Saturday, August 06, 2005

When the Syrian god led the Arabian gods...

The most worshiped and higehst deity in pre-islamic Arabia (now Saudi Arabia and the other Arabian Gulf countries) during that time was "Hubal", Our Syrian god of the Moon. Hubal, although Syrian, was not as important to Syrians as he was to the Arabs.

His statue was placed over the Ka'ba in Mecca, and he represented the strongest deity that led all the other 360 gods and goddesses that had idoles in the Ka'ba.

At that period, there were a few Christian,Jewish and Hanafite tribes, which were all monotheistic (believing in only one God). However, the majority of the population was Pagan.

The fact that isn't popular about those Pagans is that they were henotheistic, meaning that they believe in one high God without denying the fact that there exists other gods. The Highest God for Arabs at that time was called Allah. Although Allah had no statue in the Ka'ba, he was considered the highest of all deities. It is believed that they used to worship the smaller gods and goddesses as a channel to reach Allah.

According to "No god but God" by Reza Aslan, Allah's three daughters, Al-lat,Al-Uzza, and Al-Manat were very prominent goddesses in the Ka'ba. People used to pray for the three goddesses for water, rain and for health.

Some pages online claim that Hubal is Allah, but he had a different name. Also those pages mentioned that there's a posiblity that Hubal ,the god of the moon, was the influence behind the symbol of Islam, the crescent. However, both of the claims could lack some precision and accuracy.


Anonymous truth seeker said...

"According to "No god but God" by Reza Aslan, Allah's three daughters, Al-lat,Al-Uzza, and Al-Manat were very prominent goddesses in the Ka'ba. People used to pray for the three goddesses for water, rain and for health."

Well in Islam, Allah is One. He is the Omega and He has no children. But I would love to hear where you got the idea of Allah having 3 daughters. And I'm not being sacarstic. Just curious :)

1:08 PM  
Anonymous truth seeker said...

oh crap. i spelt sarcastic wrongly lol.

1:10 PM  
Blogger Tolerant Damascene said...

Truth Seeker,

All the information written in the entry is pre-islamic. The Prophet Mohammad went to the Ka'ba and destroyed the statue of Hubal. And as you know, The Prophet put emphasis on the One God, the God of the Jews, Christians, and Muslims today.

But before Islam, in Arabia, Pagans believed that "Allah" had three daughters. They worshiped them among the other 360 gods and goddesses.

The information about that was mentioned in the book I referred to.


1:20 PM  
Blogger SillyBahrainiGirl said...

It really is interesting there were only 360 gods then.
That the major God had three daughters speaks volumes to the Arabs!

Come on former women-worshippers. Show your women some respect today!

3:57 PM  
Anonymous truth seeker said...

yes it's fascinating isn't it? 360 gods and goddesses,plus the 3 daughters,and Allah. I wonder how long they took to worship all of them. Heh. Islamic history is so interesting. But you know what interests me the most? Stories of Satan. How he fell from grace. The way he rebelled against Allah. No offense to Allah but, it's sort of cool man. Like a defiant kid being thrown out of class, and the kid walks out cooly. only in Satan's case, he got thrown out of heaven haha. Oh and those battle stories where Allah sent angels to help the Muslims, that's so cool! The ultimate fighting machine, the angel! Oh and I love hearing about how the Qur'an describes heaven and hell. Fascinating.

12:11 AM  
Blogger Sumini MsLoupGarou said...

oh hello!Thanks for droppin by my blog! Oh..and I was confused with the Pagans belief in Allah, I was stunned for a while cos I am a muslim. And we dont pray to statues stuffs like that. But I do know that there were idols statues in Kaabah. Though I can't recall whether it was the Prophet Ibrahim or Prophet Muhammad who destroyed the idols.

Anyway I saw ur explanantion to truth seeker already..hehe

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7:24 AM  
Blogger Omar said...

I find interesting how Arabs seem to have had connections with the inhabitants of Syria at the time.

6:59 AM  
Blogger Tolerant Damascene said...

According to "no god but God" and other online resources, Mecca had a massive business and trading system. Many caravans used to go to the north to Syria, south to Yemen and to other places. Also according to the book, the Prophet Muhammad went to southern Syria during one of the trading trips he made as a youngling.

The Greeks, Babylonians, Sumerians and others had their own version of "hubal". Also all of them had their own version of "Venus","Ishtar","Astarte"..etc all under different names. Yet it was the same deity.

I definately recommend you that book. It's a very interesting and informative.

12:22 PM  
Blogger Ali said...

You just gave me the next subject to research and fill my time - I'm interested what the middle east had before Islam and and the other monotheistic faiths.

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Most insighyful!
If Habul was not the insperation for the crssent moon on the flag, then who or what was?

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