Ramadan

“The month of Ramadan is that in which was revealed the Quran; a guidance for mankind, and clear proofs of the guidance, and the criterion (of right and wrong).” -Chapter 2, Revelation 185 of the Quran.

According to the Holy Quran, it’s in the month of Ramadan of the lunar Islamic calendar, followed by Muslims world-wide, that Prophet Mohammed first heard the revelations which make it up. Hence, the significance and celebrations!

Throughout the month of Ramadan, Muslims have the pre-dawn meal Sehri, which is followed by fasting from sunrise to sunset. The fast is then broken joyfully by Iftar, the sumptuous evening meal.

Hyderabad and Delhi are two very important vantage points to observe the Islamic celebrations, because, to put it simply, the former has been the Nizam dynasty’s seat and the later has been the pivot of Mughal India. This Eid, Ethereal Colours, brings to you an exclusive collection of photographs straight from the streets of Hyderabad and Delhi, where festivities blossomed in the evenings, prior to the Iftar, throughout the holy month!

Young girls watch on as evening Iftar celebrations unfold at the Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya durgah.

Police and home-guards on vigil near the Charminar in Hyderabad.

A hawker selling glossy ladies sandals near the Charminar.

Gearing up for Iftar at the Jama Masjid, Delhi.

One of the brightly lit shops on the way to the Hazrat Nizamuddin Durgah.

Film makers capturing the evening celebrations at the Durgah.

As his mom offers her prayers, he is busy making faces at the camera.

The uniformity of religion: offering Namaz facing Mecca at Jama Masjid.

Markets and vendors blossom in abundance near the Charminar in the month of Ramazan. In the background, The Charminar.

The fast will end with Iftar; Jama Masjid’s courtyard bustles with people.

Wudu - Washing and preparing for the prayers.

As dusk sets in, women offer the evening prayers.

A vendor sells the traditional vermicelli in the old city of Hyderabad.

A perfume seller applies surma in his eyes. It is believed that applying surma in eyes is an act of pleasing Allah.

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