It is an absolute fact that Muhammad was born of pagan parents. His father, Abdullah and his mother, Amina were both pagans and they used to worship many idols. His entire childhood (probably up to his teen) was spent in paganism.
Today, many Muhammadans will find it extremely hard to digest this fact. However, Muhammad's pagan origin is disclosed by Hisham ibn al-Kalbi.
On page 17 of his important work, Kitab al-Asnam(The Book of Idols) he writes :
'We have been told that the Apostle of Allah once mentioned al-Uzza saying,
"I have offered a white sheep to al-'Uzza, while I was a follower of the religion of my people."
In the statement above Muhammad clearly admits his past adherence to paganism
- the then religion of the Quraysh.
When Muhammad became an adult and started to attend the annual assembly of poets at Ukaz he was deeply impressed and moved by the thoughts, eloquence, sentiment, freethinking and humanism expounded by many of those poets. He started questioning the idol-worshipping and began to start preaching a new concept of one God, the creator-similar to the concepts of the Jewsand the Christians of that time.
Nonetheless, he was confused as to which god ought to be his God.Allah, at that time, was the supreme god of the pagan Quraysh. From Muhammad's perspective, their only fault was that besides Allah, they used to worship as the intercessors with Allah the supreme god, other smaller gods/goddesses like: Hubal, Al-lat, Al-Uzza, Manat…etc.
So, at the start of his new concept of an almighty creator, Allah was out of his mind. Besides, at that time the magicians, the soothsayers, the sorcerers, and even the Satan worshippers used to vow by Allah. Thus, Muhammad, at the very beginning, found it utterly despicable to make Allah his God (ilah).
During those pagan days the people ofYemen used to worship another deity whose name was Ar-Rahman.Muhammad, for a while, adopted the name Ar-Rahman for God in place of Allah. Coincidentally, Ar-Rahman was also the Jewish word Rahmana which was a name for God in the Talmudic period.
(Noldeke: The Koran, The Origins of the Koran, p.53).
Muhammad cleverly thought that by using the word Ar-Rahman he ought to be able to attract to his new ‘religion’, the Jews as well as some pagans.
*** Please note that no where in the Quran does Allah say that he has 99 additional names including Ar-Rahman.
In fact these 'names' are Allah'sATTRIBUTES/ SIFAT and NOTNAMES ***
So, when he declared himself to be the messenger of Ar-Rahman, the Meccans, too, were at a loss and confused. The Meccans did not know of any Ar-Rahman, other than the Ar-Rahman of al-Yamamah (some writers say Ar-Rahman, was at Yemen ).
When we read, with an unbiased mind, the first50 Suras (in chronological order) of the Quran, we note Muhammad’s confusion regrading Lord, Allah andAr-Rahman. He was quite unsure of whom he should consider as hisGod (Ilah).
Here is a summary of the first 50 Suras regarding Muhammad’s idea of his God:
This demonstrates Muhammad’s initial vacillation, confusion and ignorance of the affairs of his God (Ilah).
The Quran also confirms that when he started to preach his brand of faith Muhammad was lost, confused and did not know much of religion. Here is what the Quran writes:
93.7 And He found thee wandering, and He gave thee guidance.
12.3 We do relate unto thee the most beautiful of stories, in that We reveal to thee this (portion of the) Qur'an: before this, thou too was among those who knew it not
42.52 And thus have We, by Our Command, sent inspiration to thee: thou knewest not (before) what was Revelation, and what was Faith; but We have made the (Qur'an) a Light, wherewith We guide such of Our servants as We will; and verily thou dost guide (men) to the Straight Way ,-
*** Previously, Muhammad, as a PAGAN, was heedless of earlier revelations ***
Initially, Muhammad even eulogized the important gods (or idols) of the pagans by agreeing with the Quraysh- at some point that these gods were the intercessors of Allah (The Satanic Verses). On the same page Hisham ibn al-Kalbi writes:
The Quraysh were wont to circumambulate the Ka'ba and chant:
53.19 By Allat and al-'Uzza,
53.20 And Manah, the third idol besides.
53.21 Verily they are the most exalted females/cranes [Gharaniq]
53.22 Whose intercession is to be sought.
These were also called "the Daughters of Allah: al Lat, al Uzza & al Manat" and were supposed to intercede before Allah.
Muhammad, in a moment of desperation and weakness, to try and bring his Quraysh tribe to his way of thinking, compromised his monotheism by allowing himself to state that he received the ABOVE 'revelation' from Allah.
The above represent theSATANIC VERSES controversy, whereby Satan allegedly was able to easily mislead Muhammad into allowing his followers to have partners with Allah, as they had under paganism; that is to allow the three daughters of Allah to share his divine throne by being intercessors between humanity and Allah.
When Muhammad realised that he had compromised his Monotheism, he later very conveniently, ABROGATEDverses 21 & 22 and replaced them with the following:
53.19 Have ye seen Lat. and 'Uzza,
53.20 And another, the third (goddess), Manat?
53.21What! for you the male sex, and for Him, the female?
53.22 Behold, such would be indeed a division most unfair
53.23 These are nothing but names which ye have devised,- ye and your fathers,- for which Allah has sent down no authority (whatever). They follow nothing but conjecture and what their own souls desire!- Even though there has already come to them Guidance from their Lord!
*** To cover up the fact that he had compromised his monotheism, Muhammad found that the bestSCAPE GOAT is to very conveniently blame the unsuspecting and totally innocent: SATAN.
Being the self proclaimed'prophet of Allah',Muhammadalways BLAMED OTHERS for ALL his OWN troubles and failures***