IMAGES & SYMBOLS

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Crescent and Star

The Crescent and Star symbol do not represent Islam. This symbol was used on the flag of the Ottoman Empire many Muslim countries adopted this symbol in their flags after the Islamic Caliphate was destroyed by Ataturk. This symbol was and is used at the top of the Mosque so that Muslims can see the Mosque from a distance.

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Kufi

Kufi is the traditional African name for "hat" which originally comes from the word for "crown." Wearing Kufi is a habit of tradition among Muslim men. However there is no hadith which require Muslim men to cover their heads.

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Hijab

Hijab is the term used by many Muslim women to describe their head cover. This may or may not include covering their face. The Arabic word 'hijab' can be translated into veil or yashmak. The word 'hijab' in the Quran does not refer to the Muslim women's dress code.

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Abaya

The abaya is a cultural and religious symbol. It is a simple, loose over-garment, essentially a robe-like dress, worn by some Muslim women. It represents the modesty of a women.

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Shahadah

la ilaha illa'llah Muhammadun rasul Allah. (There is no god but Allah Muhammad (PBUH) is the messenger of Allah) Any person who believes this is considered a Muslim.

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Thobe

Thawb (white robes) is a part of the Arab culture. It is traditional clothing in the Middle East and Arabian Peninsula, and it is even worn by some non-Muslims in those areas.

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Keffiyeh

Keffiyeh (checkered head gear) is a part of the Arab culture. It is traditional clothing in the Middle East and Arabian Peninsula, and it is even worn by some non-Muslims in those areas.

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Turbans

Turban is a man's headdress that can be worn in many ways. It consists a long length of cotton or silk wound around a cap or the head, worn especially by Muslims and Sikhs.

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Shalwar Kameez

Shalwar Kameez is a traditional outfit originating in South Asia. It can be worn by both men and women, but styles differ by gender. The shalwar (trousers) and the kameez (body shirt) are two garments combined to form the shalwar kameez.

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Mosque/Masjid

Masjid is a word meaning 'place for prostration.' The Arabic word 'Masjid' and the English word 'Mosque' are used exclusively for religious houses in Islam.