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Muslims Around The World Observe Ramadan, Holy Month Of Fasting

Follow along with the international Muslim community as they celebrate Ramadan.

Observant Muslims around the world are celebrating Ramadan, a holy month during which they will fast during the daylight hours. The fast emphasizes personal discipline and focus on spiritual rather than material things. It is also a time of celebration and feasting as communities come together to break the fast in a traditional iftar meal.

Ramadan, which literally means "scorching" in Arabic, is the 9th month of the Islamic calendar. It was established as a holy month for Muslims after the Quran was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad in 610 CE on the occasion known as Laylat al-Qadr, frequently translated as “the Night of Power.” 

The closure of Ramadan is marked by the holiday of Eid ul-Fitr, which takes place roughly 30 days after the beginning of the month. On Eid ul-Fitr, morning prayers are followed by feasting and celebration among family and friends.

See how Muslims around the world are praying, fasting and feasting for Ramadan. We will update this slideshow throughout the month so you can follow along with the international Muslim community as they celebrate Ramadan.

  • Indonesia
    JAKARTA, INDONESIA - JUNE 6: An Indonesian Muslim man reads the Quran during the first day of the fasting month of Ramadan at
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    JAKARTA, INDONESIA - JUNE 6: An Indonesian Muslim man reads the Quran during the first day of the fasting month of Ramadan at a Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia, on June 6, 2016. 
  • Germany
    BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 5: Muslims perform the first "Tarawih" prayer on the eve of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan at the S
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    BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 5: Muslims perform the first "Tarawih" prayer on the eve of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan at the Sehitlik Mosque in Berlin, Germany on June 5, 2016.
  • India
    Muslim men look towards the sky to spot the crescent moon, on the eve of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, at the Jama Masji
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    Muslim men look towards the sky to spot the crescent moon, on the eve of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, at the Jama Masjid (Grand Mosque) in the old quarters of Delhi, India, June 6, 2016. 
  • Indonesia
    MEDAN, INDONESIA - JUNE 6 : Students from an Islamic boarding school attend a Quran recitation during Ramadan in a mosqu
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    MEDAN, INDONESIA - JUNE 6 : Students from an Islamic boarding school attend a Quran recitation during Ramadan in a mosque in Medan of the Indonesia's North Sumatra province June 6, 2016.
  • Russia
    MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JUNE 5: Muslims perform the first "Tarawih" prayer on the eve of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan at the Ce
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    MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JUNE 5: Muslims perform the first "Tarawih" prayer on the eve of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan at the Central Mosque in Moscow, Russia on June 5, 2016.
  • Ethiopia
    ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA - JUNE 5: Muslims perform the first "Tarawih" prayer on the eve of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan at
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    ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA - JUNE 5: Muslims perform the first "Tarawih" prayer on the eve of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan at the Anwar Grand Mosque in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on June 5, 2016.
  • Turkey
    ANKARA, TURKEY - JUNE 5: Muslims perform the first "Tarawih" prayer on the eve of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan at Kocate
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    ANKARA, TURKEY - JUNE 5: Muslims perform the first "Tarawih" prayer on the eve of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan at Kocatepe Mosque in Ankara, Turkey on June 5, 2016.
  • Turkey
    ANKARA, TURKEY - JUNE 6: Turkish shop owner puts sausages in order as he tries to sell them during the Islamic holy month of
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    ANKARA, TURKEY - JUNE 6: Turkish shop owner puts sausages in order as he tries to sell them during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan at Ulus district of Ankara, Turkey on June 6, 2016.
  • Lebanon
    A vendor fills a bag with pickled produce on the first day of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Tripoli, Lebanon June 6, 2
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    A vendor fills a bag with pickled produce on the first day of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Tripoli, Lebanon June 6, 2016.
  • Pakistan
    Pakistani Muslims perform a special "Tarawih" evening prayer on the first day of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan at a mos
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    Pakistani Muslims perform a special "Tarawih" evening prayer on the first day of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan at a mosque in Karachi on June 6, 2016.
  • Jerusalem
    JERUSALEM -JUNE 5: Muslims perform the first "Tarawih" prayer on the eve of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan at the Al-Aqsa
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    JERUSALEM -JUNE 5: Muslims perform the first "Tarawih" prayer on the eve of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan at the Al-Aqsa mosque's yard in Jerusalem on June 5, 2016.
  • Saudi Arabia
    Muslims break their fast at the Grand Mosque during the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, June 6, 2016.
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    Muslims break their fast at the Grand Mosque during the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, June 6, 2016.
  • Malaysia
    KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - JUNE 6: Muslims buy food before they break their fast on the first day of Ramadan, at Masjid Jamek o
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    KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - JUNE 6: Muslims buy food before they break their fast on the first day of Ramadan, at Masjid Jamek on June 6, 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • Yemen
    An elderly man reads verses of the Quran, Islam's holy book, on the first day of the fasting month of Ramadan in the Grand Mo
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    An elderly man reads verses of the Quran, Islam's holy book, on the first day of the fasting month of Ramadan in the Grand Mosque in the old city of Sanaa, Yemen, Monday, June 6, 2016.
  • Afghanistan
    Afghans break their fast during the first day of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, June 6, 201
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    Afghans break their fast during the first day of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, June 6, 2016.
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