Did a school in Kerala change/alter the National anthem to praise Prophet Mohammed? No!

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Muslims in Kerala changed the Indian national anthem in their educational institutions from Jai Hai Jai Hai Jai Hai to Nabi Hai Nabi Hai Nabi Hai. But secular pigs do not see any threat to India’s secularism due to this. Imagine if a school had replaced Jai Hey with Jai Shri Ram in the national anthem.

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Explanation

A 45-second video is shared by many in social media which shows a group of Muslim men and children gathered on a ground in a seemingly flag unfurling ceremony. The video also shows a group of young people singing a Malayalam song which is in the same tune as that of India’s National Anthem. This post is shared with a claims that state Muslims have changed the National Anthem in their educational institutions. One such caption read “Muslims in Kerala changed the Indian national anthem in their educational institutions from Jai Hai Jai Hai Jai Hai to Nabi Hai.” You can view many posts with similar claims here, here, here, and here.

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What’s the truth?

We began our analysis by examining the flags in the widely shared video. The flag in the video is mostly green with some of red, whereas the Indian flag is in tricolor of saffron, white and green. Upon further search, we discovered that the flag in the viral video represents Milad-Un-Nabi and is typically flown during the celebration of Eid Milad-Un-Nabi.

We have also attached a comparison image of the Indian flag and the Milad-Un-Nabi flag for the reader’s reference below.

The video of a rally in Kerala that is shown below features a flag quite similar to this one.

What is Milad-un-Nabi?

Muhammad who was born in the 6th Century is considered as the ‘Prophet’ of Islam. His birthday is commemorated on Eid Milad-un-Nabi. As the Islamic Calendar has 354 or 355 days a year, the day of Milad-Un-Nabi changes every year. In 2023, Milad-Un-Nabi was on September 27-28, 2019 and in 2024, Milad-Un-Nabi falls on September 15-16. Prophet Muhammad’s teachings are remembered on this day, and special prayers are offered. People use vibrant lights and green flags to adorn the neighborhood, streets, mosques, and marketplaces. There are several names for the festival namely Eid Milad-Un-Nabi, Eid-e-Milad, Mawlid al-Nabi al-Sharif, Nabi Day, and Mawlid.

Old video from 2019:

Upon further search, we found that the video has been around at least since 2019. In 2019, Girish Bharadwaj, a Vishwa Hindu Parishad supporter, posted the video on X (Twitter) and Facebook with similar claims. The video has been posted across various platforms such as YouTube, Reddit, X (Twitter) and Facebook since then. Far-right websites such as Kreatley had been sharing the video as well. Most notably, the Managing Editor of News 18 Hindi, Amish Devgan and journalist Abhijit Majumder too had reposted the video back in 2021 and 2022 respectively.

 

Although we were unable to independently identify the origin of the video, the video appears to be taken during an Islamic festival. The phrase “Nabi Nabi Nabi Nabi ye” which is part of the song, that had used the same tune as that of India’s National Anthem, alludes to the Prophet of Islam and the Islamic flag represents Miladi-Un-Nabi. However, there is a legal ambiguity regarding the usage of the tune of National Anthem for other songs and there have been discussions in the past about the legality of the remix of Indian National Anthem.

Conclusion:

The widely shared footage is at least 5 years old and was taken during an Islamic Festival celebration which was held in a school. The National Anthem had not been changed or altered. It was a song praising Prophet Mohammed using the tune of National Anthem. The footage has been used for half a decade, at least, to spread communal tensions.

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Indu Meenakshi

Indu Meenakshi is a former Microbiologist-turned-journalist, works as a Sub-Editor at YouTurn. She additionally holds Master’s in Management and English Literature. As a fact-checker, her job entails actively dispelling false information found online, exposing fake news, and raising public awareness.
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