Abdullah Sameer

أَلَا يَعْلَمُ مَنْ خَلَقَ وَهُوَ اللَّطِيفُ الْخَبِيرُ Does He who created not know, while He is the Subtle, the Acquainted? (67:14)

Allah the High God of the Pagans

The originally pagan God “Allah” was the chief God of the pagans. This is similar to the idea of Jupiter being the high god of the Romans and Zeus being the high god of the Greeks.
 
Ancient humans were polytheistic and felt that the high god was too difficult to reach, so they also made lesser gods (demigods) that were more humanlike and were easier to relate to, to petition for favors to the high god.

The Quran itself also confirms that the pre-Islamic Arabs believed in Allah:

If you asked them, “Who created the heavens and earth and subjected the sun and the moon?” they would surely say, ” Allah .” Then how are they deluded?

Quran 29:61

It is well known that Muhammad’s father’s name was Abdullah. Servant of Allah.

From the article:

In the religion of the Meccans and the other pagan tribes of the Hijaz, al-Lāt was not the wife of the high god Allāh but was one of his daughters, along with the other two chief goddesses, Manāt and al-‘Uzzā   The gods and goddesses of the pre-Islamic Arabs were usually tribal deities; legendary ancestors; spirits of place (jinn), or personifications of natural and social phenomena unique to the individual Arabian tribes: although there were certain deities that were widely recognized throughout the pre-Islamic Arabian peninsula.   The religious beliefs of the Arabs often differed from region to region; smaller tribal pantheons being found among the merchants and Bedouin of the Hijaz and Najd; with more advanced religious structures thriving in the Yemen. In the sparse desert regions inhabited by nomadic Bedouin such as the Nefud desert, religious thought took the form of a practical animism chiefly concerned with pastoralism and tribal life – this is not to say that the pagan Bedouin did not enjoy a rich spiritual experience: their belief in many gods, angels, spirits, ancestors and sacred sites confirms otherwise.

Arab Paganism

This idea of going from many gods to one god actually has repeated itself in history several times. See the following video which is a summary of Karen Armstrong’s “A History of God” and documents this process:

This is the same process Muhammad performed on Pre-Islamic Arabia. He eliminated all of the lesser gods and left only the main high god.

Read more about Arab Paganism here

If I could redo my life

If I could go back in time and restart my life, there are so many things I would change, but the one thing I would not change is leaving Islam. This one change opened up the doors for me to freedom.
Leaving Islam gave me the ability to live my life the way I wanted to live it, not the way the muftis and molvis and scholars determined it should be.
We don’t know for sure what Muhammad really said and did. But what the companions and the scholars decided to preserve is what we got. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather live my life being free rather than being a slave to what Muhammad wanted me to say and do.
It’s reported Muhammad once said that this life is a prison for believers. Do you want to be in a prison your whole life? Both a mental and physical prison, where you are told what to wear, what you can read, what to do and not do, all for an imaginary paradise?
“The day of judgement is coming” is another technique of prophets and scam-messiahs. They use this technique to keep their followers in check. Not just Muhammad but even modern prophets have been known to scare their followers with threats of the next world coming.  Wayne Bent who was the leader of Lord Our Righteousness Church eventually told them he was the messiah and that anyone that follows him will be safe from the coming wrath of God on a specific date. The date came and went and nothing happened.
You would think his followers would have seen through him by now, but they didn’t. He just gave them a new date. Wayne was eventually arrested for sex with minors and put on a 10 year sentence, of which he served 7 because he got skin cancer.
In “Strangers” Malcolm Gladwell talks about our truth-bias. We have a bias to assume people are telling the truth, and it takes insurmountable evidence to flip that. We also tend to believe people are transparent. This gives confident con-men an advantage in deceiving us.
The only difference between modern cult leaders and ancient religious leaders like Muhammad is that in an age of superstition and darkness these weeds grow and over time they change into religion.  Once cults become a religion and get state approval births and conversions push the religion into the millions and billions. Other than that, there is no difference between a modern cult that is shut down and a religion like Judaism or Islam that began the same way.

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