Shining a Light

Throughout history, light has been used as a metaphoric symbol across religions, traditions, and societies. In the end, we are all trying to walk on the bright side of life.

Light has many meanings in different cultures. It can represent life, guide you, express hope, and show the truth. Many festivities around the world revolve around the theme of light and, during Ramadan, it is common to decorate homes with fanous – a traditional lantern that comes in different sizes and is largely used during this period. The concept of lanterns originated in ancient Egypt. One of the beliefs is that during the Fatimid dynasty, when Caliphate Al-Mu’izz li-Dīn Allah arrived on the first day of Ramadan, the people and children of Egypt went outside to greet him, holding their lanterns. It became a beautiful tradition that spread across the Middle East.

In general, the word light brings a positive effect in facing life. You can find the light at the end of the tunnel; you can see things in a new light and enlighten yourself with knowledge or spirituality. Whatever meaning might suit you best, take this Holy Month to find your inner light or lighten someone else’s path. Don’t forget that even small acts of kindness can also brighten your own days.

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