Last updated at 5:08 PM on 26th November 2011
This new-born baby may not have the easiest life as he grows up.
The tot has been given the unfortunate name associated with the Muslim crusade against the west – Jihad.
The Islamic term is used in the Koran to describe the religious war all followers are to wage against ‘non-believers’.
There is of course no suggestion that innocent Jihad will grow up to become the kind of terror extremist that his name suggests.
But the baby boy’s life may prove something of a struggle, which coincidentally is the English meaning of Jihad.
Jihad was born in Germany where there are growing tensions between its citizens and the increasing immigrant Muslim community.
Germany has the largest Muslim population in Western Europe after France. Some 3.5 million Muslims live in the country, and 80 per cent of them do not have German citizenship.
Angela Merkel has herself admitted that multiculturalism has failed in the country. While former Bundesbank boss and politician Thilo Sarrazin wrote a best-selling book denouncing Islam as ‘lowering the intelligence quotient of German society’.
Jihad’s mother Elfi Yaghi, 40, has so far failed to explain why she gave her son the potentially incendiary name. However, she is understood to be a devout Muslim.
The mother-of-fourteen, who weights 37stone 7lbs, gave birth to Jihad at at Berlin’s Charité hospital over the weekend. The baby weighs 13lbs and is Germany’s heaviest ever naturally born baby.
Mrs Yaghi suffers from untreated gestational diabetes but insisted on having a risky natural birth. Gestational diabetes is caused when a pregnant woman who doesn’t previously suffer from diabetes has excessively high blood sugar
The babies of such women are usually delivered by caesarean section because they can suffer from oxygen deficiency or shoulder dislocations during birth.
‘She insisted on a vaginal birth despite the very high risk,’ Wolfgang Henrich, the chief doctor at Charité’s obstetrics clinic told the Local.
‘We usually advise mothers carrying a child with an estimated weight of more than 4.5 kilos to opt for a caesarean section to avoid complications.’
Jihad will have nine brothers and four sisters. Four of his siblings also had birth weights of more than 11lbs.