Archeology Answers Question: 'Who is this Allah?'
Muslims claim that before Muhammad, Allah was the biblical God of the Old Testament Israelites and the New Testament apostles. If this is true, then Christians must accept Muhammad as a later prophet and the Koran as a later revelation after the Bible. This makes Muslims and Christians brothers and sisters under the same God and there is no need to attempt to proselytize each other. Indeed, all Christians should immediately become Muslims to fit into God's ongoing plan.
This is obviously absurd to both Christians and Muslims who have any detailed knowledge of the many contradictions between the Koran and the Bible and between the characters of Jehovah and Allah. Examination of the history of Allah presents other major differences.
When mankind rebelled against worship of the Creator, they turned to worship of some aspect of His creation. Since the sun and moon were very prominent parts of creation, they became almost universal objects of idolatry.
In the last hundred years, archeologists and historians have traced the origins of the worship of Allah. The trail did not lead back to Jehovah. Instead, it led to al-ilah, the moon god worshiped by the Arabs long before Muhammad. This had been shortened to allah before the time of Muhammad. In fact, the names of Muhammad's father and uncle both contain the word "Allah." The evidence clearly points to Muhammad simply isolating this one idol and declaring him to be the only god.
Stone images have been unearthed with the crescent moon carved on them. Thousands of ancient inscriptions demonstrate that worship of the moon god was the dominant religion of all of Arabia. When Israel turned to idol worship, it was often to the moon god.
The symbol common to the moon god cult was the crescent moon. This is the also the dominant symbol of Islam. It appears on the spires of their mosques, on their literature and even the flags of the countries that rule by the Sharia, the Koran-based government system.
Tracing the origin of Allah does not lead back to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as Islam claims. Instead, as their present use of the moon symbol depicts, it leads to an ancient, pagan Arabian moon idol.
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