Ibn Abbas on the idols worshipped by pagan Arabs, the names of which belonged to pious men

Narrated Ibn Abbas (رضي الله عنه‏):

All the idols which were worshipped by the people of Noah were worshipped by the Arabs later on. As for the idol Wadd, it was worshipped by the tribe of Kalb at Daumat-al-Jandal; Suwa’ was the idol of (the tribe of) Murad and then by Ban, Ghutaif at Al-Jurf near Saba; Yauq was the idol of Hamdan, and Nasr was the idol of Himyr, the branch of Dhi-al-Kala.’ The names (of the idols) formerly belonged to some pious men of the people of Noah, and when they died Satan inspired their people to (prepare and place idols at the places where they used to sit, and to call those idols by their names. The people did so, but the idols were not worshipped till those people (who initiated them) had died and the origin of the idols had become obscure, whereupon people began worshipping them.

Sahih Bukhari, Volume 6, The Book of Exegesis of the Quraan (Book 60), Hadith No. 4950

Further links related to Ibn Abbas (رضي الله عنه‏):

The Great Knowledge and Insight of Ibn ‘Abbas from a Young Age:
https://islamtees.wordpress.com/2012/10/04/the-great-knowledge-and-insight-of-ibn-abbas-from-a-young-age/

The Great Debate of Ibn ‘Abbas with the Khawarij:
https://islamtees.wordpress.com/2012/10/02/the-great-debate-of-ibn-abbas-with-the-khawarij/

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