Ramazan Celebration

Aug 01, 2011, 12:25 PM IST
An Iraqi woman shops for food in preparation for the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, which is set to begin in August, in Baghdad.
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An Iraqi woman shops for food in preparation for the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, which is set to begin in August, in Baghdad.

A Pakistani Muslim selects Islam`s holy book, the Quran, for recital in Mohabbat Khan mosque in Peshawar.
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A Pakistani Muslim selects Islam`s holy book, the Quran, for recital in Mohabbat Khan mosque in Peshawar.

A Palestinian vendor displays religious books ahead of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan in the West Bank town of Jenin.
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A Palestinian vendor displays religious books ahead of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan in the West Bank town of Jenin.

Indonesian Muslims perform Tarawih, an evening prayer marking the first eve of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta.
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Indonesian Muslims perform Tarawih, an evening prayer marking the first eve of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta.

A Pakistani worker cleans the floor of a historical Badshahi mosque in preparation for the upcoming Ramadan in Lahore.
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A Pakistani worker cleans the floor of a historical Badshahi mosque in preparation for the upcoming Ramadan in Lahore.

An Egyptian woman shops for dates supplies, a main item in the Egyptians food supplies list of the holy month of Ramadan that starts August first this year, in Cairo.
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An Egyptian woman shops for dates supplies, a main item in the Egyptians food supplies list of the holy month of Ramadan that starts August first this year, in Cairo.

Filipino Muslim women pray inside a mosque during the first day of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in suburban Paranaque, south of Manila.
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Filipino Muslim women pray inside a mosque during the first day of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in suburban Paranaque, south of Manila.

Indonesian Muslim men nap during the first day of the holy fasting month of Ramadhan at Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta.
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Indonesian Muslim men nap during the first day of the holy fasting month of Ramadhan at Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta.

Two Chinese Hui Muslim girl read the Quran, Islam`s holy book, at the Niujie Mosque as they wait for their fast on the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in Beijing.
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Two Chinese Hui Muslim girl read the Quran, Islam`s holy book, at the Niujie Mosque as they wait for their fast on the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in Beijing.

A Chinese Hui Muslim boys waits in front of food as they wait to break their fast on the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in Beijing.
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A Chinese Hui Muslim boys waits in front of food as they wait to break their fast on the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in Beijing.

Kashmiri Muslims offers prayer on a street on the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in Srinagar.
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Kashmiri Muslims offers prayer on a street on the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in Srinagar.

Bangladeshi Muslims gather to buy traditional food items for breaking fast on the first day of holy Ramadan at Chalk Bazar market in Dhaka.
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Bangladeshi Muslims gather to buy traditional food items for breaking fast on the first day of holy Ramadan at Chalk Bazar market in Dhaka.

Bangladeshi vendors display for sale traditional food items for breaking fast on the first day of holy Ramadan at Chalk Bazar market in Dhaka.
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Bangladeshi vendors display for sale traditional food items for breaking fast on the first day of holy Ramadan at Chalk Bazar market in Dhaka.

Children help to distribute food for breaking fast on the first day of Ramadan at Jama Mosque, in New Delhi, India.
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Children help to distribute food for breaking fast on the first day of Ramadan at Jama Mosque, in New Delhi, India.

Pakistani youths prepare food stuff to be distributed among people breaking their fast, at a charity food point specially set up for holy fasting month of Ramadan.
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Pakistani youths prepare food stuff to be distributed among people breaking their fast, at a charity food point specially set up for holy fasting month of Ramadan.

Kashmiri Muslim children recite verses from the holy Quran at a local madrasa, or Muslim religious school, during the holy month of Ramadan in Srinagar.
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Kashmiri Muslim children recite verses from the holy Quran at a local madrasa, or Muslim religious school, during the holy month of Ramadan in Srinagar.

Indonesians shop for food for breaking their fast at a market in jakarta, Indonesia.
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Indonesians shop for food for breaking their fast at a market in jakarta, Indonesia.

An Afghan man, right, prays before breaking his fast at a charity food point set up by Afghanistan Red Crescent for poor people during the Muslim`s holy fasting month of Ramadan in the city of Jalalabad.
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An Afghan man, right, prays before breaking his fast at a charity food point set up by Afghanistan Red Crescent for poor people during the Muslim`s holy fasting month of Ramadan in the city of Jalalabad.

People jostle for a free food distributed during the Muslims holy fasting month of Ramadan in Lahore, Pakistan.
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People jostle for a free food distributed during the Muslims holy fasting month of Ramadan in Lahore, Pakistan.

Kashmiri Muslim orphan children pray after they break their fast during Ramadan at the Raahat orphanage in Srinagar.
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Kashmiri Muslim orphan children pray after they break their fast during Ramadan at the Raahat orphanage in Srinagar.

Kashmiri Muslim orphan children pray before they break their fast during Ramadan at the Raahat orphanage in Srinagar.
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Kashmiri Muslim orphan children pray before they break their fast during Ramadan at the Raahat orphanage in Srinagar.

A Pakistani volunteer gives food to poor people gathered to break their fast in Rawalpindi.
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A Pakistani volunteer gives food to poor people gathered to break their fast in Rawalpindi.

An Indian Muslim prays after breaking the Ramadan fast at the Jama Masjid in New Delhi.
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An Indian Muslim prays after breaking the Ramadan fast at the Jama Masjid in New Delhi.

Muslim women pray at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on the first Friday of the holy month of Ramadan in Jerusalem`s Old City.
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Muslim women pray at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on the first Friday of the holy month of Ramadan in Jerusalem`s Old City.

An Indonesian Muslim woman`s face is reflected in a mirrored stone wall, left, as she recites the Quran during Friday prayers in the holy fasting month of Ramadan at Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta.
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An Indonesian Muslim woman`s face is reflected in a mirrored stone wall, left, as she recites the Quran during Friday prayers in the holy fasting month of Ramadan at Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta.

An Indian Muslim boy takes a picture of his mother and sister as they wait with their food to break the Ramadan fast at the Jama Masjid in New Delhi.
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An Indian Muslim boy takes a picture of his mother and sister as they wait with their food to break the Ramadan fast at the Jama Masjid in New Delhi.

Muslim men wait for the time to break their fast at Baiturrahman Grand Mosque in Banda Aceh, Indonesia.
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Muslim men wait for the time to break their fast at Baiturrahman Grand Mosque in Banda Aceh, Indonesia.

A Kashmiri Muslim girl looks on as women pray at Shah-e Hamdan mosque in Srinagar.
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A Kashmiri Muslim girl looks on as women pray at Shah-e Hamdan mosque in Srinagar.

Kashmiri Muslims jostle as a man distributes cooked rice as offering in the compound of Shah-e Hamdan mosque in Srinagar.
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Kashmiri Muslims jostle as a man distributes cooked rice as offering in the compound of Shah-e Hamdan mosque in Srinagar.

An Egyptian soldier reads the Quran, Islam`s holy book, as he guards outside Al Azhar headquarters, the highest Islamic Sunni institution.
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An Egyptian soldier reads the Quran, Islam`s holy book, as he guards outside Al Azhar headquarters, the highest Islamic Sunni institution.

With World`s tallest tower, Burj Khalifa in the background, Muslim`s break their fast at a mosque in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
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With World`s tallest tower, Burj Khalifa in the background, Muslim`s break their fast at a mosque in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Palestinian Muslim girls pray during the holy month of Ramadan at a mosque in the Balata refugee camp in the West Bank city of Nablus.
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Palestinian Muslim girls pray during the holy month of Ramadan at a mosque in the Balata refugee camp in the West Bank city of Nablus.

Students are split into groups as they attend a Quran recitation class at an Islamic boarding school in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia.
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Students are split into groups as they attend a Quran recitation class at an Islamic boarding school in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia.

Afghan boys recite verses of the Quran during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan at a mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan.
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Afghan boys recite verses of the Quran during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan at a mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan.

People wait to break their fast during the Muslims holy fasting month of Ramadan in Lahore, Pakistan.
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People wait to break their fast during the Muslims holy fasting month of Ramadan in Lahore, Pakistan.

Bakers prepare traditional sweets in a bakery in Baghdad, Iraq. Muslims throughout the world are celebrating the holy fasting month of Ramadan.
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Bakers prepare traditional sweets in a bakery in Baghdad, Iraq. Muslims throughout the world are celebrating the holy fasting month of Ramadan.

People offer prayers at a local mosque decorated on the occasion of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Peshawar.
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People offer prayers at a local mosque decorated on the occasion of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Peshawar.

An Indian Muslim girl wears a fancy dress as she waits for noon prayers to begin at the Jama Masjid in New Delhi.
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An Indian Muslim girl wears a fancy dress as she waits for noon prayers to begin at the Jama Masjid in New Delhi.

Bangladeshi Muslims attend Friday prayer at Baitul Mukarram National Mosque in Dhaka.
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Bangladeshi Muslims attend Friday prayer at Baitul Mukarram National Mosque in Dhaka.

Indian Muslim boys stand on a platform to offer prayers at a mosque in Allahabad.
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Indian Muslim boys stand on a platform to offer prayers at a mosque in Allahabad.

A Yemeni man, left, sits outside his shop as he reads the Quran, Islam`s holy book, during Ramadan in an alley of the old city of Sanaa, Yemen.
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A Yemeni man, left, sits outside his shop as he reads the Quran, Islam`s holy book, during Ramadan in an alley of the old city of Sanaa, Yemen.

Egyptians walk under traditional decorations marking Muslim`s holy month of Ramadan in Cairo. During Ramadan, Muslims worldwide fast from sunrise to sunset.
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Egyptians walk under traditional decorations marking Muslim`s holy month of Ramadan in Cairo. During Ramadan, Muslims worldwide fast from sunrise to sunset.

Afghan National army soldiers pray after breaking their fast at a military base in the outskirts of Herat. Muslims across the world are observing the holy fasting month of Ramadan, where they refrain from eating, drinking and smoking from dawn to dusk.
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Afghan National army soldiers pray after breaking their fast at a military base in the outskirts of Herat. Muslims across the world are observing the holy fasting month of Ramadan, where they refrain from eating, drinking and smoking from dawn to dusk.

Pakistani Muslims break their fast at a mosque in Rawalpindi on the 16th day of Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
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Pakistani Muslims break their fast at a mosque in Rawalpindi on the 16th day of Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

Pakistani Muslims break their fast at a mosque in Rawalpindi.
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Pakistani Muslims break their fast at a mosque in Rawalpindi.

Pakistani Muslims break their fast at a mosque in Rawalpindi on the 16th day of Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
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Pakistani Muslims break their fast at a mosque in Rawalpindi on the 16th day of Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

Women reach out to receive bread that were donated for Iftar, the evening meal for breaking fast, during the month of Ramadan, in Peshawar.
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Women reach out to receive bread that were donated for Iftar, the evening meal for breaking fast, during the month of Ramadan, in Peshawar.

Ramadan ornaments and a billboard of former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri are displayed at the port-city of Sidon, southern Lebanon.
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Ramadan ornaments and a billboard of former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri are displayed at the port-city of Sidon, southern Lebanon.

Lebansese Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah speaks through a giant TV screen during an iftar meal on the third week of the holy month of Ramadan in Beirut.
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Lebansese Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah speaks through a giant TV screen during an iftar meal on the third week of the holy month of Ramadan in Beirut.

Sudan`s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir welcomes foreign diplomats during the annual Presidential Ramadan break fast in Khartoum.
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Sudan`s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir welcomes foreign diplomats during the annual Presidential Ramadan break fast in Khartoum.

An Iranian woman prays in a religious ceremony during the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan at the Imam Khomeini grand mosque in Tehran.
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An Iranian woman prays in a religious ceremony during the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan at the Imam Khomeini grand mosque in Tehran.

A general view is seen of the Grand Mosque (C) during the Muslim month of Ramadan in the holy city of Mecca.
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A general view is seen of the Grand Mosque (C) during the Muslim month of Ramadan in the holy city of Mecca.

The Mecca Clock of the Grand Mosque is seen during the Muslim month of Ramadan in the holy city of Mecca.
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The Mecca Clock of the Grand Mosque is seen during the Muslim month of Ramadan in the holy city of Mecca.

A general view is seen of the Grand Mosque during the Muslim month of Ramadan in the holy city of Mecca. Saudi Arabia has begun the biggest expansion yet of Islam`s holiest site, the Grand Mosque in Mecca, to raise its capacity to 2 million pilgrims, the state news agency SPA said.
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A general view is seen of the Grand Mosque during the Muslim month of Ramadan in the holy city of Mecca. Saudi Arabia has begun the biggest expansion yet of Islam`s holiest site, the Grand Mosque in Mecca, to raise its capacity to 2 million pilgrims, the state news agency SPA said.

Pilgrims pray in the Grand Mosque during the Muslim month of Ramadan in the holy city of Mecca.
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Pilgrims pray in the Grand Mosque during the Muslim month of Ramadan in the holy city of Mecca.

A man reads the Muslims` holy book the Quran at a local mosque during the Muslims fasting month of Ramadan in Peshawar.
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A man reads the Muslims` holy book the Quran at a local mosque during the Muslims fasting month of Ramadan in Peshawar.

Jordan`s King Abdullah (C) performs the umra, a mini pilgrimage, in the holy city of Mecca.
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Jordan`s King Abdullah (C) performs the umra, a mini pilgrimage, in the holy city of Mecca.

Jordan`s King Abdullah (2nd R) performs the umra, a mini pilgrimage, in the holy city of Mecca.
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Jordan`s King Abdullah (2nd R) performs the umra, a mini pilgrimage, in the holy city of Mecca.

Pakistani poor wait for free food outside a restaurant in Rawalpindi after the Iftar on the holy month of Ramadan.
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Pakistani poor wait for free food outside a restaurant in Rawalpindi after the Iftar on the holy month of Ramadan.

A Pakistani restaurant employee distributes free rice to labourers in Rawalpindi after the Iftar on the holy month of Ramadan.
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A Pakistani restaurant employee distributes free rice to labourers in Rawalpindi after the Iftar on the holy month of Ramadan.

Pakistani Muslim children distribute dates to commuters to break their fast along a roadside in Islamabad during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan.
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Pakistani Muslim children distribute dates to commuters to break their fast along a roadside in Islamabad during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan.

A Syrian vendor displays sweets before devout Muslims break their fast with the `iftar` meal during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan in Al-Midan neighbourhood in central Damascus.
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A Syrian vendor displays sweets before devout Muslims break their fast with the `iftar` meal during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan in Al-Midan neighbourhood in central Damascus.

Nepalese Muslims pray before breaking their fast at a mosque during the holy month of Ramadan in Kathmandu.
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Nepalese Muslims pray before breaking their fast at a mosque during the holy month of Ramadan in Kathmandu.

A Nepalese Muslim boy counts plates while arranging the break fast meal for devotees at a mosque during the holy month of Ramadan in Kathmandu.
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A Nepalese Muslim boy counts plates while arranging the break fast meal for devotees at a mosque during the holy month of Ramadan in Kathmandu.

Nepalese Muslims pray before breaking their fast at a mosque during the holy month of Ramadan in Kathmandu.
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Nepalese Muslims pray before breaking their fast at a mosque during the holy month of Ramadan in Kathmandu.

Muslims pray on the last Friday of Ramadan inside the Jamia Mosque in Amritsar.
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Muslims pray on the last Friday of Ramadan inside the Jamia Mosque in Amritsar.

A young Indian Muslim boy, from a nomadic community, offers prayers on the last Friday of Ramadan inside the Jamia Mosque in Amritsar.
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A young Indian Muslim boy, from a nomadic community, offers prayers on the last Friday of Ramadan inside the Jamia Mosque in Amritsar.

A young Indian Muslim boy looks skyward as elders pray on the last Friday of Ramadan inside the Jamia Mosque in Amritsar.
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A young Indian Muslim boy looks skyward as elders pray on the last Friday of Ramadan inside the Jamia Mosque in Amritsar.

Syrian women, who live in Amman, Jordan, perform Ramadan special prayers before a rally calling for President Bashar Assad to step down, in Amman.
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Syrian women, who live in Amman, Jordan, perform Ramadan special prayers before a rally calling for President Bashar Assad to step down, in Amman.

A Pakistani girl prays at a Friday congregation at a local mosque on the last Friday of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan in Lahore.
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A Pakistani girl prays at a Friday congregation at a local mosque on the last Friday of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan in Lahore.

Kashmiri Muslims offer prayers during the last Friday of Ramadan outside Jamia Masjid mosque in Srinagar, India.
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Kashmiri Muslims offer prayers during the last Friday of Ramadan outside Jamia Masjid mosque in Srinagar, India.

People offer the last Friday prayers of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Peshawar, Pakistan.
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People offer the last Friday prayers of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Peshawar, Pakistan.

Bollywood actor Aamir Khan, center, and others break their Ramadan fast, during the 12th day of anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare`s fast against corruption at the venue of his fast in New Delhi.
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Bollywood actor Aamir Khan, center, and others break their Ramadan fast, during the 12th day of anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare`s fast against corruption at the venue of his fast in New Delhi.

A Syrian street vendor waits for customers as he displays women clothes for sale in a street, two days ahead of Eid al-Fitr that marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, in Damascus.
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A Syrian street vendor waits for customers as he displays women clothes for sale in a street, two days ahead of Eid al-Fitr that marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, in Damascus.

Kashmiri Muslims shop from roadside vendors ahead of Eid al-Fitr in Srinagar.
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Kashmiri Muslims shop from roadside vendors ahead of Eid al-Fitr in Srinagar.

Indian Muslims, shop around Nakhoda mosque ahead of Eid al-Fitr in Kolkata.
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Indian Muslims, shop around Nakhoda mosque ahead of Eid al-Fitr in Kolkata.

Indian Muslims break their fast outside a mosque during the holy month of Ramadan in Ahmadabad.
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Indian Muslims break their fast outside a mosque during the holy month of Ramadan in Ahmadabad.

Indian Muslims gather outside the Jama mosque during the holy month of Ramadan in New Delhi, India.
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Indian Muslims gather outside the Jama mosque during the holy month of Ramadan in New Delhi, India.

Indian Muslims shop outside the Jama mosque during the holy month of Ramadan in New Delhi, India.
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Indian Muslims shop outside the Jama mosque during the holy month of Ramadan in New Delhi, India.

Indian Muslims pray outside the Jama mosque during the holy month of Ramadan in New Delhi, India.
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Indian Muslims pray outside the Jama mosque during the holy month of Ramadan in New Delhi, India.