The world's one point two billion Muslims, around one-fifth of humanity on Monday began this year's observance of the Ramadan fasting season, regarded as one of the five pillars of the Islamic faith.
Yemeni man reads a copy of the Koran at the Great Mosque on the first day of the fasting month of Ramadan, in the Old city of Sana''a, Yemen, 01 August 2011.(EPA)
A Palestinian boy plays with fireworks to celebrate the beginning of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan in Gaza City on 01 August 2011.(EPA)
Yemeni anti-government protesters pray as they hold the Iftar meal to break their fast on the first day of the fasting month of Ramadan, in Sanaa, Yemen, 01 August 2011.(EPA)
An UAE police fire a cannon, as a signal for the end of the fasting day during Ramadan, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on 01 August 2011.(EPA)
A picture made available on 01 August 2011 shows Saleh Tayseer (C), one of the leader of the Dar Al Salam mosque welcomeing Muslim men gathering inside the mosque for a joint prayer on the eve of the Muslims holy fasting month of Ramadan in Budapest, Hungary, 31 July 2011.(EPA)
A Kashmiri Muslim man cleansing a shrine in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir, 01 August 2011.(EPA)
A man reads the Koran on the first day of Ramadan while taking shelter from rain on a sidewalk in Lahore August 2, 2011.(Reuters)
A Nepalese Muslim reads the Koran on the second day of the month-long fasting during the holy month of Ramadan in Kathmandu August 2, 2011.(Reuters)
Children break fast at King Fahad Mosque on the first day of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan in Culver City, Los Angeles, California August 1, 2011.(Reuters)
A rebel fighter prays before breaking fast at the front line near the Libyan town of Zlitan, 160 km (100 miles) east of Tripoli, August 1, 2011.(Reuters)
Women prepare food for sale on the first day of the holy month of Ramadan in Utako district in Nigeria's capital Abuja August 1, 2011.(Reuters)
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Muslims all around the world are fasting together for the holy month Ramadan, though they break their fast in ways that highlight the diversity of the global Muslim community.
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The holy month of Ramadan starts on 15 May, and is a time of fasting and prayer for millions of Muslims across the world.
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