This Is What Holy Month of Ramadan Looks Like Around The World

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This Is What Holy Month of Ramadan Looks Like Around The World

1. Istanbul, Turkey





Thousands of Turkish people break their fasting at the Blue Mosque square

 in Istanbul, during the first day of the holy month of Ramadan. Ramadan is 

sacred to Muslims because it is during that month that tradition says the Qur'an 

was revealed to the Prophet Mohammed. The fast is one of the

 five main religious obligations under Islam.

2. Surabaya, Indonesia





Indonesians Muslims pray in the first Tarawih as Muslims begin fasting for

 Ramadan at Al-Akbar Mosque in Surabaya, Indonesia.

3. Beijing, China





Muslims pray after breaking their fast on the first day of Ramadan, the muslim

 holy month, at a mosque in Beijing. China has banned civil servants, students and 

teachers in its mainly Muslim Xinjiang region from fasting during

 Ramadan and ordered restaurants to stay open.

4. London, England





Men carry out Wudu, a washing procedure in preparation for prayer, 

at the East London Mosque before the first Friday prayers of the Islamic holy 

month of Ramadan in London, England.

5. Jerusalem





Palestinian Muslim worshipers pray outside the Dome of the Rock at the 

Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem during the first Friday prayer of the 

holy month of Ramadan. Israel announced it was relaxing restrictions on the

 movement of Palestinians to and from the West Bank and Gaza Strip, ahead 

of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Men aged over 40 and women of all ages

 from the West Bank will be able to pray at the Israeli-controlled holy site, and

 800 people from the Gaza Strip will be allowed to attend Friday prayers.

6. Nairobi, Kenya





Kenyan Muslim men pray on the first Friday of Ramadan, at Jamia mosque in Nairobi, Kenya.

7. Pattani, Thailand





Thai Muslim women pray at the Pattani Central Mosque to mark 

the holy month of Ramadan in Pattani.

8. Lahore, Pakistan





Pakistani Muslims perform a special "Taraweeh" evening prayer on

 the first day of Ramadan at a mosque in Lahore.

9. Hyderabad, India





Indian Muslim boys offer prayers prior to breaking their fast on the first day

 of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan at Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad.

10. Jalalabad, Afghanistan





Afghan children study the Quran during first day of the month of

 Ramadan at a mosque in Jalalabad.

11. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia





A Malaysian Muslim arrives to offer prayers on the first Friday of

 the holy Islamic month of Ramadan in Kuala Lumpur.

12. Dhaka, Bangladesh





Bangladeshi street vendors prepare Iftar food for breaking the daytime fast

 on the first day of Ramadan, the holy fasting month of Islam, at a traditional bazaar in 

the old part of Dhaka.

13. Srinagar, India





Kashmiri Muslim women are accompanied by a child as they pray during 

the first day of the month of Ramadan, at the Shah-i-Hamdaan shrine in Srinagar.

14. Manila, Philippines





Filipino Muslims take part in prayers at the Golden Mosque in Manila.

15. Sidon, Lebanon





A vendor carries traditional sweets called 'Qatayef' during the Muslim 

fasting month of Ramadan in Sidon's Old City in southern Lebanon.

16. Gaza City, Palestine





Blind and visually impaired Palestinian girls read the Braille version of

 the Qur'an during a Qur'an memorization class at the main center of Dar al-Quran 

Society, on the first day of the holy month of Ramadan in Gaza City. Thousands of 

Palestinians, among them blind and visually impaired students, are taking lessons

 which are sponsored by the Muslim organization Dar al-Quran Society. The society 

teaches people the right recitation of the Muslim holy book and helps them 

memorize the whole Qur'an, directors in the organization said.

17. Basra, Iraq





Iraqi Muslim men gather, on the roof of Imam Ali Mosque, waiting to 

see the crescent moon marking the beginning of Ramadan, at sunset in Basra, Iraq.

18. Potočari, Bosnia





Bosnian Muslims offer a prayer during late night prayer for upcoming holy month

 of Ramadan, inside memorial room for Srebrenica massacre victims, at the memorial 

center Potocari, northeast of the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo. Family members of the

 Srebrenica victims killed in July, 1995, will mark the first night of Ramadan at the 

memorial center Potocari, in front of the graves of killed Muslims from this small Bosnian town.

19. Taunggyi, Myanmar





Muslims pray on the first day of Ramadan at a Masjid in 

Taunggyi capital city of Shan State, Myanmar.

20. Singapore





Bangladeshi workers prepare to break fast during the holy month of 

Ramadan at a makeshift mosque near their dormitory in Singapore.

21. Gaza City, Palestine





A family shares in a pre-dawn Suhoor meal in Gaza City.

22. Tunis, Tunisia





A vendor displays his dates on the first day of the Muslim holy fasting 

month of Ramadan, in a market downtown in Tunis, Tunisia.

23. Ventimiglia, Italy





Migrants pray for the start of Ramadan as they gather at the French border

 hoping to enter the country in Ventimiglia, Italy. A group of around 200 migrants, 

mostly from Libya, Sudan and Eritrea, were left stranded at the border after

 French police refused them entry to the country.

24. Islamabad, Pakistan





Pakistani Muslims perform a special "Taraweeh" evening prayer on 

the first day of Ramadan at the grand Faisal Mosque in Islamabad.

25. Kathmandu, Nepal





Nepalese Muslims offer the first Friday prayers of Ramadan at 

The Kashmiri Masjid in Kathmandu.

26. Cairo, Egypt