Originally posted by djohnsto77
Coming from a steadfastly religious family partially rooted in Arabic culture I think I can say this:
Allah, the God of the Muslims following the Islamic faith is not some pagan moon god or any other pagan god.
Wellllllllll I beg to differ strongly . . .
My roommate several years ago--a descendant of Mohammed and a devout Muslim to well into his adult life . . . researched the issue quite extensively.
He discovered from a diversity of solid historical sources that:
1. "allah" was the name of a demonic moon god prominent in that tribal group well before Mohammed was even born.
2. When Mohammed received his "revelations" he himself considered them likely to be from demons. His cohorts, friends, relatives, persuaded him
otherwise and essentially encouraged him to co-opt allah as the sole surviving tribal god into a new religion AS A MEANS OF EMOTIONALLY ENERGIZING
MASSES OF PEOPLE TOWARD POLITICAL AND GEOGRAPHIC CONQUEST. He thought that was a great idea.
3. BEFORE MOHAMMED WAS BORN, IN THE NAME OF THE DEMONIC MOON GOD ALLAH:
A) a pilgrimage was made to the meteorite with a walk around it 7 times.
B) stones were thrown at the devil.
C) a crescent was a key religious symbol.
There were some other interesting facts he discovered that I've forgotten.
But essentially "allah" is NOT the Almighty God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
Now, I do believe that God Almighty is gracious and generous enough that IF people--including Muslims pray to "Allah" BELIEVING THAT THEY ARE
PRAYING TO ALMIGHTY GOD--AND WITH ESSENTIALLY A HEART GENUINELY SEEKING ALMIGHTY GOD--God may well accommodate them in some way in His time.
On the whole, I do not believe He is real thrilled with the demonic moon god label AT ALL.
The historical record--FROM ISLAMIC SOURCES--is quite clear. There's nothing iffy or fuzzy about it.
The sources are not celebrated these days in Islamic circles for obvious reasons. But they have been considered accurate and authoritative for many
hundreds of years.