“Miracle” baby gives hope, draws pilgrims in Russia’s Muslim south

October 23, 2009

baby-legA “miracle” baby has brought a kind of mystical hope to people in Russia’s mostly Muslim southern fringe who are increasingly desperate in the face of Islamist violence. From hunchbacked grandmas to schoolboys, hundreds of pilgrims lined up this week in blazing sunshine to get a glimpse of 9-month-old baby Ali Yakubov, on whose body they say verses from the Koran appear and fade every few days.

(Photo: Baby Ali Yakubov in Kizlyar, Russia, 19 Oct 2009/Amir Amirov)

Pinkish in color and several centimeters high, the Koranic verse “Be thankful or grateful to Allah” was printed on the infant’s right leg in clearly legible Arabic script this week, religious leaders said. Visiting foreign journalists later saw a single letter after the rest had vanished.

“The fact that this miracle happened here is a signal to us to take the lead and help our brothers and sisters find peace,” said Sagid Murtazaliyev, head of the Kizlyar region about 150 km (95 miles) north of Makhachkala, the sprawling Dagestani capital on the Caspian Sea.

“We must not forget there is a war going on here,” he told Muslim leaders who had invited the press to witness what they unequivocally claim is a sign from God.

baby-and-imamUp to 2,000 pilgrims from Russia’s 20 million Muslim population come daily to see the docile, blue-eyed baby, whose pink brick house has become a shrine.

(Photo: An imam holds baby Ali, 19 Oct 2009/Amir Amirov)

Vladimir Zakharov, deputy director of the Caucasus Research Centre at the Moscow State University of International Relations, said he was not in a position to judge the veracity of the claims, but that it was clear they were born out of desperation. “Islam and fear of terrorism now totally dominate the North Caucasus, and they are perhaps using this to escape from a certain reality,” he told Reuters by telephone.

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The miracle is that it is a girl…..precious in the eyes of the Creator. Be thankful to Allah for your girls and treat them with Love and Respect as Allah has just shown you!

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Masha Allah !!!! :)

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There are lot of people saying No God. But God is proving he is always with us.

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ALLAH SAID TO PROPHET MUHAMMAD IN QURAN:Quran verse: 41:52: Say o Prophet Mohammed to people), “What is your opinion – if this Qur’an is from Allah and then you deny it – so who is more astray than whoever is in extreme opposition?Quran verse 41:53:We shall show them Our signs in horizaons and within their own selves until it becomes clear to them that it is certainly the truth; is not your Lord sufficient as a Witness over all things?

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And they wonder that a warner has come to them from among themselves. And the disbelievers say: “This is a sorcerer, a liar.( ???? ? , Sad, Chapter #38, Verse #4)

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So.. every few days when the welts heal, one of the parents writes a verse from the Qu’ran on the baby’s skin?

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Somebody certainly realized that you can have influence, control and money by using the inexorable desire of people for miracles! If and when it becomes clear how the hoax was made, people will find themselves already caught in a trap.

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So, let me see if I’m understanding this. If I scratch a message on my daughter’s body, and it stays red for a couple days, it’s a miracle?

A Bic lighter starting a fire in the eyes of many third world countries would probably be viewed as a miracle too then . . .

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Yeah, it appears after it is written on her skin, then fades after a bath. SMH

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Because how else could pink scripture show up on a baby?!

God totally is the most plausible reason. Not say rubbing something against the skin, apply something which irritate it or even simply paint it.

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