Steve Jobs Had Syrian Origins

While the world mourned the death of Steve Jobs, a little known fact about the great man came into the spotlight. Steve Jobs, born as Abdul Latif Jandali, was of Syrian origin. As it turns out he was born to an American mother Joanne Carole Schieble and a Syrian Muslim father Abdul Fattah Jandali.

Schieble’s conservative father refused to allow the marriage between the two and the baby was put up for adoption and a couple from California, Paul and Clara Jobs took him in.

Jandali, an immigrant to the US from Homs went on to become a political science professor while Schieble, a graduate student became a speech language pathologist. The couple eventually married and had a daughter (Steve Job’s sister), Mona Simpson who is a novelist.

When Steve Jobs stepped down as CEO of Apple for treatment of his pancreatic cancer, Jandali mailed him his complete medical historyin the hope that it might help him get better. Jobs, however refused to speak to the father who abandoned him so many years ago. Steve Jobs did, however track down his biological mother and he was also in contact with his biological sister.

The fact that Jobs had Syrian origin first came to attention in 2007 when the monthly English Syrian Forward Magazine ran a story, “Forgotten Syrians”. It traced celebrities who had Syrian origin 3-4 generations back and Jobs was one of the surprise entries on the list.

Tech savvy Syrians all over the world proudly claimed Steve Jobs as one of their own on Twitter and Facebook. Though they were unanimous in declaring that he probably would not have achieved as much if had he worked in Syria.

As one twitter user iAlsager put it,

If Steve Jobs was really Syrian and in Syria then his name would be “Steve looking for jobs

Many Syrians are calling for a nationwide movement to reclaim Steve Jobs as their own but the fact is that no matter who claims him, the world lost one of the most influential CEOs of all time. A visionary, inventor, marketing genius and Apple’s salesman extraordinaire, he will be missed.

It won’t be out of place to mention here that Jandali family of Syria descends from Prophet Mohammad (P.B.U.H).

Talal is a Director at ProPakistani. Reach out at [email protected]

  • Karim Javed

    It’s a old story and you are giving this a spotlight now. Or should i say always late.

  • Aftab

    Don’t tell me you guys just found out! Get on with the times. How about the story where Steve vows to run Android into the ground for using Touch Screen similar to iphone?

  • Saad Durrani

    Did the editor read the last paragraph? Who is Homes?

  • Monster

    Steve was only CEO of Apple Corp. no need to fight for Syrian or American

  • It won’t be out of place to mention here that Jandali family of Homes, Syria decends from Prophet Mohammad (P.B.U.H)

    I like it much

  • Abdullah

    Very late very old story……

  • Copper

    Propakistani is getting efficient day by day! I would say wow for digging up such an old news!

    • bablu

      Always look for the author first. It will save your time. Enough said.

  • Khalid Irfan

    this is something strange and new for me the facts about this great legand

  • Khan

    So what’s the point. Even if Steeve’s biological father was a Syrian Muslim, he wasn’t a practicing Muslim since Steeve was a @#$%%^ by birth.

  • Salam, ec post ke sumj moje nhi i.

  • Faizan

    This is old news but still many people do not know about it.

  • your father

    You guys always humiliate us by posting shitty and non serious articles!

  • hAMZA

    gr8 man

  • Yeah still lots of people dont know about this including me.. Good to hear this..Muslims are genius in almost every field.

    • JJ

      He wasnt a muslim you dumbass

      • Why


  • This wasn’t old story for me so guys stop saying old old old. propakistani is my fav blog i don’t go to other blogs. Many of us get news from propakistani only we dont know other blogs.

    • Sahi kaha Kaka

      True… Warna pure internet pe aik hee blog hota and google usi ko apne products bech raha hota and tv pe aik hee news channel hota. Customization k bajaye mass production main hee atke hote hum.

      If you don’t like the channel, please change it to some other crap. Click “X” (close) button. Chrome and firefox, donon main “tabs” k right side pe hota hai ye button.

      Move ahead please


    “It won’t be out of place to mention here that Jandali family of Syria descends from Prophet Mohammad (P.B.U.H)”.

    I beg to differ!!!

    Totally out of place.

    What has it got to do with this kaafir?

    Abu Lahab was the uncle of the prophet. Big deal.

    He’s gonna burn forever as is jobs!!

    • Raz

      Hey man, there is no comparison between Abu Laheb and Steve Jobs. On is a Bedoin of arab having some mind of his own. Not much having to his credit except standing against a new faith. Steve Jobs have given much to this world and for greater service to the humanity he shall be residing in his Jannah unlike useless billions of muslims and others.

      • khan

        What he has given to this world was meant to return multi million of revenues, appreciation, acknowledgement, sense of achievement…etc. Well he got that in this world so he shall not look forward to a compensation in after life against this…. There are many supporting ahadith on the same topic…

  • Truth Teller

    First of all one must note that he was a child our of wedlock (la walad ul haram). Second, he was a just a business who made money for himself (Apple has no major philanthropy program).

    I am interested in knowing how come Abdul Fattah Al Jandali” is a decendent of Prophet Muhammad (SAW)?

    On the contrary Jobs father did “Zina” and JOBS was the outcome.

    • Shahid Saleem

      — First of all one must note that he was a child our of wedlock (la walad ul haram). Second, he was a just a business who made money for himself (Apple has no major philanthropy program).

      1. It is not his fault he was born out of wedlock, so the mention of it is irrelevant.

      2. Steve jobs is not Apple. There is no requirement for the COMPANY to have philanthropy programmes. As far as what he personally gave or didn’t give, we do not know (and neither should we speculate about becuse it is ALWAYS between a person and Allah). However, there is a fund established in his name.

      • faisal

        tum ghalat keh rahay ho shahid .aaj k zamany main har non muslim ko pata chal gaya hai k muslim kon hain aur un ka akeedah kiya hai,is liye agar steve jobs ko muslim akeedey k barey main pata ho ga tu us per farz ho ga k wo muslims k barey main tehkeek karey aur islam lay.q k aaj takreeban pooray dunya main masjidein bani hoi hain aur azaan ki awaaz non muslim k kano main ja rahi hain,is liye un k liye zarori hai k wo tehkeek karein islam pe aur islam laye.

        • Shahid Saleem

          — aaj k zamany main har non muslim ko pata chal gaya hai k muslim kon hain aur un ka akeedah kiya ha

          I get the impression you have never talked to any random non-Muslim (in West or East). Raelly I have no idea where you got this idea from at all. Have you done a poll or something? Have you lived outside Muslim countries and interacted with ordinary people there? Even in the age of the internet, THEY. DO. NOT. KNOW.

          In fact, how can you claim that non-Muslims know when you will every day find Muslims who do not know what it means to be a good Muslim?

          What Jobs KNEW or DID NOT KNEW about Islam is not any of our concern now. He is dead and the final decision on his fate is not up to us (it never was). But my point above was: HOW he was born is not his fault, so why mention that he was born out of wedlock? And what he gave or didn’t give isn’t any of our concern. In fact I think it is very strange that we are even discussing what causes he gave money to when we don’t question our own Muslim brothers for that fact.

          • faisal

            main ney itna kaha tha k jis ko pata hai islam religon hai us k liye zarori hai k wo tehkeek karey us pe,jitnay bhi muslaman hotey hai ghair muslim wo bhi islam pe tehkeek kar k hi musalman hotey hain,q k religion zingagi ka sab se aham mamla hai humain ahkrat main ALLAH ko jawab bhi dena hai.

            • Shahid Saleem

              I think you will find that for a lot of people worldwide, religion is not something they think about at all. For a very large part of the world’s population, it’s something in “the background” not something they deal with on a daily or even weekly basis.

        • Matloob

          Yeh to her Muslim ko bhi nahi pata kay Islam kiya hai? Kabhi Quran parha hay kisee nay, tarjumay kay saath?

  • AsadGhumman

    A bad father & a bad Muslim

  • Shaheen

    Who ever he was, he had not done anything for Islam. He did his own business for his own wishes. So I think it is useless to be proud to say that he was from Muslim origin bcaz he totally worked for America, for himself and for his Apple………..

    • Shahid Saleem

      Every second we sit around discussing whether he was or wasn’t a bad Muslim isn’t going to get US into heaven. It’s useless discussion, leave it.

      He had Muslim origins. He didn’t grow up as a Muslim. The only questions we are left with are

      1. how much did he know about Islam? (we will never know true answer so why speculate?)
      2. if he studied it, why did he reject it? (again, we will never know so why speculate?)
      3. lastly, how can we PROMOTE Islam in a way that makes people more likely to be Muslims? (the ONLY question worth considering and it is not specific about Jobs)

      • AsadGhumman


  • Why

    Can you name one Muslim in today’s day and age who achieved as much as Steve did for his own ambition i.e. to make Apple successful ?

    So snap out of the fake superiority complex my Muslim brothers and get to work.

    • Raz

      “snap out of the fake superiority complex”

      Well said my dear, marvelous.

  • Hassan

    So propakistani finally got to know

  • Danish

    Going through all the comments….. I wonder why to waste time on who he was, what should he has done and blah blah… and how in the world we have all the time to waste on such non-issues…
    Let him rest in peace and learn something from his life…
    that’s it…

    • AsadGhumman

      well said

  • Tariq


    Well, to some, it is news! The sad part of the story is that, for all we know, he did not die on La ilaha IllAllaah Muhammadur RasoolAllaah … so, nothing will avail him in his grave, his judgement day and in the hereafter.

    • Shahid Saleem

      — The sad part of the story is that, for all we know, he did not die on La ilaha IllAllaah Muhammadur RasoolAllaah

      Again, it is between him and Allah ONLY. None of our business.

      Actually anyone who claims to know whether he did or not is probably just speculating. No one here was with him when he died or spent his last days.

      Based on his life it is unlikely that he did, but no one here can 100% don’t know either case.

      Even when people convert it is sometimes hard to make sense of the situation. Example