Old Video From Russia Shared as People Reading Namaz During FIFA in Qatar

This video could be traced back to at least 2019 and is from Russia.

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Old Video From Russia Shared as People Reading Namaz During FIFA in Qatar

A 30-seconds video showing a crowd offering namaz inside a stadium is going viral on social media. 

What is the claim?: The claim along with the clip states that this happened at the opening ceremony of FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar.

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Where is the video from?: The video is from Ak Bars Arena, a stadium located in Kazan, Russia and it could be traced back to at least 2019.


How do we know?: We could see 'Kazan' written in the video. We looked the stadium up on Google Maps and found that it was in Russia.

Next, we performed a reverse image search on the keyframes and this led us to a video uploaded on YouTube in 2019.

  • The title read, "Asha is praying in Kazan Russia Stadium. Praise be to Allah! (sic)"

  • We compared the viral video with this video and found similarities.

Comparison between the viral video and video from 2019.

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  • We found another Facebook post, which carried the same video and the caption mentioned that Kazan hosted one of the largest gathering 'to break fasts' on 25 May 2019.

Visuals of a similar video from 2016: We also found a news report about a similar event at Kazan in the Russian newspaper Real Noevremya, posted on 24 June 2016.

  • However, the video didn't appear to be the same.

  • We found another report from 14 February 2020 about Iftar at Kazan Arena.

  • It stated that 15,000 people had gathered in 2019 in the same stadium.

Conclusion: We could trace the video back to at least 2019 and it is from Russian and not Qatar.

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