Friday, December 23, 2011

The winged horse from Pegasus to Al-buraq

The winged horse is a mythological creature. But for Muslims it's a real creature: Al-buraq(Lighting). It bore the prophet Muhammad on his Isra(night journey) from Mecca to Jerusalem, to a place near the Western wall of the 2nd wall, and from there to heaven on his miraj.
The name seems to be derived from the Greek name Pegasus that means "lighting". The winged horse that bore Perseus after beheading Medusa, the only immortal among the gorgon monsters, to rescue Andromeda.
Indeed the Greeks believed that the winged horse existed thousands of years before the Muslims, so can we ask ourselves about the origin of the popular mythologies that 70% is not contradictory with the monotheist religions including Islam?