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Fact Check WhatsApp message The Crusades Have Finally Started Again Japan

Fact Check WhatsApp message The Crusades Have Finally Started Again Japan

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

On WhatsApp one fake message is circulating since last 3 years or more Titled as The Crusades have finally started as predicted!

The Crusades Have Finally Started Again, a forwarded email and forum post making the rounds online since 2016, makes a number of claims about foreign countries cracking down on Muslims

Message talks about many nations

The first para talks about Japan

The first para of the message reads as follows –

The first countries to ban Islam: See how the world is acting fast on the threat posed by Islam and its barbaric Sharia Law!

Japan has always refused Muslims to live permanently in their country and they cannot own any real estate or any type of business, and have banned any worship of Islam. Any Muslim tourist caught spreading the word of Islam will be deported immediately, including all family members!

Now let us check the facts –

Islam is a minority religion in Japan. In the absence of official statistics on Muslims in Japan, demographic estimates range from between 70,000 to 120,000 Muslim residents

Its fake message Japan has not banned Islam.

There are many Islamic foundations in Japan
In Japan, there are no official travel restrictions on Muslims, or practitioners of any other faith.

The first mosque in Japan, the Kobe Mosque, was built in 1935 and the second mosque in the capital Tokyo were built by Tatar migrants escaping the Russian revolution, now the largest Muslim ethnic group in Japan.

As per media reports currently there are about 200 mosques and masjids across Japan.

Documentary by Al Jazeera - The road to Hajj in the Land of the Rising Sun begins with the little known fact that there are ethnic Japanese Muslims.

Every day the call to prayer is made in different corners of the predominantly Buddhist country - unobtrusively within the confines of its 50 or so mosques and approximately 100 musollas or communal prayer rooms.

The quint reported last year that YASU, a Tokyo-based Japanese company created the ‘Mobile Mosque’ for Muslim visitors ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

The heavy-duty truck expands into a 48-square-metre large room that has the capacity to accommodate up to 50 people. The space is also equipped with prayer mats and a water basin for ritual pre-worship cleansing.

The mosque-on-wheels, which was debuted at Toyota stadium in western Japan, gives people a place to worship when they attend events.

Below is a list , few names of mosques in Japan

1- Kobe Mosque
2- Yokohama Mosque
3-Asakusa Mosque
4-Tokyo Camii
5-Hira Masjid
6-Babul Islam Masjid
7-Quba Masjid (Japan)
8-The Japan Mosque
9-Abu Bakar Masjid
10-Gifu Mosque
11-Nagoya Mosque

Below are few YouTube links – 

Al Jazeera English documentary on Japan and Islam

Islam in the Land of Rising Sun: The Road to Hajj

Japan Launches ‘Mosque-On-Wheels’ Ahead of Tokyo Olympics 2020

Dr Zakir Naik's Da'wah Tour to Japan

Photo Islamic Centre  - 

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