Sunday, October 19, 2014

Fake news: priest’s ‘miracle’ conversion to Islam never happened

Many of you may have spotted the story about an 87-year-old Spanish Catholic priest in Indonesia who converted to Islam after being in a coma for 17 months – well, the story is fake.

It had been claimed in the article that the priest suffered a heart attack while helping volunteers fix the roof of his church.

It was said priest Eduardo Vincenzo Maria Gomez fell two “stories” [sic] and emerged from his coma, saying that “Allah spoke to him and showed him ‘the beauty of the heavens’.”

The story was originally posted to satire website World News Daily Report and used the picture of British naturalist Professor David Bellamy as the supposed priest.

Shortly afterwards, the story went viral around the world.

The article went on to quote the fictitious priest as saying: “I know nothing of Islam. Never once have I read the Quran but God spoke to me and asked me to follow him to the heavens and the Holy light shone through my entire being and behold the golden gates of heaven appeared before me and God told me his name and it was Allah”.

According to a disclaimer posted at the top of all pages on the World News Daily Report website, it is “a news and political satire web publication, which may or may not use real names, often in semi-real or mostly fictitious ways. All news articles contained within are fiction, and presumably fake news.

“Any resemblance to the truth is purely coincidental, except for all references to politicians and/or celebrities, in which case they are based on real people, but still based almost entirely in fiction.”

Source: The Australian Muslim Times


Dacritic said...

Maybe World News wanted to make up for its story which said the son of the sultan of Selangor in Malaysia converted to Christianity from Islam. As it is, all the royal families of Malaysia are Muslim.

David Ford said...

Ridiculous. Just because an entity calls itself "Allah," that doesn't necessarily mean that it's the God of Islam. In the Peshitta-- the Aramaic New Testament that has been carefully preserved through the years by the Church of the East-- the word for God is generally "Allaha"-- and in 3 verses is "Allah." In other words, the word "Allah" was around _long_ before Islam was invented. Even today, certain Middle Eastern followers of al-Nabia Isa refer to God as "Allah."

Allaha/ Allah: God. The Hebrew equivalent is "Elohim" and the Arabic equivalent is "Allah," but note that the Allah of Islam is very different in nature than the God of the Christian New Testament. "Allah" appears 3 times in the New Testament Peshitta: 1 Cor 8:4, Eph 2:12, and 2 Thes 2:4. "Allaheh" means "his Allaha" and appears 3 times in each of these verses: Mt 22:32, Mk 12:26, and Lk 20:37, as well as in Lk 1:68, Acts 3:13, 7:32, 13:17.

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smalltallest88 said...

They can come up with any fake news just to make a point of thir false religion. If a rligion is true, why do you need to kill, torture and persecute people all in the name of wanting a person to convert? Nice work brother David. I really would love to have you send me an email to or cos I have a lot of questions and articles I will love to get from you on Islam. May God keep you and your family and strengthen you at all times.

David Wood said...

This was from Samuel.

paki p said...

This news turned out to be as fake as Joshua Evans being a Christian youth minister LOL.
God bless

Lee Hicks said...

The Daily World News sounds to be the same as the old tabloid, "The Weekly World News", filled with nonsense and fiction. It was a place that might have put out an article like, "aliens took Elvis and substituted a cloned body", or the like. Knowing the source, the supposed merits of the article are not really worth extended discussion. Just doing as you have done in revealing their nonsense is good enough