Muslim holiday gift-giving doesn’t translate as neatly as a perfectly wrapped boxes around a Christmas tree.
Gift-giving in Islam is encouraged. A common Muslim saying tahaabu, tahaadu, translates as “give gifts to spread love to one another.” There are several stories of the prophet Muhammad giving and receiving gifts of perfume, clothing, livestock.
But one of the most common gifts he gave and received was the gift of food, which is why it’s become such a strong tradition across Muslim cultures.
The prophet Muhammad also institutionalized food giving in all three of the major Muslim holidays.
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