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Al-Uzza was one of the three chief goddesses of Arabian religion in pre-Islamic times and was worshiped as one of the daughters of Allah by the pre-Islamic arabs along with Allat and Manat. Al-Uzza was also worshipped by the Nabataeans, who equated her with the Greek goddess Aphrodite Ourania (Roman Venus Caelestis). A stone cube at aṭ-Ṭā’if (near Mecca) was held sacred as part of her cult. She is mentioned in the Qur'an Sura 53:19 as being one of the goddesses that people worshiped. Al-Uzza was syncretized with the dominant Greco-Roman deities and sometimes called by their names. The influence of Atargatis is seen in the form of her sacred fish, which crown al-Uzza in a temple relief at nearby Khirbet et-Tannur, Jordan.

Arabian folklore: Allah was worshipped in pre-Islamic Arabia and Nabataea with a family of deities around him among which was a triad of goddesses called "the three daughters of Allah": Al-Lat ("Mother Goddess of prosperity") Al-Uzza ("Mighty one") the youngest, and Al-Manat ("Fate") "the third, the other". They were known collectively as the three cranes. These goddesses are said to have figured in an early version of the Qur'an - the apocryphal Satanic Verses.

العربية: العزى هي من أعظم الإلهات التي عبدها أهل مكة في الجزيرة العربية قبل الإسلام. وقد كانت طرفا في الثالوث الإلهي الذي يجمعها مع اللات ومناة، إلا أنهم كانوا يفضلونها هي وتأتي بعدها في المرتبة الثانية اللات ثم مناة. وكانوا يعتقدون أيضا أنها من بنات الله. كانت قريش تخصها بالعبادة ويعبدها أيضا كل من والاهم. وحسب رواية ابن الكلبي فإن أول من اتخذ العزى إلهة يعبدها هو ظالم بن أسعد.

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