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Allah in Pre-Islamic History

MAMHTROSO.COM - The truth about Islam is that it is the religion of Allah, the One and Only God of the universe. From the very beginning of human existence on earth, Allah has been guiding mankind through His prophets and has shown them the way to success in both this world and the next, until He perfected His guidance in the Holy Qur’an revealed to the Last Prophet Muhammad (peace be on him).

The essential religion taught by all the prophets of Allah was the same. It can be summarized thus in the words of Jesus as given in the Gospels of Mark, verse 29-34:

“And Jesus answered him, ‘The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord; and thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength; this is the first commandment. And the second is, namely this: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.’”

In Islamic parlance this means: Submit to the One God Allah most sincerely, and do good to your fellow beings.

We need to understand that there is a media war on Islam, carried out by some groups among the People of the Book. The principle of One God and one humanity taught by Islam undermines the inherent bigotry and racism of the Zionists. This is while for some Christians, Islam’s uncompromising stance against the polytheistic Trinitarian concept of God in Christianity is a reason to fight Islam.

They know that the Muslim belief in One God is unassailable; and yet they try to undermine the Muslims’ faith by bringing forth arguments like the one you mentioned in your question. This is namely that Allah is not the One God of the universe, but one of the residual deities worshipped by the ancient pagans of Arabia.

This is really a distortion of the truth. In fact, the Arab pagans did not consider Allah merely as one of their gods. On the contrary, they worshipped Him as the Supreme Ruler of the universe. There was no idol called ‘Allah’, though all their lesser gods were represented by idols. As the Holy Qur’an says in Surah 39, verse 3, they claimed:

{We only serve them [the idols] in order that they may bring us nearer to Allah.} (The Holy Quran)

We must remember that the Arabs were the children of Abraham through his firstborn son Ishmael; and naturally he had imparted upon them the teachings of the earlier scriptures. Thus it is no wonder that they believed in Allah, the Lord of the universe. However with time, they drifted back to idolatry from the pure monotheism of the prophets, peace be upon them all.

So for the pagan Arab, Allah was not just one of the lesser deities to be worshipped. Rather, He was still considered the Supreme Ruler of the universe.
Islam teaches that Allah is the Sovereign Creator and Cherisher of the universe Who possesses all the best attributes to the highest degree. The following verses of the Holy Qur’an among others, will make clear that Allah can never be a provincial god:

In Surah 2, verse 117, Allah says:

{To Him is due the primal origin of the heavens and the earth: When He decreeth a matter, He saith to it: ‘Be,’ and it is.} (The Holy Quran)

And in Surah 51, verse 58:

*{For Allah is He Who gives [all] sustenance, Lord of Power, Steadfast [for ever].}*

Surah 92, verse 13:

{And verily unto Us belong the End and the Beginning.} (The Holy Quran)

Finally, Surah 3, verse 109:

{To Allah do all matters return.} (The Holy Quran)

A man called Dr. Robert Morey has brought out a book titled, The Moon-God Allah in the Archeology of the Middle East. This is part of a missionary enterprise aimed at denigrating the religion of Islam in modern times. This could be the source of the allegation you have come across. To know about the deceptive strategies employed by Dr. Morey, you may read: Reply To Dr. Robert Morey's Moon-God Myth & Other Deceptive Attacks On Islam - by Shabbir Ally. It is available here:

Morey's Deceptive Methods

May Allah guide us to the Truth and strengthen our faith in Him in these hard times!

Thank you again for your question and please keep in touch.

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