The Prophet married Aisha, the daughter of Abu Bakr, the First Caliph, when she was six (6). The marriage was “consumed” when she was nine (9). The references to this in the Hadith are many. For example:
Sahih al-Bukhari states:
Narrated ‘Aisha: that the Prophet married her when she was six years old and he consummated his marriage when she was nine years old, and then she remained with him for nine years (i.e., till his death).
However, Aisha sincerely loved Muhammad, who endowed her with astounding freedom. Astounding, even in today’s world. Aisha was later outraged by the version of the Qur’an whom the Third Caliph, the dictator Uthman Ibn Affan, reigning over the world’s largest empire, imposed. Aisha was infuriated by the sexism in Uthman’s Qur’an. She went to war about sexism. Unfortunately, she lost the “Battle of the Camel”. Even more unfortunately, some of Ali’s men were on the other side during said battle, so the Shia don’t like her… Which means that they don’t like liberated women.
Confusingly, Aisha is viewed by others as “Mother of the believers”. There are as many Islam as possible interpretations, knowing all the facts we know. Some versions of Islam are delightful, modern, acceptable. Others, those which please oilmen and Wall Street operators, medieval princes and other plutocrats, most, are, most vile, cruel and disgusting. Unfortunately the latter versions, propped by trillions of dollars and propaganda control, are taking over.
If Islam is so relaxed about sex that women can be married on the battlefield (“Battlefield Brides”), or divorced by repeating “I divorce you” three times, what’s the big hang-up about homosexuality? Well, Muhammad engineered the Qur’an to encourage unprotected sex, in particular with captured girls, slave girls, “those who your right hand posses” (to quote the Qur’an). The Prophet’s idea was not just to treat women and girls better (they used to be killed readily), but also to make much more children. That was of course unsustainable, except if the Arabs made a giant empire, which was exactly Muhammad’s plan. The resulting birthrate explosion indeed fed the Arab population explosion which enabled the Arab army (with lots of luck and surprising tactics) to conquer the world’s largest empire in two decades.
So the pedophilia of Islam is related to its attitude relative to women, who were to become breeding machines, at the earliest possible age, and both are entangled with homophobia, which would have hindered demographics. And thus, conquest. This is why the Qur’an promises not just 72 virgins, but also “fresh and beautiful boys who are like pearls”… but only in paradise. The same situation happened with wine: originally, the Prophet authorized it. However the Prophet, PBUH, then discovered that drunk Jihadists did not win battles. So Muhammad outlawed wine… On Earth:
O you who believe! Strong drink and games of chance and idols and divine arrows are only an infamy of Satan’s handiwork. Leave it aside that you may succeed.
n— Sura 5:90
However wine is intrinsically good, it was promised in paradise, something to drink with the “fresh boys who are like pearls“:
A similitude of the Garden which those who keep their duty (to Allah) are promised: Therein are rivers of water unpolluted … and rivers of wine delicious to the drinkers.
n— Sura 47:15
Surely the pious will be in bliss … their thirst will be slaked with pure wine sealed.
n— Sura 83:22,25
The Qur’an is, assuredly, most subtle, and definitively fun. And its apparent contradictions do not matter much: it has a sound internal logic designed to make Islam the mood and social organization which wins battles… mostly in the desert.