Online users shared a video showing a massive gathering of people. Users have attributed this video to Chechen Muslims protesting against France and expressing their devotion to the Prophet.
One such claim shared on 26 October reads, “Chechen Muslims protest against France And expressing devotion to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) #boycottfrance #FranceBoycott #ProphetMuhammadSAW”
The video was shared on Youtube as well with the same claim.
Fact Check/ Verification
We performed a reverse image search of keyframes from the video on Yandex and found that the video had earlier been posted in 2019.
A similar video was posted in December 2019 with the caption, “The Prophet’s birthday in Yemen tops Arab countries in mass mobilization – Waseem Al Sharabi reports”
A November 2019 Turkish media report titled, “Mevlid-i Nebi was welcomed with great enthusiasm in Islamic countries” included visuals from the video as photographs.
The article read, “The anniversary of Prophet Muhammad’s birth to the world was greeted with great enthusiasm in Islamic countries. Hundreds of thousands of prophet lovers flocked to the squares, especially in Yemen and Tunisia.”
Ruptly reported on Prophet Muhammad’s birth anniversary celebration in Yemen’s Sana’a in November 2019 as well. Their video includes visuals of the Al Saleh mosque, the same mosque shown in the claim’s video.
VOA News reported on the same with the caption, “Muslims in Yemen Celebrate Prophet Mohammad’s Birthday.” The Youtube video includes the same visuals from the claim’s video.
Note that we couldn’t independently verify the video.
The video and claims are shared amid heightened racial tensions in France after a French teacher was killed.
Our research makes it clear that the video in context is not related to Chechnya or France. The video shows Prophet Muhammad’s birth anniversary celebrations in Sana’a, Yemen in November 2019.
Result: Misplaced Context
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