Allah (swt) and Mecca in the Bible

The name Mecca/Bakkah from baka, to weep, compares the watery discharge from the eyes to the Semitic word for well or ayn (ayn in Arabic and aybn in Hebrew) which also means eye in both languages. (There is an alternate theory that the name Bakkah derives from the word ‘bakka’ meaning a crowded place as a market or popular place of worship.). The Bible mentions Mecca extensively under its more ancient name Paran aka Faran in Arabic. Hab 3:3 says: “God (Eloha in Hebrew or Allah in Arabic) came from Teman, and the Holy One from mount Paran. Selah. His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise.” The name Faran derives from the Arabic word Foran (root fwr – to bubble) which means bubbling, gushing forth and refers to ayn Zamzam and its gushing spring. Teman in this verse derives from the Arabic word tman (root- tmn) and means peace, assurance, serenity. So, according to the the Book of Habakkuk the biblical god, Eloha or Allah came from a place of peace (Teman) or Islam in Arabic and shalom in Hebrew where there bubbled forth a spring. It was a holy place surrounded by mountains where Eloha or Allah was worshipped. This holy place is biblical Paran aka Faran aka Bakkah aka Mecca.

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