Islam "Is Ancient Paganism/Heathenism In Monotheistic Form."
The following explanation of basic Islam explains the foundations of the ongoing struggles in the world today, between the United States and Al Qaeda, between India and Pakistan, between Checnya and Russia, between Israel and the Palestinians, and many many other conflicts in many other locations where Islamic people simply refuse to coexist "peacefully" with people of other faiths.
Because Islam lies at the foundation of the present deadly conflict in the Middle East, it is very important to understand this religion.
It is not true that Islam is now worshipping the God who authored the Holy Scriptures of the Jews and Christians. Mohammad grew up in Mecca in Arabia, belonging to the Quraysh tribe who were then in charge of idol worship at the ancient Kabah shrine, containing the black meteorite stone and at least 360 idols. The word for god or idol in Arabic is "ilah."
Allah was the name for the main idol worshiped in Mecca. The name was probably originally derived from the two Arabic words "al" and "ilah", meaning "the god" or "the idol."
Allah was also used as THE PERSONAL NAME among the Arabs for the moon god. Its symbol was the crescent moon found on many idols from pre-Islamic Arabia. Every year there was a pilgrimage to Mecca to worship Allah at the shrine of the black meteorite stone. People were taught to turn towards Mecca several times a day. One month every year, beginning and ending with the crescent moon, was dedicated to fasting.
Mohammad built upon all of these already known forms of idol worship. The only thing changed in Mohammad's "new" religion was his declaration that the pagan moon deity "Allah" was now the only god and he forbade the worship of all the other idols in Mecca. Thus, Muhammad kept his own tribe's god and banished those of all the other tribes, but kept the pagan rituals.
The basic confession within Islam is, "Allahu Akbar", meaning "Allah is greater" [greater than all the other idols]. There is no god but Allah and Mohammad is his prophet." Professor Augustus H. Strong makes an accurate assessment in his "Systematic Theology" when he declares that Islam "is heathenism in monotheistic form." Mohammad simply took the chief deity within the pantheon in Arabia, and made it the only god, keeping the pagan practices associated with this idol worship. This is of course in complete contradiction to the basic message about the one true God found in the Bible, both in the Old and the New Testament, where idol worship is strictly forbidden. Abraham was chosen to leave the cult worship of the moon god in Ur of the Chaldeans, to go to a different land, in order to give mankind the revelation about the only true God we find in the Bible, as a loving Father and Savior.
The God who chose Abraham to leave the idolatrous worship of the moon god would never retreat backward some four thousand years later, and call another prophet to return to the pagan worship of that same moon god.
To confuse the issue, Mohammad declared that Allah is the god of the Jews and the Christians. Noah, Abraham, Moses and Jesus were all prophets sent by Allah. Since Mohammad's beliefs did not agree with the Scriptures, Mohammad declared that the Jews and the Christians have perverted the Scriptures although He was unable to show how or where that could have occurred.
Muhammad taught that Allah has now rejected them [Christians and Jews]and cursed them and has sent Muhammad to replace the Bible with the Qur'an; and to replace Judaism and Christianity with Islam. The Qur'an declares "it is the duty of Islam to subjugate and destroy the infidels, the Christians and the Jews."
Islam is Satan's most powerful and successful plan to destroy true faith in the God of the Bible.
In Islam religion and politics are joined together. Allah is not primarily interested in individuals. Love is a completely foreign concept in Islam. Allah is destined to rule the world. That is the basis of Islam. Everything else is related to this goal. The world is divided into two parts, Dar-al-Salaam meaning "House of Peace" where Allah rules and Dar-al-Harb, "House of War" where the people are not in submission to Allah and Islam.