The Pagan Roots of Islamic Worship
The Crescent Star
The Black Stone
The Footsteps of Abraham
The pagan Muslim
Islam projects itself as monolithic and monotheistic religion, unalterable and perfect, with Muhammad its chief and last prophet of God. The crescent moon and star fluttering atop mosques, betraying its pagan roots, there for all to see
Muhammad, in establishing Islam did so by merging the many pagan beliefs into a single doctrine, unyielding and contemptuous of all that went before them and of those yet to cross their paths.The moon and the star usurped from the pagan gods Sin or Shiva.
Muslims perform pagan worship in many ways. They pray five times while facing Mecca, a pagan practice, this not unique to Islam, the Zoroastrians were expected to to say their prayer, the Kusti, five times a day, while facing east.
Mecca is the holiest place in Islam with the Kaaba at its center. Muslim must go on Hajj (pilgrimage) at least once in their lifetime. Here they must wear white, shave their head and stone the three stone Pillars at Mina with seven pebbles. They must walk around the Kabba seven times, kiss the Black Stone and perform animal sacrifices. These pagan rituals go back hundreds of years before the advent of Islam
The word Allah is a derivation of the the moon god Al-ailah, also know as Sin, Hubul or Ilumquh. He is the highest ranking god in the pre-islamic pantheon. Another prominent pre-Islamic monument, the Kaaba housed 360 god, in fact the Kaaba was called the house of Al-ailah.
Al-ailah occupied a place of prominence among the Quraish, Muhammad’s tribe.This chief god had three daughters, Al-Uzzah (Venus) to whom humans were sacrificed. Manah, goddess of destiny and Al-Lat, goddess of vegetation, all three goddesses are mentioned in the Quran.
The moon occupies a very central place in a Muslims life, it is the guiding light in all festivals and rituals
Muhammad made many political pacts with the pagan leaders such as Abu Suffian to accommodate his new religion. To make Islam more palatable to new converts, Muhammad agreed to incorporate many of the pagan rituals and gods and goddesses into his new religion. In return Muhammad asked the pagans to worship Al-ailah or Allah.
Once Muhammad consolidated his control and Islam was more firmly entrenched, he went back on his word, many of the idols were destroyed with many of the gods and goddesses converted to the 99 names of Allah in the Quran
In Mecca during the Hajj pilgrims walk frantically seven times between the two mounts,Safa and Marwa. This pagan tradition was retained by Muhammad for financial reasons. The moon-god Sin/ Hubal, is still unwittingly revered by Muslims.You are likely to find the moon god’s symbol, the crescent moon, positioned at a high point of the mosque, the universal symbol for Islam.
In Vedic times Arabia was known as Arvasthan, a place were exceptional horses were bred, the name derived from the Sanskrit, Arva(horses) and Sthan(place).
The worship of Venus as depicted by the star has continued in Islam, with Muslims having their main prayer on Friday, which is the same day allotted to Venus by many pagan faiths, including Hinduism
The most central focus of Muslim worship, is the Hajar Aswad or Black stone at the Kaaba. The Quran mentions the stone was originally white. It is a symbol of the Vedic god Shiva, so when millions of staunch and devout Muslims kiss the Black Stone, they kiss the sacred emblem of Shiva.
The Black Stone was broken in seven places and now is held together by a silver band, studded with silver nails. The Black Stone's face measures about 20 cm by 16 cm, its original size is uncertain. Muhammad Ali Pasha reported it as being 0.76 m long by 0.46 m wide.If the Muslim authorities allow archaeological excavation to be carried out in the precincts of the Kaaba, many questions could be answered.
Mecca has two important pagan symbols, which make it difficult to ignore any links with Vedic India, the black stone and the Zam Zam well. A black stone is sacred as Shiva Linga and a spring as the Ganges, both very much revered in India. The Crescent Moon another emblem of Shiva can be seen at the pinnacle of the Kaaba pointing to the Vedic origins of the Kaaba.
Muslims from all over the world pay homage to the shrine Maqam-E-Ibrahim. This shrine is the pedestal depicting the footsteps of Brahma, not the footsteps of Abraham. It is common practice for Hindus to venerate footprints.
The Islamic practice of breaking the fast of Ramadan on the sighting of the new moon is similar to the Hindu custom of breaking fast on many religious occasions, such as Makar Sankranti and Vinayak Chaturthi.
The Quran is very much alive with the many traditions of the past, the pagan roots of Islam run deep and give life to a faith that would have been just another short lived cult