Viral video: No, Muslim women did not sing bhajans inside Dubai mosque

“दुबई में मुस्लिम ओरतो ने नई पहल करते हुए मस्ज़िद में राम भजन प्रस्तुत किया और उनके शेख पतियों ने ताली बजाकर लय बद्ध उनका साथ दिया l (Muslim women in Dubai mark a first, sing Ram bhajan inside mosque and their sheikh husbands applauded and joined them- translation).” Along with this message is a video, which shows burqa-clad women singing Hindu devotional songs.

From a Facebook page Ankur Sigad, the video drew 73,000 views.

दुबई में मुस्लिम ओरतो ने नई पहल करते हुए मस्ज़िद में राम भजन प्रस्तुत किया और उनके शेख पतियों ने ताली बजाकर लय बद्ध उनका साथ दिया,।

Posted by अंकुश सीगड़ on Sunday, 30 June 2019

The video is also circulating on Twitter. Among those who shared it was Indian film director Anil Sharma.

The same video was earlier viral earlier February this year and has again been massively circulated.

दुबई में मुस्लिम ओरतो ने नई पहल करते हुए मस्ज़िद में राम भजन प्रस्तुत किया और उनके शेख पतियों ने ताली बजाकर लय बद्ध उनका साथ दिया, हिन्दुस्तान में होता तो इस्लाम खतरे में आ जाता। शेयर किजिये और 125 करोड लोगो तक पहुचाये…

Posted by हिन्दू शक्ति महाशक्ति on Monday, February 11, 2019

 

In fact, Alt News found that this video along with this claim had been posted by a right-wing Facebook page Azaad Bharat in November 2018, and the share count exceeded 9,000.

दुबई में मुस्लिम ओरतो ने नई पहल करते हुए मस्ज़िद में राम भजन प्रस्तुत किया और उनके शेख पतियों ने ताली बजाकर लय बद्ध उनका साथ दिया….

Posted by Azaad Bharat on Sunday, November 4, 2018

What is the truth of the video?

A simple search on Google with the keywords ‘mosque bhajan’ reveals a YouTube video of ABP News, which had fact-checked this claim twice on its Viral Sach programme, first in August 2016 and later in February 2018. This suggests that this claim has been circulating on social media for atleast two years or more. The same had been fact-checked by The Quint.

The video is not from a mosque in Dubai as claimed, but from Prasanthi Nilayam, the ashram of spiritual guru Sathya Sai Baba at Puttaparthi in Andhra Pradesh. The event which took place in 2012 was attended by devotees from Bahrain, Iran, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates, according to a July 2013 report by Colombo Telegraph titled “Sai Baba’s Arabic-Islamic Flavour”. The entire video of the cultural event is posted below.

In conclusion, the video of burqa-clad women singing bhajans is not from a mosque in Dubai, but from a cultural event organised at Sathya Sai Baba’s ashram in Puttaparthi, Andhra Pradesh.

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