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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Official figures suggest Muslims make up 12 percent of Malawi's 14 million while Muslim groups put the percentage at 36.
Three were hospitalized after a fire broke out in scaffolding.
The Indian Parliament was adjourned as lawmakers called for a debate on an incident in which right-wing Hindu politicians alleged forced a Muslim worker to break fast in Ramadan
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Sanjay Mitra, 71, has been celebrating Ramadan since 1993, as a sign of solidarity, following the destruction by Hindu militants of the Babri mosque in northern India.
Twahir Kamisi, the 42-year-old the imam of Masjid Sharaf in Mbiko was killed on Saturday.
Mehmet Gormez said Muslims need to put in a joint effort to revive the quintessential values of the Islamic civilization.
The market gets crowded as the fast-breaking time approaches and chefs cook out in the open.
The project, named Al-Quran Al-Akbar (The Biggest Qur'an) features 15 chapters of the Qur'an carved on both sides of 315 revolving timber panels measuring 177cm x 140 cm.
The mosque in the Hungarian capital of Budapest, the Martyr Isa Omer Mosque, is the center where Hungarian Muslims come together and share the fast-breaking iftar dinner.
Nicolo Degiorgis's book Hidden Islam received an award at the Rencontres d'Arles photography festival for highlighting the problem Italian Muslims face in finding a suitable place for worship.
Britain First's "Kent battalion activists" stormed into the mosque's prayer hall with their shoes on, refusing requests from an elderly man to show respect to the place of worship.
The mosque was closed in 1926 during the Soviet era amid a crackdown on all public displays of religion.
Hafizs, people who memorized the Qur'an and recite it without needing any help therefore become much busier in Ramadan.
Stores are now shuttered and people stay indoors, listening out for the shriek of rockets and thud of bombs.