A video has been falsely shared in multiple social media posts claiming it shows football fans who went to watch the World Cup in Qatar converting to Islam. The video has in fact circulated online since at least 2018, in posts that say it shows Filipino workers in Qatar's capital Doha converting to Islam.
The one-minute, 45-second video was shared on Facebook here on November 27, 2022, where it has since been viewed more than 9,000 times.
It shows a group of people gathered on a basketball court listening to a man wearing a white robe and then repeating the Arabic words of the Shahada, the Islamic declaration of faith. The group then repeats the profession of faith in Tagalog.
The post's Bengali-language caption reads, "120 non-Muslim spectators who came to watch the 2022 World Cup in Qatar accepted Islam".
Screenshot of the misleading post, captured on November 30, 2022
The posts circulated as the World Cup kicked off in Qatar on November 20, 2022, after a tortuous 12-year build-up dogged by off-field controversies.
The claim that the video shows football fans converting to Islam during the World Cup in Qatar, however, is false.
Old footageA combination of keyword and reverse image searches on Google found the video had been circulating online years before the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
The same footage was posted on YouTube here on March 11, 2018.
The video's Arabic title reads, "60 Filipinos converting to Islam now at Challenger Company in Al-Shahaniya in Doha... Qatar… Praise be to God, the Lord of the Worlds."
Below is a screenshot comparison of the video in the misleading Facebook post (left) and the genuine video from 2018 (right):
Screenshot comparison of the video in the misleading Facebook post (left) and the genuine video from 2018 (right)
Keyword searches on Google led to a YouTube channel called "Challenger T&C Qatar", which has a video from October 2019 that appears to show a facility for migrant workers in Qatar.
An analysis of the video shows buildings and a basketball court that correspond with those visible in the video shared in the misleading posts.
Below is a screenshot comparison of the video in the misleading post (left) and the footage from Challenger T&C Qatar (right), with corresponding features highlighted by AFP:
Screenshot comparison of the video in the misleading post (left) and the footage from Challenger T&C Qatar (right)
AFP has previously debunked another false claim about people converting to Islam at the Qatar World Cup here.