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‘Holy’ tomato causes stir at the balti house, UK
Aug. 23, 2003 • Saturday August 23, 2003

The owners of an Indian takeaway have been besieged by wellwishers after discovering a ‘miracle’ tomato!

Ibrar Hussain said cooking came to a standstill and the Imam – or head priest – at the local mosque was called upon after he found an inscription as he chopped ingredients for meal orders.

Hasina’s Balti House didn’t shut until the early hours of the morning as Ibrar’s family and other visitors descended on the Meadowhead takeaway to see the Arabic writing contained within a vine tomato.

One half displays the word Allah, meaning God, while the other section reads Muhammad, the prophet Peace be upon Him.

“We get through two or three pallets of tomatoes every week and last night I was cutting up some, helping the chef,” said Ibrar, who is also a teacher.

“I was cutting one when, lo and behold, I noticed something. I became goosepimply. I showed the tomato to our chef and he had never seen anything quite like it. I then asked my wife in and one or two customers.” Now Hasina’s is the talk of the catering community, some members of which have visited and agreed with Ibrar in declaring the inscription a miracle.

In recent years there have been similar discoveries within the Asian community in West Yorkshire, including an ornamental cow which was believed to be crying milk.

Ibrar continued: “I proceeded to cut more slices and there was nothing else. I am not making this up, it is so distinctive. I’ve heard about this before, something in Dewsbury.

“We have recently taken over the business and the Imam, Mufti Akhtar, at the mosque on Wolseley Road, in Sharrow says it is a blessing.

“I had a lady come in and kiss the tomato and then kiss my hand. I like to think we are blessed.”

Now the family are puzzled how they can preserve their find for as long as possible. For now it is in a deep chilled container under some cling film.

“We don’t know what to do with it. We tried to find out how to preserve it, but already it has started to go because we’ve been handling it,” added Ibrar.

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