UNDERSTANDING ISLAM Part 3 - The Origins of Islam
The founder of the muslim religion, Mohammed, was born in A.D. 570, in Mecca, which is located in modern-day Saudi Arabia. He was born into a tribe and culture which had been worshipping a host of "gods" at a place called the Kabah long before Mohammed was born.
The Quraysh tribe, into which Mohammed was born, was the caretaker of the sacred Kabah. The word "Kabah", spelled in various ways, is an Arabic word for "cube". It is a reference to the square, stone temple which housed at least three hundred and sixty gods, to which people would come from all over the Middle-east, Africa, and the Far East, to worship their favorite god or goddess (Morey, The Islamic Invasion, Harvest House Publishers, 1992, pgs. 40, 41). This turned out to be quite the lucrative situation for the Quraysh tribe, for many merchants ($$$) would purposely plan their caravan and trade routes through Mecca so they could do homage to their gods (Encyclopedia Britannica, 15:150ff).
The religious activities of the pagan idol worshippers at this temple included kissing a BLACK METEORITE (see Acts 19:35) that was kept at the Kabah for this purpose; running around the Kabah seven times; then proceeding to another location called a wadi to "throw rocks at the devil." These traditions still persist today, and are the source for the muslim pilgrimage to Mecca. Keep in mind, we are not giving our opinion on how we feel or what we think about such practices; we are simply stating the facts about the origins of them.
At this point, the reader will notice a very important piece of information: the muslim religion did not originate with Mohammed. In Islam’s present form, some of its doctrines have their source in Mohammed's personal preferences (many of which he conveniently claimed were the dictates of "Allah"), but the basic framework of the system existed for decades and decades before Mohammed ever had his first epileptic fit. Even the god of Islam, "Allah," was known to the Arabic peoples long before Mohammed ever showed up. This is why Mohammed never has to explain who Allah is in the Koran---it's just taken for granted that the reader knows who is being referred to.
Islam’s origin story is not complex. Mohammed, the opportunist that he was, simply seized upon the common religious superstitions of his day, and pretended he was the originator and "Allah-appointed" head of them. Add some common cultural practices of the day and some of Mohammed’s personal tastes, and “viola;” there is Islam. It's for this reason that muslims prefer not to research the history of pre-Islamic Arabia, for it would contradict their belief that the elements of their religion and the contents of the Koran came "straight from Allah, through Mohammed." It is now understood and documented that Mohammed had very little to do with the origins of Islam, in fact. These things are far from unheard of.
Darwin, never housing an original thought in his head, took Linnaeus’ work and made it popular (evolution). Another example is the origin of the Roman Catholic Church, which has its roots, not in Biblical Christianity, but in the ancient mother and child worship of Nimrod and Semaramis (see Gen. 10, 11). Constantine and the pagan Romans, upon "converting to Christ", simply "Christianized" their pagan gods and goddesses, along with their feasts and festivals, and gave them Christian names. Nimrod and Semaramis became Jesus and Mary; Easter (from the Egyptian goddess of fertility, Ishtar) became a celebration of Jesus' resurrection (since it happened to be around the same time of year---Acts 12:4), and so on and so forth. There's "nothing new under the sun."
Another explosive blow that Islamic history deals to the faith of Mohammedans is the fact that the original "muslims" were polytheists---worshipping not only MORE than one god, but recognizing at least three hundred and sixty of them. "Allah" was the moon god--- just one of the deities worshipped at the Kabah. Allah supposedly had three daughters, "goddesses" (Al-Lat, Al-Uzza, and Manat), whom Mohammed recommended be worshipped as well (Morey, The Islamic Invasion, pgs. 78, 79; see also Sura 53:19 of the Koran). The next time one of these "hypocrites in headscarves" starts jumping up and down and cursing you for worshipping "three gods" (because he doesn't have the sense to grasp the concept of the Trinity), tell the nut not to get his dirty nightgown in a wad, and that even if we worshipped three gods (which we certainly do not), THREE is certainly an improvement on THREE HUNDRED.
Speaking of Allah, this god is not to be confused with the God of the Bible. I point this out because this is what the muslims would have you believe. They teach that Allah is the "God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob" that we are familiar with from the Old Testament. The Koran is even described as a continuation of the Old and New Testaments---a kind of progression, or, "another testament" taking up where the Bible leaves off. We will explore this in more detail when we examine the Koran itself, but for now, suffice it to say that the god of Islam is neither historically nor doctrinally similar to the God of the Holy Bible. This is not a matter of opinion. We have already pointed out some clear discrepancies in the above paragraph, concerning his supposed "goddess-daughters". This one instance in and of itself is enough to distance Allah from the God of the Bible by a trillion light years.
The muslim claim is that Mohammed was the only one qualified to reveal Allah to mankind via the Koran. The facts are contrary to this teaching, as the historical sources are plenteous in documenting that the god known as Allah was a common character in PRE- Islamic culture and literature. As we have already commented, he was one of three hundred and sixty pagan deities worshipped at the Kabah. Allah was the god of the moon; and from this comes the common symbol of the crescent moon that sits atop mosques and adorns the flags of muslim countries the world over. (We will not cite any references to these facts, as they are too numerous to document---the reader is welcome to check us out by a simple and even superficial researching of the history and archaeology of ancient Arabia.)
When Mohammed decided Allah was the only true god and took over Mecca by the point of a sword, he achieved a position that allowed him to force his views of worship on all others in the region. "Follow me, or die" became the rule of law for Mohammed, and whenever he had no religious justification for doing what he wanted, he simply made it up as he went. Fine fellow. Now we know why President Obama looks up to him.