Ramadan is an enriching month filled with good deeds practiced by muslims across the world. The UAE’s Ramadan vibe is filled with prayer, Iftars, and charity giving wherever one may be.
Contributors who participated in #FIND_Ramadan produced lively colorful images with a story revolving around the project’s 2 main focuses- tradition, and islamic practices.
Mosques, iftar, souks, and a quick video showing the crowds at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi and more were included in the contributions #FIND_Ramadan received.
The month becomes alive the most during a special congregational prayer men and women perform daily at the mosque titled “Taraweeh”.
This prayer is sacred to muslims because it only occurs once during the year and that is during Ramadan.
#FIND_Ramadan included many prayer photos that showed muslims praying during different times of the day, and in different locations.
One photo also included a group of men praying, while another image displayed an overcrowded entrance to a mosque with shoes blocking the door.
Muslim men specifically gather for each call of prayer unlike any other month because of how essential and holy Ramadan is to them. Mosques are overcrowded at all times, and rows are easily filled, making men rush to prayers earlier than usual.
Another strong focus of #FIND_Ramadan was traditional and cultural values pertinent to Ramadan in the UAE.
Iconic objects such as Vimto, and arabic sweets are things that are easily found in each household during the blessed month. The value of these items are quite special to people living in the UAE, because of how rarely they’re used up throughout the whole year. Vimto only shows up in supermarkets right before Ramadan, and then reappears again the Ramadan after.
Historical traditions as well such as the Ramadan Drummer who woke up Muslims for suhoor, also holds a meaningful place in the UAE’s past.
The tradition of the lantern as a decoration becoming associated with Ramadan is believed to have originated during the Fatimid Caliphate primarily centered in Egypt, where the Caliph Al-Muizz Lideenillah was greeted by Egyptian people holding lanterns to celebrate his arrival to Cairo during a Ramadan night.
Text — Alia Youssef
Video — Hasan Nabulsi and Shakbut Saaed Al Kaabi
Photographs — Hasan Nabulsi and Shakbut Saaed Al Kaabi