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Ali Yakubov - Koran Appears on Boy's Skin
Ali Yakubov: 9 Month Old Russian Boy With Quran On Body
A 9-month old Russian baby boy has left doctors baffled in Dagestan, Russia after phrases from the holy Koran (Quran) began appearing on his skin.
These sayings from the Islamic holy book are said to appear on nine-month-old Ali Yakubov's back, arms, legs and stomach, before fading away and being replaced with new sayings.
Ali's parents were left stunned when the word Allah appeared on Ali Yakubov's chin soon after his birth. Since then scores of writings in the Arabic script have appeared almost all over his body. Medics have denied that the marks are from someone writing on the child's skin.
The kid's mother, Madina Yakubov, said that she and her husband were not religious until the words started appearing on his skin.
Ever since the phenomenon started, the boy has become a focus of Muslim homage in his home province of Dagestan, close to war-ravaged Chechnya in the south of Russia.
Local MP Akhmedpasha Amiralaev said: "This boy is a pure sign of God. Allah sent him to Dagestan in order to stop revolts and tension in our republic."
The mother of Ali Yakubov said, "Normally those signs appear twice a week - on Mondays and on the nights between Thursdays and Fridays.
"Ali always feels bad when it is happening. He cries and his temperature goes up."
It is impossible to hold him when it is happening, his body is actively moving, so we put him into his cradle. It;s so hard to watch him suffering."
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Update: Journalists and thousands of Muslims flock to Ali Yakubov's town
Thousands of Muslim pilgrims are flocking to the home of the 9-month-old boy Ali Yakubov in Russia's southern republic of Dagestan to see the verses from the Koran that seem to appear and fade on his body every few days. Religious leaders in Dagestan say the verse "Be thankful or grateful to God" appeared on Ali Yakubov's right leg in Arabic script earlier this week, according to Reuters. By the time foreign journalists had arrived, the verse had faded to a single letter.
Photo credit: Amir Amirov/Reuters
What do you think? - Writings on Ali Yakubov's skin - Miracle or Hoax?
Is this real or not?
Update #2: Wahabis promised to burn down house of Ali Yakubov
"They found it only unnatural that Allah showed his signs through a Russian boy born with Arabic writings on legs and arms and rest of his body, in a family of a police officer! Wahabis consider us kafirun (the unbelievers - IF)," Magomed-Kadyr, the boy's grandfather said as quoted by Komsomolskaya Pravda daily on Monday.
Update #3: November 27, 2009
I found a new Ali Yakubov news update on a Turkish website. However, the website translator is not doing a great job at translating it into English, so I've left it up as it is, in Turkish.
Bu bebek diger bebeklerden cok farkli. Cunku bacaklarinda Allah'in isimleri, Kur'andan ayetler beliriyor ve bu harfler surekli degisiyor.
Dagistan'da bir mucize yasando. Yakubov ailesinin ikinci erkek cocugu Ali'nin vucudunda Kur'an-i Kerim'den ayetler ve dini yazilar kendiliginden ortaya cikiyor. Aile dokuz aylik Ali'nin bu durumunu once kimseye anlatmadi. Ancak minik Ali'nin vucudunda "Insanlara gosterin" yazisi belirince aile, sir dolu olayi herkese duyurdu. Doktorlar ise olayi tibbi acıdan aciklayamiyor. Televizyonlarda reyting rekorlari kiran Ali, ulkede de tartisma konusu oldu.
If any kind Turkish-speaking reader would like to share with everyone else what this is saying, it will be be much appreciated.
Update #4: December 9th, 2009 - Russian Boy with Quran on Body Disappeared?
Update: December 9th, 2009. It seems as if this story has vanished off the face of the planet. I have searched all the major news sources and none have reported any new developments after November 1st.
Let us not resort to making assumptions as to why the family has gone silent all of a sudden, but rather pray for the little boy, Ali Yakubov, and hope he is in good health.
If anything does pop up regarding this, I'll be sure to post an update on this page.
Update: It is now January 12, 2010 and there are no new reports or news about this story. Let's hope the boy Ali Yakubov and his family are in good health.
Still no updates as of July 23, 2010.
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Controversy: Ali Yakubov a hoax?
Another "balloon boy" like incident, only much more severe?
Inscriptions of Prophet Muhammad regarded with the same reverence as the Quran appear and then disappear on the body of a nine-month-old child born in a small village of Krasno-Oktyabrskoye, the Republic of Dagestan, RIA Novosti news agency reports.
According to a representative of a local musk, the signs in Arab first appeared on the body of the new-born Ali Yakubov a few days after his birth.
The child's mother, Madina Yakubova, said that the boy was born with a hematoma on his chin, and when the bruise healed, the word 'Allah' written in Arab appeared.
"The inscriptions appear on Mondays and Fridays, the boy runs very high temperature and cries. The inscriptions gradually disappear after three days and then new ones appear," the mother said.
The parents did not tell anyone about this until they saw the inscription saying 'Show these signs to people.' The woman added that Ali was her second child, and this never happened to her daughter.
A representative of Dagestan Spiritual Governance for Muslims did not provide any comments. He said he was surprised like everyone else.
The imam of the village musk believes that these signs are "God's signs."
Medics do not believe in religious miracles, of course. Ludmila Luss, a local doctor, believes that the story with the inscriptions is masterminded by the boy's parents, Utro.ru website wrote.
"They might have treated his skin with irritants, such as pepper and salt, or medications, which trigger skin inflammation and leave red traces in the shape of Arabic characters," she said.
The parents may not have used any substances or medications, if the child suffers from urticarial dermographism, also known as skin writing, - a skin disorder that occurs with five percent of the nation's population. It is one of the most common types of urticaria, in which the skin becomes raised and inflamed when stroked or rubbed with a dull object. Therefore, if the child has such a disorder, writing anything on his skin is a piece of cake.
"Some people suffering from gastric pathologies have extremely sensitive skin. If you draw something on their skin with a little stick, for example, the drawing will later appear," Ludmila Luss said.
In the meantime, the clergy of the Northern Caucasus do not doubt that the boy is a divine phenomenon.
Watch Video of Ali Yakubov Russian Boy with Koran Passages on Body on Youtube
A Miracle or a Terrifying Hoax?
Ali Yakubov and his grandmother.
Ali Yakubov: Miracle Or Hoax?
Is this real or do you think his parents are using him for publicity and faking the writings?
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