CORONAVIRUS

This video shows a Shiite leader in Iran marking the holy day of Ashura during the Covid-19 pandemic

Published on 28/09/2020 at 11:30

A video has been viewed thousands of times in multiple posts on Facebook and YouTube alongside a claim it shows Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, a top Shiite leader in Iraq, meeting with a crowd of worshippers on an Islamic holiday despite the risk of coronavirus infection. The claim, however, is false; the footage actually shows Grand Ayatollah Sayid Sadiq Shirazi, a Shiite leader in Iran, observing the Islamic holiday of Ashura in August 2020.