And to wrap up our discussion on the origins of Allah I give you the finale.
The moon-god was called al-ilah, the god, which was shortened to Allah in pre-Islamic times. The pagan Arabs even used Allah in the names they gave to their children. For example, both Muhammad’s father and uncle has Allah as part of their names. The fact that they were given such names by their parents proves that Allah was the title for the moon-god even in Muhammad’s day. Professor Coon says, “Similarly, under Muhammad’s tutelage, the relatively anonymous Ilah, became Al-Ilah, The God, of Allah, the Supreme Being” (Ibid.).
This fact answers the questions: “Why is Allah never defined in the Quran?” and “Why did Muhammad assume that the pagan Arabs already knew who Allah was?”
Muhammad was raised in the religion of the moon-god Allah. But he went one step further than his fellow pagan Arabs. While they believed that Allah the moon-god was the greatest of all gods and the supreme deity in the pantheon of deities,Muhammad decided that Allah was not only the greatest god but the only God.
In effect he said, “Look, you already believe that the moon-god Allah is the greatest of all gods. All I want you to do is accept the idea that he is the only god. I am not taking away the Allah you already worship. I am only taking away his wife and his daughters and all the other gods.”
This is seen from the fact that the first point of the Muslim creed is not “Allah is great” but “Allah is the greatest” – he is the greatest among the gods. Why would Muhammad say that Allah is the greatest except in a polytheistic (many gods) context? The Arabic word is used to contrast the greater from the lesser.
That this is true is seen from the fact that the pagan Arabs never accused Muhammad of preaching a different Allah than the one they already worshiped. Thus “Allah” was the moon-god according to the archaeological evidence.
Muhammad thus attempted to have it both ways. To the pagans, he said that he still believed in the moon-god Allah. To the Jews and the Christians he said that Allah was their God, too. But both the Jews and the Christians, who worshiped Yahweh, knew better and they rejected his god Allah as a false god.
Al-Kindi, one of the early Christian apologists against Islam, pointed out that Islam and its god Allah did not come from the Bible but from the paganism of the Sabeans. They did not worship the God of the Bible but the moon-god and his daughters al-Uzza, al-Lat, and Manat (Three Easly Christian-Muslim Debates, ed. by N.A.Newman, Hatfield, PA, IBRI, 1994, pp.357, 413, 426).
Dr. Newman concludes his study of the early Christian-Muslim debates by stating, “Islam proved itself to be … a separate and antagonistic religion which had sprung up from idolatry” (Ibid., p.719). Islamic scholar Caesar Farah concluded, “There is no reason, therefore, to accept the idea that Allah passed to the Muslims from the Christians and the Jews” (Caesar Farah, Islam: Beliefs and Observances, New York, Barrons, 1987, p.28).
The Arabs worshiped the moon-god as a supreme deity. But that was not biblical monotheism. While the moon-god was greater than all the other gods and goddesses, this was still a polytheistic pantheon of deities. Now that we have the actual idols of the moon-god, it is no longer possible to avoid the fact that Allahwas a pagan god in pre-Islamic times.
Is it any wonder that the symbol of Islam is the crescent moon? That a crescent moon sits on top of their mosques and minarets? That a crescent is found on the flags of Islamic nations? That the Muslims fast during the month which begins and ends with the appearance of the crescent moon in the sky?
So let’s wrap up what we know. The facts presented are simple but a recap is required.
The pagan Arabs worshiped the moon god Allah by praying toward Mecca several times a day; making a pilgrimage to Mecca; running around the temple of the moon-god called the Kabah; kissing the black stone; killing an animal in sacrifice to the moon-god; throwing stones at the devil; fasting for the month that begins and ends with the crescent moon; giving alms to the poor, and so on.
The fact that the Muslims worship only one god – are monotheism – does not prove that the god they worship is the True God. A similar pagan “reformation” occurred in ancient Egypt when Pharaoh Akhenaton decided to become a monotheist by making the sun-god Aton the one and only true god of Egypt, persecuting and outlawing worship of all the other gods of his nation.
There are four interesting parallels with Islam here:
. (a) Akhenaton made the male sun-god the one and only god of Egypt,
. (b) Muhammad made the male moon-god the one and only god of the Arabs. Neither god remotely resembled Yahweh, the God of the Bible, both being pagan deities borrowed from polytheistic religions.
. (c) Though technically monotheistic, in practice Akhenaton remained a god himself. Though never calling himself a “god”, Muhammad certainly accrued many of the attributes of godly power as we shall see in subsequent articles.
. (d) Akhenaton used as a symbol for his god the Ankh Cross consisting of a solar disk atop a Tau cross, whilst Muhammad retained for Islam the pagan crescent moon symbol of the moon-god Allah.
Is this all a fanciful, far-fetched conclusion? Is all the vast array of scholarly information available on Allah simply a conspiracy by evil Westerners to discredit Islam? Or might what you have read be the truth? Are you honest enough to continue researching the origins of Islam further? And most importantly, are you honest enough to admit that you might be wrong and that the truth about God lies elsewhere?
My purpose in this article has not been to prove Christianity but simply to examine Islam’s roots and to see if the “official version” is believable. What we myst not do is try to cover up the deficiencies of our own religion by attacking another one. The two issues muct be kept separate so as not to confuse the issue. This requires self-control above all else. It means keeping passions checked whilst we calmly investigate the facts. Hot-headed people do not tend to find the truth because they are too blinded by their own chaotic feelings.
To my Christian friends may Yahweh, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and all the biblical prophets, and of Yah’shua (Jesus) Himself, bless and you guide you in the way of truth. Amen
A main difference between Muslims and Christians? Muslim mothers love their God so much they send their sons to die for God. In Christianity God sent his son to die for you.
Your education about Allah is now complete.