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Green in Islam

Green (Arabic: أخضر) is considered the traditional color of Islam. The Arabic word for "greenness" is mentioned several times in the Quran, describing the state of the inhabitants of paradise. Examples include:

Reclining on green Cushions and rich Carpets of beauty
Upon them will be green garments of fine silk and heavy brocade, and they will be adorned with bracelets of silver; and their Lord will give to them to drink of a Water Pure and Holy.

Al-Khidr ("The Green One") is a Qur’anic figure who met and traveled with Moses.[4]

The Green Dome, traditional site of the tomb of Muhammad, was painted green on the order of sultan Abdul Hamid II (r. 1876–1909).

Muslim flags

Green was used as the color of the banners of the historical Fatimid Caliphate. The Fatimid banner was in use until 1171, and thus during the first century of the crusades, and by this way has taken influence on Christian heraldry, where the tincture vert was very rarely if ever used for the field (background) until the end of the Middle Ages (indeed the term sinople used to signify a reddish color until the 14th century, and only after ca. 1400 did it change its meaning to refer to green as a heraldic tincture).

National flags including green as a symbol of Islam include those of Azerbaijan, Maldives, Mauritania, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Turkmenistan, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran.[5]

An example of a national flag that does not include green with a large majority of muslims is Turkey.

Green wrist

Green wrist bands, threads and bracelets containing Islamic calligraphy are worn by Muslims in order to identify themselves as Muslim. The green wrist bands and bracelets contain Islamic calligraphy or some are worn as plain green threads.

Islamic green

Islamic Green
    Color coordinates
Hex triplet #009900
sRGBB  (rgb) (0, 153, 0)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k) (82, 6, 100, 1)
HSV       (h, s, v) (120°, 100%, 60%)
Source Vexillological
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

Islamic green is a shade of green used in web development and graphic design.[6] It is also used in some Islamic flags.

Prohibition of symbolism

Islam regards itself as a pure Monotheistic religion free from any cultural associations or symbolism. As such no culture, symbol or color can be used as a symbol of Islam. Such an act would be considered Shirk. In recent years there has been a growing movement to ban symbols such as the crescent moon and star from Masjids and other Islamic worship centers. Islam however does permit the use of symbols or colors on national flags as long as it does not lead to a person committing shirk.[7]

See also


  1. ^ ibn Hāshim 2009, Sura 55.
  2. ^ ibn Hāshim 2009, Sura 76, The Human (Al-Insaan).
  3. ^ ibn Hāshim, Sura 18, The Cave (Al-Kahf).
  4. ^ Catherine, David. "Al-Khidr, The Green Man". Retrieved 2007-11-30. 
  5. ^ "Flag description". The world fact book. CIA USA. Retrieved 3 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "009900", Hex code .
  7. ^


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