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Staged Photo Does Not Show Muslim And Jewish Israeli Soldiers Praying Together

Ouissal Harize Ouissal Harize
31st January 2024
Staged Photo Does Not Show Muslim And Jewish Israeli Soldiers Praying Together
Jews have a different praying direction that that of Muslims (X)

The Claim

An image shows a Jewish Israeli soldier praying with his Muslim colleague.

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Social media users recently shared an image that allegedly shows a Muslim soldier and a Jewish soldier praying side by side while they serve the IOF. 

The caption that is circulating reads: “Israeli Jews and Arabs are all fighting together for a common goal, to return all the hostages and to protect our home.” 

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Misbar’s Analysis

Misbar investigated the circulating claim and found it to be misleading. People of Jewish faith have a different praying direction that of Muslims. 

The Image Of Muslim And Jewish Israeli Soldiers Praying is Staged

In Judaism, the direction of prayer, known as "Mizrach" in Hebrew, is towards Jerusalem, specifically the Western Wall, which is the last remaining part of the Temple Mount, considered the most sacred site in Jewish tradition. 

When Jews pray, they face towards Jerusalem from any point in the world. 

Muslim Prayer Direction and Its History

In Islam, the direction of prayer is called "Qibla." Muslims around the world face the Kaaba in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, during their prayers. The Kaaba is considered the most sacred site in Islam. This practice was established in the second year after the Hijra, or the migration of Prophet Muhammad from Mecca to Medina. 

Initially, Muslims prayed facing Jerusalem, but a revelation to prophet Muhammad changed the direction to the Kaaba (as detailed in Quran 2:144). This shift marked a significant moment in Islamic history, further distinguishing Islamic worship practices from those of other faiths and reinforcing the unique identity of the Muslim community.

Given these established practices, the claim that a Muslim and a Jewish person were praying together in the same direction would be factually incorrect, as their religious traditions prescribe different directions for prayer. This discrepancy in prayer directions serves as a clear indicator that the image in question was staged as a PR stunt in favor of the IOF.

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