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  • Islamic Practical Beliefs Like Namaz Etc Originated By Jews In Arabia

    Posted by Muhammad Talha on June 28, 2022 at 10:47 am

    I am having a discussion with a friend about the Sunnah and he is of the view the the current Namaz, Zakaat etc that we have were actually originated by the Jews who settled in Arabia after running from the Roman Empire and that these practices have no link with the indigenous Jews of Canaan:

    He proposes the following argument for the origin of these practices in Madina etc:

    “Arabs had number of gods, some came from mesopotamia, some Greek, some Roman and since they were surrounded by Jewish population in Yemen and Christian Empire in the north, so it all came to mix up.

    Similar are Arab practices, some are nomadic while some are burrowed. Fasting for example is a very Bedouin practice to make up for the lack of supplies. Such fasting was practiced in mesopotamia, canan, India and Arabia too. Combined with the months, this made up a very good practice to have a break in fights and quarrels and obviously to religiously sanction the fasting.

    Furthermore, the case of Zamzam for example. Very typical of the desert tribes to ascribe religious notions to the supply. The religious notions can change, like once it was ascribed to a very pantheonic system later when the “cold war” between north and south came to a climax, the surrounding ideas may’ve influenced the Arabs to ascribe something very Abrahamic to the well. The hajar Al aswad has the same value too.”

    And then he adds the political advantage of having Islam at that time:

    Seems the case, because in case of Islam, it helped to get rid of the primordial typical tribal animosities and unite under one flag. Mind you it was very feasible for them because they were transforming into a merchant community. But this like I said is the process, Muhammad is not the only one to have brought the idea of one God in Mecca. There were many others before him too but what made Muhammad successful is how he aligned his religion with the big superpowers.

    Which helped him to not only repulse but also to befriend the satellite states surrounding Mecca and Medina and at the same time bring forward a brand of organized religion which was feasible for Meccan and Medinian lands. I mean, very relevant to the Arabs.”

    Is there any way for us to empirically prove that the practices we follow today are exactly the ones that were followed by indigenous Jews. Evidence should be from books other than Quran because the person doesn’t consider it to be authentic.

    Dr. Irfan Shahzad replied 11 months, 1 week ago 3 Members · 3 Replies
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