Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Does Obama’s Wedding Ring Really Have the Islamic Shahada Inscribed on it? |

People wear all sorts of jewelry for all kinds of reasons. Pendants, rings, amulets, crosses, charms, medallions, coins. Around their necks, on their fingers, in their earlobes, around their ankles. Most of us have at one time or another done this. The reason for wearing the item is as personal and singular, for the most part, as the person wearing the item. The reasons and the item are important to the wearer. It reminds, reinforces, comforts, uplifts or revives.

I say all that as a preface to sharing this remarkably conspiratorial story I found on the interweb.

Does Obama’s Wedding Ring Really Have the Islamic Shahada Inscribed on it? |
....These interview subjects provide a stark contrast to Islamic scholar Mark A. Gabriel, whom WND interviewed for the outlet’s article on the subject (Gabriel, too, said that many Muslim men do often wear gold, despite religious regulations in some areas against the practice).

“There can be no doubt that someone wearing the inscription ‘There is no god except Allah’ has a very close connection to Islamic beliefs, the Islamic religion and Islamic society to which this statement is so strongly attached,” he told the outlet. “Christians never use the statement. By wearing the shahada on jewelry, a person communicates that Allah is in control of all circumstances. Allah controls you; Allah is the one and only one.”

Certainly, Obama’s ring is fascinating and, considering its history, it must hold special meaning to the president. Consider the brief historical account that WND provides in its analysis (this is being shared mainly to showcase the allegation that Obama has been wearing the ring on his wedding finger for decades):
As WND reported in July, previously published photos have shown Obama wearing a gold band on his wedding-ring finger continuously from 1981 at Occidental, through graduation at Columbia in 1983, in a visit to Africa in 1988 and during his time at Harvard from 1988 to 1991. But none, until now, have displayed the ring with enough detail to identify it as the one he currently is wearing.

WND reported a satirical edition of the Harvard Law Review published by students in 1990 contains a mock Dewers Scotch profile advertisement poking fun at Obama. Among a list of Obama’s “Latest Accomplishments” is: “Deflecting Persistent Questioning About Ring On Left Hand.”
So, it seems the situation is a complicated one. Regardless of where one stands, learning the true history behind the ring and the president’s reasoning for continuing to wear it would be a fascinating feat.
Make the jump and read the whole article.


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