Blinded by contempt

It is that time of year when some Muslims celebrate the birth of the Prophet, peace be upon him, while others occupy themselves with condemning them. So enter Exhibit A. Some mischievous folk claim that the photo below shows Muslims following the Christians handspan by handspan, by setting up a Christmas Tree in their mosque to mark the mawlid.

However, if you examine the photo closely, you can clearly see that moveable prayer mats have been rolled out in in front of a raised stage. If I had to hazard a guess, I would say that the Muslims shown are setting up for Jummah payer in a civic hall they have rented from a school, church or local council in mid-December one year.

So not only does the photo not show what it is claimed to show, it is clearly not even a recent photograph. But hey: don’t let facts get in the way of a good story.

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