ANSWERING MISSIONARY APOLOGETICS :
Significance of Moon in Islam:
In the Name of Allah Most Gracious Most Beneficent
Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon the Prophet Muhammad his family and companions
In Islam ‘moon” Represents authority and supremacy, the Light that shine in the darkness. When ottoman Khalifa ruled there were three crescents in the flag to symbolise three continents.
Moon has nothing to do with religious doctrine or theology.
As you read the Prophesy about Islam in Psalm:
Psalm 89:37 it will be established forever like the moon, the faithful witness in the sky.”
LUNAR CALENDAR :
Muslims use Lunar Calendar, even Jewish faith follows Lunar Calendar. There is a great wisdom in Lunar Calendar. It brings a rotation of religious festivals and Holy days around the world in different weather seasons . Those who follow solar Calendar, they have their religious festivals in the same seasons every year!
For example, Christians in the Norway has to celebrate Christmas in every harsh winter. But in Islam, the special days occur in different weather seasons, giving ease and different seasons’s experience to people around the world during their holidays. A Muslim special day such as Ramadan fasting, Hajj etc rotate in the months of Solar calendar when it is observed according to the Lunar calendar.
MOON WORSHIP IN THE BIBLE:
In the Christian Bible, there are moon festivals. But Islam does not celebrate moon festivals. Muslims do not worship or revere Moon as part of the religious life. So it is in Biblical religion the moon has a special status and relationship to their faith. Not in Islam!
See references below :
1 Samuel 20:18 Then Jonathan said to David, “Tomorrow is the New Moon feast. You will be missed, because your seat will be empty.
1 Samuel 20:24 So David hid in the field, and when the New Moon feast came, the king sat down to eat.
Psalm 81:3 Sound the ram’s horn at the New Moon, and when the moon is full, on the day of our festival;
Ezra 3:5 After that, they presented the regular burnt offerings, the New Moon sacrifices and the sacrifices for all the appointed sacred festivals of the LORD, as well as those brought as freewill offerings to the LORD.
Ezekiel 46:1 “‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: The gate of the inner court facing east is to be shut on the six working days, but on the Sabbath day and on the day of the New Moon it is to be opened.
2 Chronicles 8: 13 according to the daily requirement for offerings commanded by Moses for the Sabbaths, the New Moons and the three annual festivals–the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the Festival of Weeks and the Festival of Tabernacles
Numbers 10:10 Also at your times of rejoicing–your appointed festivals and New Moon feasts–you are to sound the trumpets over your burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, and they will be a memorial for you before your God. I am the LORD your God.”
Isaiah 1:13 Stop bringing meaningless offerings! Your incense is detestable to me. New Moons, Sabbaths and convocations– I cannot bear your worthless assemblies
IN THE NEW TESTAMENT :
There is no rat race escape tactics for the Missionary to say it was a Jewish tradition and they (the Jews) innovated new practices.
Earlier Christians celebrated Moon Festival:
Colossians 2:16 Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day.
So it is baseless arguments to say Muslims Worshiping moon gods. Islam says there is no God Except Allah. Who is the Creator of sun Moon and everything in existence.
Muslims use Lunar Calendar to determine months and years as ordered by Allah Subhana Wa Ta’ala. The rulers used crescents symbols n flag to establish their authority.
There are no moon festivals or special worship for new moon in Islam. Such practices are found in Judaism, Christianity (see Colossians 2:16) Hinduism (see Makhara Sankranthi) and Paganism (see Spirit worships) check encyclopedia of religions.
The Jewish deity “YAHWEH” (JEHOVA) is found matching with Hindu Deities!.
Jewish Bible Confirm Jews Adopt foreign religion and deities.
See Deuteronomy 17:3 and contrary to my command has worshiped other gods, bowing down to them or to the sun or the moon or the stars in the sky,
The coming of “David Star” which is Actually “Tantric Star” from Hinduism is further evidence that shows Israelites adopted foreign religions, similar to the Christianisation of the Pagan festivals, the inter-religious customs were exchanged. It is also evident that many of the Jewish tribes lived in North-India all the way to Persia (Iran) and Afghanisran!
So whatever bigotry and false accusations you bring against Islam, is coming from your own ignorance hypocrisy and double standards.
Then you will know the truth and truth will set you free.
(c) Outreachislam.org 14 January 2017