Errata and Additions to the Moon-o-theism Volumes

by Yoel Natan


The following listed page numbers are for Version 1.0 (2006), which may be a page or two off from Version 1.1 (unknown publication date). Version 1.1 will incorporate these changes:


Volume I:

      On p. 24 I added:

Fasting during the month of Ramadan during the daytime while feasting at night is an anti-solar, pro-lunar rite (K 002:185).

      On p. 212 I changed:

The Holy Land (1158 years: 638-1066, 1187-1917 AD)


The Holy Land (1191 years: 638-1099, 1187-1917 AD)

      On p. 283 I changed:

In Oslo, Norway, Muslims are 4.5 percent more likely to rape than non-Muslims.


In Oslo, Norway, Muslims are 4.5 times more likely to rape than non-Muslims.

      On p. 329 I added this information:

Muhammad said that Monday, the astral day of the week dedicated to the moon, “was the day on which I was born, on which I was commissioned with prophethood or revelation was sent to me” (Sahih Muslim, bk. 6, nos. 2603+2606). Muhammad also died on a Monday (Sahih Bukhari, v. 1, bk. 11, no. 648; v. 2, bk. 23, no. 469; Sahih Muslim, bk. 4, no. 0840; Malik’s Muwatta, No. 16.10.27).

      On p. 358 in the text and footnote I change “Shabbir” to “Shabir”.

      On p. 442-3 I added:

Other Hadith writers also have Muhammad associating the moon with safety:

             Narrated Talhah ibn Ubaydullah: On seeing a new moon, the Prophet (peace be upon him) would supplicate: ‘Allah, do Thou cause the appearance of this moon to be a harbinger of peace, faith, security and Islam for us. Thy Lord, O moon, and mine is Allah. May this be a moon presaging guidance and good’ (Transmitted by Tirmidhi, Hadith of Tirmidhi, no. 368, taken from the Alim CD-rom version).

             Narrated Talhah ibn Ubaydullah: When the Prophet (peace be upon him) saw the new moon he said, ‘O Allah, make the new moon rise on us with security, faith, safety and Islam. My Lord and Your Lord is Allah’ (Tirmidhi transmitted it, saying this is a hasan gharib tradition. (Hadith of Tirmidhi, no. 763, taken from the Alim CD-rom version).

             Narrated Aisha: Aisha told of the Prophet (peace be upon him) looking at the moon and saying, ‘Seek refuge in Allah from the evil of this one, Aisha, for this is the darkness when it overspreads’ (Tirmidhi transmitted it; Hadith of Tirmidhi, no. 776, taken from the Alim CD-rom version).

      On p. 603 McMullen was changed to MacMullen.


Volume II:

      On p. 669, I added:

       The bull was both a common moon-god symbol and sacrificial animal, so Muhammad probably dismissed the idea that the hoofed animals with crescents on their foreheads in Jewish zodiac circles could be anything but bulls meant to be sacrificed to a moon-god. To back up this supposition, one can cite how some secular scholars like Ditlef Nielsen became (wrongly) convinced that Yahveh was once a moon-god because Moses’ altar had horns (Exo 27:02), bulls were sacrificed to him at festivals that started with a full moon, and similar religious trappings.[footnote: Nielsen. Altarabischen. pp. 243-244.]

In the bibliography section, I added:

Nielsen, Dr. Christian Ditlef, in F. Hommel, N. Rhodokanakis & D. Nielsen (Editors). Handbuch Der Altarabischen Altertumskunde, Volume I: Die Altarabische Kultur, 1927.

      On p. 936, I added:

As was noted in the “Allah as a Moon-god” section (see the ToC), the Hadith recount that Muhammad was born, received his prophetic commission, and died, all on Mondays.

      In Chapter 12: The Moon-o-theistic Temples, I added this:

The fact that Muslims placed a sun-dial altar on the Rock of Abraham even though they probably could not get a good reading of the hours indoors suggests they saw the Rock of Ibrahim as being crescent-shaped, and that it was the hub of zodiac. The traveler Arnold von Harff wrote in 1496, as quoted earlier in the chapter:

       On the left in this temple there is an altar almost like ours, for it is open on all sides. Here formerly the Jews made their sacrifices, offering doves, hens, and turtledoves to God in heaven. But the heathen [Muslims] have now set a compass [dial] on the rock so that by it, in their manner, they may know the hours. Beside this altar Zacharias was slain. [footnote: Peters. Origins, p. 407.]


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