bin Ladin and the ring
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The story...

OBL montage

Osama 'E' wears a ring on his right hand which does not appear on other confirmed photos of Osama (e.g. Osama 'B'). Another man is seen wearing a large gold ring in the video. Since the wearing of gold rings is forbidden by Islam it shows neither he nor Osama 'E' has any devotion to this faith.

Our take...

Sounds convincing, doesn’t it? Perhaps because you’ve assumed that they have checked a number of photos to prove that Bin Ladin really doesn’t wear a ring on his right hand. Our guess is they didn’t, though, because we found this one very easily. 

OBL 27-12-2001

This looks like another part of the same video, although the story associated with it was published much later.


This video was taken only weeks after the “confession” video. bin Ladin wears a ring in both videos, and to our knowledge no-one is saying these images aren’t of bin Ladin. Seems to us the confession video ring acts as a minor confirmation that it’s the same guy, especially if he’s only recently taken to wearing it.

As for the “gold ring” business, we’d make a couple of points.

First, how does anyone know that the ring was made of gold? The video is in no way high enough quality to determine that.

And second, what is this supposed to prove, anyway? We’re also told that suicide and the killing on innocent people is forbidden by Islam, yet bin Ladin and his supporters appear not to share the same views. If they do see no problem with killing thousands of people on 9/11, then is it really inconceivable that they’ll also have their own opinions on jewellery?

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