“Allah meat”

In Catholic cultures, you run into believers who perceive miraculous images of the Virgin Mary appearing in odd circumstances, or who see the face of Jesus on a burnt tortilla.

Islamic religious imagery is usually non-representational. But like Catholics who constantly encounter Mary and Jesus iconography, many devout Muslims live in an environment saturated by Arabic script of a few important words, such as “Allah.” So the Muslim world is a source of recurrent stories of farmers slicing open a vegetable to find “Allah” inscribed in the pattern of seeds or a peculiar stain or whatever. These are duly accompanied by solemn pronouncements of a miracle proclaiming the truth of Islam.

A recent example from Nigeria was just reported by the BBC. A piece of beef spells “Allah” on the gristle, apparently.

About Taner Edis

Professor of physics at Truman State University

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14101679079166216097 Lynn

    Good point. There could never be sightings of Muhammad because physical depictions of Muhammad are not allowed… Hmm. I wonder if the inscription “G-d” has ever appeared anywhere…

    Btw, have you heard about this fish? The word Allah is depicted on one side; Muhammad on the other.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10778996187937943820 Taner Edis

    Lynn: “have you heard about this fish?”

    I hadn’t. Interesting. Quite a feat of imagination, in some ways…


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