The index finger
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Modern image of Zarathustra
Modern images of Zarathustra are most probably influenced by Shiite depictions of holy Islamic figures with a raised index finger. The famous Zarathustra depiction seen here can be traced back to Maneck Pithawalla's "Introducing Zoroastrianism", Bombay 1961.
A Turkish Alevi religious picture
A Turkish Alevi religious picture shows the prophet Muḥammad wearing a green turband and holding the Holy Book while raising his (left) index finger. Like the Qom image, the prophet's clothing and stance look similar to other religion's images.
A small devotional painting made in Qom
A small devotional painting made in Qom - Iran in the nineties, depicting the prophet Muḥammad (not ʿAlī, as is clear from the Quran he's holding as opposed to Dhū al-Faqār). The figure raises his right index finger, as to emphasize the unity of God (tawḥīd).
An early 1979 Iranian Revolution poster
An early 1979 Iranian Revolution poster promoting the leadership of Khomeini with the words: "There is a Moses for every Pharaoh." Khomeini raises his right index finger, surrounded by verses from the Quran while expelling the last Persian shah.
Called an ISIS sign
Raising the index finger has repeatedly been called an ISIS sign, about as ignorant as it could get and equally dangerous. This sign has NOTHING to do with that or any other group/movement. This creates a dangerous precedent for attacks on random Muslims.
To worship God alone
By performing this hand gesture, the believer wants to convey the message that he is in fact a muwaḥḥid, one who worships God alone, as opposed to being a mushrik, one who associates others with God. The sign is hence ubiquitous across the Muslim world.
God is One
Raising the right index finger is an important hand gesture in Islam, directly connected to the Islamic creed of divine oneness. The index finger thus symbolizes the number one, as in God is One, Indivisible, Unique. This idea of tawḥīd is the most important concept in Islam.
Part of a Muslim's prayer
Part of a Muslim's prayer is the so-called tashahhud, in which the Muslim sits after prostrating and declares the Oneness of God and the prophethood of Muḥammad. While keeping both hands on the knees, the right index finger points towards the qibla (the direction of the Kaʿba.