News ID: 8871
Publish Date: 26 July 2012 - 18:42
Mukarram Nouri works as an engineer in a local petroleum company and stays out of touch with his relatives and friends most of the year because of his tight work schedule and inter-city trips.

But the holy fasting month of Ramadan gives him a chance to see his friends and relatives at "family Iftar” and "mass Iftar”, two popular features of Ramadan for Georgian Muslims.

"Long distances, heavy work schedules and unavailability of mosques are the major factors that keep Georgian Muslims, especially in Tbilisi away from each other for most of the year,” Mukarram, in his late 40s, told

"Even close family members do not see each other for months because of work schedules and long distances.”

Mukarram, of Azeri origin, who was born and brought up in Tiblisi, says that family Iftar at home and mass Iftar at Saburtala mosque, the only official mosque in Tiblisi, provide a rare chance to Georgian Muslims to see each other.

"Our group of friends has planned to sponsor a mass Iftar at the Mosque, where not only our friends, but the foreign (Muslim) students studying here will also be invited,” Mukarram said.

Mukarram and family also plan to arrange an Iftar for his relative and family friends, whom they otherwise hardly see during 11 months of the year.

"It (Ramadan) is a special month for the entire Muslim Ummah,” Elnaz Nouri, the wife of Mukarram, told

"But for us, it has a great social importance as well.”

Attired in long skirt and a loose shirt and covering her head with white scarf, Elnaz too appears to be excited about Ramadan.

"My two sisters, and a brother live in and around Tiblisi, but we hardly see each other because we all are working people,” Elnaz said.

"Their children, who all are grown up now, are studying in different parts of Georgia, and they all get together in Ramadan, particularly in the last ten days.”


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