A social media post accompanying the video of an elderly Muslim man kissing a woman on the cheek is being widely circulated with a claim that visuals show a Maulana kissing the bride after her signing the marriage papers. Through this article let’s fact-check the claim made in the post.
Claim: Video of a Maulana kissing a bride.
Fact: The visuals actually show a Pakistani father affectionately kissing his daughter after her signing the marriage documents. The visuals were originally captured by @zamalsamanphotography, a wedding photography firm. As the visuals went viral with a false claim, the photographers clarified that the visuals indeed show a father and daughter. Several Pakistani news agencies and journalists debunked the viral claim and reported that the visuals indeed show a father and daughter. Hence the claim made in the post is FALSE.
The viral visuals actually show a Pakistani father affectionately kissing his newlywed daughter, and this is not a recent incident but took place in 2020. Reverse image search of the viral photo led us to the earliest Facebook post, which shared the same visuals initially in August 2020. As per the description of the visuals, we can infer that the visuals show a father and daughter. Further, the post credits @zamalsamanphotography for the visuals.
Taking a cue from this, a further search led us to posts on ‘zamalsamanphotography’ Instagram and Facebook pages, which shared a clarification about these visuals. These posts clarified that the visuals indeed show a father and his newlywed daughter.
As the visuals went viral with a false claim, several news agencies and journalists have also published articles clarifying that the visuals actually show a father and daughter (here, here, here & here). Thus these establish the fact that the viral visuals are related to a father kissing her daughter at her wedding and not a maulana kissing the bride as claimed in the post.
To sum it up, visuals of a Pakistani father affectionately kissing his newlywed daughter are falsely shared as a Maulana kissing the bride.