25
May
10

Just Another Fake Miracle

Not to be out done by Jesus, Mo also makes an appearance to his beloved followers in a small town in Pakistan, where the residents are claiming that a foot print has appeared mysteriously that belonged to their prophet. The link to the video of this ‘miracle’ is below:

Needless to say, people have gone bonkers over this. Apparently what happened is that during the celebration of the birth of Prophet (called Eid Milad un Nabi), the residents of this village dug a hole in the ground and filled it with twigs and charcoal in order to use it as a makeshift stove to make traditional dishes for this occasion. Later that night, a woman claimed that she saw something glowing move at that place and voila, a miraculous footprint of their beloved prophet was born!

Obviously some people have hit a jack pot, since the place has now become a very sought after attraction and thousands are thronging there to see the ‘miracle’. Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy, a scientist and an activist, is the only rational voice in the myriad of debauchery. He has written an article that tries to debunk this episode as fraud and broadly provides some rational non-supernatural reasons for the ‘miraculous foot print. His article can be read here.

This reminded me of a 1960 movie directed by Satyajit Ray titled ‘Devi’ (Hindi for goddess) or the currently running TV series by the same name on an Indian TV channel. The theme in both is same: a girl is deemed to be an incarnation of a goddess which helps in changing the fortune of the family as people start bestowing gifts to her. It happens to be a very popular phenomenon in South Asia where poor and destitute people are waiting for some divine intervention to help them solve their problems and relieve them of misery. Where it is pure foolishness on the part of those who are eager to believe such stories, it is pure wickedness on the part of those who fabricate such tales and reap benefits from the consequences.

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