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The Persistence of Pre-Islamic Religious Imagery and Practices There are pre-Islamic religious beliefs and imagery that have endured within Arabic culture after its conversion to Islam. In Mecca, the Ka'ba had already been an
established pilgrimage site. Many images
of regional deities were kept inside. Allah
was already known to people in Arabia.
Through the message of Muhammad, Allah became known as the One True God. The Ka'ba: A site dedicated to the God of Abraham, then to many idols, then to Allah. Allah had been described as "The High God." It was not uncommon for tribes to consider their particular god to
be supreme. Yet, they acknowledged that others would choose to worship "lesser" gods. The worship of images and idols have been abolished. Yet, the veneration of the 'Black Stone' seems to satisfy a human tendency to focus devotional energy toward objects. Al Lat, Al Uzza, and Al Mannat
The daughters of Allah in Pre-Islamic Mythology The Crescent and the Star are symbols that
were associated with early Arabic deities.
A symbol still present in the Islamic world Though there are elements of syncretism
between Islam and pre-existing Arabic
religious mythology, the idea of Allah that
was introduced by Muhammad became
the unifying force of the Arab world. Further Reading: Crone, Patricia. The Religion of Qur'anic Pagans: God and the Lesser Deities, Arabica 57 (2010) 151-200

Haq, S. Nomanul and Wendy Wilson Fall. "Divination." In The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World. Oxford Islamic Studies Online

Mundkur, Balaji. Hayya in Islamic Thought, University of Connecticut 213-225

Rabinowitz, Issac. Another Aramaic Record of the North -Arabian Goddess HAN-'ILAT. Journal of Near Eastern Studies, Vol. 18, No. 2 (Apr. 1959), pp. 154-155

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