The Star and Crescent
· They are the accepted symbols of Islam since the eighteenth century; they appear on several flags of Islamic nations. Even before the time of Muhammad they were found on the Ka’aba and it is said that Muhammad allowed these symbols to remain intact when he ordered the removal of idols in the Ka’aba. (10 commandments)
· Islamic religion started in the 6th century
No Symbols of Allah
· Islam has always insisted that there should be no idols and no images of Allah. An Islamic mosque is devoid of all statues and paintings- in contrast to Christian churches. Islamic artists have compensated for this restriction by developing beautiful work and calligraphy.
Bismillah (in the name of Allah)
· One of the most prominent symbolic designs is the motif with the words Bismillah (n the name of Allah). All the Suras (chapters) of the Qur’an except one begin with the words “In the name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate....” so the first word of these Suras has been taken and variously depicted in extremely ornate styles.