Video of birds flying around an Islamic flag in the sky is being widely shared on social media claiming that Prophet Muhammad’s name appeared in sky somewhere in Kashmir. Let’s verify the claim made in the post.
Claim: Islamic flag with prophet’s name appeared in the sky somewhere in Kashmir.
Fact: This is an edited video. YouTube greenscreen clips of flying birds and Islamic flag are inserted into this video. No such real incident was reported anywhere in Kashmir. Hence the claim made in the post is FALSE.
Upon careful observation, we found that the visuals of flying birds and the flag appear abruptly in the video. This indicates that the visuals of flying birds and flag are inserted into this video.
Taking a cue from this, we searched for the visuals of flying birds and Islamic flag on YouTube and found several green screen videos of birds flying and Islamic flags. Among them, we found two videos — one shows birds flying randomly and another is an illustration of a waving Islamic flag—matching the visuals in the viral video.
Several kinds of greenscreen clips are readily available on the internet for editing purposes. These clips can be easily inserted into other videos to create visual effects. A quick demonstration showing how the viral video was created can be seen here. Also, journalists from Kashmir called it as fake video and urged users not to share misinformation online.
To sum it up, digitally altered video of Islamic flag in the sky shared as real incident of prophet’s name appearing in Kashmir’s sky.