly. ”He acted in the presence of the parents and did not molest the other girls.” She highlights his unblemished criminal record and her client’s culture.