Rituals and Worship

Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hamed/196805560/ Title: woman in black chador prays on steps of mosque, blue tiled decorations in backgroundThe colors white and black also have symbolic meaning in Islam. White symbolizes purity and peace, and many Muslims wear white when attending Friday prayers, or while performing the sacred rites of pilgrimage. Devout Iranian Shi'i women wear black chador, and the Iranian ayatollahs wear black cloaks. The male sayyid, or descendants of the Prophet Muhammad through his daughter Fatima and son-in-law Ali, wear black turbans. Blue is a color of protection and many mosques are beautifully decorated with blue turquoise, blue tile, and blue paint.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Flag_of_OIC.svg Title: Flag of OICThe flag of the Organization of the Islamic Conference coordinates several of the central symbols of Islam, including the color green, the Red Crescent on a white disk, and the words "God is great" (Allahu akbar) in Arabic calligraphy. The Organization of the Islamic Conference, with 57 member states, is an international organization with a permanent delegation to the United Nations.

Study Questions:
1.     Why are there no depictions of the prophet Muhammad or Allah?
2.     Where did the red crescent moon symbol originate? What is its relationship to Islam?
3.     What colors are associated with Islam?  Why?

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