Only three weeks away from the U.S. presidential elections facing off a tie between the two parties, unverified photographs of President Obama’s wedding band have been published online, claiming the ring to have the Islamic declaration of faith, known in Arabic as ‘Shahada.’
World Net Daily (WND), a conservative online news agency, initially reported on Wednesday that Obama’s wedding band has the inscription of the first part of the Islamic Shahada: “There is no other god but Allah.”
When contacted by Al Arabiya English, the White House refused to comment on the claim.
Joel Gilbert, an expert on the Middle East and producer of “Dreams of my Real Father” - a documentary questioning Obama’s real father and validity - was the first to grab the public’s attention regarding the wedding band.
Obama’s birth certificate was even requested by the conservative party to validate his religious ties during the 2008 U.S. Presidential Elections.
At an earlier breakfast with his constituents in February, 2012, Obama shared his defining moment during his Christian faith as he met Christian evangelist Billy Graham.
After meeting Graham, Obama fell on his knees asking God for guidance not only in his Christian life, but also “in the life of this nation and in the values that hold us together and keep us strong.”
Obama has been vocalized about his Christian faith in public on endless counts since he became a president in 2008.
In an exclusive interview with WND, Mark Gabriel, author of “Journey inside the Mind of Islamic Terrorists”, confirmed the ring to carry an Arabic inscription of the Islamic Shahada.
Gabriel explained to WND that the declaration is engraved on two sides, an upper and lower section. On the upper section, it reads: “There is no god” whereas the lower section reads “but Allah.”
In the lower section, the word “Allah” is written partially on top of the word “but” explained Gabriel.
TheBlaze.com, a conservative American online media outlet, interviewed a professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures at Harvard University, Dr. Ali Asani, to seek a further opinion regarding the translation of the engraved ring. Asani denied the validity of the photographs of the ring as he said they weren’t clear enough.
“I’d actually have to see it much closer to see exactly what it says,” explained Asani.
Last week’s presidential debate resulted in a head-to-head tied race after Obama was leading the elections last month.