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☪️ Star and Crescent emoji

[ stahr and kres-uhnt ih-moh-jee ]

The Star and Crescent emoji ☪️ portrays a star and crescent moon symbol, which is often used as a symbol of the religion of Islam. It is commonly used to represent Islam, Muslims, and Islamic countries. 

Take a closer look at a colorful collection of emoji representing some major facets of Islam.

Related words

🕋 Kaaba emoji, 🕌 Mosque emoji, ✡️ Star of David emoji, ✝️ Latin cross emoji

Where does ☪️ Star and Crescent emoji come from?

The Star and Crescent emoji ☪️ was approved under Unicode 1.1 in 1993. On most major platforms, the emoji depicts a white crescent moon with a white star to its right on a purple square with rounded corners. The Microsoft version depicts a sharp-cornered square with a bolded black outline. The WhatsApp version of the emoji depicts a tilted crescent moon.

The star and crescent moon is often seen as a symbol—although unofficial—of the religion of Islam. This symbol appears on the flags of many Muslim countries and is often used to refer to Islam in popular culture. For this reason, the Star and Crescent emoji ☪️ is often used to refer to Islam and Muslims. In this sense, it is used similarly to other emoji that depict religious symbols such as the Latin Cross emoji ✝️ representing Christianity, the Star of David emoji ✡️ representing Judaism, and the Wheel of Dharma emoji ☸️ representing Buddhism and other Indian religions.

The popular association of the star and crescent moon with Islam is due to its use by the Muslim Ottoman Empire, who controlled a large portion of southeastern Europe for centuries. However, the star and crescent symbols are not Islamic in origin and predate the Muslim religion. For this reason, some Muslims refuse to accept the star and crescent as the symbol of Islam.

Examples of ☪️ Star and Crescent emoji

EID MUBARAK!!! To our Muslim brothers and sisters around the world, hope u had a peaceful month of Ramadan 🙏☪️ sending love!
@Krewella, June 4, 2019
To all my Muslim neighbors, I wish you a peaceful, healing, and transformative Ramadan. I hope this holy month allows us to embody our faith through acts of service for those in need. Ramadan Kareem ☪️
@RashidaTlaib, April 12, 2021

Who uses ☪️ Star and Crescent emoji?

The Star and Crescent emoji ☪️ is used generally to refer to Muslims and Islam.

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