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Assalam o alaikum. 

I wish to know about a few things. Firstly, I have heard that girls reach maturity at the age of 9 and boys at the age of 14 in islam. Is there any scientific evidence for this? For example, if a 10 or 11 year old boy has pubic and armpit hair is he baligh, or of a 12 or 13 year old boy ejaculates is he considered baligh or he isnt as he isn't 14. A girl starts menstruation somewhere around 12 and around here is when she also develops breasts.  How can she be baligh bought at 9 when a 9 year old girl doesn't show any change neither does she have any knowledge of sex. Wasalam

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Salam. The ages of maturity (9 for girls and 15 for boys) is the Islamic age that they must start following all the wajibaat (praying, fasting, etc.) if they haven't already started to do them.

If a boy or girl has a personal event (ejaculation for a boy, menstruation for a girl) then they became baligh at that time, no matter what their age is. 

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On 26/10/2017 at 10:05 PM, Hameedeh said:

Salam. The ages of maturity (9 for girls and 15 for boys) is the Islamic age that they must start following all the wajibaat (praying, fasting, etc.) if they haven't already started to do them.

If a boy or girl has a personal event (ejaculation for a boy, menstruation for a girl) then they became baligh at that time, no matter what their age is. 

So does this mean that if the boy isn't 15, let's assume he is 12 or 13, and all the factors are found in him, he would be considered baligh. Also if a girl doesn't show any changes yet she is 9, she would also be considered baligh. So basically these ages are only provided to let us know when a person would be considered baligh even if they don't show any change but if a person shows change before that age then they will be considered baligh. Correct?

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On 10/27/2017 at 7:03 PM, Mohsin Bokhari said:

So basically these ages are only provided to let us know when a person would be considered baligh even if they don't show any change but if a person shows change before that age then they will be considered baligh. Correct?

Yes. There was a famous sheikh (I can't remember his name right now) who was very pious and he got married at the age of 12 years old. I don't know the details about his wife, but perhaps she was 9 -12 years old, too. In the modern age in which we are living, the ages of 9 (girl) and 15 (boy) are for the wajibaat such as prayer, fasting, zakat, Hajj, khums, etc. Marriage is not wajib (there are other solutions to stop the sexual urge such as praying, fasting, exercise, etc.), so parents try to delay the marriage until a later time, when the mental age of the child is intelligent enough so that they are known to be mature. Baligh and rushd are not the same thing. 

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6 hours ago, Hameedeh said:

Marriage is not wajib (there are other solutions to stop the sexual urge such as praying, fasting, exercise, etc.), so parents try to delay the marriage until a later time, when the mental age of the child is intelligent enough so that they are known to be mature. Baligh and rushd are not the same thing. 

However they can marry if they want, even though it's not compulsory

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6 hours ago, Hameedeh said:

In the modern age in which we are living, the ages of 9 (girl) and 15 (boy) are for the wajibaat such as prayer, fasting, zakat, Hajj, khums, etc. Marriage is not wajib (there are other solutions to stop the sexual urge such as praying, fasting, exercise, etc.), so parents try to delay the marriage until a later time, when the mental age of the child is intelligent enough so that they are known to be mature. 

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2 hours ago, Mohsin Bokhari said:

However they can marry if they want, even though it's not compulsory

If the boy and girl want to get married, if they live in a Muslim country it would not be a problem. If they live in a western country, they could get married secretly in an Islamic ceremony arranged by their parents, but if neighbors or relatives reported the marriage to authorities because the children are too young to marry (according to the state or country's law), it could cause legal problems. This is why some of the Ulema say to follow the law of your country.  

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