March 11, 2013


Asalam-o-Alaikum wr wb

MAY 2012

FORTY-EIGHT hours after a mystery birth in Ijeshatedo, Lagos State, hundreds of  Muslim faithful were still shouting Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar yesterday in the area.
A 32-year-old woman, on Monday, gave birth to a baby boy, clutching the Holy Qur’an in his right hand.
Since the birth, the mother of the child, Kikelomo Ilori, and her neighbours on Shonde Street have been receiving visitors wishing to catch a glimpse of the miracle baby and the Qur’an.
Local government chairmen, market women, policemen, Imams, chiefs and Muslim cleric  were not left out.
Kikelomo lives with her mother.
Yesterday,  people filled the balconies of the first and second floors of the house.
The tiny Qur’an was placed inside a transparent box and beside it, a basin where people  dropped money.
Intermittently, shouts of Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar rented the air.
According to Kikelomo, she gave birth to the boy at a Cherubim and Seraphim Church, located at Ejigbo.
A friend, Kenny Ogunlana, took her to the church after the pregnancy was past nine months.
In fact, she said the pregnancy was already 11 months “and the baby appeared not to be in a hurry to come into the world”.
When she got to the church – Cherubim and Seraphim Morning Star – she met the midwife, Victoria Moses, who led other prayer warriors to pray for her everyday.
Four days after, she delivered.
Kikelomo, who had gone through rigorous labour pains, did not know that her baby came into the world clutching anything, let alone, the  Qur’an. She was later told the story.
The midwife, Moses, said “the baby is not an ordinary one”.
The woman, in her 60s, said: “When the mother of the baby was brought to our church at Morning Star, she complained of incessant waist pain.  I told her it was normal. Though the baby was overdue, I noticed she was scared.
I asked her if she had faith that she would deliver the baby, she said yes. I didn’t give her anything except prayers and water.
When her water broke, she came to me. The amazing thing was what transpired while she was in labour.
There was no light. PHCN had interrupted power supply. But as the head of the baby came out, they brought the light. (Another shouts of Allah Akbar from people in the room). I noticed the baby was clutching something, I thought it a clot of blood. I tried to remove it, but it was strong, sort of.
I used water to wash it, thinking to wash off the blood, and then I noticed it and thought it was tissue, but tissue can’t be strong. As I kept washing it, it became clearer that it was a tiny book. It was tinier than what you’re seeing now. I kept it aside. Suddenly, PHCN, interrupted power supply again (another shouts of Allah Akbar). I tell you, it was God who delivered that baby.
I’ve seen cases where babies come into the world, holding a rope, but nothing like this! I  help mothers deliver babies. I have delivered a lot, but I’ve never seen anything like this. When the mother of the woman came, I showed her the item I found in the right hand of the baby.”
It was Kikelomo’s mother who instantly recognised the item as the Holy Qur’an and  dashed off to call Imams in her area at Ijesha, begging them to explain the meaning of the strange coming of the baby with a Qur’an.
The mother confessed bluntly that she had attempted to abort the baby, “but the foetus  remained stubborn”.
Asked why she wanted to terminate the baby, she insisted she was not ready for a baby and did not have money to take care of the baby.

Asked what the father of the baby felt about aborting it, she claimed not to have told him her plans to do away with the baby.
Kikelomo said: “When I discovered that I was pregnant, I wanted to abort the baby. I didn’t have money to take care of a baby. Yes, the baby is my first child and no, I’m not married. Even in church, I was warned not to go for abortion, that the baby is from God. But I still went ahead with the abortion plan.
I went to a nurse, who gave me injections. I saw blood, I thought the pregnancy had been terminated, only for me to go for scan three months after and discovered that the baby was still intact.
“When I discovered that the baby was still growing, I rushed back to the nurse who injected me, explaining the problem. She was surprised that the baby was still intact. I asked her to give a ‘D and C,’ but she refused. She said the blood had already formed, that it would be like killing somebody.
When it was nine months, the baby didn’t come. When it was 11 months, I told my friend who took me Morning Star church, there I delivered the baby.”
The Qur’an came in a transparent waterproof. At first glance, it looks like it was wrapped in nylon, making it difficult to flip through.
An attempt to tear off the nylon like covering was rebuffed by family members, saying that the baby’s father had yet to see it.
But Islamic scholars, who were at Kikelomo’s residence, explained that the Qur’an came in such a wrapping because it was a taboo for a woman’s blood to touch.  According to them, “God knows what he is doing”.
The Executive Director of Zakat and Sadakat Foundation, Imam Abdullahi Shuaib, who is also the Deputy Chief Imam of the Central Mosque, Ikoyi, explained the significance of ‘an innocent baby’ coming into the world, holding a Qur’an.
The significant is peace, he said, especially in view of the insecurity situation presently rocking the nation.
“Allah is peace! Let people understand how to live in peace with God and our neighbours, Allah is the only one who can pass final judgement on anybody.”

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