Russia is preparing to celebrate Easter! It’s impossible to imagine Russian Easter without Kulich (or people also call this Easter Bread “Paskha”). Now you can buy Kulich at any corner. And today we are watching a short video how they make such Kuliches – I think it’s interesting!
“As a symbol of life, an egg goes back to pagan traditions,” explains Anna Yakovleva from Moscow’s House of the Icons museum. “But it’s also part of Christianity, symbolizing Christ’s resurrection. So when decorating them, the artists use the themes of spring, joy, beauty and rebirth.”
Today Russian Orthodox Church cerebrate Willow Sunday or how we call here Verbnoe Voskresen’e. I found a very good video to show you that is Verbnoe voskresenie service in one of the churches: you can see everything during the service inside and outside and even more…
Orthodox Christians are celebrating one of the main religious holidays of the year – the Epiphany, or the baptism of Christ. It is believed that on this day water becomes holy and is able to wash away sins and diseases.
This video is really very good. It shows a monastery that Svetlana and I have been to before. In fact it is the same Monastery that our friends from America got to explore and were fascinated by the complexity of the Orthodox Religion!
All Russian TV channels show this unusual video about a 9 old month baby, whose body shows lines from Koran… Thousands people come to Dagestan‘s village Krasnooktyabrianskoe where the family with the baby lives. They all want to see this Miracle (Holy) – baby.. whose body shows Koran quotes twice a week (about Monday and Friday). Sorry, that’s the video is in Russian when we get one in English we’ll publish it right then:
Correspondent Omar Magomedov visited the family a miracle baby.
First signs of skin baby’s parents were perceived as birthmarks, then as irritation and postnatal scarring. Fearing for the health of the child, a young couple called the doctor of an ambulance, but doctors just shrugged, referring to the unknown science of skin disease.
Said Rasulova, the ward nurse: “From the standpoint of medicine, I can not explain what it is. With her mother’s words, it appears with the temperature.
At the invitation of relatives, family Yakubov visited a local priest, who saw a bizarre zigzag traces the Arabic word “Allah”, and later the prayers and even whole passages from the Koran. Two days ago, at the foot 9-month, Ali made another inscription. What a surprise it was a priest, when the same text of the prayer he found in the Holy Quran.
Abdullah, the imam of the village mosque: “The book is written, which is closer to the end of the world such inscriptions, signs will be apparent even to the human body. There are sayings in Islamic books. “
Now home photo album filled with pictures Yakubov with unusual inscriptions. In the form of an Arabic ligature often occurs on the back, legs and hands, a little less on her stomach and head. And, periodically one text is replaced by another. At this time, say doctors, a baby’s temperature rises to 40 ° C. For parents, this seemed to signal that soon the skin will make the next inscription.
Madina Yakubov, mother of Ali: “Keep it impossible. We have to be laid in the cradle, it raises the body like this, crying, crying. Temperature to 40 ° C rise. Very much a child suffers. Throughout the night, when it appears he is not asleep.
At the request of Madina child’s face we do not show, so as not jinxed. Not long ago about an unusual child was known only to parents, neighbors, local doctors, then with the advent of Arabic inscriptions, which translated literally means “show the signs of my people,” the news of the birth of a miracle baby broke up the whole neighborhood. Local priests have decided that this is a sign, but because the boy’s need to show people. Now the family Yakubov only has time to take crews and give interviews.
And. Yakubov began earnestly to pray and became deeply faithful. However, in the country a lot and those who still doubt the divine origin of the inscriptions.
Update 26 of October 2009 : Wahabis promise to burn down the house of the baby with Koran sayings on his skin
Moscow, October 26, Interfax – Wahabis have repeatedly threatened to burn down the house of Shamil and Madina Yakubovs from the Dagestan village of Krasnooktyabrskoye, after phrases from the Koran began appearing on the body of their nine-month-old son.
“They found it only unnatural that Allah showed his signs through a boy born in a family of a police officer! Wahabis consider us kafirun (the unbelievers – IF),” Magomed-Kadyr, the boy’s grandfather said as quoted by Komsomolskaya Pravda daily on Monday.
According to him, their house was approached by a Gazel car in broad daylight, which brought a group of armed Wahabis. They demanded to show them the baby. Then they left threatening to come back. After that, Said Murtazaliyev, head of the district, provided them with a group of six security guards.
Ali’s mother says that the last “message of Allah” appeared on the baby’s body earlier that day. But when Wahabis were inspecting the baby, the saying disappeared to appear again after they left. The marks are said to disappear when an intoxicated neighbor dropped by and picked up the baby. The writings reappeared after he had left.
“We are not going to hide. There is no escape from your destiny,” Ali’s grandfather says. (I’ve read the whole article in Russian, but here is a good enough translation of main part: Link)
For readers who wants to see more pictures with Koran’s quotation on the baby body (Link here)
Update 28 of October 2009 : Finally Russia Today published video and an article about the Miracle.
Last weekend we visited The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra. The spiritual center of Russian Orthodox Church beautiful monastery is a place what you must see. That is one of the special places on the Earth where you can feel God! Today we are watching a video of The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra from official site of The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra: