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My Journey from the Cross to the Crescent

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    Posted: 13 April 2005 at 6:02pm

Salam,

I copied this from http://www.noorkhan.com, the website is owned Sr. Lorena (now Noor) from New York, that converted about 2-3 months back.

Semar

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My Journey from the Cross to the Crescent

Assalamualaikum! My name is Noor.  First of all, I would like to say jazakallah khairun to a friend who generously gave me this webspace.  Now, I am not about to let this gift go to waste.  I am determined to put this wonderful gift to good use that would not only benefit me but insha-Allah, others as well.
As a recent convert (or more appropriately, revert ), I completely understand your almost unquenchable thirst for Islamic knowledge.  And believe me, this is the most beautiful kind of knowledge you can ever hope to seek or gain.  I am nowhere close to being an expert on Islam but I am not letting that stop me from being excited to share with you all the knowledge that I have gained from all the amazing treasure of Islamic resources (ie. articles, books, lectures, websites) available.  This website is essentially a compilation of the most interesting, informative, inspiring and above all, reliable resources that I have come across since I started my own journey.  Insha-Allah you will find something here that would help you in some way, as you embark on your own journey.

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looking at the heading i could not resist commenting that as far as my knwledge is concerned, the symbol of crescent has no authentic significance in Islaam...

it is one of the attributes of non-Muslims to pick a symbol and attribute some religious importance to it... and sadly, many Muslims follow... with crescents, stars, cubes in the shape of ka'aba, more recently AK-47's and others...

Islaam is not about symbols...

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Mockba said: "Islam is not about symbols..."

I agree with you, but I think this is not haram. People associate with that kind of things, just make it easy to remember and recognized. I think there is benefit of it even though just a little. For example if we go to someplace that we don't know the language and you want to find a mosque or a church or a synagogue, the symbol will be very useful. It's very easy to differentiate the mosque with other building because the doom or crescent or arabic character, you even can see it from distance.

So we don't need to waste our energy to argue the crescent, doom or etc are OK or not. If you like it, use it; if not, don't use it.



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Originally posted by semar semar wrote:

I agree with you, but I think this is not haram.

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If you like it, use it; if not, don't use it.

When it comes to classifying haraam and halaal we must be very careful and not propose something out of our own thinking. It is better to leave something unclassified... leaving it for qualified people to handle.

Similarly our "likes" and "dislikes" are not to navigate religious matters and practices of our daily lives... Mosques are best located by keeping in touch with brothers and sisters in Islaam, which at the same time helps strengthen the bond.

I totally agree with you that time should not be wasted on a topic like this. However, as mentioned earlier was too much tempted to comment... perhaps due to it's simplicity. Although, within generations to come this 'crescent phenomenon' may evolve into something distant from Islaam much closer to  today's 'cross phenomenon'.

Ma'a salaam.

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