Claim: Barack Obama's wedding ring bears an Arabic inscription reading “There is no god but Allah.”
Example: [Collected via e-mail, October 2012]
Origins: An October 2012 article drew much attention on the Internet for claiming that a ring which Barack Obama has been wearing since his college days (and which doubles as his wedding ring) is adorned with Arabic script
This claim about Barack Obama's ring (shown in more detail here) looks to be an artifact of someone who has never actually seen the ring in question trying mightily to find a hidden message where none exists, however. All of the images used to illustrate the claim are either blurry, low-resolution
We shared the above picture with a small survey of six different persons with fluency in written Arabic, and all of them said the pattern displayed on the ring appeared to be an abstract one with no discernible meaning in Arabic.
One might also consider the incongruity that a politician who has long been dealing with (and denying) rumors that he is a Muslim would openly wear a symbol demonstrating those rumors to be true.
Last updated: 18 July 2014
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