38 – IARLG – MYTH: CRESCENT MOON AND STAR ARE THE SYMBOLS OF ISLAM; Date: 7th November 2014; 13th or 14th Muharram 1436

Date: 7th November 2014; 13th/14th Muharram 1436;

Source: www.answering-christianity.com/abdul-rahman_klimaszewski/cgi-bin/index_reroute.cgi; www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgBgCNCbmxk

ISLAMIC AL-JUMUAA REMINDER AND LEGACY GROUP (http://aljumaareminder.com/presents facts about the crescent and star and why it shouldn’t be used:

MYTH: CRESCENT MOON AND STAR ARE THE SYMBOLS OF ISLAM

We need and want to eliminate the myth that there is a symbol called the crescent moon and star for Islam. We would first like to state that it is a humiliation to have such a symbol; you nowadays see it in text books, religious charts, praying mats, mosques (minaret), tombs and much more. Muslims are using this symbol without knowing its origins. Our aim is to explain the crescent moon and star origins and crush this shirk bidah In Shaa Allah.

There is no basis in sharee’ah for taking the crescent or star as a symbol of the Muslims. This was not known at the time of the Prophet {S.A.W}, or at the time of the first four leaders of Islam after the death of the Prophet {S.A.W}, or during the time of the Umayyad dynasty. It emerged some time after that, and historians differ as to when this symbol was first adopted and who was the first to adopt it. Some say it was the Persians, others say it was the Greeks, and that this symbol was somehow passed to the Muslims. 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.

The star and crescent historically was a symbol of the Ottoman Empire, but later became associated with Islam in general. Now its popularity among Muslims makes it comparable to the Christian cross and the Star of David. Many Muslim nations, such as Pakistan, and non-sovereign nations such as Turkestan and Tartarstan use it on their national flag, inspiring from the secular Republic of Turkey, the successor state to the Ottoman Empire.

The most common theory in Turkey is that crescent and star symbol was adopted by Ottoman Empire after a bloody war in Balkans. After seeing the reflection of crescent and star on to the blood of soldiers, Ottoman Sultan decided to adopt a new flag to honor the soldiers who died for the sake of their country.

The concept of the cresent and star as stated above comes from the worship of several false gods. As stated again, it sits on top of many mosques. What does this mean? It means you are honoring a symbol of idolatry every time you walk into a masjid and pray. Every time we walk in such masjids we should ask Allah to forgive us {especially if we have no other choice}. We believe that if Ibrahim {S.A.W} was around he would most likely have smashed such symbols in his town/city/nation to smithereens. We are in a very sad state now. The least we could do is to at least hate this humiliating symbol; if you can speak out against it that is better; if you can remove it with your hand that is the best of Iman as stated in a hadith we believe.

And from among His Signs are the night and day, and the sun and the moon. Prostrate yourselves not to the sun or to the moon, but prostrate yourselves to Allah Who created them, if you (really) worship Him. (Qur’an 41:37)

We are aware that the sun is a star. So the star between the crescent moon symbol could actually represent the sun.

But then what is the crescent moon representing?

Cresent moon and star - two horns

The difference between the solar location before and after noon is clear, but during the noon hour the sun is between the horns. Let us examine the two hadiths:

‘The Hour will come, when people believe in the stars and reject al-Qadar (the Divine Decree of destiny)(Al-Haythami, Kitab al-Fitan): This is most likely talking about horoscopes. But we believe that it may even be talking about the actor(s) and super star(s) {sadly they are even called Idols e.g the show American Idol}; many people nowadays take and believe in them as roles models instead of the Messengers of Allah.

“When the sun rises, refrain from prayer, for it rises between the horns of the devil” Prophet Muhammad {S.A.W} (Hadith in Sahih Muslim): There are two dominant interpretations to this Hadith: The first is a literal translation that the moon crescent and the star represent the horns of the devil and the sun. The second interpretation explains that Muslims must refrain from prayer after Fajr (Dawn) and Asr (Noon) (timings of Prayer), because many devil worshippers prayed to the ‘sun’ at that time.

“I found her and her people worshipping the sun instead of Allah, and Satan has made their deeds fair-seeming to them, and has barred them from (Allah’s) Way: so they have no guidance.” (Qur’an 27:24)

To summarize: All the Messengers since the beginning have preached Islam and were aiming to remove Idols and pagan worship from the life of the people; Muhammad {S.A.W} worked so hard to ensure this and we take his work for granted and place crescent moons and stars which are symbols of paganism in our homes and belongings?

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