Sunday, 22 May 2011

Real Captain Jack Sparrow was a Muslim

Fascinating article about the real Captain Jack Sparrow fictionalised in the popular film series 'Pirates of the Caribbean'. A few interesting points about the real Jack Sparrow:
  • His real name was Captain Jack Ward and he was also known as Jack Birdy.
  • He was on the run from the church when he converted to Islam in the late 16th Century.
  • His entire crew also converted to Islam with him.
  • Captain Jack Birdy was obsessed with little birds during his time in Tunisia (where he fled). So much that the locals would call him Jack Asfur, asfur being Arabic for sparrow. This is where the name Captain Jack Sparrow comes from.
  • His Muslim name was Yusuf Reis
  • He was married to another renegade from Christendom who also converted to Islam, Jessimina the Sicilian.
  • Whilst Captain Jack Birdy was known as a great drunkard, he stopped drinking alcohol when he converted to Islam.
  • He was instrumental in rescuing thousands of Spanish Jews and Muslims fleeing their expulsion from their lands in the 16th and 17th centuries.
UPDATE 4th June 2011: Haha, this explains the crescent and moon symbol in the promotional poster for the latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie 'On Stranger Tides':

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Somehow I find this piece of information highly amusing and shocking. Though I have never watched the popular movie "Pirates of The Caribbean", I feel for those who have watched it. How they must feel rejuvenated in the name of Islam.

Leeds2Palestine said...

Weird comment, care to explain?

kiko kiki lala said...

well, this is interesting. in a way, its good, that even a pirate may eventually converted to the right path. :)

Anonymous said...

Bartholomew Roberts was actually the pirate he was based on, also known as Black Bart see the link below.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-457724/The-Real-Jack-Sparrow-He-eaten-Johnny-Depp-breakfast.html

Anonymous said...

http://www.moviesnobs.net/the-real-captain-jack-sparrow/

Anonymous said...

To the comment of him being based the the pirate Bartholomew Roberts is incorrect. Bartholomew Roberts was Welsh and has no resemblance to the man. He was non-alcoholic were as Jack is famed for his love of rum in his portrayal. He never sacked Nessau port and was famed for taking a Spanish ship laden with riches from South America whilst it was in dock on the coast of Brazil, without killing or losing a man on his crew.. He also never killed a man in his career as a pirate. Although both remarkable for their time and exploits the character Jack Sparrow is a portrayal of the Islamic Pirate not the Welsh one.

Anonymous said...

Pretty pathetic actually that Muslims feel the need to claim a FICTIONAL character in order to feel better about themselves. It reminds me of Christians who claim rubbish that Darwin recanted on his death bed. Sad lots the both of you.

~*Lily*~ said...

Ha! Well what d'ya know? Thanks for sharing.

Love the blog! Keep it up :)

Oh and as for "Anonymous" who feels the need to rain on this parade? Turn your computer off, get some sunlight, make some friends instead of hiding behind a virtual persona.

Have a nice day everyone!

Anonymous said...

I loved the historic retelling of the ghost pirates and how simply capsizing your boat at dusk can put you into the morning of a mirror world.

George said...

Anonymous - I'm sure you're Muslims bashing makes you feel better about yourself, but Muslims aren't lacking in any reason to be proud of themselves, they claim the pioneers of the field if medicine, mathematics, pharmacology and logic amongst countless other inventions the western world rarely admits to ... If anything it's us westerners making false claims about our past

Anonymous said...

I hate to break it to you George but you're not the only ones with those achievements. The Greeks and Romans had contributed countless advances in each you have proclaimed, along with it being a thousand years prior. That being said every religion an belief system on this earth has contributed to countless advances therefore proclaiming one is right or one is better is the attitude of simple mindedness and causes the deaths of innocent people on both sides of the arguement. It is pointless to argue either side because Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, and the countless other religions have had their affect on the world we know and no one should argue which is better than the other

Shaf Deen said...

Hey Anonymous.. What's your problem man? In your first comment above you pity upon Muslims on how they've come so down the rabbithole that Jack Sparrow being a Muslim has turned up to be the only shed of light on their pathetic existence. George retaliated and I agree with him. He never said Muslims were the sole inventors of everything.

Anonymous said...

Do not argue anymore. Let's live together and understand each other.

Anonymous said...

and dont forget his friend ((Barbarossa) Hayreddin Pasha) *_*

Anonymous said...

For the one who said that it's pathetik what's far more pathetik is the path of ignorance you're taking. Rather he we Muslim or not I see no one having a say about yes he's Muslim now we're klaiming good note.

Anonymous said...

Captain Jack Sparrow is a fictional character and the protagonist of the Pirates of the Caribbean film series. The character was created by screenwriters Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio, and is portrayed by Johnny Depp. He is first introduced in the film Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003). He later appears in the sequels Dead Man's Chest (2006), At World's End (2007), and On Stranger Tides (2011). Jack Sparrow was originally conceived as a supporting character. He was brought to life by Depp, who based his characterization on The Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards and cartoon character Pepé Le Pew.[2] The series Pirates of the Caribbean was inspired by a Disney theme park ride, and when the ride was revamped in 2006, the character of Jack Sparrow was added to it. He never had a place in history. He was created for a part in a film. Get over it!