Iranian battle-mask, from the Safavid Dynasty c.) (Shahada inscribed on the top) (Scanned by me. Don’t remember the source.) I always thought this mask would make for some rather epic inspiration for a Middle-Eastern cyber-/steam-punk thing.
Shahada means faith in Arabic and is the first and most important pillar of Islam. In Sanskrit ‘Shraddhaa’ means faith. The fact that the word for the first and most important pillar of Islam is derived from the Sanskrit word is simple proof that the pre-Islamic Arabs knew Sanskrit and were followers of the Vedic religion but were very much degraded.