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Fact Check: Viral Clip Showing Sikh Man Covering A Muslim With Umbrella While Performing Namaz In Rain Is From Jammu, NOT Mohali

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A video showing a Sikh man covering a Muslim man with an umbrella as he performs namaz in Garhemari has gone viral on social media. Some users claim it was shot in Mohali, Punjab.

The video is shared on Facebook with a caption: “ਮੋਹਾਲੀ ਚ ਮਿਲੀ ਆਪਸੀ ਭਾਈਚਾਰੇ ਦੀ ਖਾਸ ਤਸਵੀਰ, ਮੁਸਲਿਮ ਵੀਰ ਸੜਕ ਤੇ ਅਦਾ ਕਰ ਰੀਆ ਸੀ ਨਮਾਜ, ਆ ਗਿਆ ਮੀਹ ਤੇ ਪੈ ਗਏ ਔਲੇ, ਨਮਾਜ਼ ਵਿੱਚ ਖਲਲ ਨਾ ਪਵੇ ਇਸ ਵਾਸਤੇ ਸਿੱਖ ਵੀਰ ਨੇ ਨਮਾਜ਼ੀ ਤੇ ਲਗਾ ਦਿੱਤੀ ਛਤਰੀ” (English translation: A special picture of mutual brotherhood was found in Mohali, the Muslim brother was praying on the road, rain came and hail fell, Sikh brother put an umbrella over the prayer so that the namaz is not interrupted.)

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FACT CHECK 

NewsMobile fact-checked the above claim, and found it to be MISLEADING. 

Putting the video keyframes through a Reverse Image Search, the NM team traced a news article on the same incident, dated February 3, 2024, with a title: “Sikh man holds umbrella in hailstorm for praying Muslim in Jammu”. 

Additionally, we discovered news about the video on the website Siyasak.com. According to an article, dated February 3, 2024, the video originates from Jammu. It depicts a Sikh individual standing with an umbrella over a Muslim individual while they offer namaz.

Closely noticing the presence of the signage “Amore Moi Cafe” in the clip, it indicates that  this cafe is situated along the Jammu National Highway. Further details about the cafe can be found on Google Maps, and similar images of the location can be viewed online.

Thus, it is confirmed that the viral video is from Jammu, NOT Mohali. 

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