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Kandil (from Latin: candēla, "a candle") 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
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 – (Laylat al-Raghaib) The night of Muhammad'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
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