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Allah in a Tomato

by Sher Khan 08 April, 2006 Miracles are not the norm in our daily lives. They happen occasionally, defying the law of nature. Most of the time, there is no logical explanation for the miracles because they have yet to be discovered. Some miracles are plain coincidence and do have good explanations, which are rejected by the believers. When one out of hundreds is saved from a plane crash, it's called a miracle. Obviously, the miracle did not work for rest of the people who died. Still, it's a miracle and often God gets the credit for saving the survivor, and that is exactly how a religious miracle works. On December 4, 1992, The Guardian of UK published an article of uncommon news - "A sixinch-high porcelain statue began weeping tears of blood. The liquid staining the image is genuinely blood, and human at that. The Santiago coroner's office pronounced the substance is type O-4 human blood. The statue weeps regularly, particularly in the presence of children." In 1995, in the suburbs of Delhi, India, another miraculous phenomenon unfolded. A statue of the Hindu God Ganesh drank a spoonful of milk when offered; the milk evaporated into thin air, in front of everyone's eyes. Apparently, it was only the beginning of the drinking competition. According to news media, many statues of Hindu gods participated in the contest around the world and drank more milk. Japanese people worship Kannon as the Goddess of Compassion and the Chinese call her Kuan Yin with the same amount of respect. As a matter of fact, the name of the famous company CANON that produces cameras and imaging products is based on the Goddess Kannon's name. To put it simply, she is the female version of Buddha; what the Virgin Mary is to Catholics, Kannon is to Buddhists. It's believed that after she died, a rainbow took her to heaven. It was no surprise when a Japanese photographer took a picture of a sunset from an airplane and the image of Kannon appeared on the photo when it was developed. Ahem! Now about Islam, which itself is a miracle because it's the only (so-called) religion that has a prophet whose bio-data is full of crimes. In 2003, Keyhan Mohammed from Almere Stad, Holland made an amazing discovery: he noticed that Allah was written on an image of the earth. NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) took the picture facing Africa. Indeed, it's a new discovery; if Allah lives in Africa that explains the cause and sufferings of the African people. Anyway, Muslims also have found the name of their god 'Allah' written on a cow, a mountain, an ocean, clouds, plants, watermelon and the inside of tomatoes. These are natural coincidences that sho uld not fall under the category of miracles. Being a skeptic and a certified non-religious person, why should I care if the Virgin Mary cries or laughs? It's none of my business if Ganesh, a god of Hindus, drinks milk or barrels of chilled beer. I should not be alarmed if Kannon emerges on a picture or stars in a movie. Hence, Muslims' delusion of finding Allah everywhere should not be my headache either.

However, there are some fundamental differences between Muslims and the believers of other religions. A Christian may become more faithful after coming across one of those miracles and the same rules apply to almost all the believers of different faiths; more importantly, they care less about what the people of other faiths are doing. For Muslims, it's another story. As soon as they discover one of those silly miracles, Islamic hegemony kicks in, and they immediately determine that Islam is the only religion on this Earth that unquestionably voids all other religions. You must have heard Muslim's slogan: "Islam is the true religion and everyone in this world is born as Muslim, and some people follow other religions just by a mistake." A sublime ego and sense of superiority make Muslims feel special because Allah, the puppet of Mohammed, guaranteed, "And whoever desires a religion other than Islam, it shall not be accepted from him, and in the hereafter he shall be one of the losers (Q-3.85). Typically, religion works as a soul-soothing experience for the people of other faiths; they find inner peace and strength to comfort grief. A few miracles help them to stay focused on their faith but they don't brag about the superiority and, usually, don't suffer from prejudice. If a person finds the meaning of love in Jesus, or feels enlightened after reading Buddha's teachings, who am I to complain, and why should I, anyway? Despite all of those miracles, believers of other religions use one important aspect of our life, i.e., common sense. When a religious dogma oversteps the boundary of common sense, they don't hesitate to push the brake and make the necessary reformation. It's the alleged moderate Muslims who huff and puff with all those miracles. They also like to live a good life based on their religion. About 88% of Muslims don't understand Arabic, although they can read the Quran without understanding a word. Have you seen a snake charmer playing with a snake? In many countries, it's an exciting entertainment. A snake charmer plays a flute and the snake dances along with the music. Ironically, snakes are deaf and cannot hear the music; they follow the motion of the flute as snake charmers wave it in a structured fashion. Our moderate Muslims act like those snakes; they are mesmerized when the Quran is recited but they don't understand what has been said. These are the Muslims who can be saved from Islamic grip. They have good hearts but are unable to shake off the religion that they inherited. Islam claims that it's the perfect way of life and it has all the medicines to cure one's problems. Does it really? It does co mmand one to put the right leg first inside of the shoes and prohibits dyeing one's gray hair black, as Hadith claims, "At the end of time there will be people who dye their hair black like the crops of pigeons; they will never smell the fragrance of Parad ise" (Abu Dawud, 4/419; Saheeh alJaami', 8153). This is how Islam works as a lighthouse for Muslims to guide their lives--it forbids eating pork, non- halal (not slaughtered properly) foods and garlic. Yes, garlic and onions are not acceptable to Allah, although recent studies show that garlic and onions are good for one's heart. Mohammed was unaware of this secret, or maybe he did not care because he had no heart. According to Sahih Bukhari, "The Prophet said, 'Whoever eats garlic or onion should keep away from our mosque or should remain in his house.'" It's worth mentioning that Muslims consider mosques as Allah's house. In many countries, it's believed that bad spirits are scared of garlic and it's often used to keep them away. I wonder if Allah belongs to that clan.

I have a grumpy Internet friend who loves to live in the darkness of Islam. He starts namecalling as soon as the light of reason attacks him. Recently, he has been having heavenly pleasure by calling us, the critics of Islam, e-coli. I am a highly uneducated person and, at first, it threw me in the dark. I was wondering, what the heck an e-coli is. So, I did a 'Google' search and soon I learned all about bacteria. I became more curious and did an image search also. What a surprise! After going through a few pages, I discovered another miracle of Islam. It's a picture of e-coli, and these disgusting creatures have formed a shape that resembles something that I might have known. I printed the page, held it in front of a mirror, and immediately recognized the name of 'Allah'. These e-coli are known as Columbia and 'Google' picked those pictures from a website called Last, I saw this miraculous picture on page eight of my 'Google-image' search. So, I took a picture of the printed copy while holding it in front of a mirror. For your convenience, I am attaching the picture of a tomato, allegedly 'Allah' inscribed on it, and the other picture of Allah as e-coli.

These Muslim intellectuals with questionable intellect also find scientific miracles in the Quran and smell spirituality in horrific Quranic verses that sponsor the killing of nonMuslims. I have another Internet friend who is smart enough to understand the impact of Islam and found a nice quote to describe these intellectuals. He wrote, "The fools fool the fools." It's an excellent comment that describes the relation between Muslim intellectuals and the so-called moderate Muslims. Muslims pretend to be content with Islamic ideology, but they spend most of their lives defending it, which causes tremendous psychological pressure on their minds. Islam also keeps them away from reality, and it's a major obstacle to enjoying their lives. It also seriously lacks moral and ethical wisdom that could inspire a person to become a part of mankind and teach universal values. It fails to provide inner peace. Islam does not have enough materials to make a person proud. Naturally, many Muslims look for miracles that would boost their egos and give a reason to stay with Islam. The end result is that they find Allah in a tomato, and are happy with those bizarre miracles.

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