“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
“Ye have indeed in the Messenger of Allah a beautiful pattern (of conduct) for any one whose hope is in Allah and the Final Day, and who engages much in the Praise of Allah.” — Qur’an 33:21
“13-year-old Yemeni bride dies of bleeding,” from AP, April 8 (thanks to Heart of a Lioness):
SAN’A, Yemen – A human rights group says a 13-year-old Yemeni girl has died of injuries to her genitals four days after a family-arranged marriage.
The practice of marrying young girls is widespread in Yemen and has drawn the attention of international rights groups seeking to pressure the government to outlaw child marriages. Legislation that would make it illegal has drawn opposition from some of Yemen’s most influential Islamic leaders, leaving it deeply imperiled….
Beautiful pattern of conduct, September 2009: Yemeni 12-year-old dies while giving birth to a stillborn (thanks to Kapil for the link)