..of using ‘Cresent moon and Star’ as symbol of Islamic faith.

It annoys me when people say that Cresent and Star is associated with Islamic faith and that it is as holy to muslims,as Cross is to Christians and Ganapathy to Hindus..Please read below and equip yourself with the right information.I felt sad and bad that none of the fellow-muslims in my class could point out the mistake/wrong information ,when Sir made a reference in this regard.I hope soembody will be benefitted from this post.

 The crescent moon and star is an’ internationally-recognized’ symbol of the faith of Islam. The symbol is featured on the flags of several Muslim countries, and is even part of the official emblem for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. The Christians have the cross, the Jews have the star of David, and the Muslims have the crescent moon, right?

What is the history behind the crescent moon symbol? What does it symbolize or mean? How and when did it become associated with the faith of Islam? Is it a valid symbol for the faith?

The crescent moon and star symbol actually pre-dates Islam by several thousand years. Information on the origins of the symbol are difficult to ascertain, but most sources agree that these ancient celestial symbols were in use by the peoples of Central Asia and Siberia in their worship of sun, moon, and sky gods. There are also reports that the crescent moon and star were used to represent the Carthaginian goddess Tanit or the Greek goddess Diana.

The city of Byzantium (later known as Constantinople and Istanbul) adopted the crescent moon as its symbol. According to some reports, they chose it in honor of the goddess Diana. Others indicate that it dates back to a battle in which the Romans defeated the Goths on the first day of a lunar month. In any event, the crescent moon was featured on the city’s flag even before the birth of Christ.

The early Muslim community did not really have a symbol. During the time of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), Islamic armies and caravans flew simple solid-colored flags (generally black, green, or white) for identification purposes. In later generations, the Muslim leaders continued to use a simple black, white, or green flag with no markings, writing, or symbolism on it.

It wasn’t until the Ottoman Empire that the crescent moon and star became affiliated with the Muslim world. When the Turks conquered Constantinople (Istanbul) in 1453, they adopted the city’s existing flag and symbol. Legend holds that the founder of the Ottoman Empire, Osman, had a dream in which the crescent moon stretched from one end of the earth to the other. Taking this as a good omen, he chose to keep the crescent and make it the symbol of his dynasty. There is speculation that the five points on the star represent the five pillars of Islam, but this is pure conjecture. The five points were not standard on the Ottoman flags, and as you will see on the following page, it is still not standard on flags used in the Muslim world today.

For hundreds of years, the Ottoman Empire ruled over the Muslim world. After centuries of battle with Christian Europe, it is understandable how the symbols of this empire became linked in people’s minds with the faith of Islam as a whole.

 Based on this history, many Muslims reject using the crescent moon as a symbol of Islam. The faith of Islam has historically had no symbol, and many refuse to accept what is essentially an ancient pagan icon. It is certainly not in uniform use among Muslims.

 

Article copy-pasted from :

http://islam.about.com/od/history/a/crescent_moon.htm

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  1. Informative. Except that Pagan is not a dirty word for me.

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  3. Very well written, thanks for taking time to share such an useful information.

    • ign
    • February 10th, 2010

    I can not say any thing about Turkish army accepting that symbol and seeing it as luck and late adopted by many.

    But the truth is Islam has a lot to do with moon god of pagans, people living in Saudi Arabia, I refer to these as pagans, not in any derogatory sense, Hubal. He is the Moon god of pagans. He is the main deity among other 360 gods in Kaaba, before Prophet destroyed all except one. Being the main deity he was referred to as al-liah meaning the god. This in short was referred to as Allah. You can check the history, the word Allah existed and was in use before the birth of Prophet him self. This main deity has three daughters and names are al-Lat, la-Mannat and al-Uzza.

    Now lets come to main source, The Holy Koran and Check this verse:

    016.057
    YUSUFALI: And they assign daughters for Allah! – Glory be to Him! – and for themselves (sons,- the issue) they desire!

    PICKTHAL: And they assign unto Allah daughters – Be He Glorified! – and unto themselves what they desire;

    SHAKIR: And they ascribe daughters to Allah, glory be to Him; and for themselves (they would have) what they desire.

    and now look at other 3 verses:

    53.019
    YUSUFALI: Have ye seen Lat. and ‘Uzza,
    PICKTHAL: Have ye thought upon Al-Lat and Al-‘Uzza
    SHAKIR: Have you then considered the Lat and the Uzza,

    053.020
    YUSUFALI: And another, the third (goddess), Manat?
    PICKTHAL: And Manat, the third, the other?
    SHAKIR: And Manat, the third, the last?

    053.021
    YUSUFALI: What! for you the male sex, and for Him, the female?
    PICKTHAL: Are yours the males and His the females?
    SHAKIR: What! for you the males and for Him the females!

    Implication of verse 16.057 is as follows:

    If we think logically for a moment, this verse itself proves that Allah, without doubt, was a god of the pagans of Arabia. It should be noted why Allah felt guilty of, or angry about, having offspring that were attributed to him by the pagans. If Allah was not the god of the pagans, but rather god of Adam, Jews, Christians, Muslims and of all universe, why the pagans needed to claim Allah have daughters that made no sense to him. In this verse Allah uses his name, who, the pagans attributed, had daughters. If Allah would be different god from one of those of pagans of Arabia, the pagans would never have claimed that Allah has daughters. Instead, they would have attributed goddesses al-Lat, la–Mannat and al-Uzza to being the daughters of their own pagan god, not Allah.

    Again in later verse too Allah is angry and unhappy. Why?

    The truth is Mohammad equally worshiped Allah, But Allah gave himself different theology to himself through Prophet.

      • Bashier
      • October 16th, 2010

      The only problem with your “truth” is that you leave out the rest:

      53:22 Behold, such would be indeed a division unfair!
      53:24 These are nothing but names which you have devised, – you and your fathers – for which Allah has sent down no authority. They follow nothing but conjecture and what their own souls desire – even though there has already come to them guidance from their Lord! (Yusef Ali translation).

      Please people, if you’re going to criticize something do your research first and don’t leave out the parts that don’t conform to your preconceived ideas. Cause it only stands as testimony to your ignorance and narrow mindedness.

      • Bashier,

        I was not saying anything that Allah is a moon God in Islamic theology. (I think it was me who wrote this comment under a different a different name.)

        I can give much better evidence than that was stated like, a verse saying Allah prescribed courses of Moon and Sun (I forgot the verse number.) This says Allah is not a Moon God. But wait!

        I actually wrote this to drive my point on not so honest origins of Islam, as presented by Scholars and Muslims.

        Tell me this: What is Allah? Is it a Arabic word for God? Is it a name of the God? Take Old Testament or New testament. You find that Yahweh is the name of God.

        Can you say what is this Allah?

        Any way, these verses I quoted are very famous, not for what they say, but for a fatwa on Salman Rushdie’s head. He wrote a book under the title ‘Satanic Verses’. These are Islamic ‘Satanic Verses’.

        Prophet said,” these verses are result of Satan influencing him but later abrogated by Allah”. You can check any Tafsir.

        Please tell me what is this guidance? Who is giving guidance to whom through what?

        I advice you to read Koran in chronological order, you might find some interesting things.

        Though I myself have not read Koran in chronological order but it is my strong advice to people, if interested, to read Koran in C.O because many things that are concealed otherwise will reveal themselves; like the name Allah itself.

        Though Islam is not a single scripture affair, it is more about prophet Mohammad than Allah, Koran is the basis for Islam. You read it properly and you will see many facts.

    • ign
    • February 11th, 2010

    wow, It looks like we have great censoring here. It must give these people lot of happiness bashing on shivsena too.

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  5. Pretty beneficial entry. Thanks for your thoughts and opinions.. it solved a few queries of mine..

    • Annie
    • August 2nd, 2011

    Thank you for this information. I am making an artist book with a symbol for each major religion and some other symbols. Do you think it is all right to use the star and crescent for Islam? (If I explain) I do not want to leave Islam out but know of no other symbol I could use. I understand that Muslims do not think of it as a symbol for the faith. There is the same problem with the “star of David” for the Jewish religion… Thank you.

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