Did Pope Benedict XVI who served as a pope for 8 years perform Hajj this year?

Pope Benedict XVI performing Hajj video: A video went viral on social media picturing a person throwing pebbles towards Jamarat wearing Ihram. The video came up with another forward message which claims that Pope Benedict XVI who served Vatican City state from 2005 until his resignation in 2013 has performed Hajj this year.

There is no doubt that Pope Benedict XVI served as the Pope for 8 years but the other part of the news was difficult for us to digest. Hence, we made a little research on the topic and here we are with the findings.

Has Pope Benedict XVI converted to Islam? He served as a pope and sovereign of the Vatican City state from 2005 until his resignation in 2013.  At that time, it was said that Pope Benedict XVI had officially announced his conversion to Islam and that he even offered prayer.

Besides this, some reports also claimed that he planned to change his name to Sajjad Sayyid Ratzinger keeping his surname purely for logistical reasons so that his Facebook and Twitter followers don’t get confused.

True or Fake? The fact is that all of this news was fake and that it has no real evidence of being true whatsoever. The confusion had spread due to the video of the person performing Hajj who happened to look like the Pope.

The person in the video above is Prince Khalid bin Faisal Al Saud. He has governed the Makkah region twice, from 2007 to 2013 and again since 2015. He was also the Governor of Asir Province from 1971 to 2007. He is a member of the House of Saud.

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Pope Benedict XVI views about Islam: Pope Benedict XVI had bitter views about Islam which made the news after he resigned.

In his resignation speech in 2013, the pope has been reported to say that Muhammad (PBUH) has brought nothing new with his religion of Islam other than things which are evil and inhuman such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.

In Islamic teaching, Benedict said, “God is absolutely transcendent. His will is not bound up by any of our categories, even that of rationality.”

In September 2006, Pope Benedict XVI delivered a lecture on Islam at the University of Regensburg in Germany. The lecture was based to highlight the rationality of religious violence and his lecture erupted many religious protests and he was blamed for insulting and mischaracterizing the true religion, Islam.

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Disclaimer: There are neither any authentic sources that claim Pope Benedict XVI really converted to Islam nor he responded to this news to prove the authenticity. 

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Steve has been living in Saudi Arabia since 2013 and writing about Saudi rules, regulations, guides, and procedures since then.