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Fact Check: Old Video Viral As People Offering Namaz At Times Square On Christmas Day

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A video of people offering Namaz on the roads is doing rounds on social media with a claim that they were offering Namaz at Times Square in New York on Christmas Day.

The post read, “Meanwhile, Times Square – New York, Christmas Day, 2023🕌🇺🇸
By GPG telegram…..”

Here’s the link to the above post.

FACT CHECK

NewsMobile fact-checked the posts and found the video to be old.

We extracted the keyframes of the video and put them through Reverse Image Search. The search led us to a similar video which was uploaded on YouTube on Mar 28, 2023, with the caption, “Taraweeh in newyork times square 2023 | Ramadan in newyork 2023 | Taraweeh namaz in times square.”

On running a keyword search, we found multiple media reports from March 2023, stating that the video shows hundreds of Muslims observing Ramzan breaking their fast and offering Taraweeh prayers in New York City’s Times Square. The reports can be seen here, here and here.

Taraweeh is part of the holy Quran that is recited every day during the month of Ramzan until its completion. As per reports, on March 25, the event was organised by Muslim social media influencer SQ, in collaboration with Muslims Giving Back and Droplets of Mercy.

 

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Thus, from the above fact check, it is clear that the video is old and is being shared with false claims.

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