Ali discovers ‘miracle clementine’ on holy imam aniversary

It looks like a common or garden clementine that Ali Khan brought from his local supermarket.

But look again and you might see his own name and the name of one of Islam’s holy imams appear in Arabic.

Nothing odd about that, you might think, until the 43-year-old community volunteer worker tells you he bought it on June 14—the day Muslims commemorate the birth of imam Hazrat Ali, the cousin and son-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad.

“Ali was the first of the holy imams from the Prophet’s progeny,” Ali Khan points out. “I couldn’t believe it when I saw the name ‘Ali’ on a clementine I bought on that day.”

He hasn’t touched the ‘miracle clementine’ since, but has been keeping it cool in his fridge.


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Friends have been popping round to his council flat in Limehouse in London’s East End to gaze in wonder at it.

“I’m not sure if it’s really a miracle,” he confesses. “Some of my friends think it’s a coincidence, others believe it’s a sign.

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“I bought it on Imam Ali’s anniversary and ever since I’ve been feeling happy with life. The fruit is still in good nick.”

The clementine, after all, was grown in the Holy Land—it’s a Tesco Jaffa from Israel.

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