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