During Ramadan in the UAE and other Muslim countries, they can be found literally everywhere. Lanterns are placed in the center of the table during Iftar, they serve as decoration for shop windows, houses, and streets.
In many countries, such festive lights are called Fanous Ramadan (the name goes back to the Greek “candle”). It is believed that the tradition of using lanterns during Ramadan originated in Egypt, and today this symbol is familiar to almost all Muslim countries. Ramadan lanterns are always beautifully decorated, these eye-catching ornaments from a variety of materials and a variety of colors often from colored glass are created specifically for the holy month.
Often the lanterns or their images are used as an expression of the spirit of Ramadan. Today, it’s rather an attractive detail that creates a festive atmosphere, but in ancient times the lanterns were literally used so that believers would find their way in the dark, heading for prayer. The lantern as a symbol of the path to light and spirituality perfectly expresses the idea of the holy month for believers in all countries.
O Allah, on this day, grant me a share from Your mercy which is wide, guide me towards Your shining proofs, lead me to Your all encompassing pleasure, by Your love, O the hope of the desirous.