A baby is being hailed a "sign of God" in Russia after passages from the Koran allegedly began appearing on his skin, reports claim.
The parents of nine-month-old Ali Yakubov claim the phenomenon began when the word Allah showed up on their son's chin when he was a few weeks old, British newspapers report.
Other words then started appearing on other parts of his body, including his arms, legs and back, before mysteriously fading away, the parents claim.
"Ali always feels bad when it is happening - he cries and his temperature goes up," his mother was quoted as saying.
"It's impossible to hold him when it's happening, his body is actively moving, so we put him into his cradle - it's so hard to watch him suffering."
The marks usually appear each week on a Monday and then again sometime between Thursday and Friday, she claims.
Medics at the family's town in Dagestan province, near Chechnya, are said to be baffled by Ali's condition.
They have reportedly dismissed speculation someone the words are caused by someone writing on his skin.
The phenomenon has reportedly made Ali the subject of religious homage by many locals in the troubled region.
One local MP even hailed Ali as "a pure sign of God".
"Allah sent him to Dagestan in order to stop revolts and tension in our republic," Akhmedpasha Amiralaev was quoted as saying.