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      CommentAuthorliamshiels
    • CommentTimeSep 16th 2008
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    Try as I might, I cant find any info on the religion of the prophet Mohammed before he founded Islam.

    Or Bhudda for that matter.

    Anyone able to help?
    • CommentAuthorLachesis
    • CommentTimeSep 16th 2008 edited
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    www.sacred-texts.com/isl/index.htm
    www.sacred-texts.com/bud/index.htm

    Those might help. Even if they do not have exactly what you're looking for, they often reference works that have what you're looking for.
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      CommentAuthoraike
    • CommentTimeSep 16th 2008
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    Gautama was almost certainly in the category of Vedism (or Brahmanism), an early Hindu precursor. Various branches and varieties of it evolved in the area from early shamanist /pre-religions. In its various forms it pretty much dominated the area, before evolving into modern Hinduism.

    The Arabic world pre-islam generally worshiped a polytheism based on their tribal system, IIRC, I am not 100% sure though. I remember there was/is a debate about whether Mohammad was Hanif or not, Hanif being a non-christian Arabic Monotheism that may or may not have existed. It might also just be a convenient way of distancing Islam from Christianity.
    • CommentAuthorJigsy Q
    • CommentTimeSep 16th 2008 edited
     (3605.4)
    Mohammed's people (the Quraish tribe) worshipped the moon god Hubal. The Kabba at Mecca was originally dedicated to Hubal and 359 other gods.

    Here's Hubal's wiki

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hubal
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      CommentAuthorliamshiels
    • CommentTimeSep 17th 2008
     (3605.5)
    Enlightening.
    Thank you all
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      CommentAuthorAdam
    • CommentTimeSep 17th 2008
     (3605.6)
    Very nice question, actually. I've been vaguely researching various religions lately, but this is a different tack entirely. You've rekindled my interest in it!
    • CommentAuthorJigsy Q
    • CommentTimeSep 17th 2008
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    Manichaeism is an interesting obscure religion. Middle Eastern gnosticism that eventually spread into Asia. They worshipped light and believed that tiny light particles were trapped inside all matter and that righteous living and prayer could release them and usher in an age of light. But the lifestyle was too extreme for most people. They rejected meat, alcohol, marriage, sex, and violence. All the fun stuff in life!