Q&A (Fatwa)

#922: The Ruling Of Using The Star And The Crescent On The Domes Of Masājid

As-salaamu alaykum wa rahamatullah Wa barakatuh

Thanks for the effort in answering our questions. May Allah increase in us knowledge. Amin.

My question is as follows: Is there any hadith that confirms that our beloved Prophet pbuh used to mount a moon and a star on the dome of a mosque? If no verifiable sources with regards to this practice, why do Muslims all over continue to do this and why people have not been educated on this? Also, will this be considered as innovation?”

ANSWER:

Wa Alaykum Salām Warahmatullāh Wabarakātuh

Alhamdulillāh

As for the use of the Moon and Star as symbols, it was neither in practice in the era of the Rasūl -salallāhu Alayhi Wasallam – or in other than it of the era of the Predecessors. It’s practice was first invoked by the Ottomans during the Ottoman Caliphate; when they were faced with the challenge of distinguishing the Masājid from other buildings, especially the Churches of the Christians and the Temples of the Jews.

As for the ruling of it’s use, then the Ulamā have differed as regards it.

While some considered it a Bid’ah, some saw it as permissible for a reason if there is a reason that necessitates it such as in countries where not placing it may lead to desecration and disrespect to it.

What seems strongest and Allāh knows best is that it is to be avoided for the following reasons:

1. It can be a form of emulating the Christians who placed the Cross over their worship places.

2. Such symbolisms can give an impression of Idol Worshipping to the Kuffār just like some Christians worship the Cross.

This that we have explained is the position held by Shaykh Muhammad bn Sālih Al-‘Uthaymīn rahimahumullāh in his Majmū’atu Al-Fatāwah

Bārakallāhu Fīkum

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