Idol worship; its always been the bane of monotheism and the source of a persistent if seemingly losing conflict. The issue always arises, or placed at the cross-hairs, particularly this year with the movement for a moment of silence for Munich, which crosses the ideology of Zionism with Biblical sourced religious heritage that is not conducive to sporting events of this nature, scale and orientation that is clearly connected with all the contexts of idol worship recognized by Christianity and Islam as well as opposed to the multiplicity of gods and mythology within the Greek belief system which gave birth to our present Olympic games.
So, the origin, in honor of the many Greek gods, by nature is a kind of heresy and our modern version maintain that thread of connection through the lighting of the Olympic torch; a torch lit from the sun’s rays in the temple on Mount Olympia.
It has been remarked that the four year cycle of the games, in addition to the symbol of interlocking rings are also connected to idol worship; the circles taken to represent Venus, which astrologically traces a pentacle across the sky every eight years, four years being the half cycle. Astrology being clearly linked to idol worship by the like of Maimonides. Venus is also the symbol of beauty, the body beautiful and symbol of physical, say material, perfection. A symbol of objectification and a kind of ordering system that Leni Riefenstahl engaged in.
Although Maimonides’ recognized the necessity and benefits of exercise, there was a separation between there was a separation between fitness and the glorification of the body; his central point was that idolatry besides a religious sin, was also a glaring rational error, one connected by the long history of false prophets, phony messiah’s, charlatans, snake-oil salesmen and other ilk one could encounter on the silk roads from Cairo to Peking, that would be evident by understanding and not revelation despite prophecies and Biblical incidents of divine presence.
Even if revelation had not come to pass, reasoned Maimonides, individuals would still have come to recognize the validity and truth of oneness, of monotheism since idolatry is so patently irrational, the entire spectrum of celebrity culture and industry based around the cult of personality that led the world to such inglorious examples too numerous to elaborate on. Tellingly, Maimonides also arrived at a very opposite point in that without intervention of a Divine providence and order, the monotheistic faith initially realized by Abraham, the original “a-ha!” moment would never have survived.
(see link at end)…I am not trying to ‘be a kill joy’ for everyone. As a Muslim we are told to stay clear of any action, or any celebration which has a deep-rooted religious/pagan foundation based on Kufr, Shirk and Blasphemy. Muslims don’t celebrate Christmas because of this simple reason. That, Christmas like other religious/pagan celebrations, birthdays for example, is based on Kufr and Shirk. Not only that, but because Christmas has nothing to do with the birth of ISA (as), prophet Jesus. Read here for more information: Uncanny similarities between Mithraism & Christianity This is the blessed month of Ramadan. No Muslim needs to be reminded how sacred this month is. We should try to avoid ourselves from watching/viewing/participating or even celebrating the Olympics this summer. Just as we avoid celebrating or watching or participating in Christian or Jewish celebrations. Read More:http://mybeliefs.co.uk/2012/07/27/pagan-origins-of-the-olympics/