REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, WASHINGTON –
An expert from the U.S. Islamology, Mark A Gabriel, examined photographs of the rings belonging to President Barack Obama that recently circulated on the Internet. According to the analysis, the ring is always worn on the ring finger Obama’s left hand does have carved calligraphy pattern lafadz creed.
“I conclude that the first sentence creed engraved on the ring,” he said as reported by World Net Daily pages (WND).
He explains, calligraphy phrase ‘La ilaha illallah’ on Obama ring is divided into two parts. At the top, written in Arabic script, Lam, Alif, Alif, Lam, and Ha is read from right to left. The composition of these letters form the phrase ‘La ilaha’ which means ‘No God’.
Then at the bottom, engraved letters Alif, Lam, Alif, Alif, Lam, Lam and Ha. Arrangement of the letters forming the phrase ‘Illa Allah’ which means ‘Besides Allah’. If the two parts are concatenated read it will form the phrase ‘La ilaha illallah’ which means ‘There is no God Besides Allah’.
“It is a commonplace in Islamic art and Arabic calligraphy to write messages of the Qur’an in jewelry. Letters are also commonly made overlapping to fit existing space,” said Gabriel.
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