Rub el Hizb

Rub el Hizb is a well-known character who has become linked with the Islamic faith. It’s a sign made up of two overlapping squares, one of which is flipped 90 degrees to form an eight-pointed star. In the center of both squares, there is also a circle. The Arabic word ‘Rub’ means a quarter or one-fourth, while ‘Hizb’ means a party or a group. It is used in Arabic calligraphy to indicate the end of a chapter and appears at the end of chapters in the Quran. The Quran is divided into sixty ‘Hizb,’ or equal-length parts, which are divided further into ‘rub,’ or quarters.

Several flags, emblems, and coats of arms, including those of Morocco, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, feature the Rub el Hizb symbol.

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