A Muslim cleric holds baby Ali Yakubov at his house in Kizlyar in Russia’s Dagestan Region, October 19, 2009. A 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 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 Qur`an appear and fade every few days. Picture taken October 19, 2009.
Ali Yakubovâ€™s skin, with Qur`an
Ali Yakubov with his mother and father.
The parents of nine-month-old Ali Yakubov claim the phenomenon began when the word Allah showed up on their sonâ€™s chin when he was a few weeks old, British newspapers report.
Other words then started appearing on other parts of his body, including his arms, legs and back, before mysteriously fading away, the parents claim.
â€œAli always feels bad when it is happening â€” he cries and his temperature goes up,â€ his mother was quoted as saying.
â€œItâ€™s impossible to hold him when itâ€™s happening, his body is actively moving, so we put him into his cradle â€¦ itâ€™s so hard to watch him suffering.â€
The marks usually appear each week on a Monday and then again sometime between Thursday and Friday, she claims. Medics at the familyâ€™s town in Daghestan province, near Chechnya, are said to be baffled by Aliâ€™s condition.
They have reportedly dismissed speculation someone the words are caused by someone writing on his skin. The phenomenon has reportedly made Ali the subject of religious homage by many locals in the troubled region.
One local MP even hailed Ali as â€œa pure sign of God.â€
â€œAllah sent him to Daghestan in order to stop revolts and tension in our republic,â€ Akhmedpasha Amiralaev was quoted as saying.