Tree doing the Ruku
Someone with lots of time on his hand figured out that a tree "somewhere in an australian forrest" looks like a man bending over, like a muslim prayer "Ruku." A bunch of people with MORE time on their hands actually flew down there to take a picture with a banner, and probably went to set up a souvenir shop next to it.
Islam's first confrontation was with the polytheistic arabs and non-arabs in Mecca that worshiped all kinds of stuff... just like that tree. In fact, the only way those pagan religions started at some point in time is probably because someone found a profoundly insignificant event or coincidence (like a bird that shit on his head for example) and ran back to his village screaming his lungs out because he thought he had a revelation.
There is an old story in Bahrain's history. I don't know it too well, because our history books at school are worth a bucket of hot spit, so its not very accurate... but it goes something like this:
Hundreds.. or maybe a thousand years ago.. the ruler of Bahrain, and the people back then were religious and kind of zelous... so one of the ministers.. or noblemen wanted to capitalize on their simple approach to religion... so he crafted a mold with scripts and holy writings... and placed it on a little orange or a fig (not too sure) growing on the tree in Ras Rumman. A couple of weeks later, when that fruit grew into proportion.. it had holy script on it... The ruler thought that God communicated to this gentleman through fruits... you can guess who was ordering stuff around after that.. thats until they found out that he was molding fruits to get them to read what he wanted...
Moral of the story is... don't make a big deal out of stupid stuff...
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