fruit and vegetables
British Muslims are proclaiming
a "miracle message" from God which was found written inside
a tomato. Fourteen-year-old schoolgirl Shasta Aslam
purchased tomatoes in the northern British town of Huddersfield. When
she returned home, she cut two of the tomatoes into small pieces. But
as she took a third from the bag, Shasta asked her grandfather: "Which
way shall I cut the tomato?"
He told her to slice it top to bottom. The veins of the tomato spelled
out two messages. One half of the tomato said: "There is only one
God", and the other: "Mohammed is the messenger" - both
in perfect Arabic letters.
Shasta is a Muslim and believes this is a miracle: "These words are
a message from God," she said. Shasta's mother said: "God has
sent us a sign." Hundreds of Muslim worshippers and others have come
from distant places to see the tomato, which is being kept tightly wrapped
in plastic clingfilm in the
In July, UK newspapers reported on two simultaneous aubergine miracles
in Hindu communities in Bradford, north England. Mrs Parmar, on slicing
nine aubergines for a curry, was amazed to discover, on every slice, the
Hindu symbol for God. Hundreds of worshippers have flocked to see the
vegetable, which is now on display at the local Brapadi Temple.
At the same time, in another district of Bradford, Mr and Mrs Mistry on
slicing an aubergine discovered the sacred symbol "OM". The
aubergine is now on a shrine surrounded by incense at the Shree Temple
in Little Horton where people are queuing for up to an hour to see the
miracle. The symbol appeared after Mrs Mistry decided to chop the aubergine
horizontally instead of vertically as she had done with the other vegetables.
She told friends: " I don't know why I changed. If I hadn't, the
sign would have been lost for
Many journalists are now beginning to link these reports to the Hindu
milkdrinking statues, the Florida rainbow-Madonna and other miracles.
(Sources: Reuters, International Express, The Guardian,
The Sun, Bradford Telegraph and Argus, UK)
from: Share International September 1997
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