September 25, 2008

Images Of Ramadan Around The World

Boston.com has an amazing photo article of 35 photos depicting Muslims observing Ramadan all over the world. Different cultures, different traditions, all beautiful. I was brought to tears viewing them. Here are my favorite images.
Workers dry vermicelli, a specialty eaten during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad, India on September 5, 2008.
An Egyptian family looks to buy a "Fanus Ramadan", a traditional lantern popular during Ramadan, at a shop in el-Sayeda Zaynab district of downtown Cairo, late August 28, 2008
A Palestinian Muslim girl prays in the men's mosque before the evening prayer called "tarawih", during the holy fasting month of Ramadan in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008.
Muslim women attend prayers on the eve of the first day of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan at a mosque in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia on August 31, 2008
Visually impaired Palestinian students read verses of the Koran, Islam's holiest book, written in Braille, during the holy fasting month of Ramadan at Al-Qabas Islamic school in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008.
A Muslim woman reads a copy of the Koran at the Istiqlal mosque during the second day of ramadan in Jakarta, Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim-majority country, on September 2, 2008
The Al-Zaim family of Duxbury, Massachusetts sits, gathered together for their dinner after 7pm on September 14th, 2008, to break their Ramadan Fast.
A child prepares food for Iftar (evening meal) before the breaking of fast on the first day of Ramadan at Memon Mosque in Karachi, Pakistan on September 2, 2008.
Palestinian women lead young girls through the Kalandia checkpoint, on the outskirts of the West Bank city of Ramallah, to cross to Jerusalem to attend Friday prayers at the Al-Aqsa mosques compound on September 19, 2008. Thousands of Muslim faithful have been crossing every week from the West bank to attend Friday prayers at the Al-Aqsa, Islam's third holiest shrine, since the start of the holy month of Ramadan three weeks ago.


Kudos to The Boston Globe for showing the beauty in Islam and these cultures, which is rarely seen. See the rest of the photos here.

7 comments:

  1. i love the pic of the fanoos. so beautiful. when they are all hanging like that it looks so magical.

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  2. I loved this collection of pictures too, especially since they had several from Palestine. I was in the masjid in the picture with the little girl praying on the green carpets tonight, but in the women's section the carpets are multicolored.

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  3. Ange, yea, it is festive.
    Alajnabiyah, mashaAllah!

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  4. As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu my dearest sister,

    These are so awesome!!

    Wa'alaykum as-salaam
    Love Farhana

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  5. Anonymous8:01 PM

    MashAllah, these pics are all so beautiful. They all represent Islam in their own unique way, mashAallah! Thank you so much for sharing, barak Allah fykeh. My favorite is the girl praying in the empty mosque in Palestine and the little boy preparing iftar dishes in Pakistan. Too cute! The kid pics always get to me, lol.

    Btw. What exactly is a fanoos? A lantern? Any traditional usage (waving around with incense) or just for decoration?

    *crosses fingers... i hope this posts!*

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  6. Anonymous8:03 PM

    OMG!! that anonymous up there is me!! it worked!

    Lol. Souvenirsandscars.wordpress.com

    FINALLY

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  7. YAY!! I appreciate the trouble you go through to read my blog SouvenirsandScars. :) The Fanoos is just lit up for decoration.

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