A Salafi group called the “Popular Egyptian Islamic Association” has warned Muslims against eating tomatoes on the grounds that the fruit is a “Christian food,” NowLebanon.com has reported.
The group based its claim on the fact that a shape resembling a cross is revealed when one cuts a tomato in half.
The association published the warning on its Facebook page with a photo of a tomato cut in half, revealing a cross-shaped interior.
A message posted on the page read, “Eating tomatoes is forbidden because they are Christian. [The tomato] praises the cross instead of Allah and says that Allah is three [in reference to the Holy Trinity].”
The message went on to say, “I implore you to spread this photo because there is a sister from Palestine who saw the Prophet of Allah in a vision and he was crying, warning his nation against eating [tomatoes]. If you don’t spread this [message], know that it is the devil who stopped you.”
The message caused outrage among Facebook users, which prompted the group to clarify their warning, saying they did not tell people not to eat tomatoes. “We said don’t cut it in [such a way that it reveals] the cross shape.”
The devil won’t stop ME from spreading this message! Ha! Take that Devil! I’ve posted this on a blog that gets 5,000 views per day. Well, it’s actually more of a Maltese or Amalfi cross. It was the symbol of the Christian Knights of Malta, also called the Hospitallers, who “arose as a group of individuals associated with an Amalfitan hospital in the Muristan district of Jerusalem, which was dedicated to St John the Baptist and was founded around 1023 by Blessed Gerard to provide care for poor, sick or injured pilgrims to the Holy Land.”
But wait… using just a LITTLE logic here, weren’t there crosses in tomatoes long before the year 1023 AD? In fact, it would be pretty difficult to convince me that there were no crosses in tomatoes before Christianity, because the Aztecs used the fruit in their cooking and it was cultivated in southern Mexico in 500 BC. Did crosses suddenly appear in tomatoes around 30 AD? What about all the tomatoes that were around 500 years before there was any such thing as a Christian? Sorry, the devil of biology and simple logic wins. If they are going to keep going with this belief, the Egyptian Salafi’s will need to avoid snowflakes at all costs!