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Pictures of Muslims celebrating Ramadan across globe

22 June 2015 16:22

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Muslims are celebrating Ramadan, the holy month of fasting and abstinence, all over the world, in pictures.

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar when Muslims around the world abstain from eating and drinking from dawn to dusk.

A Palestinian man reads a copy of the Quran, Islam’s holy book, in a mosque on the first day Ramadan in Gaza City, on June 18, 2015. 
A Palestinian girl holds a traditional lantern known in Arabic as “Fanous” sold during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, as the faithful prepare for the start of the Muslim holy month, on June 17, 2015. 

 

Muslims break their fast following evening prayers by having an “iftar” meal.

A man sits in front of plates of food as Muslims prepare to break their fast during the holy month of Ramadan on June 21, 2015, at Turki bin Abdulaziz grand mosque in the Saudi capital Riyadh.
Muslims break their fast during the holy month of Ramadan on June 21, 2015, at Turki bin Abdulaziz grand mosque in Riyadh.

 

In an unprecedented event, most of the world’s countries announce an identical day, June 18, 2015, as the beginning of Ramadan this year.

Pakistani volunteers distribute drinks to people before breaking their fast during Ramadan in Karachi on June 20, 2015.
A Pakistani baker prepares sweet ‘Jalebi’ for Iftar during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan in Islamabad on June 19, 2015.
Pakistani Muslims pray before breaking their fast during the fasting month in Karachi on June 19, 2015. 

During the month, Muslims are strongly recommended to refrain from backbiting, swearing, and fighting in a bid to purify their souls.

Bangladeshi street vendors prepare Iftar for breaking their fast on the first day of  the holy fasting month of Islam, at a traditional bazaar in the old part of Dhaka on July 19, 2015.
Indian Muslim boys offer prayers prior to breaking their fast on the first day of the Islamic holy month at Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad on June 19, 2015. 

 

Spanned across 49 countries, Islam is practiced by an estimated 1.6 billion people around the world.

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