Watery wonder continued
First there was one - 'Oscar', the wonder fish, whose silvery white scales
bear the words Allah on one side and Mohammed on the other. Now there are
two more miracle fish, one which carries the word Allah and another on which
the word Mohammed can be seen. (see Share International
March 2006 for the report on the miracle Albino Oscar fish.)
from all over Britain are flocking to see the new miracle fish in a home
in Liverpool, England. The owner, Mr Ali Al-Waqedi, had taken his children
to their local pet shop to show them the animals. "We started to have
a look at the Oscar fish because they had such an unusual colour. Then I
saw that one of them had the word Allah. It was so clear, and it made me
very happy," he said. "Then we saw that another one had the word
Muhammad, and that was even better
. but to have the Allah and Muhammad
fish in the same tank was unbelievable."
Muslim leaders from local mosques are quite convinced that both fish are
miraculous signs from Allah. Sheikh Sadek Kassem, a local religious leader,
said: "This is a proof and a sign not just to Liverpool's Muslims,
but for everyone."
Mr Al-Waqedi said: "This is a message from Allah to me, a reminder,
and now my faith is stronger. Everyone is so excited by the discovery."
(Source: Liverpool Echo, UK)
from: Share International, June 2006
Sign of the fish
"Oscar" is a fish with a special message. He lives in a fish tank
in Water Aquatic, a petshop in Waterfoot (about 30 miles north of Manchester,
UK). The two-year-old Albino Oscar fish has been receiving a great deal
of attention since Muslim members of the Waterfoot community noticed that
markings on Oscar's scales spell out the word 'Allah' in Arabic script.
it seems that Oscar carries not just one message but a further miraculous
sign on the other side of his body the word 'Muhammad'. Oscar,
who was imported from Singapore, has been filmed and photographed, and has
appeared in newspapers and on television. Locals are flocking to see the
special fish. "There.s no doubt about it," said Mohammed Riaz-Shahid,
manager of a neighbouring business. "The markings are clear to see.
Allah on one side, Muhammad on the other. Christians, Jews' they all believe
in God, so God's showing a sign to everyone, a sign that he's here".
One visitor says the night before news of Oscar reached the media, he had
dreamt of a whale with the words 'Muhammad' and 'Allah' on its head. "It's
real, it's real," he said. "As soon as I heard I came running.
I didn.t think twice about the dream until I saw the fish on the television."
He inspected Oscar's scales and was convinced that the markings are genuine.
He said he believed it was a sign from God.
(Source: The Guardian, UK)
from: Share International, March 2006
befriends cow in Gujarat village
In a rare case of predator-prey friendship, a leopard coming to 'visit'
a cow at night has literally become the talk of the town. The incredible
ways of the
two animals at Antoli village in Waghodia Taluka district have attracted
the attention of one and all, including wildlife activists. Honorary wildlife
warden Rohit Vyas has visited the village several times with other enthusiasts.
He reports: "The leopard has been visiting the cow from October last
year  at regular intervals. After the villagers informed us about
frequent visits of the leopard to the sugarcane field for its close encounter
with the cow, our team, comprising forest conservationist H.S.Singh and
wildlife specialists Manoj Thakkar and Kartik Upadhyay, visited the village
for verification. It was unbelievable. They approached each other at very
close proximity and the fearless cow would lick the leopard on its head
and neck". Vyas added: "The dogs would start barking when the
leopard came to meet the waiting cow every night between 9.30pm to 10.30pm."
The Forest Department, which was trying to capture the beast, gave up its
efforts after learning about the friendship. Moreover, said Vyas, the leopard
has not harmed other animals in the village and its visits have benefited
villagers as other animals kept away from damaging crops in the fields and
crops yields went up by 30 per cent.
from: Share International, July/August 2003
baby born in Bethlehem
Palestinians in the West Bank town of Bethlehem have been visiting the nearby
Aida refugee camp to see an infant many are calling a "miracle baby".
The boy has gained attention for being born with a large birthmark
across his cheek that roughly forms in Arabic letters the name of
his uncle, Ala, a Hamas militant killed eight months earlier by Israeli
troops after he was suspected of having planned a suicide bombing.
The family, devout Muslims, called it a divine message of support
for the Palestinian people.
The baby was born in November 2003 on the 27th day of the holy month
of Ramadan, revered as the night the Koran was revealed to the prophet
Mohammed. The imam from the camp's main mosque pronounced the birthmark
a "gift from God". The infant's grandmother, Aysha Ayyad,
said the birthmark was a sign that "the soldiers can kill our
sons but not our spirit". She voiced hope that Israelis and Palestinians
would make peace and allow her grandson to grow up free from violence.
(Source: Reuters; CNN
from: Share International January/February 2004
A small church in northern Romania is drawing crowds after workers reconstructing
a church in Husi unearthed the body of a man - perfectly preserved, and
smelling of roses - dressed in the robes of a 19th-century Orthodox priest.
The Romanian daily newspaper Adevarul reported that records indicate the
body may be that of the priest who consecrated the church in the early 1800s
- priest Irimia Hagiu. Alexandru Vijianu, vicar of the Saint Niculai church,
said: "The body looks as if it was buried yesterday and what is even
more incredible is that it has a wonderful scent of roses. It is possible
that we are standing before the discovery of a saint."
from: Share International, April 2003
Many Muslims consider Sharifou, a five-year-old Tanzanian boy, to be a "messenger
of God". Born into a Catholic family, he is said to have pronounced
the words "Allahou Akbar" (Allah is great) when he was just four
months old. At the age of three, Sharifou would recite the 'Ikhiass
sourate' (a Muslim prayer) 3,000 times in a single night.
The crowds are enthralled by this little boy who speaks Swahili, English,
Arabic and French. In Dakar, Senegal, 15,000 people gathered to hear
Sharifou preach and recite the Koran at his first public appearance. In
May 1999, more than 60,000 devotees attended the weekly prayer at the Grand
Mosque in his presence. Sharifou has already been invited to visit various
Islamic countries such as Libya, Ivory Coast, Kenya and Benin, sometimes
triggering off "mass hysteria", as a Senegalese journalist described
the crowd's enthusiastic response to the child.
(Source: Le Matin, Switzerland)
from: Share International, January/February 2000
lama reincarnated in California child
He looks and acts like a typical five-year-old most of the time. But about
a year ago when Simon Heh, a southern California boy, said to a visiting
Tibetan Buddhist monk: "I know you. You have been my best friend,"
his young life took a dramatic turn. That night the monk had a dream of
a high-ranking lama who had once been his teacher in the 1950s. The monk
wrote to his old monastery in India and suggested that the boy might be
the reincarnation of one of several former monks. He did not tell them about
his dream, or that he suspected the boy might be the reincarnation of his
The monastery wrote back that the boy was the reincarnation of the monk
who had been his teacher, and the boy's life changed immediately. Instead
of Simon Heh he became Sanggal Dorjee, boy lama. Arrangements have been
made for him to study at a monastery in India by the end of the year.
Although Tibetan Buddhist lamas often leave behind information about their
next incarnation when they die, it is very rare for a reincarnated lama
to be found outside Tibet or India. Such reincarnated lamas are often discovered
when they manifest unusual talents, wisdom, prescience or precociousness:
all of which Simon displayed in abundance.
(Sources: Associated Press; Los Angeles
Daily News, USA)
from: Share International, March 1993