This photo has been doctored from an image showing the ordination of a priest in Scotland
A photo has been shared tens of thousands of times in multiple Facebook posts claiming to show a Pakistani Islamic scholar kneeling before a Christian priest. The claim is false; the photo has been doctored from an image showing the ordination of a priest in Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, in 2008.
The image was published in this Facebook post on June 23, 2020. It has been shared more than 22,000 times.
The image purports to show Pakistani Islamic scholar Tahirul Qadri kneeling before a priest.
The post’s Urdu-language caption translates to English as: “Does it suit an Islamic scholar to kneel before a Christian priest?”
The claim is false.
A reverse image search on Google found a similar photo without Qadri published here on a page titled "The blog of the Dominican student brothers at Blackfriars, Oxford”.
The photo, posted in October 2008, was described to show the ordination of Friar Bruno Clifton in Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland.
Below is a screenshot comparison of the misleading Facebook post (L) and the 2008 photo (R):
This blog post on the website for Qadri’s religious organisation, Tehreek Minhajul Quran, also debunked the photo in the misleading posts.