Refuted: Pagan Origins of Islamic Practices (+ Christian Practices and Beliefs Discussed)
This Christian missionary (David Wood)seems to have taken his claims about Islam right off a dodgy missionary website before airing them on an internet evangelical Christian TV show (ABN Sat). Looking beyond this man’s amateurism let’s look at his claims; his claims are refuted in the video and questions are raised about Christian practices and beliefs which are linked to pagans.
‘Pagan Practices in Islam’ (A Powerful Response to ABN)
This Christian falls into error as he is unaware that the Islamic practices and revered places/objects that he mentions are in fact linked back to Abraham (p) thus are in fact monotheistic. Abraham built the Kaba and worshipped God there. Thus, worshipping God at the Kaba is Abrahamic and monotheistic NOT pagan.
The Christian in the video (David Wood) is confused as AFTER the passing on of Abraham and Ishmael (p) later generations in the vicinity of the Kaba took up idol worship and thus became pagans but also maintained some Abrahamic practices. These Abrahamic practices were restored back to a complete monotheistic way with the coming of Islam.
Hajj (the pilgrimage) was revealed by God and was proclaimed by Abraham. Circumambulation was mentioned by God to Abraham (see Quran 22:26-27)
Kissing the black stone (which Abraham used as a cornerstone for the Kaba) is something Muslims do as it’s the sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (p). It’s not a pagan practice.
The Christian practices and beliefs we highlighted to have pagan roots
Easter: As Christianity spread into Europe different Pagan customs blended into the holidays. It’s actually thought the word ‘Easter’ may have come from Eostre (a Pagan goddess of Spring and fertility. Jesus never celebrated Easter nor ever taught anybody to do such.
Easter Eggs: Eggs have been mythological symbols of birth for thousands of years. Christians adopted the egg as an Easter custom around the 13th century. Jesus never taught this practice of the Easter egg – he never practiced such.
Easter Bunny: The rabbit had long been a symbol of fertility and new life in European pagan customs. Christians adopted the rabbit around the 16th century.
Bunnies are a leftover from the pagan festival of Eostre, a great northern goddess whose symbol was a rabbit or hare http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/belief/2010/apr/03/easter-pagan-symbolism
The cross: The cross is something that is believed to have originated from the ankh:
The Ankh is commonly known to mean life in the language of Ancient Kemet (land of the Blacks) renamed Egypt by the Greeks. It is also a symbol for the power to give and sustain life, the Ankh is typically associated with material things such as water(which was believed by Egyptians to regenerate life), air, sun, as well as with the[ir] gods, who are frequently pictured carrying an Ankh.
The Egyptian king is often associated with the Ankh also, either in possession of an Ankh (providing life to his people) or being given an Ankh (or stream of Ankhs) by the[ir] gods. http://theafrocentricexperience.com/index.phpoption=com_content&view=article&id=86&Itemid=125
Jesus never wore a cross nor taught people to wear such crosses.
Christmas: Christians celebrate this in the winter (December) despite knowing Jesus was not born in the winter. This celebration is linked to the winter solstice which the nature worshippers observed.
The Trinity: This is a belief that Jesus nor any other Prophet taught. It’s thought this belief in the trinity was due to Graeco-Roman (pagan) influence. Islam is bringing people back to the original message of the Prophets.
Please, if you love the Prophets and want to follow their teachings look into Islam:
Umar Lee Leaves Christianity and Comes to Islam