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Happy Islamic New Year 2009 – Unique Muslim Gifts with Star and Crescent Moon

Posted by Kyle Design on December 31, 2008

Traditional Islamic Star and Crescent Design on a Beaded ID Lanyard

Traditional Islamic Star and Crescent Design on a Beaded ID Lanyard

Happy Islamic New Year 2009 to all Muslims celebrating Muharram which began at sunset on December 28th, 2008. Because the Islamic calendar is lunar based and therefore about 11 or 12 days shorter, it sometimes happens that, according to a Gregorian calendar, New Years occurs twice in one year, and this happens to be one of those years. This is year A.H. 1430 on the Islamic calendar. The month-long celebration will end in January, 2009, so it really is considered New Years 2009.

I recently made a new addition to my Islamic Gifts page following a call from a customer. She is a member of the Nation of Islam, a branch of the Islamic religion that is followed by many here in the United States. The symbol for their faith is also a star and crescent design, but with a difference. Their logo has the crescent moon opening up to the left, still with a star nestled within it.

Islamic Business Card Holders in black feature a star and crescent design similar to that used by the Nation of Islam

Islamic Business Card Holders in black feature a star and crescent design similar to that used by the Nation of Islam

The customer asked if we could simply flip the design we currently have. (I love challenges like this – as a professional artist I enjoy looking at things in a non-traditional way and seeing what else I can come up with.)

On our square designs, this didn’t quite work as the orientation wasn’t right. The image normally faces to the upper right and we were needing one that faces just slightly to the lower left. However, we discovered that on our round designs, if we rotated the design to the left about 135 degrees it would be angled correctly.

As a result, I created this custom business card holder that features the round star and crescent moon medallion nestled within frame. It is now available on our site in a wide variety of metal finishes and colors – and we can custom engrave them, too. The customer was very pleased and I was happy to find a solution to this design challenge.

Star and Crescent Moon Flask works as a water canteen and is an attractive alternative to a plastic water bottle.

Star and Crescent Moon Flask works as a water canteen and is an attractive alternative to a plastic water bottle.

On surprising note, we sell a quite a large number of Star and Crescent Moon liquor flasks. Traditionally, followers of Islam don’t drink alcohol, so I have been somewhat confused by this.

However, upon reflection, I have assumed that either they are being used as water canteens (a much more attractive alternative to the environmentally unfriendly disposable plastic water bottle) or that non-Muslims just like the design being that celestial images in general are quite popular.

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