Have you ever wondered how Egypt decided on the flag it now uses?
The flag of Egypt has had many incarnations, the earliest we could find was a reminder of the Ottoman Empire. The flag had a red base with a white crescent and star.
Later there was another red flag with three white crescents and one star in each crescent. It was suggested that Ali had won victories on three continents Africa, Asia and Europe or to celebrate his power of Egypt, Nubia and Sudan.
In 1887 during the Urabi revolt the British took control of the land. At the height of the conflict when Muslim Ali’s red flag was being flown, there was also a special green banner that had a crescent and cross to proclaim that Christians and Muslims both supported the movement for independence from Britain.
During the time of the Kingdom of Egypt Muslims, Jews and Christians lived and worked together. In 1952 a red, white and black flag had the eagle of Saladin and the name of the country under the crest written in Arabic.
From 1958 to 1972 Egypt was a member of the U.A.R. United Arab Republic. The red, white and black flag which had two green stars represented the merging of Egypt and Syria. Egypt used this flag until 1972 even though the Union dissolved in 1961.
On 4 October 1984 the Eagle of Saladin was restored using the same red as used during the U.A.R. Abuse of an Egyptian or foreign flag is a crime and will not be tolerated.