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Old Video Of A Man Trying To Immolate Himself At Mecca Revived With Communal Spin

Old Video Of A Man Trying To Immolate Himself At Mecca Revived With Communal Spin

The viral post falsely claims that an Iranian Muslim threw milk at Kaaba and declared that their ancestors were Hindus and Kaaba was a Shiva Linga.

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A two-year-old video of a man throwing petrol on the Kaaba at Mecca in Saudi Arabia has been shared with a fake caption claiming that the liquid was milk and not a petrol.

The caption with the viral video claims ‘an Iranian youth pours milk on Kaaba and claimed that their ancestors were Hindu and Kaaba was a holy Shivalinga.’

(Translated from Hindi: ईरान के यूवक ने मक्का मे दूध चढाया ओर बोला हमारे पूर्वज हिन्दू थे और ये पवित्र शिवलिंग है |)

The 50-second-long video shows a man, dressed in a white, throwing some liquid from a bottle on the Kaaba. He then speaks in Arabic before a group of devotees apprehend him and take him away.

Kaaba or ‘cube’ in Arabic is considered to be the most sacred site in Islam. It is a structure at the center of the Great Mosque of Mecca in Saudi Arabia.

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The video has been shared several thousand times over the past few day. You can view the post here and its archived version can be accessed here.

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video viral from kaaba
video viral from kaaba

Fact Check

BOOM broke the video in to key frames and ran a reverse image search on them. We found several YouTube links as well as news reports that carried the same video and mentioned that the man was throwing petrol on the holy structure.

The news articles were about an incident from February 6, 2017, wherein a man attempted to set himself ablaze on the premises of the grand Mosque of Mecca.

The man shown in the video had been identified as a Saudi national and the authorities had said that the man’s behaviour indicated that he was mentally ill. Read the reports here and here.

BOOM found a video of the same incident shot from another angle in one of the reports.

The caption with this video uploaded on February 6, 2017, on YouTube reads ‘
Video: The arrest of a person who tried to burn the Kaaba with gasoline’

Roots of the Viral Fake

Viral propaganda of there being a Shiva linga (a representation of Shiva) at Mecca has been doing the rounds of the internet for some time now sans any credible and concrete evidence that substantiates it.

A search on Google with keywords ‘Shivling at’ shows the following result:

shivalinga
Search result on Google

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Claim Review : Iranian Muslim man pours milk on Kaaba

Fact Check : FALSE


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Sumit is a fact checker and the News Editor of Boom's Hindi wing. In the six years of his journalistic career, he has worked with the New Indian Express, Times of India and Deccan Chronicle. The dynamic nature of digital media finally made him take the leap from print to online, and don the hat of a digital detective.

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