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There are too many holes in Islamic History?

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Submitted by Rebecca (United Kingdom), Jan 10, 2005 at 08:33

Brilliant!

My question is what part did the Syrians play in the development of the Quran - the centre of Islam was snatched from its Arabian birth place and taken to Syria to form a Caliphate there. If the Syrians held the Centre of Islam soon after its conception - could this explain why it is that all the Arabian accounts on Mohammed date back to a few centuries after his death? It is clear that the Syrians had a large hand in the creation of the Quran as we know it today. Ency.Britannica - says that the Quran was a rambling text of uncoordinated historic verse written in Old Arabic. That it was the Syrians who developed the 5 Pillars of Islam and created or organized the Quranic text as we know it today.

According to the Ency.Brit. the Syrian people had a history of respecting the Jewish or Torah law. There are also several sources which say that the Syrians had a long history of worshiping Allah's Daughters/the 3 Desert Goddesses. In fact an Italian source claims that temples dedicated to Allat - Allah's main daughter - were erected all over the ancient world. Sardinia, Rome, Greece, this Allat or Al-Latu had many names. But in Greece she became Leto mother of Apollo.

This might answer the question of how the Syrians could have so readily taken to Islam - they had a long history of worshiping the Allah God system. The majority of things which are called Islamic today were developed under the Syrian controlled Islam. Architecture, art, calligraphy - and with a history of respecting Judaism - they infused the two traditions. Perhaps they understood best of all - that if this religion was to survive - among Judea-Christian thought it need to have legitimacy. A Moon-God around a Kaaba – with no specified origins - would not have lasted very long.

Some argue that Islam was on the decline – since the Ottoman Empire – but its decline could have started back as early as when Islam was returned to Arabia. Being Islam's true home the Centre was given back to the Arab's – who essentially knew nothing about how it was created – or the real history behind the writings which it was now in possession of. It was here that essentially - development stopped. And all Islamic ingenuity ended.

Arabic - Origins

Did the Syrians take North Africa for Islam or to regain lost territory from a weaken and vulnerable Roman Empire. It is also interesting to learn that the Arabic language was not from Arabia. Because to erase all evidence of the former Byzantium rulers the Syrians instructed all coins of the newly acquired North African territories to be written in what we now call Arabic.

This is a good debate – perhaps only paper jets are needed to knock down Islam buildings. Its void of knowledge – is its vulnerability.

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