Mohammed Al-Arefe tweeted that he was in New York attending a scientific conference organized by NASA scientists about the moon. Al-Arifi allegedly said, “I was puzzled by their lack of awareness about the moon, so I stood up and read to them from Surah al-Qamar. Everyone was silent, and then they burst into tears. A jew converted to Islam too.”
Pages and accounts on Facebook and Twitter have recently circulated an alleged tweet attributed to Saudi preacher Mohammad Alarefe. In the alleged tweet, Alarefe said: “I was attending a scientific conference in New York for NASA about the moon. I was puzzled by their lack of awareness about the moon, so I stood up and read to them from Surah al-Qamar. Everyone was silent, and then they burst into tears. A jew converted to Islam too.”
Photo Description: The photo shows a screenshot of a Facebook post circulating the claim, along with a screenshot of the alleged tweet.
Misbar investigated the circulated claim and found that it was fake. It is not Mohammad Alarefe’s official account. The Twitter handle @al-arifi.com to which the alleged tweet is attributed does not belong to any username on the platform.
The photo is clearly and poorly fabricated. This is obvious from the space between the @ sign and the username that follows it. The username for Alarefe’s official account is @MohamadAlarefe.
The photos above clearly show the difference between the fake account handles and the official one, which belongs to Mohammad Alarefe.
Looking at Alarefe’s official Twitter account, Misbar has verified that no such tweet was made. Nor is there any similar post on Alarefe’s Facebook account.
The last time any social media presence or activity for Alarefe on Facebook and Twitter was dated May 6, 2019.