Qur'anic verses have reportedly appeared on the body of a nine-month old boy named Ali from the Russian Republic of Dagestan.
Since his birth, birthmarks in the form of Arabic script have been appearing on Ali's body. First, there were individual letters but then texts began appearing, the Russian-language Vesti news channel quoted his parents as saying on Thursday.
"First, there was a hematoma on his chin. When the bruise went off, we saw the word "Allah," Ali's mother Madina Yakubova said.
Surprisingly, one of the baby's legs has an inscription, "Allah is the creator of all entities."
The TV channel reported that Ali was first diagnosed with "ischemic heart disease of the second degree" and "infantile cerebral paralysis" in the maternity clinic. However, after the inexplicable events began happening, he was examined again and found healthy.
The incident has been drawing hundreds of Dagestani Muslims to Ali's home everyday, prompting local authorities to guard the house round-the-clock .
A Muslim cleric holds baby Ali Yakubov at his house in Kizlyar in Russiaâ€™s Dagestan Region, October 19, 2009. A miracle baby has brought a kind of mystical hope to people in Russiaâ€™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.
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.