A report Mikail Güçlü's miraculous find - fresh eggs and later, beans bearing the name 'Allah'. But the real miracle occurred when he gave some of the beans away.
Sceptics will see in this the random playfulness of nature, but Mikail Güçlü has no doubt: he has in his possession miracle eggs and beans bearing the name 'Allah'.
About three years ago 33-year-old Güçlü from the Regent Quarter of The Hague, Holland, bought some eggs fresh from the farm and as usual had them on sale in his shop. But two of the eggs seemed slightly strange. "I noticed that the shells were a little misshapen," he said. "Very odd, just like Arab letters. And then suddenly I saw it: 'Allah'." Reason enough for him to call in a friend. He himself speaks four languages but his knowledge of Arabic is limited and, besides, he wanted to hear all the 'ins and outs' of it.
"But I could hardly believe what he said --what could be read on the egg was: 'There is but one God, Allah, and Mohammed is His prophet.' That's why I asked others, too, just to be on the safe side, and I went to the mosque, to the Imam. Everyone said the same thing."
A neighbour, Mohammed Moncef from Tunisia, in the shop by coincidence, confirms that this text can indeed be read on the egg-shells: "This is the first time I've seen these eggs, but it's quite clear. What you see here is the first line of Islam."
Less definite is Ali Reza Rahiminejad. He doesn't know the whole story but has been called over by Güçlü to discuss an 'urgent matter'. Rahiminejad, an Iranian, abandons his telephone business and an egg is pushed into his hand as he arrives -- with the request that he say precisely what he sees. It takes a while, but then he too sees it: "That, there, says: 'Allah' repeated a few times." He doesn't decipher any more in it, even when Güçlü tells him the whole phrase. "Yes, you say that, but I don't see it. I see only 'Allah'. And here too, and there. But that's all."
The beans, however, present Rahiminejad with no problems whatsoever. "Without the shadow of a doubt, this, here, says 'Allah'."
Güçlü discovered the 'miracle beans' while sorting through them two days after he had purchased the eggs. He had bought about five kilos of beans, about 500 grams of which bear the name 'Allah'. "People may think that I scratched it on the beans myself, but I swear that is not the case. Take some with you to check them, if you like. But I would like them back please."
Güçlü believes that what subsequently happened with the beans is even more of a miracle. He gave some of the 'Allah-beans' away to friends. Out of respect he did not feel he could sell the remaining beans: he decided to give them to the mosque, and requested that they be cooked and shared among the congregation. "About 40 people enjoyed a complete meal from these beans and there was still food left over. The Imam told me later: 'We could serve as much as we wished, and the supply was still not exhausted.'"
It was not the first time that 33-year-old Güçlü had heard of such phenomena: "I've heard that it happens quite often. In London. And somewhere in Holland there is also said to have been a similar case with a pepper. I've also heard that in Turkey the name 'Allah' was found in honey-comb. And in Ankara I myself saw an apple bearing the holy name. But I never dreamed it would happen to me. I couldn't believe my eyes."
Mikail Güçlü sees the incident as a miracle from God: "I used to pray a lot, but I haven't been doing it so much lately. The Imam said: 'This is a sign for you, continue in your faith.' But," adds Güçlü firmly, "it is also a proof for non-believers that God exists."
From the November 1997 issue of Share International