Misleading video shared as Sultan’s wife carrying Ramayana at first Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi

“* सुल्तान शेख मोहम्मद ने अबू धाबी में, प्रधान मंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी से अपने वादे के अनुसार पहला हिंदू मंदिर बनवाया।* सुल्तान की पत्नी बेगम सिर पर पवित्र रामायण की प्रति लेकर मंदिर की ओर जा रही हैं, और साथ में सुल्तान शेख मोहम्मद, राम कथा वाचक एच। पी। मोरारी बापू भी दिखाई दे रहे हैं। ** सच में अद्भुत दृश्य। (Sultan Sheikh Mohammed in Abu Dhabi has fulfilled his promise given to Modi by building the first Hindu temple. Sultan’s wife is carrying the Ramayana on her head towards the temple along with Sheikh Mohammed and Ram Katha Vachak Moraji Bapu. Truly incredible view -translated) 

The above message is being circulated with a video where Ram Katha preacher Morari Bapu can be seen walking amongst the public at an event. The message claims that as promised to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Sultan Sheikh Mohammed has built a temple in Abu Dhabi. It is narrated that the visuals depict the wife of Sultan Sheikh Mohammed carrying the holy Ramayana on her head while she is accompanied by her husband and the preacher himself. One Sagar Verma has shared the video with the said message on Facebook.

 

* सुल्तान शेख मोहम्मद ने अबू धाबी में, प्रधान मंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी से अपने वादे के अनुसार पहला हिंदू मंदिर बनवाया।

* सुल्तान की पत्नी बेगम सिर पर पवित्र रामायण की प्रति लेकर मंदिर की ओर जा रही हैं, और साथ में सुल्तान शेख मोहम्मद, राम कथा वाचक एच। पी। मोरारी बापू भी दिखाई दे रहे हैं। *

* सच में अद्भुत दृश्य। view *

Posted by Sagar Verma on Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Umpteen social media posts shared by individuals on Facebook and Twitter consist of the same message and video.

Fact-check

Alt News had earlier debunked another video from the same event where it was falsely claimed by leading news channels – Times Now and Zee Newsthat Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan inaugurated the Ram Katha of Morari Bapu in Abu Dhabi. Later, it was found that the person is a United Arab Emirates-based columnist and commentator on Arab affairs named Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi and NOT the Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Coming to the video now viral on social media, the same UAE based columnist Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi can be seen walking with Morari Bapu. You can see his profile here. The clip from the complete video, uploaded on Morari Bapu’s official YouTube channel, can be seen below. In his opening remarks, an unknown speaker can be heard announcing a list of guests. However, the name of the Crown Prince is not announced in this list. He also cannot be visually spotted in the guests that were present for the event. Hence, it is evident that Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan was not present at the event.

Moreover, ABP News also found out that the woman carrying the holy book was Siya, the organizer’s daughter and not from the Royal family. In the video posted below, Morari Bapu in a statement given to the channel can be heard saying that she was the organizer’s daughter and her name is Siya.

As far as the construction of a temple in Abu Dabhi is concerned, the foundation stone of the first Hindu temple was laid recently in April 2019. The foundation-stone laying ceremony was presided by Mahant Swami Maharaj, the spiritual leader of the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha. It will be built on the land gifted to the Indian community by Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

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