According to expert' estimations, there are about 1.5-2 million Muslim living in Ukraine. And in the end of July-beginning of August they celebrate Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and the month in which Muslims believe the Quran was revealed.

Iftar refers to the evening meal when Muslims break their fast during the Islamic month of Ramadan. Iftar is one of the religious observances of Ramadan and is often done as a community, with people gathering to break their fast together. ForUm had a chance to take part in the celebration.

...Festive atmosphere is 'visible' at the very entrance to the capital's mosque "Ar-rahma" regardless of Ramadan or any other holiday.

At the entrance the guests are welcomed by veiled press office workers and ... smoking incense.

The mosque is not only a church, but a place for leisure activities, and children are regulars here.

This time it is an official reception, including representatives of main Muslim countries, as well as CIS and European diplomats. Islamic world is wide, and we met all kinds of people.

The guests are being welcomed by mufti of Ukraine - sheik Ahmed Tamim (on the right).

The Ukrainian guests include famous experts and specialists, such as political scientist Dr. Valentyn Yakushyk.

There are both Muslim Ukrainian women. Today's dinner consists of Arab cuisine, but every next evening the meal differs. Every nation presents its traditional cuisine. The Chechen and the  Iranians already had their evenings, the next ones are the Afghans and the Tunisians.

Iftar is done right after Maghrib (sunset) time.

Women also pray, but in a separate sector.

When the sun goes down, the mosques immerses into mystic emerald halo, reminding everyone that green is the principle color of Islam.

Andriy Boyarunetsk, photos by Viktor Kovalchuk


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