3 June 2011 /TODAY'S ZAMAN
Muslims all across Turkey celebrated the Regaip Kandili on Thursday with prayers, marking the beginning of the three holy months in the Islamic Hijri calendar. Regaip Kandili, or Laylat al-Ragha'ib in Arabic, commemorates the conception of the Prophet Muhammad.
Regaip Kandili is celebrated on the Thursday night preceding the first Friday in the month of Rajab. Many Muslims fasted on Thursday and visited mosques for communal celebrations.
Issuing a message in connection with Regaip Kandili, Religious Affairs Directorate President Mehmet Görmez said Muslims are entering into the holy atmosphere of three holy months, Rajab, Sha'aban and Ramadan. Stating that in today's world, the biggest issues that people are facing are not controlling ego, not restraining desires and passions and not remembering God in our deeds. He said: “Regaip is not just commemorating a holy night that took place in our history. It is a holy night to re-evaluate our desires, passions and goals for the future.”