Ya'uq
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Ya'uq

According to the Qur'an, Yaq (Arabic: ?‎) was a deity worshipped in the days of Noah. Cults worshipping this deity existed in Muhammad's day as well.[] A temple dedicated to Rahmanan and named after Ya'uq is mentioned in South Arabian inscriptions as "mkrbn y?wq".[]

And they say: Forsake not your gods, nor forsake Wadd, nor Suwa', nor Yaghuth and Ya'uq and Nasr. (Qur'an 71:23)

Maulana Muhammad Ali adds the following commentary on the passage:

The names of the idols given here are those which existed in Arabia in the Prophet's time, and hence some critics call it an anachronism. [...] According to I?Ab, the idols of Noah's people were worshipped by the Arabs, Wadd being worshipped by Kalb, Suw by Hudhail, Yagh?th by Mur?d, Yaq by Hamad?n and Nasr by ?imyar (B. 65:lxxi, 1). The commentators say that Wadd was worshipped in the form of a man, Suw in that of a woman, Yagh?th in that of a lion, Yaq in that of a horse and Nasr is that of an eagle (Rz).[1]

References

  1. ^ Maulana Muhammad Ali. The Holy Qur'an, with English Translation and Commentary; 2002 edition (ISBN 0-913321-01-X). The quoted text appears in Ali's footnote on 71:23a (page 1138).

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