Women reciting Satya Sai Bhajan are devotees from Middle East

Users claim that these are Muslim women who are performing the bhajan in Dubai. The post compares the openness of Muslims in Dubai to Muslims in Kerala.

By Misha Rajani  Published on  12 March 2022 4:15 AM GMT
Women reciting Satya Sai Bhajan are devotees from Middle East

HYDERABAD: A video of women dressed in black and reciting Satya Sai Bhajan is viral on Whatsapp.

Users claim that these are Muslim women who are performing the bhajan in Dubai. The post compares the openness of Muslims in Dubai to Muslims in Kerala.

"Islamic community in Dubai is conducting Satya Sai Bhajan, and their husbands, who are Muslims, are enjoying that devotional bhajan. If the Nationalists had been in Kerala, the religious fundamentalists would have issued a fatwa saying that Islam is in danger," reads the English translation of the text

FACT CHECK:

NewsMeter performed a reverse image search and found the longer version of the video on youtube uploaded by the official channel of Sri Satya Sai in 2012. According to the description, this video is of an Arab-themed bhajan held at Satya Sai Baba's Ashram, also known as Prasanthi Nilayam in the village of Puttaparthi in Anantapur district, Andhra Pradesh. The people in the video are pilgrims from the Middle East and Gulf. "Devotees from Bahrain, Iran, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, and United Arab Emirates, provided an Arabic flavor in Prasanthi Nilayam," the text reads


The official website of Sri Satya Sai also carries the same video and states that the concert by the devotees was entitled 'Sarva Dharma Swaroopa Sai'. It exalted the five cardinal human values -Sathya (Truth), Dharma (Righteousness), Shanti (Peace), Prema (Love), and Ahimsa (Non-Violence) which Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba embodied.


It wasn't just the Middle East and Gulf pilgrims who performed at Sri Satya Sai. Over 120 devotees from various Russian-speaking countries presented a Choir with 11 songs and Bhajans. Devotees from Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, Singapore, and Thailand offered an Indonesian heritage dance and the 2012 batch of B.Sc. Nursing students of College of Nursing, Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences, Bangalore also presented a Musical Bouquet at the Sanctum Sanctorum in Prasanthi Nilayam.

NewsMeter also compared the viral video background to that of Prasanthi Nilayam's infrastructure and found that it is not a mosque but a peace center at Sri Satya Sai.

It is safe to say that the viral video is of a 2012 Arab-themed bhajan held by the Middle East and Gulf devotees at Prasanthi Nilayam in Andhra Pradesh. They are not Muslim women.

Claim Review:Video shows Muslim women performing Hindu bhajans in Dubai.
Claimed By:Social Media Users
Claim Reviewed By:Newsmeter
Claim Source:Social Media
Claim Fact Check:False
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