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In Pictures: Muslims around the world mark the start of Ramadan

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Muslims around the world have begun observing the holy month of Ramadan. During Ramadan, which is the holiest month for Muslims, people abstain from eating, drinking and smoking from dawn to sunset.

Muslims around the world marked the beginning of holy month of Ramadan on Monday.

During Ramadan, which is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, Muslims abstain from eating, drinking and smoking from dawn until sunset. The fast is intended to bring the faithful closer to God and to remind them of the sufferings of the less fortunate.

For Muslims, Ramadan is the month in which the first verses of the Quran, Islam’s holy book, were revealed to the Prophet Muhammad more than 1,400 years ago.

Fasting during Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam, along with the Muslim declaration of faith, daily prayer, charity and performing the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca.

People offer prayers before breaking their fast in the historic Sultanahmet district of Istanbul. [Lefteris Pitarakis/AP Photo]

Pakistani Muslims attend an evening prayer session called Tarawih to mark Ramadan on a road in Karachi, Pakistan. [Akhtar Soomro/Reuters]

A man prepares cookies at a small traditional factory on the first day of the holy month in Kabul, Afghanistan. [Mohammad Ismail/Reuters]

A Muslim man offers prayers before iftar, the meal after sunset, at the Masjid At-Tawheed mosque in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Muslims fast from dawn to dusk until Eid celebrations mark the end of the holy month. [Chandan Khanna/AFP]

A Muslim man offers prayers before iftar, the meal after sunset, at the Masjid At-Tawheed mosque in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Muslims fast from dawn to dusk until Eid celebrations mark the end of the holy month. [Chandan Khanna/AFP]

A woman rests in a mosque during the first day of Ramadan in Bali, Indonesia. [Firdia Lisnawti/AP Photo]

A Palestinian woman sells vegetables in the southern Gaza Strip. [Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters]

A Palestinian woman sells vegetables in the southern Gaza Strip. [Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters]

Students take part in the midday prayer at Ar-Raudlatul Hasanah Islamic Boarding School in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia. [Binsar Bakkara/AP Photo]

Students take part in the midday prayer at Ar-Raudlatul Hasanah Islamic Boarding School in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia. [Binsar Bakkara/AP Photo]

Muslims attend an iftar (fast-breaking dinner) at Ar-Rahma Mosque in Kiev, Ukraine. [Vladimir Shtanko/Anadolu]

Muslims attend an iftar (fast-breaking dinner) at Ar-Rahma Mosque in Kiev, Ukraine. [Vladmir Shtanko/Anadolu]

A Palestinian man reads the Quran in a mosque in the southern Gaza Strip. [Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters]

A Palestinian man reads the Quran in a mosque in the southern Gaza Strip. [Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters]

Dates sold at a market in Cairo, Egypt. [Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters]

Dates sold at a market in Cairo, Egypt. [Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters]

A Muslim man prays as he and others assemble to spot the crescent moon, on the eve of the holy month, at a mosque in Ahmedabad, India. [Amit Dave/Reuters]

A Muslim man prays as he and others assemble to spot the crescent moon, on the eve of the holy month, at a mosque in Ahmedabad, India. [Amit Dave/Reuters]

People gather to break their fast at Ulu Mosque in New Jersey, United States. [Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu]

People gather to break their fast at Ulu Mosque in New Jersey, United States. [Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu]

Image: Anadolu

Article: Al Jazeera