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Haitham al-Haddad: ‘the younger the better’. [UPDATED]

Recently an HP commenter linked here – pointing out that it seemed to show Haitham Al Haddad recommending, in a slippery, ‘plausible deniability’ way, underage marriage/sex.  The original has now been removed, but it showed Haddad at a meeting answering questions. He was asked whether there was a particular teaching in Islam about the right age to marry. Haddad said no, but went on to note that girls, in particular, should marry young.  Here is a transcription I made of one section of the clip:

There are many laws in the country here that not Islamic  – not Muslims– not Islamic laws – no – so if there is a way by .. to live avoiding those anti-Islamic laws then, and providing you don’t put yourself into troubles  - yeah? – you should go for that choice –what can you do?  Yeah, normally the younger is the better, the younger is the better – but you have to take into consideration the legal side.

Now – you could argue that Haddad was not encouraging people to do anything which might break the law.  And you could also argue that a recipe I once saw in a mushroom cookbook which included the ingredient ’50 imaginary magic mushrooms’ was not encouraging people to take drugs.

Update: The video is now available with subtitles.