|Sahib Hashim AlKhatat|
|The first appearance of Fanoos Ramadan was at the beginning of Islam. It is used as lighting, that's portible and conventional such as going to friends, family, or Mosques. The Egyptians were the first to make the Fanoos on the fifth of Ramadan , during the year 358 Hijreeya. At this time, Almooiz Lildeenallah AlFatamee arrived in Cairo, Egypt at night, greeted by the people of Cairo whom General Jowher AlSaqulee instructed to welcome the visitor into the city warmly. The General told the people to carry their candles by plastering them onto a block of wood so their hands wouldn't get burnt. From that night forward, it became a custom for the (Fatimeyoon) to carry their candles in this fashion. The musaharatee (those who woke people up for sahur) would wander during the nights with lanterns and drums, keeping the people up at night. |
Later a law was passed that everyone was to place a lantern over their houses from sunset until sunrise, throughout Ramadan. Eventually, smaller lanterns were made for children to carry around without the risk of dangerous hazards. Females began to stay out later at night to visit older women, to hear their stories and folk tales, since they had light with them to help them back home through the dark. Oil was used to fuel the lantern and keep it burning longer. The lantern was such a popular idea that they were mass manufactured and bought throughout the public for everyday use.