Is it permitted jewelry with the half-moon image?

Question: A question about the image of the crescent (the half-moon).  I know that the half moon is not an Islamic symbol; it was the sign of ancient Turkic peoples. When they accepted Islam and founded the Ottoman Empire, they began to place a half moon sign on mosques and other places. Was it correct - to place on masjids non-muslim symbol? Presently many Muslims wear jewelry (earrings, rings, chains, pendents) with image of a half moon or wear clothes with such images. Whether it is correct? (Anonim)



Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakaatuh

Although the crescent and the star has no religious basis - meaning that there is no significance of this symbol mentioned in the Qur’an, Hadith or narrations of the Sahabah (Radiyallahu Anhum) -, it was also never associated with any religion specifically. Therefore, there was nothing wrong in the ottomans adopting this as a symbol of their empire and decorating the Musjids with it.

There is no prohibition in Muslim women wearing jewellery with the symbol of the crescent and star.

Nonetheless, it should not be considered to be an established religious symbol from the primary sources of Islam.

And Allah Knows Best.


Mufti Suhail Tarmahomed

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