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The celebration of Eid al-Fitr is falsely linked to consummation of Prophet Muhammad with his minor wife, Aisha

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A post is being widely shared on social media claiming that the day when Prophet Mohammed consummated with his minor wife, Ayesha, is celebrated as Eid. The post even claims that the one-month fasting done before Eid was in support of Ayesha’s fast which was forced by Mohammed to have sex with him. Let us fact-check the claim made in the post.

Claim: The day when Prophet Mohammed consummated with his minor wife, Ayesha, is celebrated as Eid.

Fact: Eid al-Fitr marks the culmination of the fasting month of Ramzan. Ramzan is the holiest month in the Islamic calendar, observed by Muslims all around the world. It is generally said that Prophet Muhammad received the first vision of the Holy Quran during the month of Ramzan. We could not find any credible evidence linking Aisha’s consummation with Prophet Muhammad to celebration of Eid. Aisha was the third wife of Prophet Muhammad and the daughter of Abu Bakr. It has been reported that Aisha was married to Prophet at the age of six and consummated her marriage when she was nine years old. However, many scholars have disputed this. Hence, the claim made in the post is MISLEADING.

Why is Eid al-Fitr celebrated?

Eid al-Fitr marks the culmination of the fasting month of Ramzan. Ramzan is the holiest month in the Islamic calendar, observed by Muslims all around the world.

Islamic tradition states that it was during Ramzan, on the “Night of Power” (Laylat al-Qadr)—commemorated on one of the last 10 nights of Ramadan, usually the 27th night—that God revealed to the Prophet Muhammad the Quran, Islam’s holy book, “as a guidance for the people.””

It is generally said that Prophet Muhammad received the first vision of the Holy Quran during the month of Ramzan.

Eid al-Fitr means the ‘Festival of breaking fast’. The date of Eid al-Fitr is decided after the sighting of the crescent moon. Eid al-Fitr is also observed to pay tribute to Allah for bestowing strength and courage during the month-long fasting customs.

Aisha was the third wife of Prophet Muhammad and the daughter of Abu Bakr. It has been reported that Aisha was married to Prophet at the age of six and consummated her marriage when she was nine years old. However, many scholars have disputed this.

However, we could not find any credible evidence linking Aisha’s consummation with Prophet Muhammad to the celebration of Eid.

To sum it up, the celebration of Eid al-Fitr is falsely linked to an alleged consummation of Prophet Muhammad with his minor wife, Aisha.

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