Green in Islam
Green (Arabic: أخضر) is considered the traditional color of Islam. The Arabic word for "greenness" is mentioned several times in the Quran, describing the state of the inhabitants of paradise. Examples include:
Reclining on green Cushions and rich Carpets of beauty
Upon them will be green garments of fine silk and heavy brocade, and they will be adorned with bracelets of silver; and their Lord will give to them to drink of a Water Pure and Holy.
Green was used as the color of the banners of the historical Fatimid Caliphate. The Fatimid banner was in use until 1171, and thus during the first century of the crusades, and by this way has taken influence on Christian heraldry, where the tincture vert was very rarely if ever used for the field (background) until the end of the Middle Ages (indeed the term sinople used to signify a reddish color until the 14th century, and only after ca. 1400 did it change its meaning to refer to green as a heraldic tincture).
An example of a national flag that does not include green with a large majority of Muslims is Turkey.
Green wrist bands, threads and bracelets containing Islamic calligraphy are worn by Muslims in order to identify themselves as Muslim. The green wrist bands and bracelets contain Islamic calligraphy or some are worn as plain green threads.
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Prohibition of symbolism
Islam regards itself as a pure Monotheistic religion free from any cultural associations or symbolism.[clarification needed] As such no culture, symbol or color can be used as a symbol of Islam, such an act would be considered shirk. In recent years there has been a growing movement to ban symbols such as the crescent moon and star from Masjids and other Islamic worship centers. Islam however does permit the use of symbols or colors on national flags as long as it does not lead to a person committing shirk.
- ibn Hāshim 2009, Sura 55.
- ibn Hāshim 2009, Sura 76, The Human (Al-Insaan).
- ibn Hāshim, Sura 18, The Cave (Al-Kahf).
- Catherine, David. "Al-Khidr, The Green Man". Retrieved 2007-11-30.
- "Flag description". The world fact book. CIA USA. Retrieved 3 May 2013.
- "009900", Hex code.
- ibn Hāshim, Abū al-Qāsim Muḥammad ibn ʿAbd Allāh ibn ʿAbd al-Muṭṭalib (2009), Quran The Final Testament, Khalifa, Rashad transl, Tucson: Majid, retrieved 2007-11-30