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Another photo of "Fanous Ramadan".

 

Fanous Ramadan is one of the traditional symbols of the holy month of Ramadan...

 

It originally goes back to the Fatimid Era, where the Fatimid people where going out with lanterns during Ramadan's eve, since then they became connected.

 

Original lanterns are made from Copper (some times still sheets in poor areas), having colourful glass/plastics with Islamic phrases written on them, for example, this one has the word "Allah Akrab" (God is the greatest), "Al Hamdulillah" (Thanks to God).

 

Ramadan is the most important month in the Muslim (Hijri) Calender. It's a month where Muslims fast from Dawn to Dusk (they stop eating, drinking and sexual relationships). Allah gives Muslims chances for forgiveness and mercy more than he gives ever, Special prayers are preferred during the holy month's nights. It has a special atmosphere especially in Islamic countries.

 

It's a month of unity and mercy, All Muslims start eating (the meal is called Iftar) at dusk, they all eat at the same moment, say the same prayers at the same time, at night, people in all mosques perform the same prayers at the same time, people stop eating at the same time, share the same feelings, where the rich and the poor feel the same, the rich gives the poor charity (this is very recommended in Ramadan more that any time else).

 

In Ramadan, The prophet Mohammed started being told the Qur'an (the holy book for Muslims).

 

Special traditions are linked with this months, special food types, desserts, music, lights, lanterns and mosques prayers.

 

This photo is a part of "Exploring the unexplored".

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Taken on August 3, 2010