Several media outlets are reporting that the father of Taliban detainee Bowe Bergdahl spoke in Arabic, not just in Pashto as originally reported, quoting from the Koran during a White House ceremony. One expert says Bob Bergdahl claimed the White House for Islam.
The first phrase he speaks is from the Koran, not just a “common Arabic phrase” as the New York Times reported.
If said at the beginning of an action taken by a Muslim, this phrase “Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim” is said to implore the help of and sanctify the action as done for Allah, according to muslim.org.
Clare Lopez of the Center for Security Policy told Allen West,
“What none of these media is reporting is that the father’s (SGT Bowe Bergdahl’s father Bob) first words at the WH were in Arabic – those words were “bism allah alrahman alraheem” – which means “in the name of Allah the most gracious and most merciful” – these are the opening words of every chapter of the Qur’an except one (the chapter of the sword – the 9th) – by uttering these words on the grounds of the WH, Bergdahl (the father) sanctified the WH and claimed it for Islam. There is no question but POTUS knows this.”
At the :08 second mark of this video, the President can be seen to smile.