An image of a person sitting in a flight with a bottle of liquor on the table next to him is circulating on social media. On September 26, Twitter user Manjeet Bagga posted the image and claimed, “Proper use of Zakat money”. At the time of writing this article, the tweet was retweeted more than 4,500 times. Zakat is an Islamic term denoting money kept aside for charitable causes. The Quran in several verses admonishes the consumption of liquor.
ज़कात के पैसों का सही इस्तेमाल pic.twitter.com/ozjZ84gUQN
— Manjeet Bagga (@Goldenthrust) September 26, 2020
With a reverse image search, we found a Facebook post from August 2019. The image posted by the page ‘Jamiat Talba Islam Bajaur’ does not have a liquor bottle placed on the table. The man in the image is Pakistani politician Fazal-ur-Rehman. He is the president of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F), a Pakistani political party.
The picture shared on social media is quite evidently photoshopped.