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==Origins and ritual significance==
 
==Origins and ritual significance==
Prior to Muhammad claiming to receive [[revelations]] from [[Allah]], the Ka'aba served as a popular [[Pagan Origins of Islam|pagan shrine]] that housed 360 idols and images of mostly pagan deities and attracted pilgrims and trade from many parts of Arabia. Particularly emphasized at this shrine during Muhammad's pre-Islamic years was the worship of the pagan Arab god [[Hubal]], often symbolically affiliated with the [[Crescent Moon|crescent moon]] symbol.
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Prior to Muhammad claiming to receive [[Revelation|revelations]] from [[Allah]], the Ka'aba served as a popular [[Pagan Origins of Islam|pagan shrine]] that housed 360 idols and images of mostly pagan deities and attracted pilgrims and trade from many parts of Arabia. Particularly emphasized at this shrine during Muhammad's pre-Islamic years was the worship of the pagan Arab god [[Hubal]], often symbolically affiliated with the [[Crescent Moon|crescent moon]] symbol.
    
Islamic scriptures teach that [[Ibrahim|Abraham]] (Ibrahim) built the Ka'aba with Ishmael around the time he "binded" Ishmael (a legend inspired by, though slightly different from, the Binding of Isaac).
 
Islamic scriptures teach that [[Ibrahim|Abraham]] (Ibrahim) built the Ka'aba with Ishmael around the time he "binded" Ishmael (a legend inspired by, though slightly different from, the Binding of Isaac).
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