A viral photo of a man who looks like the late Sultan of Oman ignited a debate on whether the man actually looks like the greatly beloved leader of the Gulf Sultanate or not.
تداول رواد مواقع التواصل الاجتماعي في سلطنة عمان، صور لظهور شبيه طبق الأصل من الراحل السلطان قابوس بن سعيد، مؤسس عمان الحديثة.— R.sH آبو وعُ ـــــد idss748295 (@4Oy6FHusjdXAKG9) June 28, 2020
يخلق من الشبة اربعين pic.twitter.com/7DlJpLgsRO
Translation: "Omani social media users have shared photos of the identical lookalike of the late Sultan Qaboos Bin Saeed; founder of modern Oman."
Despite many comments expressing shock over "unbelievable resemblance" between the man identified as Mansour Bin Khalfan Al Foury and Bin Saeed, many others disagreed, saying that wearing similar traditional clothing and having a beard is the only reason people are finding a link between the two Omani men.
Translation: "Sheikh Mansour Bin Khalfan Al Foury looks almost the same as our father Sultan Qaboos Bin Saeed, may he rest in peace"
نعم إنه عبالي في البداية قابوس ﷲ يرحمه 🙁💔.— أنـوار (@Anwaar2000G) June 27, 2020
Translation: "I thought it was Sultan Qaboos..."
Yet, many Omanis took the chance to remember the Sultan often dubbed as "the founding father of modern Oman," repeating a well-known Arabic proverb about everyone having at least 40 lookalikes.
وجهة نظري— °•Ellyas AL hosani ▪@F ,, (@ElleiasHosni) July 1, 2020
لا يوجد شبه في الملامح
رحمة الله على السلطان قابوس وغفر الله له وأسكنه فسيح جناته
Translation: "I personally don't see any resemblance. May the Sultan Qaboos rest in peace"
Sultan Qaboos passed away last January after having ruled Oman for 50 years, being the longest-serving leader both in the Middle East and the Arab world.
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