Islamic, and Judaic-from Constantine
To Dante: A.D. 325 -1300 pg.165
"Mohammed went often to the Kaaba, accosted pilgrims, and preached the one god. The Quraish heard him at first with smiling patience, called him a half-wit, and proposed to send him, at their own expense, to a physician who might cure him of his madness. But when he attacked the Kaaba worship as idolatry they rose to the protection of their income, and would have done him injury had not his uncle Abu Talib shielded him."
Did the Kaaba exist before Mohammed and prophet of Islam? If so, what was it used for and what was it associated with? YES
Did the pagans practice the Pilgrimage, the Fast of Ramadan, running around?
The Kaaba seven times, kissing the black stone, shaving the head, animal
Sacrifices, running up and down two hills, throwing stones at the devil,
snorting water in and out the nose, praying several times a day toward Mecca,
giving alms, Friday prayers, etc.? YES.
Interestingly, not many Muslims want to accept that Arab pagans were already worshipping Allah at the Ka’ba in Mecca before Muhammad came. Some Muslims become angry when they are confronted with this fact. But history is not on their side. Pre-Islamic literature has proved this."
( " Who Is This Allah ? G. J. O. Moshay, 1994, p 138)
"But history establishes beyond the shadow of doubt that even the pagan Arabs, before Muhammad's time, knew their chief god by the name of Allah and even, in a sense, proclaimed his unity...Among the pagan Arabs this term denoted the chief god of their pantheon, the Kaaba, with its three hundred and sixty idols."
" The Moslem Doctrine of God , Samuel M. Zwemer 1905, p 24-25)
The two sources above show that the Kaaba was around long before Mohammed (just for clarity here is a brief timeline to show you how the Kaaba was being used as a Pagan symbol and Idol and it was worshipped Pre and Post Mohammed. The pre-Islamic age in Arabia is known as the ‘Times of Ignorance’ with the population composed of scattered nomadic tribes and the majority being pagans. One of Arabia’s pagan shrines, the Ka’aba at Mecca, was the scene of an annual pilgrimage. The pagans were polytheists believing in one Supreme God and many lesser deities. Also on the Arabian Peninsula were scattered groups of Jews and Christians.
Pre-Mohammed time line
100 BC – Kaaba/Kabba – (cube) stone god blocks (or Baetyl). All the deities, male and female, were represented as stones, baetyl or god-blocks. A block of stone was frequently squared (having four sides or faces, representing the four aspects of the moon New, Waxing, Full, Waning). Every family in Mecca had a “God Block” in their home that they worshiped. When they went on a journey, before leaving the house they would touch the idol for luck; and on their return, they would touch it again in gratitude. Whenever a traveller stopped to rest or spend the night, he would select four stones, pick out the finest among them to represent his Kaaba, and use the remaining three as supports for his cooking-pot. On departure they would be left behind for others
In 525 AD – Quraysh tribe occupies Mecca and places a black stone from Yemen within it. They also worship the moon as God/Goddess as they were interchangeable.
once for each of the seven planets (Astarte, Baalat)
Al-‘Uzzá – full moon, the mother aspect “The Mightiest One” or “The strong” (Venus) who was one of the three chief goddesses of Mecca, Arabs call upon her for protection and victory before any war. Al-Uzza Moon Goddess of the Zodiac carries a moon staff. (Asherah/Aphrodite)
In 550 – Hubal becomes the chief God of Mecca. Hubal – is derived from the Semitic word Hu, which means ‘He’ or ‘He is’ with the suffix El / AL. Aramaic word, meaning vapour or spirit. He is made of red agate and his left hand is replaced with gold. People come to him to divine their fate by casting seven arrows.
Post Mohammad time line
605 – Kaaba was destroyed by fire and reconstruction began. A black stone was used to identify the place where the ritual of circumambulation began which was believed to have dated to Abraham. Muhammad placed a sheet of cloth on the ground, put the black stone on it and asked the chiefs of all the tribes in the city to lift the cloth together. Then he placed the stone in its place one the East corner of the newly built Kaaba.
"...The Ka'aba was dedicated to al-Ilah, the High God of the pagan Arabs, despite the presiding effigy of Hubal. By the beginning of the seventh century, al-Ilah had become more important than before in the religious life many of the Arabs. Many primitive religions develop a belief in a High God, who is sometimes called the Sky God...But they also carried on worshipping the other gods, who remained deeply important to them." ( HYPERLINK "http://www.bible.ca/islam/library/islam-quotes-armstrong.htm" Karen Armstrong, Muhammad , (New York: San Francisco, 1992) p. 69.)
Did the pagans practice:
1) the Pilgrimage,
2)the Fast of Ramadan,
3)running/walking around The Kaaba seven times,
4) kissing the black stone,
5) shaving the head,
6) animal sacrifices,
7) running up and down two hills,
8) throwing stones at the devil,
9) Snorting water in and out the nose, praying several times a day toward Mecca,
10) Friday prayers, etc.?
Answer to all of the above: Yes.
" The Hajj is purely of pagan origin , adopted directly into Islam from pagan polytheism.
"Animals were sacrificed at the Kaaba at one time . As shocking as it may be to Muslims, the "al-Hijr" (area enclosed by a half-moon shaped wall beside the Kaba called the hatim) was originally designed as a pen to house animals to be sacrificed at the Kaba.
"The Ka'bah was then the holy of holies of paganism and securely protected against any attack against its authorities or sanctity."
(The Life of Muhammad, Haykal, p. 43; quoted in Muhammad and the Religion of Islam, John Gilchrist)
Like the Quran itself, the earliest Muslim sources suggest that the pre-Islamic cult of the Ka'ba had some astronomical significance. The historian Mas'udi (896-956) stated that certain people had regarded the Ka'ba as a temple dedicated to the Sun, Moon and the five visible planets (making up the mystical figure of seven, the number of circumambulations required for each tawaf ). The story that there were exactly 36o idols placed round the temple also points to an astronomical significance. Among the votive gifts said to have been offered to the idols were golden suns and moons.
(Islam in the World, Malise Ruthven, 1984, p 28-48)
Did Muhammad command his followers to participate in these pagan ceremonies?
While the pagans were still in control of Mecca?
Yes (See Yusuf Ali, fn. 214, Pg. 78).
Did Muhammad participate in the pagan ceremonies of Mecca? Yes
Did the pagans Arabs worship the sun, moon and the stars? Yes
Yusuf Ali: pgs. 1619-1623 "The Forms of Pagan Worship."
It will be noticed that the sun and the moon and the five planets got
Identified with a living deity, god or goddess, with the qualities of its
own. Moon worship was equally popular in various forms...It may be noted that the moon was a male divinity in ancient India; it was also a male divinity in
ancient Semitic religion, and the Arabic word for the moon (qamar) is of the
masculine gender. On the other hand, the Arabic word for the sun (shama) is
of the feminine gender. The pagan Arabs evidently looked upon the sun as a
goddess and the moon as a god. If Wadd and Suwa represented Man and Woman, they might well represent the astral worship of the moon and the sun...
The Pagan deities best known in the Kaaba and round about Mecca were Lat,
Uzza and Manat...They were all female goddesses.
In his explanation of why the Qur'an swears by the moon in Surah 74:32,
"Nay, verily by the Moon," Yusuf Alli comments, "The moon was worshipped as a deity in times of darkness"(fn. 5798, pg. 1644).
Did the Arabs built temples to the Moon-god? Yes
Did different Arab tribes give the Moon-god different names/titles? Yes
This shows that the god of the Bible is not the God of the Muslims because the Most High does not swear by anything for none is equal to him. Again showing that this is the True power.
Isa 45:5 I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me:
Isa 45:6 That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else.
Isa 45:7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.
So we can clearly see the use and origin of the Kaaba came not from your so-called prophet Mohammed but was in existence at least a few hundred years before his birth. ~We also see that the Kaaba was and still is an idol for it represented an idol in the days before Islam and after. In addition to that we see the very same So called prophet after his birth, so called revelation still worshipping and even rebuilding the very same Idol god that he and his forefathers gave reverence and worship to. So again you are either ignorant or you are being deceptive (again ill give u the benefit of the doubt)
By fusing the moon god with monotheism Islam’s prophet must have envisioned that this unholy marriage between the sacred and the profane, idolatry and monotheism, could placate (please both sides) both the polytheists and the followers of the one true God of Abraham.
…………..The conclusion is that the worship of Allah of the crescent is nothing short of polytheism with a face-lift. What good is it that Islam called its followers to monotheism if that monotheistic deity came with a long list of pagan credentials?
Islam clearly has a fixation with the moon god. Why else is the crescent moon the symbol of Islam and adorns the flags of many Muslim countries? Why else would it dominate the top of mosques and minarets everywhere? Why else would the timing of the hilal [the crescent moon] mark the starting the Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting? Why else would Muslims partake in animism under the guise of monotheism by kissing the stone (black stone) of the moon god? Why else would Muslims preserve pagan customs and practices such as circumambulating a pagan temple? Why else would their god demand of his adherents the shedding of blood?
The God of Abraham gave commandments to his people who are from the seed of Abraham.
Exo 20:3: Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
Exo 20:4: Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:
Exo 20:5: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
Deut 4:14 And the LORD commanded me at that time to teach you statutes and judgments, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go over to possess it.
Deut 4:15 Take ye therefore good heed unto yourselves; for ye saw no manner of similitude on the day that the LORD spake unto you in Horeb out of the midst of the fire:
Deut 4:16 Lest ye corrupt yourselves, and make you a graven image, the similitude of any figure, the likeness of male or female,
Deut 4:17 The likeness of any beast that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged fowl that flieth in the air,
Deut 4:18 The likeness of any thing that creepeth on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the waters beneath the earth:
Deut 4:19 And lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to worship them, and serve them, which the LORD thy God hath divided unto all nations under the whole heaven.
Deut 28:64 And the LORD shall scatter thee among all people, from the one end of the earth even unto the other; and there thou shalt serve other gods, which neither thou nor thy fathers have known, even wood and stone.
Hab 2:18 What profiteth the graven image that the maker thereof hath graven it; the molten image, and a teacher of lies, that the maker of his work trusteth therein, to make dumb idols?
Hab 2:19 Woe unto him that saith to the wood, Awake; to the dumb stone, Arise, it shall teach! Behold, it is laid over with gold and silver, and there is no breath at all in the midst of it.