I was rereading this great answer about the movie Aladdin when this quote from the script caught my eye:

So what you wish I really want to know

You got a wish that's three miles long, no doubt

So all you gotta do is rub like so, and oh!

(GENIE imitates what he is calling ALADDIN, then turns into a certificate which rolls up and surrounds ALADDIN. GENIE pulls a list {written in Arabic} out of ALADDIN's ear, which he uses to rub his behind like drying off after a shower.)

Did that list written in Arabic actually say anything meaningful or was it just a bunch of garbage Arabic letters? You can see the list come out around 1:50. Granted it is really hard to read the writing.

Here is a screenshot:

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  • I'm no expert in Arabic writing, but aren't the letters supposed to connect? That looks like somebody looked at an image of the Arabic abjad and then drew a bunch of the symbols next to each other at random.
    – Kevin
    Jul 14, 2017 at 4:02
  • @Kevin I assumed as much when I watched the movie as a kid, but when I read that quote from the script where they specified Arabic I was thinking maybe there is some gold there instead of the pyrite I originally thought.
    – Erik
    Jul 14, 2017 at 4:04
  • If you spotted that "as a kid" then you are way ahead of kid!me.
    – Kevin
    Jul 14, 2017 at 4:04
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    Technically, it's not Aladdin's list. Genie expected Aladdin to have a list: "You got a wish that's three miles long, no doubt" Genie isn't sure about Aladdin, it's just very common to have a long wishlist according to him. Going by that logic, the list could not have contained anything meaningful, as it is not an actual wishlist, it's merely a visual prop (in-universe) used by Genie.
    – Flater
    Jul 14, 2017 at 8:28
  • @Flater sure but since the prop had writing on it so what did Genie think was on Aladdin's list
    – Erik
    Jul 14, 2017 at 12:05

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You really pay attention in details. It's not random letters. In the end of ribbon [درود به الله] is visible that means [Peace be upon Allah]. In fact Genie want to say forget god and ask from me!

  • درود is a Persian word that means "hello".
    – user71192
    Aug 12, 2023 at 2:09

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