Symbols and talismans in Islam

Symbols and talismans in Islam

Apr 14, 2022, 3:08:47 PM Religion

Followers of Islam - Muslims, believe in one god and his prophet - Muhammad. It is a religion that does not recognize the depiction of the human face, but objects such as the star, the crescent moon and the hand of Fatima have symbolic value. The color green is also very important - the Qur'an says that one who goes to heaven will wear clothes made of green silk. In the 14th century, the crescent moon was perceived as one of the symbols of Islam, and then the star - the personification of independence and dignity. Fatima's hand is traditionally worn by women as an amulet to protect against evil. Each of the fingers symbolizes one of the five pillars of Islam. In some cases, a stylized eye is depicted in the middle of the hand. Other similar mascots are the so-called taweez, which represent small folded sheets of paper with Arabic symbols inscribed. They are used for a variety of purposes and to solve life's problems.

An interesting symbol are the lanterns in the mosques - made of ceramics or metal - their light symbolizes the eternal truth, wisdom and power of God, but also embodies the divine presence in the temple. Another symbol is the rosary - it is made up of 99 beads - as many as the names of God. Sometimes a special elongated grain, called a guide - for the hundredth name - is added to the essence that exists only in Paradise. Some Muslims chant the names of God by chanting Allah on the hundredth bead.

According to some mystics, the Sufi number 786 has a hidden meaning and represents the numerical value of the first verse of the Qur'an, which serves as protection. This numerical value is part of gematria, a form of numerology that uses complex calculations to convert letters to numbers in correspondence. Each letter of the Arabic alphabet corresponds to a certain numerical value. There are dozens of methods for such transformations, and they are usually used in the already mentioned talismans - taweez.

We have already mentioned the rosary of prayer, in which each grain corresponds to one of the names of a god. However, there are whole necklaces containing all the names of gods. It is believed that each of these names has a certain property - for protection, health, longevity, etc. Such talismans are very beautiful, as they often use calligraphy. Other such necklaces contain whole suras or verses from the Qur'an. For example, Surah Yassin, Ayat Kursi or the Nade Ali Prayer. In all three cases, they are used to protect against evil forces and against hexes.

An interesting mascot is the thread with tied knots. It is usually made of black cotton thread to which a number of knots are tied. While tying the knots - they are called by certain phrases. And the thread is subsequently worn on the neck. They are most often used for defense, success and victory. Here we must mention the most famous symbol of Islam - the crescent moon. As a symbol of power it is also known to the Babylonians and Sumerians. Subsequently, in Roman times, he was a symbol of the goddess Diana, the feminine principle, chastity and birth. In astronomy and alchemy it is a literal symbol of the moon and silver. It was used in Persia and the Ottoman Empire, and was later adopted in other Muslim countries.

Zulfikar - an interesting symbol - the branching sword of Imam Ali. It can also be seen worn as a necklace. In fact, this bear is a gift from God to the Prophet Muhammad, who, however, passed it on to Imam Ali. It is a symbol of strength. Another symbol of interest is Nazar - a blue glass eye - can be seen both as jewelry and decorated on cars, shops and homes. It has no direct connection to the Islamic religion, but is used to protect against evil eyes and evil forces. It is widespread in the Middle East.

Of course, there are many other symbols and talismans associated with Islam. These are just a few of them aimed at promoting some aspects of this religion.

Published by Samantha Brown

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