Did the Knights Templar worship an IDOL?
What is Baphomet?” It’s a question the members of the Knights Templar are to hear repeatedly, following their arrest and torture on Friday 13th October 1307 by troops loyal to the French king, Philip IV. The Templars are said to have worshipped the idol – a black statue with three faces and a beard. Later, Baphomet was depicted in a different way with devil horns and eagle wings. However, their torturers believed that Baphomet was more than an idol: they were convinced it was a code – behind which the source of power of the Knights Templar was hidden.
However, although the knights confessed under torture to acts like sodomy and blasphemy, no information about the Baphomet code was revealed. For centuries it appeared unbreakable. Until historians discovered something surprising: Baphomet was a common regional name for the founder of Islam: the prophet Muhammad.
So did the Christian Templars worship the Muslim prophet? It seems improbable, but there may be some truth behind the legend. That’s because the Knights Templar and the Muslims were not as hostile to each other as the Church liked to think. Instead, the knights adopted the Arabs’ technology and knowledge and made them their own. They even fought alongside the Muslim Assassins. The Templars went on to become one of the most powerful forces in Europe – until they were finally crushed.