Islamic Religious Emblems

"Scouting has long been recognized by Muslims as a great movement uniting the youth of the world under a bond of spiritual, moral, and physical strength.  The spiritual bond, while not exemplifying one religion over another, can readily be recognized in the opening phrase of the Scout’s Oath: “ On my honor I will do my best, to do my duty to God and my country.” The religious award provided for by Scouting and established by the many faiths of the world can have only one ultimate goal, that of spiritual preparedness and tolerance.

Scouting presents to youth a challenge to remain morally straight, physically strong and mentally awake at all times throughout their lives. The living monuments that this has been  accomplished are the uncountable number of men that have passed through the unforgettable hours, days, and years in the realm of Scouting, becoming successful in their every undertaking.

We, of the Islamic faith, are proud to participate in this great movement and at the same time hope that the Boy Scouts of Islamic faith will fulfill their obligations both to their faith and to the Boy Scouts of America.

We are proud of you that you have taken the responsibility of the religious award for the  Boy scouts of the Islamic faith which we have started long time ago."

-Nehad Hamid,

President, FEDERATION OF ISLAMIC ASSOCIATIONS

National Islamic Committee on ScoutingExternal Link

 


There are three religious emblems offered by the Islamic Council on ScoutingExternal Link:

Bismillah Emblem for Cub Scouts:
The National Islamic Committee on Scouting has developed the Bismillah emblem to encourage Muslim youths who are in Cub Scouts to advance in the knowledge and practice of Islamic religious living. Muslims start any saying with “In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful”. So, since Cub Scouting is the beginning program of the BSA, when a boy learns something in this field he should be awarded the “Bismillah Emblem” first. In earning this emblem, boys will learn all the basic things he should know (at the age) about the religion of Islam.The pendant is attached to a bronze bar pin that carries the Arabic lettering from the Holy Book of Koran. Any Cub Scout can earn the Bismillah emblem if he is registered with a Cub Scout pack and practicing Muslim faith. However, by the time he receives the emblem; he should have achieved the Bear rank or have earned at least five Webelos activity badges. He must be registered in Cub Scouting for at least six months. He must attend religious school and practice the Islamic Law and fulfill his obligation.

Bismillah Emblem PamphletExternal Link


In the Name of God Emblem:

The National Islamic Committee on Scouting has developed the In the Name of God emblem to encourage Muslim youths who are in Boy Scouts to advance in the knowledge and practice of Islamic religious living.Any Boy Scout can earn the In the Name of God emblem if he is registered with a Boy Scout Troop and practicing Muslim faith. However, by the time he receives the emblem; he should have achieved the Second Class rank. He must be registered in Boy Scouting for at least six months. He must attend religious school and practice the Islamic Law and fulfill his obligation.

In the Name of God PamphletExternal Link

 


Allaho Akber Emblem for Adult Leaders:

The National Islamic Committee on Scouting established the “Allaho Akber” (God is Great) Award to recognize outstanding service by adults in the promotion of Scouting among Muslim youth. Recommendations for the award may be made by Imams of the Mosques, directors of Muslim centers, presidents of Muslim organizations,or Boy Scout councils to the national Islamic committee on Scouting. If approved, the name of the nominee should be submitted for ratification to the Islamic Council on Scouting of North America.In case there is no local Islamic Committee on scouting, an ad hoc committee consisting of the local scouting executive, local Imam or director of the Muslim center, will serve as the awards committee and would forward its approval to the Islamic council on Scouting of North America.

Allaho Akber PamphletExternal Link