This video was filmed in the Turkish city of Istanbul, not London
A video has been viewed thousands of times in multiple Facebook and Twitter posts that claim it shows a Muslim man praying in the middle of a busy road in London. The posts -- shared in the Hindu-majority nation of India -- misleadingly claim the clip shows the city is "in the clutches of Islam". The claims are false: the video was actually filmed in the Turkish city of Istanbul.
The video was shared here on Facebook on October 2, 2021.
The post's Hindi-language caption translates in part as: "Britain is in the grip of Islam. London -- which ruled half the world just 75 years ago -- is now trapped in the clutches of Islam.
"Due to their excessive generosity towards Islam, Britain today has 89 Muslim mayors and about 40/50 Muslim MPs, that's why they can do whatever they want to. A lone Mullah is performing Namaz fearlessly on a crowded road in London. In another sense, showing the power of Islam."
The post continues: "Watch a one-minute 12-second video of a lone Muslim performing Namaz on a busy road in London."
Namaz refers to the Islamic worship or prayer observed by Muslims.
However, the claim is false. The video was actually taken on a highway in Istanbul, Turkey.
A reverse image search followed by keyword searches found the video published in a report from September 19, 2021, by Turkish news site T24.
The Turkish-language headline of the article reads: "He prayed in the middle of the road in Istanbul; 'The qiblah is wrong'".
Muslims turn towards it when they pray.
The report's first line reads: "A person began to pray on the Istanbul E-5 highway, ignoring vehicles passing by."
Below is a screenshot comparison of the video in the misleading post (L) and the video in the T24 report (R):
This report published by another online Turkish news site, En Son Haber, on September 19, 2021, also shared the same video.
The Turkish-language report is titled: "The 'wrong qiblah' reaction to a provocateur who prayed in the middle of the road in Istanbul".