Muslim's holly month of Ramadan is coming up after some days!
If you search DreamsTime with the word Ramadan
you will find lots of images of people, scripts of the holy Quran, calligraphy, food, events, mosques, candles & even cannons!
So what is it all about by the end?!
Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic Lunar calendar & it's holly for the Muslims because it's the month when prophet Mohammad started to learn Quran inspired by God. And it's the month that Muslims were ordered to go fasting (for who doesn't know what is fasting... It's no eating, no drinking, no bad manners or insults & no sexual relationship from sun rise to sun set...)
That's why you see some images of the holy Quran script & messages of greeting Ramadan Kareem (Blessed Ramadan), some even with the sun rise & sun set in the background!
Ramadan is to feel the poor & to remember that we are all human with the same needs & feelings, no matter how rich or wealthy we are! It's the time when giving the poor is a must for all people who can give! Appreciating life how it is... how to be patient & reply to who treat you bad with a smile or by saying God forgive me I'm fasting!
That's why you see many images of presenting food & charity, people look each other with a kind smile!
! as Ramadan is a Lunar month it starts by seeing the moon (The Crescent) by the end of the 8th month "Shaaban" & the ends by seeing the Crescent of the beginning of the 10th month "Shawal" & that's the concept of the crescent for Ramadan & Islamic arts.
Searching Ramadan makes you find many images of Dates
! What is so special about this fruit & Ramadan?
The first thing prophet Mohammad used to do when it's time for praying is to pray! But when he's fasting & it's the time when Muslims are allowed to eat near the sun set, he used to break his fasting by eating something before going to pray, this thing was dates & water!
So following his steps Muslims they break their fasting by eating 3 dates... (as a tradition & for loving Mohammad but it's not a must)
The candle lights & Lanterns
As Ramadan is a month of worshiping, people used to take candle lights or lanterns & go to the mosques to pray at night! This habit turned into a tradition to symbolize the Muslim lighted path in Ramadan!
! Yeah it's a drink in many parts of the world, but it's a drink to kill the thirst for longer time during Summer & Winter! It's also used in the middle east as a welcoming drink.
! In some official ceremonies launching cannons is a sign of honor or partying! Some Muslims countries made it as a tradition to announce the time for eating & to stop eating as well as it can be heard in a wider range! Of course it's nothing to replace the "Athan" the call for praying.
When Sun rise starts people are usually sleeping, thus some people made them selves a profession of knocking a drum
with a charity song to wake up the people by the end of the night, so they can eat & drink before it's not allowed... Mostly these drummers are compensated by all the people in the neighborhood with food & money! Of course no alarm clocks or technology existed on that time, but the nice tradition maintain in some parts of the world.
Praying & reading the Holly Quran is the best free time habit for Muslims on Ramadan... Okay it's all the year, but people do their best to do it more during Ramadan! Hearts get more tangled & make their hunger & thirst pass in a positive way...
Mosques... Obviously it's the place where all the Muslim's matters can be discussed, even bringing meals for all the people rich & poor to share & eat! Mosques are never closed & never out of people during Ramadan!
Kaaba in Mecca
: It's the orientation of all Muslims around the world for praying! How come it won't be listed between the images! It's there!
! Yes different dishes, some made for Ramadan & that differs from a country to another!
Yummy things but no point in drooling much here :P ... :))
Okay if you have any question about an image related on your search for Ramadan don't flag it just ask first ;)
Hope I added something to your general knowledge by that!
I'll give my blessed Ramadan wishes later on the right time (Inshallah) ;)