According to Annika Larsson, researcher in textile archaeology at the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History at Uppsala University, they have discovered clothing from Viking Age burial sites that include the Arabic words “Allah” and “Ali.” Larsson says that this is evidence of something other than plunder as “the inscriptions appear in typical Viking Age clothing,” and she believes, “presumably, Viking Age burial customs were influenced by Islam and the idea of an eternal life in Paradise after death” since, in the Quran, “it is written that the inhabitants of Paradise will wear garments of silk, which along with the text band’s inscriptions may explain the widespread occurrence of silk in Viking Age graves.” This is seemingly so shocking, so groundbreaking, and so beyond any doubt that it has been covered in The Guardian, Daily Mail, Newsweek, Metro, BBC, National Post, and so on. This is a huge victory for globalists because it proves that Scandinavia was Islamic centuries ago, so mass immigration now just makes sense.
Of course, as with virtually all history presented by globalists, their claims are not actually supported by reality. For example, the supposed “Allah” inscription is backwards and required Larsson to look at it as a mirror image. Additionally, as can be seen below, even the reversed image matches neither the proper Kufic script of “Allah” or the simplified geometric form, which some Muslims are claiming is what is represented. Notice that the Swedish inscription lacks the top bar seen in both Kufic forms, lacks the “L” shape seen in the standard form, and has an extra upright compared to the geometric form. At best, we would have to assume that the supposed “Muslim viking” used some sort of hybrid script and then inscribed it backwards. Indeed, Larsson speculates that it was “an attempt to write prayers so that they could be read from left to right” whereas Arabic is read right to left. Of course, why would a Muslim viking who knew Arabic, or only knew that the symbol meant “Allah,” need to write and read it backwards?
Now, the law of parsimony, which says that the simplest explanation is the most likely, would lead us to believe that the inscription was copied either from trade items or something else seen by the owner of the item or the tradesman who made it. Indeed, it is known that the Volga trade route stretched into the Middle East, so it is hardly surprising that a Swede might have seen the symbol somewhere before. To someone who isn’t a Muslim, however, the “symbol” would hold no special meaning beyond perhaps demonstrating they were well-traveled, had taken goods from distant lands, &c. Another option is that the supposed “Allah” is just a geometric pattern in a series of geometric patterns and that it is only a coincidence that it vaguely looks like “Allah” written backwards. Either option would easily explain why it was reversed and does not actually match either form of the Kufic script.
Larsson, however, would have us believe that Islam was actually practiced in 10th century Sweden and that this particular Muslim viking knew Arabic well enough yet wanted to read the inscription backwards according to his native tongue. That explanation raises an endless supply of questions. For example, where are the 10th century mosques? Why did Christians who were converting Scandinavia not mention that they encountered Muslim vikings? Why would someone who knew Arabic want to read it backwards, or present it left-to-right when other Swedes could not read Arabic script anyway? Why would a Muslim viking not take more care for the name of his deity to be inscribed correctly? None of these questions are even acknowledged let alone answered in a substantive way. We are supposed to take this “finding” at face value and accept that Muslims have a claim to Northern Europe and wherever vikings went, presumably.
Perhaps the most ridiculous element in all of this is that the supposed inscription appears on the woven band seen above. The piece is nearly in tatters, and the patterns along the band do not appear nearly as neat as Larsson’s representation presents. Dear reader, stare for as long as you like. Can you see where the patterns spell out “Allah” in Kufic script as Larsson asserts? If the owner was a Muslim, surely the name of his deity would be clearly displayed rather than being broken up as part of a series of geometric shapes?
Let’s return to the law of parsimony. What seems more likely—that any item such as this is explained by what we already know about trade routes from Europe to the Middle East, or that there were secret bastions of Islamic worship in Europe that seemed to escape everyone’s attention for all these centuries despite Christianization, Crusades, Inquisitions, &c.? Did everyone somehow overlook the blonde-haired, blue-eyed Muslims facing Mecca for daily prayers, or is it more likely that the vikings used foreign goods as a way of demonstrating prestige? The simpler of these possibilities seems rather obvious. Of course, as with “Afro-Roman Britain,” the globalists only need the tiniest, most insignificant speck of truth upon which to build the grandest of lies, justifying the forced demographic replacement in European nations.