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“Muslims throughout the world are currently observing the holy month of Ramadan. Observant Muslims participate in fasting (sawm), one of the five pillars of their faith, this entire Lunar month.  Eating, drinking, smoking and sexual activity is prohibited from dawn until sunset. Along side restraining from bad intentions,desires, and superficial needs. The fast is broken at sunset with the evening meal called Iftar. Local customs define varying traditions, including differing types of food used to break the daily fast. Children, women in pregnancy/menses, sick/poor health individuals, and those traveling do not have to fast. During this time, Muslims are also encourage to read the entire Quran, to give freely to those in need, give charity,seek forgiveness and strengthen their ties to God through prayer. The fasting is meant to teach a person patience, humility, sacrifice, and empathy for the poor. After the month long fast, Eid al-Fitr is celebrated to mark the end of Ramadan.”

1. Hui Muslim women prepare food to break their fast during Ramadan at a women’s only Mosque  in Sangpo, Henan Province, China. (Kevin Frayer / Getty Images)

2. Filipino Muslims pray outside Mindanao’s first ever pink mosque at Datu Saudi Ampatuan town, Maguindanao province, as they observe the start of Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting.(Jeoffrey Maitem/Inquirer Mindanao)

3. A child recites the Quran under a teacher’s instruction during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan at a Madrassa in Nairobi, Kenya.(AP Photo/Sayyid Azim)

4. A Malaysian Muslim family breaks their fast on the first day of the holy Islamic month of Ramadan in Kuala Lumpur. (Manan Vatsyayana/AFP/Getty Images)

5.  Thai Muslim women offering prayers as they gather at the central mosque at the start of the month of Ramadan in Thailand’s restive southern province of Pattani. (Tuwaedaniya Meringing/AFP/Getty Images)

6. People eat at the breaking of fasting of the second day of Ramadan, in the premises of the Seeds of Solidarity (‘Graine de Solidarite’) association in Bordeaux. Founded in 1986, Seeds of Solidarity gives away free meals all year in the streets of Bordeaux, and serves up to 300 meals every night during Ramadan, to homeless and deprived people, regardless if they are Muslim or not. (Mehdi Fedouach/AFP/Getty Images)

7. A Mesharati (Ramadan drummer) beats his drum (under a plastic containder] during the Ramadan month and awakens people for suhoor by shouting their name in Cairo, Egypt. Children walk with Mesharati around the neighborhood (Getty Images/ Anadolu Agency)

8. A Kashmiri Muslim worshipper reads Islam’s holy book, the Quran at the Shah-i-Hamdaan shrine during the holy month of Ramadan in Srinagar.(TAUSEEF MUSTAFA/AFP/Getty Images)

9. Muslim family saying prayers before breaking their fast during the holy month of Ramadan in Kano, Nigeria. Fasting is a physical and mental exercise meant to draw worshippers closer to God and increase empathy for the poor. (AP Photo/Sani Maikatanga)

10. A street vendor plugs in decorations for Ramadan  in Amman, Jordan. (AP Photo/Mohammad Hannon)