Monday, 5 December 2016

Two apparently Muslim practices are really Roman practices?

Peter Jones in Veni Vidi Vici on page 13:

Romans always did a lot of fighting. In the early years this probably consisted of brief raids or revenge attacks carried out by clans under leaders. After a campaign of a day or so, they returned to work their farms. They were, in other words, an irregular farmer-citizen army. Further, since one cannot live by fighting, only by eating, they fought between March and October ie when food was more likely to be easily available. The result was that most fit Roman males had military experience - a tradition that did not change for hundreds of years.

The Koran forbids fighting in the four sacred months.

Roman sacred months - November, December, January and February are the coldest months.

Indeed, the number of months with Allah is twelve [lunar] months in the register of Allah [from] the day He created the heavens and the earth; of these, four are sacred. That is the correct religion, so do not wrong yourselves during them. And fight against the disbelievers collectively as they fight against you collectively. And know that Allah is with the righteous [who fear Him].

Moreover, the month of Muharram (which means forbidden in Arabic) was called that because the Arabs used to forbid fighting during it. Safar (which means zero in Arabic) was given this name because the Arabs used to loot all the property of the enemy after defeating them in battle (i.e. they left nothing behind). Rabee’ Al-Awwal (which means graze in Arabic) because they used to graze their cattle during this month. Jumaadaa (which means solid in Arabic) was given this name because water used to freeze during this month. Rajab (which means remove in Arabic) was given this name because the Arabs used to remove the heads of their spears and refrain from fighting. Sha’baan (which is anything positioned between two things in Arabic) was given this name because it comes between Ramadan and Rajab.

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