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Video of Prophet Mohammad's birthday celebration in Yemen falsely shared to show Chechen Muslims protest against France

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A video dating back to November 2019 showing the grand celebration of Prophet Mohammad's birthday is being falsely shared to show Chechen Muslims protesting against France.

A video has surfaced on social media platforms showing a large gathering of people from the Muslim community with the claim that Chechen Muslims are protesting against France. 

A user named Ali Sohrab shared the viral video with the caption, “Chechen Muslims protest against France and expressing devotion to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) #boycottfrance #FranceBoycott #ProphetMuhammadSAW”.

At the time of writing this article, this post has been reshared over 1000 times. 

The video was also shared on a Facebook page named PTI Overseas with the same claim. 

This post has also been reshared over 1600 times. 

The video is being widely shared on Facebook and Twitter with the same claim. 

The video is being shared in the backdrop of French President Emmanuel Macron’s comments on Islam and the backlash over it. The teacher was killed by an 18-year-old who came to France with his family as a refugee from the Muslim-majority Chechnya region.

The truth behind the claim 

In our investigation, we found this claim to be false. The viral video is from Yemen in 2019 when crowds gathered to celebrate the birth of Prophet Mohammed. 

With the help of reverse image search using the keyframes of the video, we found this video uploaded on an Arabic YouTube channel on November 10, 2020, with the description suggesting that the people of Yemen have gathered to celebrate the birthday of Prophet Muhammad. 

In our further investigating using the reverse image search and relevant keyword search, we found an article by Iranian online news aggregator, AhlulBayt News Agency carrying the visuals from the video stating that photos were from the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him), which was observed in Sana'a, Yemen.

We also found a video with similar visuals by news agency AFPTV, uploaded on the Getty Images website dated 9 November 2019. The video’s description reads “Yemenis and Huthi supporters gather in Sanaa to mark Prophet Mohammad's birthday.”

Hence, a video dating back to November 2019 showing the grand celebration of Prophet Mohammad's birthday is being falsely shared to show Chechen Muslims protesting against France.

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