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This article is about the Islamic festival. For the Hinud lantern, see Kandeel. For the village in Iran, see Kandal, West Azerbaijan.

Kandil is one of the five Islamic holy nights when the minarets are illuminated and special prayers are made: Mevlit, Regaip, Miraç, Berat, Kadir.

The story of Kandil[edit]

The five holy evenings on the Muslim calendar are called Kandil. During the Ottoman Empire Sultan Selim II of 16th century lit candles on the minarets of the mosques in order to announce these holy nights to the public. Since this calendar is calculated with the revolution of the moon around the earth the dates of the Kandils differ every year.

  • Mevlid Kandili (Mawlid an-Nabi) - The birth of Prophet Mohammad
  • Regaip Kandili – The night of Muhammed's conception
  • Miraç Kandili (Lailat al Miraj) – Prophet Mohammad's rising to sky
  • Berat Kandili (Mid-Sha'ban) – The forgiveness of the sins
  • Kadir Gecesi (Laylat al-Qadr) – The Koran's first appearance to Prophet Mohammad