What is the significance of the moon in Ramadan & Islam?
During the old times of Arabia, many traders & travellers throughout the Arabian peninsuela used the positioning of not only the moon & the stars, but the sun also, to guide them on their travels. It also helped them to realise what time of day it was, and to figure out the timings of prayers. A lot of travelling & trade would occur during the night, the conditions of travel were more comfortable, considering the heat of the desert sun during the day.
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The Islamic calendar is also based on the moon cycles & is referred to as the lunar calendar, with the new moon signifying the start of a new moon.
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Many people think that the moon is actually an Islamic symbol - which is not the case at all! The moon has been used by other religions too - both ancient and current religions, and the symbol of the moon seemed to have entered Islam or the Islamic world, at around the 12th century, by the Seljuk Turks and then its use as a symbol was continued by the Ottomans. Sultan Abdul Hamid II had used the crescent moon symbol on a green flag, and it was from this flag that older flags of Egypt and modern day flags of other countries like Pakistan, use this symbols on their flags.
Apart from that bit of history, a moonlight sky within Middle Eastern history has conjured up many romantic and non-romantic tales that have become a part of mythical tales of the region. Many of these tales and odes reference the moon or the star as a type of catalyst point to highlight a specific event in a story. For example, in the famous Layla & Majnoun story, when a baby was born and it was described as resembling "the full moon in all its splendour, scattering light upon the earth and enriching the vision of all who cast eyes on him."
Also, another famous Arabian tale, is the traditional Aladdin, or Al-Adeen, where the full moonlight night of Arabia formed as part of the central theme of a romantic story, where the female love interest in the story, is actually called Badr al-badour, as opposed to the Disney creation of Jasmine! This romantic love is a tale which traditional formed as part of a collection of tales, called One Hundred and One Nights - again alluring to the mysteries of the Arabian nights.
The Arabian nights give an air of mystery sensuality and calmness. It also instills the romantic in all of us!!
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