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Quran Verses on A Baby? Yes!
KIZLYAR, Russia (Reuters)

Verses from Quran appear every few weeks on Russian Muslim baby ...

bringing joy and hope to people in Russia's mostly Muslim southern fringe.

Al Hamdulillah, many hundreds of Muslims lined up all week in bright sun just for a quick peek at the 9 month old Ali Yakubov.
The verse from Quran, "Be thankful unto Allah" in clear Arabic text appeared on baby Ali's right leg seemed to be a...

.. pinkish color.
Religious leaders verified the claims and even visiting foreign journalists later saw a remaining letter on his leg.

Thousands of Muslims Russia's 20 million Muslim population come daily to see the docile, blue-eyed baby, whose pink brick house has become a shrine.

"The fact that this miracle happened here is a signal to us to take the lead and help our brothers and sisters find peace," said Sagid Murtazaliyev, head of the Kizlyar region about 150 km (95 miles) north of Makhachkala, the sprawling Dagestani capital on the Caspian Sea.

"We must not forget there is a war going on here," he told Muslim leaders who had invited the press to witness what they unequivocally claim is a sign from Allah.

A Muslim cleric holds baby Ali Yakubov at his house in Kizlyar in Russia's Dagestan Region

Islam in Russia originated in ethnically rich Dagestan, where 3 million people speak over 30 languages and whose ancient walled city of Derbent is Russia's oldest city.

Vladimir Zakharov, deputy director of the Caucasus Research Centre at the Moscow State University of International Relations, said he was not in a position to judge the veracity of the claims.

POLICED SHRINE

Green satin flags mark the way to the baby's modest family home in Kizlyar, a small town of lime-colored mosques, cornfields and dirt roads whose dust bellows into the sky.

Dagestan's omnipresent armed police patrol the house while imams change photos of Yakubov's arms and legs covered in Arabic script from previous episodes to both jubilation and wails from the bustling crowd.

They say the fact Yakubov's 27-year-old father Shamil works in the police force -- a regular target by militants -- is proof of divine intervention.

Makhachkala's influential mayor Sayid Amirov, interpreted the recent buzz around the baby as a warning.

"What happened here is indeed a miracle" he told reporters.

Holding up his right foot where one Arabic letter remained from the latest episode, Yakubov's 26-year-old mother Madina said she had no doubt the verses -- which first appeared two weeks after birth.

"Allah is great and he sent me my miracle child to keep our people safe," she told Reuters, adjusting her tight purple hijab which crowns a multi-colored kaftan.

Though divine "miracles" are common in Christianity -- such as weeping icons and stigmata, bleeding wounds in the hands and feet similar to those of Christ -- Islam rarely has them.

Outside her home, Muslims came and prayed and gave thanks to Allah.

Supermarket attendant Madina Nikolayeva traveled from Ukraine just to see baby Ali. Behind her, Akhmed Khadzhy had been waiting all day in line.

"Allah is watching over Dagestan," said the pensioner from Khasavyurt near the Chechen border, where clashes with security forces had killed three militants the night before.

(Reporting by Amie Ferris-Rotman; Editing by Abu Kathir for Islam Newsroom)

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