Allah the Moon God
Archaeologists have unearthed a large number of artifacts in which a deity with a crescent moon on top of its head symbolized worship of the moon god. According to archaeological discoveries, the Islamic god, ‘Allah,’ originates from the ancient Arab moon god known as ‘Allah.’ This is a surprise to many, for most Moslems and non-Moslems alike are under the impression that ‘Allah’ is an Islamic name for Yahweh/Jehovah. But, modern day Moslems have been unwittingly deceived. (‘Islam’ is the name of the religion, ‘Muslim’ / ‘Moslem’ is the person who lives the religion).
In reality, according to archaeological and historical records, Allah was the moon god who married the sun goddess, and together they had three daughters who were also goddesses:
(The first two names are feminine forms of ‘Allah’).
The worship of these three goddesses played a major part in the worship at the Kabah in Mecca. And the ancient pagan moon-worshipers prayed toward Mecca and the Kabah, because that is where their gods were stationed, as was the image of their god, Allah.
This worship of the moon god extended far beyond the Allah-worship in Arabia; in fact, the entire Fertile Crescent was involved in the worship of the moon, which partially explains the early success of Islam among 'Arab' groups that traditionally worshiped the moon god. Why, archaeologists have discovered temples to the Moon-god throughout the Middle East, and evidence shows the temple of the Moon-god was in full swing even during the Christian era. For more information, see the illustrated article, Archaeological photo gallery of the Arabian Moon-God.
According to numerous writings, the actual name of the Moon-god was ‘Sin,’ but his title was Al-iIah, which means ‘the deity,’ because he was viewed as being the most superior of all other gods. The Moon-god's title ‘Al-iIah’ was condensed to ‘Allah’ before the Islamic religion came to be. So, the pagan moon worshipers used ‘Allah’ in the names they gave to their children.
The Quraysh tribe (into which the Muslim prophet Muhammad was born) was particularly devoted to the moon god, Allah, and especially to Allah's three goddess daughters who were viewed as intercessors between the people and Allah. This may explain why both Muhammad's father (Abd-Allah) and uncle (Obied-Allah) had ‘Allah’ as part of their names, showing the devotion that Muhammad's family had to the worship of the moon god.
The symbol of the worship of the moon god in Arabian culture and elsewhere throughout the Middle East was the crescent moon. Interestingly, the symbol of Islam is also the crescent moon. In fact, a crescent moon sits atop their mosques; it is found on the flags of Islamic nations; and the Moslems fast during the month of Ramadan, which begins and ends with the appearance of the crescent moon.
While devout modern Moslems believe that the rituals and doctrines of Islam are entirely heavenly in origin and thus cannot have any earthly sources, Middle East scholars have demonstrated beyond all doubt that the rituals and beliefs in Islam can be traced back to pre-Islamic Arabian culture. To read more on this fascinating bit of history, click on the following links:
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