There are many religions that are unknown to us, we are aware of just a few religions. As the birthplace of many prophets and the origin of Abrahamic religions, the Middle East is well known to everyone.
Most of us don’t know any other religion except Islam, Christianity, and Judaism. Here are some more religions present in the Middle East;
1-YAZIDISM: Yazidism is a monotheistic religion which is present in Iraq, Turkey, Iran, Syria, Georgia, and Armenia since 4,750 BC. The followers of this religion believe that God’s secret is held by seven angels, most significantly TAWUS MALEK known as peacock angle.
They have a belief that when he refused to bow Adam, he was placed on fire but his tears lit out the fire. Yazidism is linked to ancient Mesopotamia religion and combines aspects of Zoroastrianism, Islam, Christianity, and Judaism.
2-SAMARITANISM: The follower of this region is mostly located in occupied Palestine. Mount Gerizim is the Holy Land of the believers of this religion and many of the Samaritans believe that their Prophet Taheb was actually Hazrat Musa A.S.
Samaritan descends from the Hebrews believing that modern-day Judaism is a changed version of the Babylonians exiled the original Jews. Samaritans are named after the geographic area of Samaria. This religion is very closely related to the Judaism.
3-MANDEANISM: This word is derived from the word “Manda” which is Aramaic for knowledge. This religion was originated from Mesopotamia, continuing to surge in modern-day Iraq. Mandaeans believe in duality, cosmology and leading a proper lifestyle. John the Baptist is their Prophet.
4-Zoroastrianism: The follower believes in the teaching of the Iranian prophet Zoroaster. He stood with an ambitious vision of establishing a faith that strived to better the world. Zoroastrianism promotes good thought, word and deeds, and path of truth.
The perfectionist model is backed by believing the Ahura Mazda, an ancient Iranian God. The followers met with great oppression through Abrahamic Times. Major features of Zoroastrianism are messianism, heaven and hell, and free will.
It has a belief influenced other religion including Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. In 2011 UNESCO celebrated the 3000th Zoroastrian anniversary.
5-Bahaism: This religion bloomed in Iran in the late 1800s and later spread across East Asia, Europe, and the Americas but The Bahai communities face oppression in their hubs of Iran, Iraq, and Egypt and faced to get banned from its native land.
This religion grew from the mid-19th century and its founder said God will soon send down a prophet. This religion promotes the unity of God who is the spiritual origin of all world’s religions, Bahai believes that the soul will get closer to God forming a beginning for a healthy life and afterlife.
Many believe that Bahaism is a peaceful religion but many religious scholars opposed this belief.