Idol worshiping reality among the Arabs
Reality of Idol worshiping among the Arabs reflects different aspects of man ignorance toward (Allah) the God. In olden times, an Arab priest, Umro bin Luhai brought some idols from Syria to Mecca.
Umro had true name Rabiyah ibn e Harsa. The famous Arab tribe Banu Khazaa belonged to his progeny. He used to take care of Kaaba.
Once, Umro went to Syria for trade and saw people there worshiping idols. He asked them why they did that. They told him, “These idols get them victory in battles and provide water (rain) in draught”.
So, he decided to take along with him a few idols in Mecca. He arranged those idols around Kaaba. Laat (idol) was one of such idols.
Initially, Umro brought about 2 to 4 idols in Mecca. Later on the Arab increased the number of idols. Because, they had started the idol worshiping to the level of religion.
Furthermore, the idols created the divisions and different classes among the Arabs of Mecca. Followers of a particular idol turned out a separate group of people from others. Such people develop proximity among themselves.
Therefore, every idol had its own followers and hence own different class of people. This class used to follow daily routine that not any other class followed.
The tribe Sakeef worshiped “LAAT” at Taif, the tribe Quriash and Kanana worshiped “UZZA” at Mecca and the tribes Uos, Khizraj and Ghasaan worshiped “MANAAT” at Madina etc.
As a result, humanity among the Arabs got divided into tiny groups and classes. This led to divides like the poor and the rich, the high and the low, the ruler and the ruled.
The Arabs did not worship the idols blindly. They adored and respected the idols. And they throw away and exploit the idols at the same time.
They had developed a kind of trade with their idol Gods. For example, if someone had lost his camel, he would say, “Hubul (an idol God) you search my camel and bring to me, I will always worship you, respect you and bring gifts for you.”
Similarly, they say, “I will keep coming to you every time and hold you my Lord”.
Hubul was biggest of all the idols in Mecca. The Arabs had put it on the top of Kaaba. They worshiped it at the time of war.
However, whenever no body worshiped any specific idol God, the Arabs threw such idol away and never held that idol their God anymore.
The Arabs worshiped the woods and stone with a particular view. They did not worship the wood or stone blindly. They believed that there is a spiritual being in wood or stone probably (the God).
And this God has its power restricted to this wood or stone alone. This God does not have any power outside the wood or stone. Therefore, the Arabs had many idols in their life.
Hence, every city, every tribe and every family had their different idol Gods. All these Gods had limited powers. They named their Idol Gods by themselves.
One Idol God who could open the doors of Mecca could not do so if you took it to Madina. As the idol God had lost its powers in Madina.
Because they thought a single God could not look after every matter. Even the Romans had the same concept of idol worshiping.
Julius Caesar and Augustus Caesar had their own different Gods. Basically, the Idol Gods had to depend upon human being for their existence.
The Arabs also had the concept of centralism in their mind. But this concept could not take them to One Lord. And that’s why they had put the idol Gods in the Holy Kaaba.
In addition to the weakness, the Idol Gods could not give them Hidayat (instructions to live better life). The Arabs never thought about the Idol Gods in this way.
In fact, the Arabs considered themselves free from any punishment against the wrong act. They never thought any Idol God could punish them.
Rather, they worship only that wood which they could break and worship only that stone which they could easily torn into pieces.
If the people passed by an Idol God with lenient head, they would destroy such idol.