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Hidden Face: Unspoken References To Islam


Hidden Face: Unspoken References To Islam

In the passing of public address announcer for the Yankees Bob Sheppard there was a coded message about Islam not detected by the media.

Bob Sheppard lived from October 10, 1920 to July 11, 2010 making his transition at the age of 99. Bob Sheppard was considered an icon in the field of announcing and former Yankee superstar, Reggie Jackson proclaimed that Sheppard was “the voice of God”. Sheppard was held in high esteem by people in the baseball world as well as the sports industry in general. 

The second news item was also sports related and about the New York Yankees! George Steinbrenner, the owner of the New York Yankees passed away and received numerous accolades within the general media. He passed away two days after Bob Sheppard, on July 13, 2010. July 13, 2010 when added to itself gives us: 7+13+2+0+1+0=23=2+3=5.

Now let us assemble the various pieces to the “unspoken” references to Islam:

  • Bob Sheppard dubbed “the voice of God” passed away at the age of 99.  The “voice of God” is clearly a religious or spiritual reference and 99 coincides with the Muslim tenet that maintains there are 99 attributes of Allah.
  • The sum of the date of death of George Steinbrenner is simplified to 5. They are five pillars of Islam, which are:
  1. Shahadah: The belief in the Oneness of God and the finality of the prophethood of Muhammad and the declaration of faith.
  2. Salah: Establishment of the daily prayers.
  3. Zakah:Concern for and almsgiving to the needy.
  4. Sawm:Self-purification through fasting.
  5. Hajj: The pilgrimage to Makkah for those who are able.
  • There are 5  categories or branches of Islamic law.
  • Five law giving prophets: Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad.
  • Every Muslim must pray 5 times a day.
  • In Islam, particularly Shia Islam, the Panjetan or the Five Holy Purified Ones are the members of Muhammad’s family: Muhammad, Ali, Fatima, Hasan, and Husayn and is often symbolically represented by an image of the Khamsa.
  • The compound number for Steinbrenner’s date of his passing is 23. The Quran was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad in 23 years.

George Steinbrenner won 7 World Series Championships as the owner of the New York Yankees.  The number 7 and Islam  according to Wikipedia is expressed in the following manner:

  • The number of ayat in surat al-Fatiha.
  • The number of heavens in Islamic tradition
  • The number of levels of Earth in Islamic tradition
  • The number of circumambulations (Tawaf) that are made around the Kaaba.
  • The number of walks between Al-Safa and Al-Marwah mountains—that is travelling back and forth—seven times during the ritual pilgrimages of Hajj and Umrah.
  • The number of fires in hell. i.e the 7 fires of hell.
  • The number of doors to hell is also seven.
  • In Verse 12:46 (see Islamic view of Joseph) of the Quran, Joseph (Yusef) is asked to interpret the King’s dream where seven fat cows were dreamt to have been devoured by seven skinny cows and seven green spikes, and others shrivelled.
  • It is widely accepted that Surah Al Kahf (Surah 18, verse 9–26) narrates the story of Seven Sleepers who travelled in time by sleeping in a cave for three hundred solar years and nine lunar years, which is similar to the Christian myth of the same name.

Messages are all around us, the question is what lens are we using to see?

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