14 May 2006

'Quranic' tuna inspires, awes Kenyan Muslims

It looks like a year for all kinds of living creatures with Quranic texts on their various hides. This time it is the turn of tuna.

MOMBASA, Kenya (AFP) - A tuna fish caught in the Indian Ocean this week has excited Kenyan Muslims who are flocking here by the hundreds to see a Quranic verse apparently embedded in its scales. Dubbed the "wonder fish" by locals in this port city, the 2.5-kilo (5.5-pound) tuna has attracted so much attention it has been placed in the custody of the National Fisheries Department for safekeeping, officials said.

Arabic scholars examined the fish and determined the writing was a Quranic verse meaning "God is the greatest of all providers," said Hassan Mohamed Hassan, an education officer with the National Museums of Kenya in Mombasa.

We wouldn't argue with the ability of god to provide, but why was that tuna so small? According to this, a real big tuna fish could be much, much heavier than the puny 2.5 kg.

Anyway, not to be outdone, the Elders present a miracle of their own here:

This tuna is both kosher and Danish. Or Swedish. Whatever... See?