Skip to comments.'Koranic' tuna inspires, awes Kenyan Muslims
Posted on 05/14/2006 7:03:43 PM PDT by Alouette
MOMBASA, Kenya (AFP) - A tuna fish caught in the Indian Ocean this week has excited Kenyan Muslims who are flocking here by the hundreds to see a Koranic verse apparently embedded in its scales.
Dubbed the "wonder fish" by locals in this port city, the 2.5-kilo (5.5-pound) tuna has attracted so much attention it has been placed in the custody of the National Fisheries Department for safekeeping, officials said.
The otherwise ordinary fish caught the attention of fishmonger Omar Mohammed Awadh who pulled it out of a catch when he noticed what seemed to be Arabic writing among the scales near its tail, they said.
Arabic scholars examined the fish and determined the writing was a Koranic verse meaning "God is the greatest of all providers," said Hassan Mohamed Hassan, an education officer with the National Museums of Kenya in Mombasa.
"This has been confirmed as a verse from the Holy Koran," said Sheikh Mombasa Dor, the secretary-general of the Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya.
"We believe that God brings these kinds of messages in many forms from time to time and that we should not only read the Holy Book, but practice what it says," he said.
Mombasa district commissioner Mohamed Maalim agreed.
"It is so clearly spelt," he said. "That is why we believe that Allah is sending a message to mankind."
Hundreds of Muslims and curiosity seekers flocked to Awadh's Takaungu Fresh Fish Shop to see the tuna on Friday, prompting concerns for its safety and its removal to a refrigerated locker at the fisheries department.
In March Muslims flocked to see a pair of fish found in a pet shop in the British city of Liverpool which appeared to bear the words "Allah" and "Mohammed" on their scales.
"It is so clearly spelt," he said.
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Arabic lettering, plainly visible here, reads: "Please, please, do NOT have sex with this. This means YOU, Mohammed -- !"
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Oh, man...this has the makings of a fish-and-Jesus-in-the-taco Taco del Mar!!!
It is so clearly smelt?
And some Christians consistently see the face of Jesus in oil stains, coffee cake and tree stumps. So my question is, how come these miracle visions never appear to the Jews?
He meant "smelt" (noun), surely. :)
No word on what the verse is...
I once took a [CENSORED] and saw an image of Barbra Streisand in the toilet bowl.
My Arabic is a bit rusty, but I thought it said, "Mohammed is a jerk."
i stand corrected, confused but corrected
A Fish Called Wonda?
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