Fake Video: Muslims Did NOT Scream 'Allahu Akbar' At Burning Of Notre Dame

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  • by: Alan Duke
Fake Video: Muslims Did NOT Scream 'Allahu Akbar' At Burning Of Notre Dame

Did Muslims scream "Alluhu Akbar!" while watching fire raging in the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris? No, that's not true: Video purporting to have recorded Muslims celebrating the burning of the Christian landmark are not authentic, but the result of adding audio to real video of the fire.

The video quickly spread across social platforms after the April 15, 2019 fire began, including this YouTube post published on April 16, 2019 titled "Muslims Notre Dame Fire screaming allahu akbar" (archived here) which opened:

Muslims Screaming allahu akbar at the burning church. How sick

Users on social media only saw this title, description and thumbnail:

Muslims Notre Dame Fire screaming allahu akbar

Muslims Screaming allahu akbar at the burning church. How sick

This Facebook post shows how some people believed the video was real:

Nuf said. Come on Islam.... "Be better". Video of Muslims surrounding Notre Dame screaming Allahu Akbar. No media outrage. Imagine christians surrounding a burning Mosque shouting "Jesus Is Great".... The world will blow up. But us western christians must check ourselves because we are not "accepting" enough. Sick behavior is sick behavior no matter what the religion or race. Come on, Islam.... "Be better".
Al·la·hu Ak·bar
/ˌaləho͞o ˈäkˌbär,əˌläho͞o ˈäkˌbär/
a phrase meaning 'God is most great', used by Muslims in prayers and as a general declaration of faith or thanksgiving.
"crowds of people gathered, shouting 'Allahu Akbar!'"

YouTube suspended the account of the poster of this version, although many more were active at the time of this writing.

The predominant version of the fake video appears to have taken the audio from this YouTube video (recorded several years ago) and mixed it in with other audio:

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Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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