What were the three religious practices found in Mecca before Muhammad's revelations?

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The religious practices found in Mecca before the rise of Islam were of the sort that would typically be considered pagan. There were three deities who were most central to the Arabic practices at the time, sometimes referred to as the Daughters of God: The Goddess, al-Lat; The Mighty, or al-Uzzah; and Manat, a goddess of destiny. There were also many more minor deities beyond this. The Kaaba, which stands at the center of the great mosque at Mecca, was said to have been surrounded by 360 idols. These divine beings were not fully personified, but rather were represented symbolically, with worship directed, for instance, at large stones, or the morning sun. There were other beliefs in beings that may be understood as supernatural or divine as well, such as Jinn, or "the subtle ones."

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The two main religions that influenced the development of Islam and which existed in Mecca in Muhammad's day were Judaism and Christianity. They were both monotheistic faiths. However, a large number of...

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