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Saturday October 13, 2012 11:26:10 AM, Agencies

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Washington: 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.

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., 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 they weren’t clear enough.

“I'd actually have to see it much closer to see exactly what it says,” explained Asani.


Interestingly, a website trying to defuse the controversy said there is nothing 'against Christianity' if Obama's ring has first part of Muslim Shahada engraved on it.


"It has been noted that it is significant that the ring, as WND claims, contains only the first part of the shahada which makes the inclusive statement there is" no god but God," and excludes the second and more exclusive part that says "Mohammad is his prophet."

"The first part of the shahada, La Ilaha Illallah, is only a declaration of monotheistic faith and it applies to Christianity as well as Islam", said.

The debate on Barack Obama's faith and religion is not new. In August 2010, US President Barack Obama said he's not concerned about rumours about his birthplace or faith blaming an online campaign of misinformation by his conservative enemies for perpetuating the myth that he's a Muslim.

There's "a network of misinformation that in a new media era can get churned out there constantly," Obama said in an interview Sunday with NBC in New Orleans after marking the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

"If I spend all my time chasing after that, then I wouldn't get much done," he said when asked why so many people were uncertain about something so fundamental as his faith. "I can't spend all my time with my birth certificate plastered on my forehead."


In the same month a day after a poll found that one in five Americans think "US President Barack Obama is a Muslim", the White House had asserted "he is a Christian, who prays every day."

“President Obama is a committed Christian, and his faith is an important part of his daily life,” White House Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton told reporters on board Air Force One on way to Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

“He prays every day, he seeks a small circle of Christian pastors to give him spiritual advice and counseling, he even receives a daily devotional that he uses each morning. The President’s Christian faith is a part of who he is, but not a part of what the public or the media is focused on everyday", he added.




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