Did this elderly Muslim man just marry an 8 year-old girl?!
Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!
Claim : This Muslim Man Just Married An 8 Year-Old Girl!
People are sharing this photo, claiming or suggesting that it shows a Muslim man who just married a very young girl.
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Truth : That Muslim Man Did Not Marry An 8 Year-Old Girl!
This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS circulating on X (formerly Twitter), and here are the reasons why…
Fact #1 : The Photo Was From 2016
The viral photo isn’t new, even though people are posting it in 2023. It has been circulating since 2016, and keeps going viral over the years.
Fact #2 : The Photo Was Taken In Turkey
Even though some have posted the photo together with screenshots of news articles suggesting that this occurred in Yemen, the viral photo was actually taken in Elâzığ, a city in Turkey.
Fact #3 : It Was A Kindergarten Ceremony
Regardless of what’s been claimed on social media, the viral photo does not show an old man and his very young wife. Neither does it show a wedding of the man and the very young girl.
The photo is one of many taken at a private kindergarten in Elâzığ, Turkey, showing the celebration ceremony held for children – boys and girls, who successfully completed their Quran education.
Notably, the girls came to the kindergarten ceremony dressed in costumes, including wedding dresses. However, it does not mean that they were there to be married off to old men!
The man in the viral photo is apparently the kindergarten’s principal, who shared those photos on the kindergarten’s social media account.
Needless to say – the parents of those children were also present! The photos also show the children receiving presents.
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Fact #4 : Bride Who Died On Wedding Night Was A Different Girl
The shocking case of an 8 year-old Yemeni girl called Rawan, who allegedly died on her wedding night, has been tied to this viral photo.
Allegedly, the girl died from internal bleeding and a uterine rupture, after having intercourse with her 40 year-old husband on their wedding night in the northwestern Yemeni town of Meedi.
The story was reported by a Yemeni social activist, and confirmed to Reuters by two residents in Meedi. However, a security official in the provincial town of Haradh denied that any such incident occurred. To date, no additional details have been reported, and it is not known if this incident actually happened.
Even if the story is true, that incident was reported in September 2013 – more than 10 years ago. That case has nothing to do with the viral photo above, which was taken three years later – in 2016.
Fact #5 : Dead Bride + Husband Photos Are False
To be clear – no known photo exists of the 40 year-old man, or his 8 year-old bride who allegedly died on their wedding night. The two viral photos that often accompany that story were misappropriated.
The man in the screenshot below is actually Ebrahim Yusuf Kazi, a 67 year-old imam who was jailed in 2011 for two years for sexually assaulting three young girls in the United Kingdom.
The girl, who appears to be dressed as a bride, was apparently taken from a Russia-1 video uploaded in 2012, about child brides in the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) of the former Soviet Union.
I should also point out that the girl’s name is not Ilham Mahdi al Assi. That is a 13 year-old Yemeni girl who died after bleeding from her first sexual intercourse with her 23 year-old husband, Abed al-Hikmi. That happened in April 2010, and her husband was detained by the police.
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