Star and Crescent of Islam

This emblem, commonly recognized as the symbol of the Islamic faith, has actually acquired its association to the faith by association, rather than intent.

The star and crescent symbol itself is very ancient, dating back to early Sumerian civilization, where it was associated with the sun God and moon Goddess (one early appearance dates to 2100 BCE), and later, with Goddesses Tanit and even Diana. The symbol remained in near constant use, and was eventually adopted into the battle-standard of the Ottoman Dynasty, who are mainly responsible for its association with Islam. As the Dynasty was also the political head of the faith, it was inevitable that their symbol would be associated with Islam as well. It should be noted that there is no mention of such a symbol in the Koran, the Holy book of Islam, nor is there any relationship between the crescent and star and the Prophet (whose flag was black and white, inscribed Nasr um min Allah, “with the help of Allah.”)

Today, the star and crescent is widely accepted as a symbol of the Islamic faith, and is used in decorative arts, jewelry, and national flags- much like the cross in Christian countries. It is associated with the use of the moon to time festivals. It is, however, not accepted by all Muslims- some Muslims consider it un-Islamic and even blasphemous.

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Sumerian star & crescent

 

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Anonymous December 30, 2016 at 7:44 am

I am a Muslim and I cringe at the thought of all the pre-islamic symbols. Many polytheist symbols have crept their way and now plague the Islamic world. References in the Qur’an to insects, animals, elements, time, planets, stars,plants and so on where usually used to emphasise the omniscience or omnipotence of Allah (T) and also as signs to appealing to the understanding of human consciousness of a monotheistic power and INSIGHT not the opposite. Today we have entered a time when what is right is considered wrong and what is wrong is considered right, it is the great age of LIES and DECEPTION.

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A Hackett June 18, 2014 at 10:38 am

Images of islam flag Red and Green is seldom seen when you are coloured blind.

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WASIUR RAHMAN November 20, 2013 at 1:01 am

DEAR

IF LOOK AT THE STAR AND CRECENT SIGN, THE ARTICLE SAYS THAT THERE IS NO SUCH THING MENTION HOWEVER IF YOU DEEP LOOK INSIDE THE TEXT OF THE QURAN THEN YOU COULD FIND ONE OF THE SURA REVEALED CALLED “NAJM “WHICH MEANS STAR. LET ME TELL ALL OF YOU GUISE THE SECRET SO INTENSE THAT IT COULD RAISE A THIRD WORLD WAR I DONT WANT TO MENTION BUT

MUSLIM WISDOM IS MUCH MORE SUPIRIOR THAN ANY OTHER RELIGEION HOWEVER I MUST SAY MUCH OF MAJORITY OF MUSLIMS DONT KNOW QURAN WELL
BUT FEW CANT CHANGE THE WORLD IT NEEDS UNITY AND DEDICATION FOR KNOWLEDGE IN THE RIGHT PERSPECTIVE THROUGH EXPERIMENT.

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Diamond February 28, 2014 at 11:46 am

Cool it on the caps. Though I’m not Muslim, (atheist, actually), I agree that Islam has the most wisdom as you said. I also agree that the world needs to unite and head towards a brighter future through education. This world is getting worse with everybody worrying about morals and equality and whatnot, rather than worrying more about the betterment of humanity and forwarding us to greater technological levels and even to the stars. Good day.

-Diamond

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Anonymous April 28, 2014 at 2:33 pm

I am Catholic, but I don’t think any religions are wiser than another because it depends on what the beliefs are. Like I think Islam, Judaism, and Christianity are all equal because they all tell very similar stories and ways to live, but in different ways.

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William March 12, 2017 at 3:26 pm

You would deny Christ as your savior?

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Anderson May 15, 2016 at 6:45 am

Muslims have most knowledge, yeah right… Us Christians have without doubt the most superior knowledge. We created Islam. We know that Islam was made by the Vatican in order to conquer Jerusalem. Besides you got everything backwards, you want people to unite, but that’s not what God wants, that’s what Satan wants in order to create the New World Order.

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Ziz July 3, 2015 at 11:12 am

Any book is only as good as it’s reader.
The masked message of any religion is described by Rumi “Do not look to my exterior form but take what is in my hand.”

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ab December 21, 2012 at 1:42 pm

The star and crescent was used by the old Hunnish tribe ‘Gokturk’ or the ‘Sky Turks’ (from Mongolia) who were shamanic tribes to begin with. They worshipped the sky god. The moon and star was on their banners and flags when they went into battle. As their empire swept across Asia and entered Europe (Constantinople) and they met with Islam, this symbol became transferred to the religion as well. Before that Islam didn’t have a symbol.

This empire began as Mongolian, evolved into the Seljuks, then the Ottoman empire. It was with the coming of the Ottomans that the symbol was fully accepted as a Islamic as the Ottomans made Islam more widely to the world.

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frabato December 10, 2011 at 5:16 pm

this is actually a early symbol of christianity It was the flag of constantanople. Constantine legalized christianity and is the true capital of christianaity not rome when the muslims overtook it they made it their symbol

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NotAncient May 19, 2016 at 11:59 pm

Noooot Christian… no basis for that at all…. the star and crescent are more primitive religious symbols “Even the Bible links Venus to Isaiah 14:12 to Helel (Crescent) ben Shahar (morning star) identifying the Lucifer possessing the Antichrist becoming the King of Babylon.”

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