Islam converted the Pagans but did Paganism convert Islam?
Islam converted the Pagans but did Paganism convert Islam?
Lee Jay Walker
Modern Tokyo Times
The Arabia of Mohammed was religiously diverse during his childhood and throughout the region you had Pagans, Christians, Jews, Zoroastrians, Sabaeans, and other faiths. Therefore, Arabia was multi-religious and extremely diverse and many faiths co-existed and thought patterns were openly debated because countless families will have been religiously mixed.
However, once Mohammed obtained power then the “no compulsion in religion” became “kill the apostate.” This small aspect of the Koran and Hadiths point to a period of weakness and moderation during the early stage but once powerful, then Mohammed desired power mechanisms in order to defeat and control the economic system of the non-Muslims.
Mohammed and orthodox Muslims in the world today believe that the next stage was about monotheism and the eradication of Paganism within the body politic of Islam. However, while it is true to say that Muslim forces did defeat the followers of Paganism it is also true to say that Paganism defeated Islam within the tenets, customs, rituals, and sayings of Mohammed.
The name of the new God was “Allah” and according to the followers of Islam the impurity and errors of Judaism and Christianity were meant to have found their final home within the final messenger. This final messenger in Islamic tradition was Mohammed therefore Islam implies a link which unifies the Abrahamic faiths and is based on “the oneness of God” and the principles of monotheism.
In fact, Islam, in the eyes of conservative Orthodox Muslims is pure monotheism and the other two Abrahamic faiths have been diluted. Also, Mohammed and his followers believed that they had cleansed Arabia of Paganism.
Yet the name Allah already existed and Mohammed’s father was called Abd-ullah (Slave of Allah). In fact, just like the concept of Allah had already existed it soon becomes apparent that the very foundations of Islam are based on Paganism. Therefore, rather than “revolutionary change” it is apparent that you have modifications but these modifications are within the Pagan dominated Arabia of Mohammed’s childhood.
Deodorus Sicolus in 60 B.C. mentions the Ka’aba and it is clear that the Ka’aba, hajj (pilgrimage) and other customs existed before the Islamic faith. Pagan Arabs therefore worshipped at the Ka’aba, did their obligatory hajj and threw stones at Iblis (the devil) in Wadi Mina.
If Pagan Arabs could see the modern day hajj and Muslims walking around a black stone (animism) and then witness Muslims throwing stones at Iblis; then surely they would believe that the Pagan faith had triumphed over monotheism and other faiths which existed during the childhood of Mohammed.
The Sabaeans in the time of Mohammed prayed seven times a day and just like Islam, at appointed times. Ritual is very powerful in Islam and the Sabaeans fasted and celebrated Eid and just like the Ka’aba and stoning Iblis; it is abundantly clear that the religion of Islam incorporated all these things from different faiths within Arabia.
Monotheism now became fused within the power of a black stone and the animistic worldview, alongside constant pagan rituals. This transformed Abraham, Noah, Moses, Jesus, and others, and recreated the old texts within a fusion of Paganism.
The mystical night journey where Mohammed claims to ride on a magical horse called Buraq; does not find itself within the Abrahamic fold. However, the image would have been symbolic within the Zoroastrian faith.
The mystical virgins in heaven who are waiting to serve men do not belong to Abrahamic concepts. Yet, in Zoroastrianism the wide-eyed houris could have been seen within the paaris but unlike the Zoroastrian concept; the Islamic fusion uses the houris by rewarding Muslim martyrs who kill non-Muslims.
Mohammed, therefore, fuses elements of monotheism and borrows from his knowledge of Christianity and Judaism; albeit, with mistakes added. At the same time he fully understands that the powerhouse belongs to Arab Paganism and while he destroys other gods at the Ka’aba; he still incorporates the old ways and the black stone and other rituals are maintained.
In the Koran it states (3:145) “No soul will ever die unless it is Allah’s will. The length of each life is predetermined according to the Scriptures. Those who wish to receive their reward in this world will receive it, and those who wish to receive their reward in the world to come will also receive it. And We will undoubtedly reward those who serve Us with gratitude.”
3:154 Then, after the trouble Allah sent down upon you, He sent down calmness to wash over some of you. Some were overtaken by sleep, and others lay awake, stirred by their own passions, ignorantly thinking unjust thoughts about Allah. And they ask, “What do we gain by this affair?” Say: Truly the affair is entirely in Allah’s hands. They hide in their hearts that which they do not want to tell you. They speak out saying, “If we had any say in this affair then none of us would have been killed here.” Say: If you had stayed at home, those of you who were destined to be killed would have died regardless…”
In these statements by Mohammed it is clear that he believes in predestination and once more Paganism and superstition will triumph within the body politic of Islam. Note, that Mohammed is stating that “life is predetermined according to the scriptures” and “If you had stayed at home, those of you who were destined to be killed would have died regardless….”
The natural conclusion is that everything is predestined, therefore, the killer merely killed because God had willed this and humans according to Mohammed must support the principal of fatalism. Once more, this is in stark contrast to the Christian worldview of “redemption” and such fatalism does not belong to the Christian concept of life because free will is valued.
Atheists will reject both Christianity and Islam; however, the theory of free will can be found throughout Western culture.
Rebecca Bynum, author of Allah is Dead states that “By this logic, all three thousand people who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 as a result of jihad action would have died at that hour regardless. And furthermore, because Allah did not intervene, it was Allah’s will that it happened. The jihadis who perpetrated this act, were only puppets on a stage, obeying the will of Allah according to a pre-written script. They did not cause all those deaths and all that destruction; rather, according to Islamic logic, Allah caused it as punishment for our sins, the sins of America as a collective entity”.
“This further reduces to: everything that occurs in the reality of the material world we live in is a direct result of Allah’s will. Human will is but an instrument of the will of Allah and therefore does not have an independent existence in the overall trend of Islamic thought. Even though the concept of “testing” is present, Allah’s will is never subservient to human will.”
Mohammed was certainly an iconoclast and he despised images and he fused this with his version of monotheism. However, the rituals and symbols of Paganism were powerful and the belief system of predestination and animistic thought patterns of worshipping and walking around a black stone; meant that the God of Abraham had been transformed into a fusion of paganism, animism, and predestination.
This fusion, within the mindset of supremacy, dhimmitude, jihad, and the final messenger; not surprisingly would lead to the retardation of knowledge and would create a schizophrenic worldview because of the many contradictory factors.
Not surprisingly, fatalism and predestination, alongside scriptures which justify jihad and dhimmitude; would lead to the opposite version of the enlightenment.
Hudhayfa bin Asid reported that Mohammed stated that “Two angels visit every foetus in the womb upon the completion of forty of forty-five nights and say, ‘O Lord! Is it misguided or righteous?”
Therefore, everything is written and if nothing can be added because humanity is the slave of God and knowledge outside of God is false if it contradicts the Koran and Hadiths; then knowledge from other sources is not needed and according to the conservative Islamic view; then looking is deemed un-Islamic.
The logical reality of this is that Spain produces more books a year than the entire Muslim world. Also, you have more universities in America than the entire Muslim world. Why?
Simply put; because it is written, predetermined and knowledge outside of the word of God is blasphemy!
Therefore, in the Islamic world view of Saudi Arabia the apostate to Christianity must be killed. Yet, if everything is written and God created the future of the given individual then why kill what God decided?
This schizophrenia is dangerous because only Islamic nations like Saudi Arabia support killing people on the basis of free will despite supporting the notion that predestination exists and everything is written.
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