An old video showing a Bangladeshi cleric delivering an inciteful speech against Hindus in Bangladesh's Dinajpur district is circulating with false claims that the incident happened in Uttar Pradesh's Dasna recently.
BOOM found that the video shows a provocative speech by a preacher named Dr Syed Irshad Bukhari in Dinajpur, Bangladesh in June, 2021. Bukhari targeted Hindus after radical Hindu priest Yati Niarsinghanand's speech against Prophet Muhammad in April, 2021.
In the video, the cleric makes inciting comments asking Hindus to read the Kalma, convert to Islam and apologise to the Prophet. He further warns Hindus of receiving improper last rites if not for conversion to Islam.
In a now deleted tweet, a user named '@vishnuguptuvach' shared the video with the caption, "Dasna, Ghaziabad. "Híndus, convert, or you would not even get your last rights when you die at the hands of Muslims." A solemn warning from the "dara hua" minority community."
View the archived tweet here.
The same video was tweeted by Kreately, a right wing news outlet as a recent speech delivered in Bangladesh.
The tweet is archived here
. BOOM has fact-checked Kreately multiple times for peddling misinformation. Read here
BOOM ran a Hindi keywords search on Facebook ("हिंदुओं कलमा पढ़कर मुसलमान हो जाओ") and found that the video has been circulating since 2021.
We found a Facebook post
with an extended version of the video shared in June 2021.
In the video, the cleric can be heard saying in Hindi, "Today we have gathered here in Bangladesh's Dinajpur district after the Friday prayers."
Yati Narsinghanand Saraswati, chief of the Dasna Devi temple in Uttar Pradesh's Ghaziabad, is accused of delivering hate speeches against Muslims and openly calling for violence against them. The Hindu seer abused the Prophet in a provocative speech in April, 2021.
In a religious conclave, Dharam Sansad, held in Haridwar in December, 2021, Yati had given open calls for Muslim genocide in India. Yati, along with other right wing politicians, is facing trial for allegedly violating prohibitory orders and inciting communal violence.
BOOM Bangladesh confirmed that the followers of the cleric, pictured in white turbans, are followers of the sect called Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat. On looking for Islamic preachers in Dinajpur and Northern parts of Bangladesh, we found that the cleric is Dr Syed Irshad Ahmed Al Bukhari.
We found the extended video of the speech (7.16 minutes duration) uploaded on the YouTube channel
of 'Dr Syed Irshad Ahmed Al Bukhari' on April 30, 2021.
The video is titled as, "Dr Syed Irshad Bukhari gave Mubahila Challenge to Vile Narsinghanand Saraswati from Bangladesh"
The description of the video stated that Bangladesh based Dr Syed Irshad Ahmed Al Bukhari and his followers formed a human chain and gave open challenge through his speech to Yati Narsinghanand Saraswati for his remarks against Prophet Muhammad.
Additional reporting: Shoeb Abdullah, BOOM Bangladesh