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Video of Namaz Outside Russia’s Cathedral Mosque Shared With False Claim

Several users on social media platform Twitter are sharing a 30-second video showing scores of people offering Namaz on a main thoroughfare, allegedly from Paris, France. There is no clarity on when the video is from, leading social media users to believe it to be  a recent incident. Newschecker has found the viral video to be from Russia.

One of the many users who shared the video, ‘@mini_razdan10’, wrote “Believe it or not, this is Paris.  Yes, the fashion city Paris in  SECULAR France”. The post, shared on May 7, 2022, garnered over 3,100 retweets and 233.7K views.

Several Facebook users also shared the \video blaming France’s “careless  immigration policy” for this situation in “Paris”.

Newschecker also received the viral on our WhatsApp tipline number (+91-9999499044) requesting to be fact checked.

Video of Namaz Outside Russia's Cathedral Mosque Shared With False Claim

Also Read: Raj Thackeray Effect In Paris? No, Viral Video Showing Protests Against Namaz In Public Is From 2017

Fact Check/Verification

Newschecker conducted a reverse image search on the keyframes of the viral video on Yandex and found a post on the verified Twitter handle of a news outlet, ‘@1tvru_news’, dated June 25, 2017. The tweet featured an image that matched the keyframe of the viral video and carried a Russian caption which roughly translated to “Vladimir Putin congratulated Russian Muslims on Eid al-Fitr.” The tweet also carried a link to an article.

On inspecting the link in the tweet, we found that the building seen in the video was of the Cathedral Mosque on Mira Avenue in Moscow. 

(L-R) Image tweeted by news outlet and screengrab from viral video.

We further compared the building in the viral video with the Google images of Cathedral Mosque in Moscow and found them to be similar and also spotted another building seen in the viral video next to the mosque on Google images.

Cathedral Mosque in Moscow
(L-R) Picture of Cathedral Mosque in Moscow from Google images and screengrab from viral video.

On running a reverse image search on other keyframes in Yandex, we found another image published in the website called LiveJournal that matched the keyframe from the viral video.

The caption of the image roughly translates to, “Muslims around the world are celebrating Eid al-Fitr today. This holiday marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. In Moscow, the main service is held in the Cathedral Mosque on Prospekt Mira. Supreme Mufti Ravil Gaynutdin addressed the believers. More than 50 thousand people came to the Cathedral Mosque for the morning service.”

In addition, BBC World correspondent Olga Ivshina also tweeted an image on October 15, 2013, which had landmarks similar to the ones seen in the viral video. The caption, which was in Russian, read ‘Moscow. Prospekt Mira. Eid al-Adha.’

(L-R) Image tweeted by BBC World correspondent Olga Ivshina and screengrab from viral video.

We further looked up keywords ‘Eid celebration in Moscow’ and found a report by Moscow Times, which carried images from the recent celebrations of Eid al-Fitr in the city. It also featured two images with landmarks that can be seen in the viral video.

As per the report, “In Moscow, hundreds of the city’s one million Muslims gathered at the Russian capital’s largest mosque — the Cathedral Mosque — for prayers. Space is limited, so worshippers often spill out onto the surrounding streets. (sic)”

Screengrab from Moscow Times showing this year’s celebration of Eid al-Fitr in Moscow

Our research indicates that large gatherings at the Cathedral Mosque in Moscow for Eid prayers is an annual phenomenon. However, we were unable to ascertain when the video was shot.

Conclusion

Our investigation revealed that the viral video claiming to show visuals of Muslims offering Namaz in a public thoroughfare in Paris is actually an old video from Russia’s Moscow.

Result: False Context/False

Sources

Report By News Website 1tv.ru

Google Images

Tweet By BBC World correspondent Olga Ivshina

The Moscow Times


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Vasudha Beri
Vasudha Beri
Vasudha noticed the growing problem of mis/disinformation online after studying New Media at ACJ in Chennai and became interested in separating facts from fiction. She is interested in learning how global issues affect individuals on a micro level. Before joining Newschecker’s English team, she was working with Latestly.
Vasudha Beri
Vasudha Beri
Vasudha noticed the growing problem of mis/disinformation online after studying New Media at ACJ in Chennai and became interested in separating facts from fiction. She is interested in learning how global issues affect individuals on a micro level. Before joining Newschecker’s English team, she was working with Latestly.

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