Al Arabiya news, is a large competitor to Al Jazeera and is Saudi owned. Though this story appears in their English edition, it is a safe bet that this is pretty big news in the Arabic speaking edition as well, although the Saudi website doesn't go over the top at all. If anything it seems downplayed a bit, but that might just be me.
New photographs of President Barack Obama’s wedding band have been published online. (Reuters)
The article does not point out that Mark Gabriel who WND employed to look at the pictures of the ring is an Islamic authority in his own right, they only mention that he is an author. So allow me to quote from the original WND article regarding Gabriel's credentials and findings:
"Gabriel, born to Muslim parents in Upper Egypt, grew up immersed in Islamic culture. He memorized the Quran at age of 12 and graduated in 1990 with a Masters degree from the prestigious Al-Azhar University in Cairo, the preeminent Sunni Muslim institution of learning.
He explained that on Obama’s ring, the declaration “There is no god except Allah” (La Ilaha Illallah) is inscribed in two sections, one above the other.
On the upper section, “There is no god” is written in Arabic letters, from right to left: Lam, Alif, Alif, Lam, Ha.
On the lower section is “except god,” written in Arabic letters from right to left: Alif, Lam, Alif, Alif, Lam, Lam, Ha.
In the lower section, the word “Allah” is written partially on top of the word “except,” noted Gabriel, the author of “Islam and Terrorism” and “Journey Inside the Mind of an Islamic Terrorist.”"
I find it interesting that Al Arabiya was sure to point out that the Glenn Beck owned, "Blaze" has had "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 they weren’t clear enough."
“There is no God except Allah” overlaid on Obama ring
You will recall that Beck makes almost a habit of ridiculing "birthers" while clear police evidence shows that his birth certificate is fraudulent. You can see my rant here on that subject. - W.E.
Only three weeks away from the U.S. presidential elections facing off a tie between the two parties, new photographs of President Barack 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 in 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 certificated 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 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 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 head-to-head tied race after Obama was leading the elections last month.
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