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The sto­ry of Prophet Ibrahim’s migra­tion from Baby­lo­nia to Syr­ia-Pales­tine (Kan’an), then to Egypt, then his return to Pales­tine and sub­se­quent­ly his com­ing with his wife Hajar and son Isma’il to Mak­ka is well-known. These epoch-mak­ing trav­els took place rough­ly at the begin­ning of the sec­ond mil­len­ni­um B.C. Ibrahim had at first called his own peo­ple to aban­don the wor­ship of idols and oth­er objects like the heav­en­ly bod­ies and to wor­ship the One Only God. They, how­ev­er, instead of respond­ing to his call, put him to var­i­ous vex­a­tions and ulti­mate­ly to the test of fire from which God pro­tect­ed and saved him. Only his wife Sarah and nephew Lot believed and accept­ed his call. Under God’s direc­tive Ibrahim, accom­pa­nied by Sarah and Lot first migrat­ed to Haran (in Syr­ia) and then on to Kan’an (Pales­tine). At both the places he preached God’s mes­sage and called the peo­ple to wor­ship Him alone. 

The recent bar­rage of mis­sion­ary demen­tia gives us a mar­velous oppor­tu­ni­ty to expose the char­ac­ter of the mis­sion­ary Sam Shamoun, his men­tal dis­or­der and the extremes he is will­ing to under­take in order to unleash his abus­es and prej­u­dice towards Mus­lims. Indeed, he con­vinc­ing­ly demon­strates that he is a con­firmed Islam­o­phobe. The dis­cus­sion is con­cern­ing the use of the term mis­sion­ary”. The mis­sion­ary claims that we should not refer to him as a mis­sion­ary because even though he is a mis­sion­ary, many Mus­lims nev­er­the­less have alleged neg­a­tive” views con­cern­ing the title mis­sion­ary” accord­ing to his opin­ion. Hence he argues that we are mak­ing an ad hominem attack against him every time we right­ful­ly call him a mis­sion­ary. He claims that his argu­ments will be alleged­ly dis­missed before­hand by Mus­lims when they find out that he is a missionary.

crescent moon in islam

Apart from the claim that Allah” is the name of the moon god, the Chris­t­ian mis­sion­ar­ies also tend assert this claim by ques­tion­ing why do Mus­lims use the cres­cent sym­bol as a sym­bol for their reli­gion, or why is the moon being used in Islam to mark a new month. They engage into the log­i­cal fal­la­cy of equiv­o­ca­tion, that since Mus­lims use the cres­cent as the sym­bol of Islam, there­fore it fol­lows that Mus­lims wor­ship some kind of moon deity”. This is no more truer than claim­ing that since Judaism adopts the Star of David sym­bol, it fol­lows that the Jews con­sid­ers it as an object for wor­ship, or that Chris­tians wor­ship the Cru­ci­fix since it is used as its sym­bol. This paper would attempt to explain the sig­nif­i­cance of the moon in Islam, insha’allah.