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Did Borussia Dortmund Fans Celebrate Prophet Mohammad’s Birthday?

  Monday 11th November 2019

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Coinciding with Prophet Mohammad’s birthday, social media profiles and pages circulated a video of fans at a soccer field, claiming that it shows honoring Prophet Mohammad by German football club Borussia Dortmund.

It has been claimed that “Borussia Dortmund team honors Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) by forming a human mosaic, singing The Full Moon Rose Over Us nasheed, and loudly chanting and clapping, praising the prophet of Allah from a non-Islamic nation that respects and reveres the prophet of humanity and humans.” Nasheed is a work of vocal music that is either sung a cappella or accompanied by percussion instruments such as the daf.

In the video, the fans can be seen creating a tifo of and Arabic-language phrase “Habibi Ya Rasoul Allah” (O Messenger of God, You Are My Love) in a football stadium. The Full Moon Rose Over Us nasheed, which is a traditional Islamic poem that the Ansar sang for the prophet of Islam, can also be heard sung in Arabic.

The same claims were circulated on Facebook in 2018.

Verify-Sy inspected the video, and found that the claims are false. In fact, the video dates back to 2015 and shows the fans of Saudi Arabian club al-Ittihad.

Fans of al-Ittihad created the phrase before their club’s match against al-Shula in al-Jawhara football field in Jeddah, February 20, 2015, during the 16th round of the Saudi Professional League.

The initiative came from al-Ittihad fans in response to “French newspapers insults of Prophet Muhammad,” Al-Arabiya reported.

Footage of the same event:

German Football Club Borussia Dortmund, or BVB, was founded in 1909. It is based in Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia, and has been very popular around the world.

Of note, yellow and black are the colors of al-Ittihad and BVB football clubs.