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Fact Check: Old photo of Muslims offering Namaz in public viral as recent

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An old photo of Muslims offering Namaz in public was Tweeted as recent, drawing parallels with the recent ban on playing Hanuman Chalisa on loudspeakers. In an investigation, it was found that the photo is from 2012.

On May 8, @harshasherni tweeted a photo of Muslims offering Namaz in public. The tweet stated that this was near Bandra Railway Station (West), Mumbai.

Mentioning the ban on playing Hanuman Chalisa on loudspeakers, the tweet said "But Hanuman Chalisa not allowed... - Thackeray Government" (translated), blaming the Shiv Sena Government for this disparity.

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In a reverse image search, it was found that the image is from 2012. The Atlantic, an American magazine, published an article on August 17, 2012, about Ramadan 2012. The article had images showing the various instances of celebrating and upholding the traditions of Ramadan from around the world.
Among those images, the viral image can be found, captioned as "Indian Muslims offer prayers on the last Friday of Ramadan outside the Bandra railway station in Mumbai, on August 17, 2012."

In 2012, the Congress party was in power in Maharashtra, with Prithviraj Chavan as the Chief Minister. Therefore, it is wrong to blame the Shiv Sena for the incident or equate it with the Hanuman Chalisa issue of the present day.

In conclusion, the viral photo of Muslims offering Namaz near Bandra Railway Station is from August 2012, when Congress was in power. Social media users have incorrectly linked this to the Shiv Sena government and the recent ban on playing Hanuman Chalisa over loudspeakers.

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