Fact Check: Old Image Of Sikh Man Offering Namaz Revived To Malign Farmers' Protest

An old image of a Sikh man offering namaz in a mosque is viral with the claim of it belonging to the ongoing farmers' protest. The Logical Indian Fact Check team investigates the claim.

India   |   13 Jan 2021 12:00 PM GMT
Writer : Yusha Rahman | Editor : Bharat Nayak | Creatives : Abhishek M
Fact Check: Old Image Of Sikh Man Offering Namaz Revived To Malign Farmers Protest

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An image of a man wearing a turban and offering namaz has gone viral on social media with a claim that he is a farmer protesting against the farm bills in Delhi.

The photo is shared to portray that the farmers who are protesting at the Delhi borders are Muslims who are pretending to be Sikhs.

The image is being shared with the caption, "He went to attend 'Kissan Rally', forgot to remove his head gear on return to mosque.His agenda could be anything but their welfare. Pls help in sharing this pic. In the name of Farmer's Bill we've Jihadi,communists & traitors washing their dirty linen?."

The post is viral on Facebook.

He went to attend 'Kissan Rally', forgot to remove his head gear on return to mosque.His agenda could be anything but...

Posted by Andhra Muslims on Tuesday, 12 January 2021

The post was also shared by Harinder S Sikka, a navy veteran and an author.


Claim:

The man in the viral image is associated with the farmers' protest.

Fact Check:

The Logical Indian did a reverse image search and found that the image was published on Shaykh Mohammed Aslam's Facebook page. The image was posted on January 31, 2016, with the caption, "This Sikh man entered the mosque on the day of Jumm'ah, performed wudhu, and amazingly said "Allahu Akbar" and prayed in front of everyone. May Allah spread this beautiful religion across the world."


The image was also present on a website, Sikhawareness.com. It was uploaded on the site on September 29, 2019.

We found the image was viral in 2016 when many Facebook users shared it with the caption, "Sikh brother offering Namaz in a mosque. Ya Allah, enlighten him to accept Islam".

Sikh Bhai masjid me namaz parhte huwe Ya Allah inhe hidayet de islam qubool karne ki ...

ameen

Posted by Islahuddin Khan on Friday, 22 January 2016

While we were not able to identify the location or person independently, we could evidently conclude that the image is old and unrelated to ongoing farmers' protest.

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Claim Review :  The man in the viral image is associated with the farmers protest.
Claimed By :  Social Media
Fact Check :  False
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Yusha Rahman

Yusha Rahman

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Yusha, an engineer turned journalist with a core interest in sensible journalism. Since the time she worked in an MNC, she saw how fake news was rife to malign images of communities, leaders, etc. This encouraged her to give up her career in MNC and passionately work towards curbing fake news and propaganda.

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