Chances are you’ve probably heard this rumor before: “Muslims worship a moon god.” If you don’t want to read this post, I’ll give you the answer now. We don’t worship a moon god. We worship the One and Only Creator of everything, including (but not limited to) the moon. That means our God the same as the God of the Christians and the Jews – Elohim.
Wait, but I heard you guys DO worship a moon god….
Yes, it’s a very common belief, especially for those who attend or have attended Evangelical churches. There are many lies about Muslims taught to Christians by their pastors. The moon god accusation is but one of them. As someone who was raised Christian, I believed many of these lies myself until studying on my own.
The claim that Muslims worship a moon god is a very convincing lie. After all, many of our mosques have a moon on top. We calculate our calendar by the moon as well. And we even have a special form of worship for eclipses.
Why do your mosques have moons on top?
Simply put, we have moons on top of our mosques’ minarets for the same reason churches have crosses atop their steeples: A later empire added these symbols. Anyone with an historic understanding of Christianity knows that the original sign for Christians was the fish, like this:
My dad always told me that this was the true symbol of Christianity. He explained to me that the early followers of Jesus were persecuted (peace be upon him and his virgin mother). So if one man met another and wondered if he followed Jesus, he’d draw half of a fish in the sand with his staff. (After all, Jesus was a fisher of men.) If the other man were also a follower of Christ, he’d finish the fish with his staff, and they both knew they were safe. (But don’t just trust me and my dad, you can verify this here.)
The outline of a fish was pretty much a main symbol of Christianity up until Constantine converted. He had a vision where he saw a burning cross telling him to conquer. So Constantine took the cross as the symbol for his armies. Next thing you know, an ancient torture device became synonymous with Christianity.
Almost the exact same thing happened in Islam. When one of the leaders of the Ottoman Empire, Osman, conquered Constantinople, he saw a dream with a crescent moon stretching from one end of the earth to another. (Strangely enough, Constantinople was previously conquered by… you guessed it… Constantine.)
The crescent moon was also used by many pagans even prior to Islam, including the followers of the Roman goddess Diana. So it becomes easy to point at our moon symbols and use that as an accusation against Muslims. (Please note: Muslims, stop using the crescent moon. It is not an Islamic symbol at all. You’re making us look stupid.)
But your calendar is based on the moon
Yes, it’s very true. Our calendar is based on the moon and not the sun. This is why our holidays do not fall on the exact same Gregorian date each year.
But having a lunar calendar in and of itself does not mean we worship a moon god. The Jews still use a lunar calendar for their holidays, with a leap “month” to keep it even with the solar calendar. And while Christians celebrate Christmas every year according to the Gregorian calendar, Easter moves around because of the lunar calendar.
And we all know Jews and Christians aren’t pagans who worship a moon god. So this one sign alone cannot possibly be used against Muslims.
Yeah but you guys worship the eclipse
This is also not true. We worship the Creator at many points in our lives. One of these times is during solar and lunar eclipses. That is because eclipses are a sign from Allah (Elohim) and we are instructed to pray when we see one is happening. We do not actually worship the eclipse. We worship the One Who created the eclipse along with everything else.
I’m still not convinced
Let’s look at some examples in the Qur’an, then. Allah (Elohim) describes Himself in the Qur’an in several different ways. Here are some verses from the opening chapter of the Qur’an, Surah Fatiha (The Opening):
And some examples from Surah Baqarah (The Calf)
These are but a very small percentage of the words in the Qur’an that Allah (Elohim) has used to describe Himself.
Now here is an excerpt from a poem dedicated to Selene, a pagan goddess of the moon:
Hail to thee our lady of Night
Who holds us in the pale Moonlight
When we gather to do you Honor
Lady of Shadow, Lady of Bright
Be with us this Hour
This night when the
Moon is full and White
With your Brow crowned in Silver
Your Hair like Star Light
Shine Bright Lady on this company Tonight
There is no comparison between the two. One is mere pagan poetry, the other is the obvious Word of Allah (Elohim).
When I first started studying Islam a decade ago, I realized that my preachers had lied to me. Maybe some of them didn’t know they were actually lying. I do know that they were sincere in warning me away from Islam. They really believed Islam is a false religion with a false book. But that’s just not true.
The Qur’an is the word of Allah (Elohim), without a doubt. It speaks in the language that a Holy Book should. It warns us away from evil and urges us towards good. And it tells us how to completely live our lives in servitude of our Creator.
To my Christian readers, my fellows in humanity, what is stopping you from reading the Qur’an? Surely if it is misguidance, you will not be moved. But if it is guidance (and it IS guidance), you will feel it deep inside. You will know, as I came to know, that Islam is blessed with the only remaining revelation that has not been tainted by the additions and subtractions of men. You will find the peace-filled religion you’ve been looking for all these years. You will be completed, and the Covenant of Allah (Elohim) will be fulfilled again. And I ask Allah to give each one of you guidance, and to protect you from the plots of Satan. Ameen.