Weekly Photo Challenge: Signs


Last December, I had the chance to step outside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s capital city for an urban spelunking adventure. One of the most unforgettable subjects that I was able to frame is this one of a kind mosque at the Half Moon Bay Beach in Al Khobar. I had already seen countless mosques here and there but not at the beach.

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That crescent never fails to stir my curiosity. I had always thought it must be something that big of a symbol or sign in the Islam religion because every mosque I see, small or big, has a crescent over its dome.

Today, the modern dossier helped me dig what is under and over that crescent (pun intended). The crescent as a symbol is something common but rare as a sign. According to fatherzakaria.net, the moon was the god worshiped by people during the time of Muhammad, so he considered the crescent, the symbol of the worshipped moon god his symbol. On the other hand, in the cow chapter of Surat Al-Baqarah (189), crescents are signs to mark fixed periods of time for mankind and for the pilgrimage.

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4 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Signs

  1. Interesting take on the challenge, Sony. I always wondered about the crescent too. Now I know. I’ve never seen an open-aired mosque before, not even in Malaysia. Those who do their prayers in the day might feel very hot there. Or maybe there are cool winds breezing through that area 🙂

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