National Flags with Islamic Symbols
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Hey everyone, I’m here talking about flags
again. This time, national flags that reference the very popular religion Islam. Now if my
research is correct, there do not seem to be any official symbols in the Islamic religion.
However, there are a bunch of symbols that have become associated with Islam over time,
including one of the most popular ones: the crescent, that often comes with a star, or
two, or five, etc. So, the crescent isn’t an official symbol of Islam; it’s just historically
been tied to it over time. How did this happen? Well, the details seem a bit fuzzy. It appears
that it began to be associated with Islam after the Ottoman Empire adopted a crescent
and star as their symbol. And the Ottoman Empire was quite Islamic, and the star and
crescent somehow became known as an Islamic symbol even though it’s been around as a symbol
way before Islam even began. On the flag of Croatia, even, you can see a star and crescent
on one of the shields, but it doesn’t appear to have anything to do with Islam. But since
the crescent is now considered an Islamic symbol, it has made its way onto a lot of
national flags, including the flags of Algeria, Azerbaijan, Brunei, Comoros, Iran, Libya,
Malaysia, the Maldives, Mauritania, Pakistan, Tunisia, Turkey, and Turkmenistan. You can
also see it on the flag of Uzbekistan and Singapore, but it doesn’t officially represent
Islam on those flags. It also appears on the flags of Northern Cyprus and Western Sahara,
which aren’t universally recognized as countries, but I thought I’d share ’em anyway. The color
green is used on many national flags to represent Islam. Why does green represent Islam? We
don’t seem to know for sure exactly why. Some have said that Muhammad’s favorite color was
green. He might have worn a green turban. Maybe it’s because in Sura 18 of the Quran,
verse 31, that it mentions green garments being worn in paradise. We don’t really seem
to know. Green is used to represent Islam, more or less, on these national flags: Afghanistan,
Algeria, Azerbaijan, Comoros, Iran, Mauritania, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Sudan,
Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan. Also, the disputed country of Abkhazia. On the flags of India,
South Africa, and Uzbekistan, the green doesn’t officially represent the Islamic faith, but
it might hint at it. So, I’m not an expert in Islam, nor am I a Muslim, but based on
the research I’ve done it appears that Islam sort of frowns upon religious imagery, and
this seems to be a reason why calligraphy is so big in the Islamic world. It’s just
text, just fancy text. And, although it’s not really the best flag design principle,
there is some text that shows up on national flags that reference Islamic beliefs. The
phrase “God is great”, also known as the takbir, appears on three national flags: Afghanistan,
Iran, and Iraq. In fact, it appears on Iran’s flag 22 times! And you see that emblem in
the middle of the flag there? That resembles the word for God. Another big statement in
Islam is the shahada, or the statement of faith. The shahada more or less translates
to “There is no God but God, and Muhammad is the prophet of God.” And you can see the
shahada on the flags of Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia… also, the flag of Somaliland, which
is again another disputed country. Hi, Somaliland. And the flag of Brunei also has a phrase written
on it. It says, “Always render service with God’s guidance.” There’s an important concept
in the religion of Islam called the Five Pillars: basically, five things that Muslims are expected
to do. It appears that the flag of Morocco, with its five-pointed star, may be a reference
to the Five Pillars of Islam. And those five thingies that make up the emblem of Iran on
its flag might also be references to the Five Pillars. They also seem to be referenced on
the flag of Bahrain, with those five pointy things. On the flag of Jordan, there is a
seven-pointed star. One interpretation of these seven points is that it references the
seven verses of the Fatihah, the opening verses of the Quran. The red of Bahrain’s flag also
appears to be a reference to a certain sect of Islam. And on the flag of Afghanistan,
if you look closely, you can see a prayer niche, an altar, and a mosque. And of course
if you pay attention to flags enough, you might notice that the colors red, white, black,
and green show up a lot. I’m not sure whether to count it as Islamic symbolism or Arab symbolism,
because there is a difference. Arab does not mean Islamic, Islamic does not mean Arab.
“Arab” is an ethnicity or nationality. Islam is a religion. Two different things. Now,
these colors are called the Pan-Arab colors. It was part of the Arab Revolt of 1917, which
was part of the events of World War I. These colors were meant to unite Arabs in the region
to rise up against the Ottoman Empire, or something like that. These colors were mentioned
in a 14th century poem by a guy named al-Hilli, if I’m saying that right. So, each color became
associated with a different Islamic dynasty of history: white for the Ummayads, black
for the Abbasids, green for the Fatimids, and red for the Hashemites… I did it! So
a bunch of Arab countries started using this color scheme on their national flags. There
was also the Arab Revolution flag, which was a horizontal tricolor of red, white, and black
that started with Egypt in the 1950s. And this inspired a few flags, too, possibly based
off of the Arab Revolt colors. So, the Pan-Arab colors can be seen on the national flags of
countries including: Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Sudan, and the United Arab Emirates, and of
course the disputed countries Palestine, Somaliland, and Western Sahara. And flags that seem to
be inspired by the Arab Revolution flag include Egypt, Iraq, Syria, and Yemen. And again,
with the colors, those might be more Arab symbolism than Islamic symbolism. I just thought
I’d include them anyway. But keep in mind, “Arab” and “Islamic” are two different things.
So yeah. So, that’s basically it. Thank you for watching. Bye.

The crescent comes from Turkic and Mongolic heritage, you can find many nations of Turkic and Mongolian ancestry raise the crescent, so since the Ottomans are originally Seljuk Turks that were muslims; the crescent was spread either for muslim nations or nations with loyalty to the Ottomans.
The red white and black revolution flag is sometimes supposed to be inspired by the German ww1 flag but it was just inverted up side down, since Nasser has a strange affection for Germans.

I know that was long, but I couldn't have better job than you researching all that.

The flag of Saudi Arabia only has a little bit of that shahada and it is pronounced illa illaha ila ila which means no God but God

the symbol in the middle of the iranian flag looks a lot like a stylized double headed eagle that was used in roman times and still present i europe today. not sure why they would adopt a double headed eagle.

The Persian flag changed during the Islamic revolution, before 1979 , there was a lion and sun instead of Allah

the Iranian flag was influenced by the Sikh faith flag! the Iranian man who spent a lot of time in Punjab India where Sikhs live and it is said he was influenced by the Sikh faith and liked the Sikh flag and when he became President of Iran he made the could try flag to look like the Sikh flag it is exactly the same but the Sikh flag is swords

I wanna say that the crescent is considered an Islamic symbols because of the lunar calendar that they use in the religion.

Many muslims living un some western countries whose flag invlud s a Christian cross want those flags changed. But they wouldn't consider muslim countries removing muslim symbols from their flag.

PS : I live in Montréal, Québec. Both my city and province flags have a cross on them.

May I just highlight how well structured, well informed and well presented this video is.
How eloquently you explained in a journalistically researched style, informing viewers of background and context. Really appreciate your efforts. Blessings

Young man, when you speak about something as important as a way of life " Islam", you should do so with knowledge. The crescent and star are a representation of the beginning of the month of Ramadan. In this month is the beginning of our holy Prophet first getting the call to Prophethood. So as you now see you are very mistaken.

my country (Bangladesh) has green one her flag..majority of Bangladeshi are Muslims but the green doesn't represent Islam.. it represents mother nature…

Muslim countries who have the holy words like" Allah, Allahu Akbar or Kalima written on their flag should change thier flags as in the western world or non muslim world people don't know or realise the holiness of these words. I have seen footballs during the world cups had printed flags pictures on them and players were kicking/playing with them. I have seen pizza boxes and fast food boxes had countries flags printed on them and inside food was made of haram animals like pork etc. Even toilet papers/ towels and under garements had these flags pictures printed. It really hurts when people see these flags pictures scattered around in the garbage centres. Saudi arabia, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan and Somaliland should redesign their flags again and don't print any holy words on them. When non mulsims or Islamophobic people realise what written on these flags then they deliberately insult these flags/ burn them in their rallies/ protests etc. This suggestion need to get tthrough those countries.

the emblem of iran flag is Sikhism emblem and that is not admitted by iran nation. the real flag of iran is emblemed by sun lion and sword

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Crescent is a symbol of Turkic Nations for a long time.The crescents of flags of Turkey, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan is symbol of Islam and TurkicHeritage in same time.

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