The firing of the cannon in the Muslim holy month of Ramadan was to notify worshipers that it was time to break their fast. Although the cannon is still used in many cities in the Arab world, it no longer serves its main purpose but rather is a symbolic tradition.
Mecca’s Ramadan cannon on Jabal Al-Midfa (Cannon Mountain) against the backdrop of the Grand Mosque. (Photo courtesy: Okaz)
A cannon is fired in El-Mahalla El-Kubra in Egypt to notify Muslims they can break their fast. (Photo courtesy: Mohamed Hossam Eldin)
Sharjah Police display cannons at various locations. (Photo courtesy: Gulf News)
A cannon is fired to sound the end of the Ramadan fast before the call for prayer at Al Noor Mosque in Sharjah. (Photo courtesy: Gulf news)