The crescent moon is the symbol of Islam because it is forever growing, expanding, on the increase. “Top imam “˜calls for crescent on Russia’s crest,– from Agence France-Presse, April 15 (thanks to C. Cantoni):
A top Muslim cleric called Friday for a crescent moon to be added to Russia’s double-headed eagle coat of arms to represent the country’s multi-million-strong Muslim population.
“We are asking for one of the heads to be topped with a crescent moon and the other to be topped with a Russian Orthodox cross,” Talgat Tadzhuddin told the Moskovskiye Novosti daily in an interview.
“All the crowns on the coat of arms — two on the heads of the eagles and one above them in the middle — are topped by crosses. But Russia has 20 million Muslims. That’s 18 percent of the population,” he said in an interview.
The imam, who heads the Central Spiritual Administration of Muslims of Russia, a major regional association, said he sent the proposal to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and showed a sketch to President Dmitry Medvedev.
Most of Russia’s Muslims live in historically Muslim regions, such as the North Caucasus, Tatarstan and Bashkortostan, but there is also a huge swell of immigrants from Muslim ex-Soviet states to large cities….