Symbols of Islam
Islam, a monotheistic religion dictated by text known as the Quran, is considered to be direct and exact words of God, or otherwise often noted as Allah within the Islamic religion. The book written by Muhammad was deemed as the last prophet of god, as it depicts the values, desires, and stories of which God wishes to share to his loyal Islamic followers. The Muslims believe in God, and furthermore that he is omnipotence, omniscience, and omnipresence, and therefore must worship God loyally, as it is the only thing God asks. Islam followers currently consist of about 22% of the entire world population, therefore making it the second largest religion. As there are multiple denominations within the Islamic religion, the religion itself does not have an official symbol to represent its system of beliefs or religion. However, the religion does have numerous symbols that have been incorporated by many as part of the official Islam religion.
The most infamous and commonly used symbol to represent Islam and its people is the Star and Crescent Symbol. As it is also recognized in countries that largely practice the religion of Islam such as Turkey and Pakistan. However, to much surprise the symbol is not of Islamic origin, but was used during the initial increased spread of the Islam religion. However, many historians believe that the symbol is actually a better representation of the Ottoman Empire, and not specifically the Islamic religion. Another well-known Islamic symbol is Shanada which is known as the first of the five pillars of the Islam law. The Shanada is a symbol that represents the fundamental beliefs in the faith of God and the divine writings of Muhammad his divine prophet. The origin of the Shada is cloudy; however the most common belief is that it was from a fundamental doctrine of the Islam group, which represented angels, prophets, and the last Day of Judgment. Aside from actual symbols, the Islamic religion puts great emphasis into colors: black, white, red, and green. All of which have different meanings. The white being associated with war fought under Ummayads, Abbasids choosing black, other countries choosing red, but green being often times is associated as being the dearest place to the Islamic religion, as green has been sought to be Muhammad's favorite color, green also represents life, vegetation, and sacredness.