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Did a group of Muslims offer prayers in river Ganga?

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Netizens on Facebook and Twitter are heavily sharing a video that shows a group of Muslims offering Azaan standing at, what looks like, the coast of a water body. In the two-minute-long viral video, people repeat “Allahu Akbar” with a priest standing separate from the herd chanting the same into a loudspeaker.

Claims: According to claims in the viral posts, the video depicts a group of Muslims offering prayers at the coast of river Ganga and allegedly planning to create a permanent settlement for the community there.

The caption along the video as shared by a Twitter user read,

यह मुस्लिमोंकी एक योजना है कि एकान्त स्थान पर गंगा नदी में अज़ान लगा कर कब्जा किया जये। इनकी योजना के अनुसार गंगा नदी के किनारे किनारे पर अस्थाई निवास बनाये जाय बाद में यह स्थाई निवास में परिवर्तन कर दिया जायेगा। क्यों कि विश्व की अगली लड़ाई पानी के लिए होनी है। और यह गंगा के किनारे रह कर ये मुल्ले इस्लाम बुलंद करेंगे यहां भी थूंकेंगे और शायद मल भी करेंगे ताकि हमारी पवित्र नदी मां गंगा को अपवित्र करेंगे ये हम बर्दाश्त नहीं कर पा रहे है सरकार से निवेदन है कि इन्हे यहां से भगाए!

Translation: “The Muslims plan to capture a secluded place by chanting Azaan in the Ganga river. According to their plan, they will first build a temporary residence on the banks of the river Ganga. Later, they will convert it into a permanent residence because the next battle of the world is for water. So, by staying on the banks of the Ganga, these mullahs will raise Islam. They will spit here and maybe even release faeces to pollute our holy river Mother Ganga. We are not able to tolerate this. Hence, we request the government to drive them away from here!”






No, the group of Muslims did not offer Azaan in the Ganga river. The viral video is old and from Bangladesh.

To begin with, we ran a reverse image search on the keyframes of the viral video on Yandex. The results brought us to this YouTube video uploaded on the official channel of Daily Ajker News, a leading news platform based in Bangladesh. Also, it is important to note that the channel uploaded the video on May 25th 2020, which is more than a year back.

The title of the video read,

হাঁটুপানিতে দাঁড়িয়েই ঈদের জামাত আদায় || এক অন্যরকম ঈদ পালন করলেন আম্পানে ক্ষতিগ্রস্ত কয়রার মানুষ |

Translation: “Eid congregation standing on the knees || The people of Koyra, who were affected by the cyclone Amphan, celebrated Eid differently.”

The region mentioned in the title of the video is Koyra, the second-largest sub-district in Bangladesh.

Similarly, another Bangladesh-based TV channel uploaded a video report on May 25th 2020, about the unusual Eid prayers, offered amidst floodwaters in Bangladesh.

In addition to that, the following report published in Dhaka Tribune highlighted the incident and wrote, “Eid-ul-Fitr congregation was held in knee-deep water in Khulna’s Koyra upazila as river water flooded the lands when severe cyclonic storm Amphan damaged the embankments.”

Furthermore, several other news platforms like Daily Bangladesh and The Business Standard covered the story.

Hence, it is evident that the claims with the viral video are false as the Muslims did not offer Azaan in the Ganga River. The video is old and not from India.


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A student of Masters in Journalism and Mass Communication from Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication, Pune, Mansi is open to learning new things while exploring the road to unbiased, fact-oriented journalism.