A Salafist group from Egypt appears to be trying to retract a post on Facebook that warned that eating tomatoes are “forbidden because they are Christian.”
However, the Muslim traditionalist group, calling themselves the Popular Egyptian Islamic Association, apparently still finds tomatoes offensive if they are cut in such a way that reveals the shape of a cross, according to the Now Lebanon website.
Along with a photo of a tomato cut in half to reveal what could be viewed as a cross, the group originally posted on Facebook: “Eating tomatoes is forbidden because they are Christian. [The tomato] praises the cross instead of Allah and says that Allah is three (a reference to the Trinity).
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“[God help us]. I implore you to spread this photo because there is a sister from Palestine who saw the prophet of Allah [Mohammad] in a vision and he was crying, warning his nation against eating them [tomatoes]. If you don’t spread this [message], know that it is the devil who stopped you,” according to a translation by Now Lebanon.
More than 2,700 comments were left under the warning posted 10 days ago, perhaps prompting the association to give this response:
“We didn’t say you can’t eat tomatoes. We said don’t cut it in [such a way that reveals] the cross shape.”
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[Source: Christian Post]
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