What does the moon and star Muslim symbol mean?

well i've got some really boring religious education homework for the holidays and it's just this answer i'm stuck on!! please give me nice answers and don't just be patranising because i'm young! please answer before the 11th of June!! thankoo!! -x-

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The Crescent Moon

    Is it a symbol of Islam?

    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.

  • 4 years ago

    The star and crescent symbol has been around for longer than Islam. There are coins from Byzantion (modern Istanbul) in the 1st Century BC with the star and crescent symbol on them, and it seems likely that the Turks adopted the symbol from there, although nobody seems too sure. There are a few bright stars along the path of the moon, and the planets also follow the same path, so there is no way of telling which particular star or planet was intended by the symbol.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It wasn't until the Ottoman Empire that the crescent moon and star became affiliated with the Muslim world.Legend holds that the founder of the Ottoman Empire, Osman I, 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 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.

    Ottomans being Turks were using a crescent bearing flag. When Selim I resumed power as the caliph, the Ottoman flag was red with a green circle and three yellow crescents. Ottomans for the first time separate the religious flag and the national flag. The national flag was red with crescent facing right, while the religious flag green with crescent facing right. Later, a five-cornered star was added to symbolize the five pillars of Islam. The typical green flag with crescent and star became a standard Islamic flag and is used till date, and it is very interesting that most of the people think that this flag has been used by Muslims since the beginning. This crescent bearing flag has been used by different Muslim empires and nations in the history especially those having Turkish origin. This crescent flag with some variations is still in use by different Muslim entities, e.g., Algeria, Azerbaijan, Comoros, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritania, Pakistan, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Uzbekistan, and Western Sahara.

    Based on this history, many Muslims reject using the crescent moon as a symbol of Islam especially Arab countries (Algeria and Tunisia being exceptions). 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, but commonly seen in many Non-Arab Muslim countries.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    You should go to www.muslimsymbol.com and that has direct and simple answers to your above homework question. This website lists several US Patents that have already issued for the Muslim Symbol of Crescent and Star, and has several reasons for the Muslim Symbol of the Crescent and Star. It also has comments from national American-Muslim leaders. Otherwise Islamic Horizons has several articles on this subject and you can get them from www.ISNA.com. Good Luck & Happy Homework!

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  • 1 decade ago

    Yes... you are just a child... if its that borring drop out of school... Because why attend school if you are not interested in education.... That is what education means... wow offended i am muslim...

  • 1 decade ago

    ur racist

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