The video shows a Koran reciter from Tanzania

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A video has been viewed thousands of times on Facebook and YouTube alongside a claim it shows a Koran reciter from the predominantly Christian region of Papua, Indonesia. The claim is false; the clip has circulated online about a Koran reciter from Tanzania.

The five minute, 15-second video was posted here on Facebook on August 10, 2020, and has been viewed more than 1,600 times since.

Screenshot of misleading post, taken on September 10, 2020

The Indonesian-language caption translates to English as: “International Koran reciter from Papua”.

The Indonesian-language text superimposed on the video reads: “INTERNATIONAL KORAN RECITER FROM PAPUA”, “HAS THE HIGHEST VOICE AND LONGEST BREATH IN THE WORLD”, as well as “FIRST WINNER”. 

Papua is Indonesia’s easternmost region, comprising of Papua and West Papua provinces; Christianity is the predominant religion in both provinces. 

The video has been viewed more than 10,000 times after it appeared alongside a similar claim on Facebook here, here, here and here; as well as on YouTube here and here

The claim, however, is false. 

A Google reverse image followed by a series of keyword searches found the same video was uploaded here on YouTube on March 7, 2020. The footage is titled: “Surah al Balad Qari Eidi Shaban ||Qari Edi Shaban from Africa || Beautiful recitation of Quran”. 

Surah al Balad is the 90th chapter of the Koran. 

Qari means a person who recites the Koran according to the proper rules of recitation.

Below is screenshot comparison between video in the misleading post (L) and the video on YouTube (R):

Screenshot comparison between video in the misleading post (L) and the video on YouTube (R)

Cox Islamic Media, which is based in Bangladesh, published a similar video of Shaban reciting the Koran on December 24, 2019 here on its verified YouTube channel.

The footage is titled: “Best Recitation of The Holy Quran Tilawat Qari Eidi Shaban”.

The caption says: “Qari Eidi Shaban From Africa । Best Recitation of The Holy Quran Tilawat Qari Edi Shaban

“Qari Eidi Shaban From AFRICA । International Qari । International Quran Conference। Quran Tilawat

“Qari Eidi Shaban Tanzania । The Most Beautiful Quran Recitation । Qari Eidi Shaban । Tilawat”.

Cox Islamic Media also posted a clip on “the preparations of the 4th International Quran Conference” in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, on December 21, 2019, here, and a live-stream video of the event on December 23, 2019, here.

Shaban can be seen at the 1:05:38 mark of the live-streamed video.