Crescent Moon Minaret Toppers

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The crescent moon appears on the flags of many Muslim countries and is generally perceived as symbolic of Islam. The association began in 1453 when Constantinople was siezed by the Turkish Ottoman Empire. Their leader Osman decided to adopt Constantinople’s existing flag, which was a crescent moon and a star. Since the Ottoman Empire ruled the Muslim world for the next several hundred years, it’s easy to see how the crescent moon became symbolic of Islam. However many Muslims reject the crescent moon as a symbol of Islam, likening it to a pagan icon, which is strictly prohibited in the religion. This makes it even more puzzling when I see so many mosque minarets topped off with the symbol of the crescent moon. To me, I think it makes a beautiful Islamic symbol because I personally relate it to the end of the month of Ramadan, when all Muslims fast during the daylight hours. When the new moon is visible in the sky, that sliver of a crescent moon marks the end of Ramadan.
I took this photo inside a Jeddah florist shop. I believe these pieces are all made of brass, although I can’t be certain. What really caught my eye were the minaret toppers with the crescent moons (to the left center of the photo). One of my favorite things to photograph here in Jeddah, besides the sculptures, are the mosques and their minarets. Most of the minarets are finished off with something like these two brass toppers in the photo. There are many welding businesses here that make wrought iron for homes and businesses, and sometimes I have seen them creating things like this. Brass pitchers (like the tall one to the right) and cups and brass home decor are very popular here. Sorry for the poor color quality – the lighting in the shop was not good.

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About SusieOfArabia

American woman now living in hubby's homeland of Saudi Arabia
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5 Responses to Crescent Moon Minaret Toppers

  1. Noman says:

    Hi, great post but can you give me the source for your description… i.e. I wanna find out more about where and how the crescent and the star became the symbol of Islam. Thanks.

    -Noman

  2. JM says:

    I love these minarets, they are gorgeous!

  3. Fishing Guy says:

    Susie: That was an interesting photo and description.

  4. Aafke says:

    I lov ethe soft colours of the photot, you shouldn’t apologise for it, you should claim it as a special feature of this photo.

    I would love such a crescent moon minaret.
    There may be a point to the crescent moon: it is a symbol of the Great Goddes, and moon Godesses all over the world.
    And in Meccah they used to worship ”the three daughters of Allah”, one of which was Al-lat, whose symbol was the crescent moon.
    Religions are always mixed out of earlier religins.

  5. m_m says:

    Great photo! For me the light is great – so ‘warm’:)

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