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Muhammad was a member of the Quraish tribe, which controlled the Kaaba in Mecca. Prior to Islam, the Kaaba was an important pagan pilgrimage site. So that suggests at least what his cousins and extended family may have believed. Today the Kaaba is the official direction of Muslim prayer and all mosques and prayer locations will have a qibla to orient the ...


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For the concept of "hanif" there is the following recent academic paper: http://www.scribd.com/doc/51920767/Nasarani-and-Hanif-by-F-de-Blois


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Hanif is not in fact a religion. Hanif is a description for a believer. any kind of believer having any divine religion like Christian or Muslim can be a Hnif believer. This can be seen in Quran. when Quran calls the prophet Ibrahim a Hanif Muslim: Abraham was neither a Jew nor a Christian, but he was one inclining toward truth, a Muslim [submitting ...


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if we talk about afro-asian region which dated back to AD 570 i.e,before the birth of muhammad , we can say that the religion which the local inhabitants followed was not clearly defined .Some of them worshiped stones or followed idolatry ,some of them worshiped gods and goddess mentioned in early scriptures or in folklore.Allah or AL-LILLAH was one of them ...


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Most of the Christian population were fairly non-militarised during the crusader period. SO generally they did not participate in military affairs. Exceptions being the Armenians and Maronites. Various Armenian Christians were allied withe the crusaders, the county of Edessa was some sort of mixed state, with a lot of intermarriage with the locals and ...


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Wikipedia states: The Cumans, with the Turko-Mongols, adopted Islam, in the second half of the 13th and the first half of the 14th century.[30] **Wikipedia asserts that Cumans is one of a number of synonyms for Polovtsy The cited article repeats the claim In the second half of the 13th and the first half of the 14th century the Cumans, together ...


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According to Shia Muslims the only current legitimate Caliph selected by Allah is Imam Mahdi a.s. and he is not at occultation. so because Muslims recognize him as Caliph so no Shia Muslims claim this title. Shia Muslims believe according to different verses of Quran only Allah has the right to select his own Caliph on earth. because Caliph means deputy and ...



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