The source of the ring is that it came from Indonesia, as confirmed in this NY Times article:
JUST BEFORE THE Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. pronounced Barack Obama and Michelle Robinson man and wife on the evening of Oct. 3, 1992, he held their wedding rings — signifying their new, enduring bonds — before the guests at Trinity United Church of Christ. Michelle’s was traditional, but Barack’s was an intricate gold design from Indonesia, where he had lived as a boy.Given that Obama has admitted in his own book that he attended Muslim school for two years and that the ring itself was made in Indonesia, I have no doubt that this ring which he has worn for 30+ years does contain the first part of the Muslim Shahada. As WND notes, the writing is hidden within the artwork. And I think the Thuluth Calligraphy form of Arabic is how the words are placed on the ring. Although I can't say as an expert what the ring precisely says or how it says it, the experts have already determined that it does say it. Why Obama and Democrats (or anyone else) continue to deny and hide this fact from the American people is truly disturbing. I mean, come on. Who here claims to be a Christian that is wearing an Indonesian "wedding ring" for ten years past your wedding date inscribed with snakes strongly resembling the Thuluth Arabic Calligraphy word for "Allah" on it? Anyone?
More details from WND about the false claims that the image was "photoshopped".
Update: Image collection of similar Thuluth Calligraphy Arabic "Allah" jewelry.
List of Arabic experts who have confirmed that Obama's ring contains the first part of the Muslim Shahada: "There is no allah (god) but Allah." Staffers in Jordan with William J. Murray’s Religious Freedom Coalition also believe the ring, which Obama wore on his wedding-ring finger for at least a decade before he married Michelle Robinson, pays homage to Allah. “I sent the photographs to my office in Amman,” Murray wrote WND in an email. “This is the response: Yes, it is the Shahada, and the second part of the profession of faith is probably inscribed inside the ring.” The Amman staffers said they have seen other rings like it.
Egyptian-born Islamic scholar Mark A. Gabriel, Ph,D., as well as a native-Arabic speaker employed by WND who has provided translations of critical Arabic statements, believe the ring is Islamic.
A Duke professor interviewed by Glenn Beck’s TheBlaze.com news service also confirmed their conclusion.
Filmmaker Joel Gilbert has issued a detailed analysis he prepared with the assistance of Yousef Shehadeh, a native Arabic speaker from Nazareth who studied Arabic for 13 years in the Holy Land and now works as a graphic artist in Los Angeles. Gilbert, who has studied Arabic himself, told WND he sent close-up photographs of the ring to Shehadeh “cold,” without offering any opinion, and asked him to evaluate them. Shehadeh replied to Gilbert that the script on Obama’s ring is Arabic, and it is the first part of the Islamic declaration of faith.