Monday, October 17, 2016

Mumin Salih: Mohammed's Flag and Seal

From Islam-Watch (click on the link below to read the whole thing):
Mohammed`s flag and seal
by Mumin Salih

The black flag of the Islamic State has become a familiar sight to Muslims and non-Muslims alike. The flag is not only associated with the Islamic State but with terror in all its forms. The black flag is not new; it has been in use for years by other Islamic terrorist organizations such as Al Qaeda, Boko Haram and before them by Hizbul Tahrir.
The fact that all those terrorist organizations decided to choose the black flag was not random but a carefully made decision. Just like everything those organization do, the black flag represents Islam well and has its roots in Mohammed’s Islamic State. The Muslim scholars agree that Mohammed’s flag, which he used in his wars, was black. Probably it had no writings on it but that is only because of the technical difficulties involved.
The Arabic writings on the Islamic State’s flag say “no god but Allah”, which is the first part of the Islamic statement of faith (the shahada). The second part of the shahada, which reads “ Mohammed is the messenger of Allah”, seems to be missing but is not – it is incorporated in the rounded shape underneath. That white circle on the flag is of special significance since it represents Mohammed’s seal.
We have seen an increasing number of Muslim organizations and nations who insert Allah’s name on their flags.