At the heart of symbolism

Flags trimmed with a crescent


Malaysian flag

The stared crescent

Most of the countries displaying a crescent on their flag associate it to one or several stars. Contrary to a popular opinion, countries displaying these symbols on their flags are not necessarily Muslin. The crescent and the stars have never been Muslin symbols, Islam had no symbols in the beginning. Turcs, on the contrary, made them their symbols a long time before Islam. The crescent and the stars were emblems of the Ottoman Empire and their adoption by most of the Muslim counties occurred only after the crusades. Their growing use gave an increasing symbolic character to them, comparable to that of the cross for Christians. The crescent and the stars became so emblematic of both religions today that they have given birth to the flags of the red cross and red crescent.

The crescent shape naturally refer to the waxing moon (Waxing moon) on one side of the flag and to the waning moon (Waning moon) on the other. Now, the being's evolution looks like the phases of the moon. Plunged into the new moon darkness, he grows with the waxing moon glare. At full moon, he may either leave the moon domain for more glowing skies or return to its obscure condition during the waning moon.

The stars accompanying the crescent have a branch number which varies with the countries, but they all refer to the phases of the moon or the being's condition in this world.

Crescent and stars underline that the being, prisoner of the moon sphere, may at any moment leave it and discover other worlds and, more particularly, the beyond. A message, which is reinforced in Muslin countries by the flag colours clearly referring to the initiatory degrees of the Islamic tradition.

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