"Attendants of both religions insisted on lighting candles in shapes of a cross and a crescent, in an unplanned move by the organizers"
© Natheer Halawani
Natheer Halawani
Last updated: July 16, 2015

Powerful photos of human dignity and unity during Ramadan in Tripoli

Banner Icon Lebanese photographer Natheer Halawani shares his favourite Ramadan photos from the past few years – all taken in the city of Tripoli. Feel the love.
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A curious child busy exploring the tiny world at his feet instead of performing prayer as advised – most probably by his father or whoever brought him to the mosque – during a mass prayer known as ‪Taraweeh‬, performed every Ramadan eve after the last of the 5 main daily prayers. Taken in Ash Shukr Mosque.
 
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Muslims listen to the Quran reader at the mosque, prior to or after major prayer. Taken in Ash Shukr Mosque. 
 
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Muslim elder resting after a lengthy Taraweeh prayer, the Ramadan-exclusive prayer that could extend to an hour or two in some cases. Taken in Ash Shukr Mosque.
 
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The Minarets of a newly-built mosque in Tripoli. Taken in Mina.
 
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Vivdly colorful ornamets are one of the most eye-catching Ramadan attractions, with warm lights and Islamic symbols. Taken in Mina.
 
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Adult males wrapping yet another fasting day in the coziness of a local, yet very famous, roadside coffee shop playing cards and smoking shisha/arguileh. Shot in Mina, Roumiyyeh Cafe.
 
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The inside a traditional Ka'ak and bread bakery in the old alleys of the town during the month of ‪Ramadan‬. Musims find pleasure having Ka'ak filled with cheese and grilled by the bakery's wood-lit over over Suhoor, the act of eating a snack before sunrise when fasting begins. Taken in Bab Al Ramel.
 
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Child praying by himself behind adult males in a mosque. Taken in Tawjeeh Street.
 
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Women performing Eid prayer.

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Elderly man with the help of a younger male removing the post-Taraweeh praying mats that were spread out in the street. The local mosque was not able to accommodate any more worshipers. Taken in Mina.
 
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Shot taken from the roof of a 13-story building during the mass iftar held at the Groupy Roundabout in Mina. Attendants of both religions insisted on lighting candles in shapes of a cross and a crescent, in an unplanned move by the organizers. This turned into an attraction through the night. Taken in Mina.
 
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Worshiper performing Isha' prayer behind an Imam in one of Tripoli's biggest mosques.
 
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The Grand mosque, known as one of the town's pillars and most renowned landmarks. The mosque's court looking empty as worshipers are inside busy performing their night prayers.
 
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Preparations underway for final celebrations during Eid. Woman passing the graveyard in Tripoli.
 
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The all-time-famous Saha w Hana iftar, the Mass Iftar event that closed down the main roundabout in town, the one that happens to be the city's south entrance, for a very good cause. The iftar managed to bring together a lot of people, whether muslims or not, for an event that provided iftar for orphans and poor individuals and families from all over town.
 
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Another mass iftar held by a bunch of activists and well-doers in town. The iftar gathered people from both religions to share iftar on the same table in a one-of-a-kind event where everybody contributed. Mosques and Churches announced Maghrib prayer, the time to break the fast, in an out of this world audio-visual scenery.

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