No, this video does not show a Muslim praying at a Sikh temple in Malaysia where a Muslim lawmaker was criticised for attending an interfaith iftar
A video has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times in multiple posts on Facebook and YouTube alongside a claim it shows a Muslim praying at a Sikh temple in Malaysia where a lawmaker was criticised for attending an interfaith iftar during Ramadan in 2019. The claim is false; the video was filmed at a different temple more than 130 miles away.
The video was shared in this Facebook post on May 29, 2019, where it has been viewed more than 213,000 times and shared more than 3,100 times.
Below is a screenshot of the misleading Facebook post:
The one-minute, 39-second video shows a man dressed in Muslim attire facing a Sikh man who is sitting on a stage. The man in Muslim attire kneels and bows his head several times in prayer towards the stage.
The Malaysian-language caption translates to English as: “This video was taken at gurdwara sahib temple, Johor Bahru. If this man is Muslim, which Islamic school of thought does he belong to? Islamic prayers but no rukuk (a bowing gesture while praying).
Congratulations MP Johor Bahru, may your reckoning be easy.”
The misleading post was shared a day after Johor Bahru lawmaker Akmal Nasir was criticized after he attended an interfaith iftar, or fast-breaking meal, at the Gurdwara Sahib in Johor Baru on the evening of May 28, 2019, during Ramadan.
This report about the incident was published by Malaysian news site Malaysiakini on May 28, 2019.
The first paragraph of the report says: “Johor Bahru MP Akmal Nasir has defended his breaking fast programme to be held at a gudwara (Sikh temple) in the state this evening.”
The claim is false; the video was actually filmed at a different temple more than 130 miles away and posted days before the controversy was sparked over the lawmaker’s actions.
The same video was published in this Facebook post on May 25, 2019, before the interfaith iftar event which lawmaker Akmal attended on May 28.
Below is a screenshot comparison of the video in the misleading posts (L) and the same video shared on Facebook on May 25, 2019 (R):
The caption for the Facebook post published on May 25, 2019, states: “God Is One.. A Muslim Man Performing His Prayers In Gurdwara Sahib Melaka Darbar Sahib.. Sabna Jiya Ka Ek Data..
“Darbar Sahib” refers to the stage where the holy book is placed, while “Sabna Jiya Ka Ek Data” translates from Punjabi to English as: “There is only the One, the Giver of all souls.”
The caption states the video shows a Muslim man praying at the Gurdwara Sahib Melaka on May 25, 2019.
Here is the Gurdwara Sahib Melaka in the city of Malacca on Google Maps.
This Google user’s image tagged at the location on Google Maps in November 2018 shows a corresponding interior to the temple seen in the misleading Facebook post.
Below is a screenshot of the image:
Below is a screenshot comparison of the video in the misleading post (L) and the Google image (R):
The Gurdwara Sahib Melaka is 222 km (138 miles) from the Gurdwara Sahib Johor Bahru, according to Google Maps.