Ramadan Mubarak! 2018

 “Muslim faithful 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 encouraged to read the entire Quran, to give freely to those in need, give charity, and strengthen their ties to God through prayer. The fasting is meant to teach a person patience, humility and sacrifice, to set aside time to ask forgiveness, practice self-restraint, and pray for guidance in the future.”

1. People attend the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, UAE. (Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images

2. Muslims break their fast on the first day of the holy month of Ramadan at Victory Park near Memorial Mosque in Moscow, Russia. (SEFA KARACAN/ANADOLU/GETTY IMAGES)  

3. People pray prior to breaking their fast at Clifton Beach Karachi, Pakistan on May 19th 2018. (Fareed Khan/AP)

4. Ivorian Muslims pray in a Mosque on the first day of Ramadan in Adjame, Ivory Coast. (Legnan Koula/EPA-EFE)

5. Taraweeh prayers on the first day of Ramadan at the Grand Anwar Mosque in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia [Getty]

6. A vendor sells food for iftar on the first day of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at a traditional food market in Jakarta, Indonesia, May 17, 2018. (Reuters/Willy Kurniawan)

7. Women break fast on the first day of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at the Darul Makmur Mosque in Singapore, May 17, 2018. (Reuters/Feline Lim)

8. Muslims perform the first taraweeh prayers on the eve of Ramadan at Mustafa Pasa Mosque in Skopje, Macedonia [Getty]

9. Palestinian men read the Quran at the al-Omary mosque in Gaza City on the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, on May 17, 2018.( Mohammed Abed / AFP Photo)  

10. Islamic decorations resembling the various phases of the moon lights up in front of Muhammad al-Amine Mosque, in the first day of the holy month of Ramadan in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, 17 May 2018. ( EPA-EFE/WAEL HAMZEH)