Why Do We Still Use the Moon and Star In Islam? Maybe We Shouldn’t.

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Take a look at the above image and I am sure you have heard the idea before that Allah is the moon god that Muslims pray to. But this is completely false and the Quran even warns people of Mecca who were pagans (before Islam) to NOT pray to the sun, moon and stars. The Quran reveals that Allah, the Arabic word of God, is something BEYOND the celestial bodies and created ALL that you see.

2:189

They ask you, [O Muhammad], about the new moons. Say, “They are measurements of time for the people and for Hajj.” And it is not righteousness to enter houses from the back, but righteousness is [in] one who fears Allah. And enter houses from their doors. And fear Allah that you may succeed.

This very line means that IF any one worships the moon or considers it more than a tool of measurement than it is as if they are concealing themselves from God and entering faith from the back door. It is a false faith and it not guided in truth.

6:74

And when he saw the moon rising, he said, “This is my lord.” But when it set, he said, “Unless my Lord guides me, I will surely be among the people gone astray.”

This line is Abraham noticing that the moon rises and sets, and God is this constant force, so the moon could never possibly be the God of Abraham. Also, science has revealed we have more than one moon, and more than one sun in our known universe. So easily God could not be ONE idea if it was a sun or moon.

Something that has bothered me a bit ever since I followed a path of Islam is the idea that Muslim states use a symbol to symbolize the religion.  Being interested in history I decided to do a little investigation into this symbolism of where it really came from since NEVER in the Quran is there any indication that the moon and star should symbolize Islam and faith of the Muslim world.

I discovered that the star and moon symbol did indeed belong to a pre-Islam people that worshiped the moon god Ur, and a few others. It also could have been for Diana who was the goddess of the moon in Ancient Greece. This moon and star was the pagan representation of this deity that they believed controlled the moon and stars. “Allah” a word that is more of an expression or adjective in Arabic can be used to describe an all seeing source. It is the word that Muhammad was given in the Quran when Gabriel related everything in Arabic for this particular era of the message from God. God is a word that is difficult to convey in meaning, but for communication purposes “Allah” was the word chosen to describe the One God that Abraham believed in with the Christians. Remember, Arabs in the Middle East did not speak English back then, but the word Allah conveyed the same meaning to others of faith.

Historically, there is NO evidence that Muslims during Muhammad’s time ever used a symbol to convey Islam. As there are no images used to symbolize God there should be none to symbolize faith. It was not needed and in my opinion still isn’t. I don’t use the symbol at all because I believe in only represents the Ottoman Turk Empire.

The Ottoman Turk Empire which was founded in 1229 AD was growing to be a large militant force.  The symbol of the moon and star became affiliated with the Muslim world as the flag was used to show conquest on certain land territory. Keep in mind this was about 629 years after Islam was re-established in the Middle East. “When the Turks conquered Constantinople (Istanbul) in 1453, they adopted the city’s existing flag and symbol that we see today. 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.” http://islam.about.com/od/history/a/crescent_moon.htm

Now, I am no one to judge, but as a Muslim, this symbol to me does not represent Islam. It represents Osman’s dynasty and the Ottoman Empire and if he wanted to make it the symbol of his nation as a proud moment in time-that’s his business, not mine.

It may be a good idea down the road to get back to the source of the Quran and to be rid of all symbols for Islam. Islam is a way of life, a path towards God and oneness with other monotheistic faiths. It is supposed to be free of symbols and labels. It’s very confusing today for a Jew or Christian to relate to Islam because of this moon and star. There is much Islam needs to get back to in order to stay focused on the original intent of the revelations for mankind.

I even get frustrated because wordpress will not let me use small “m”s when writing the word “Muslim”.  Because even though it is used as  a religious label to define a person’s belief, it reads as an adjective in the Quran.

3:84

Say, “We have believed in Allah and in what was revealed to us and what was revealed to Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, and the Descendants, and in what was given to Moses and Jesus and to the prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them, and we are Muslims [submitting] to Him.”

 

For unification purposes and our duty as muslims to help unite the faiths together in love and understanding, let’s not use the symbol. What do you say?

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