World Bulletin / News Desk
Muslims around the world abstain from food, drink and sexual relations from sunrise to sunset during the holy month. Ramadan is also a time of spiritual reflection, improvement and increased devotion and worship.
See photos from Capture the Spirit of Ramadan, an international photography contest that shows how Muslims around the world are bringing in Ramadan.
A young street vendor smiles as he sells pickles at market on Omar El-Mokhtar street. Gaza, Palestine.
At the market, a date seller awaits customers. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Colors of Ramadan. Streets of Abu Dhabi decorated with Ramadan lights. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
The Ramadan lanterns, or Fanous, a time-honoured accompaniment of the holy month. Souq Waqif, Doha, Qatar.
The Floating Mosque. Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.
A man prays the afternoon prayer after a day of rafting. Blagaj, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Taraweeh (night) prayers in the mosque of the Prophet Muhammad. Medina, Saudi Arabia.
Local bakers prepare bread. Kairouan, Tunisia.
Evening shops - streets filled with small shops that sell samosa and sweet cakes. Medina, Saudi Arabia.
Kids play fire football in front of a school after the night prayers. Sleman, DI Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
Nur Fitriani poses for a photo shoot for an Indonesian teen magazine at the Grand Mosque (Masjid Raya), Makassar, Indonesia.
Corniche Mosque, located on the shore of the Red Sea. Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
A young boy reads the Qur'an. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
A man recites the Qur'an on his scooter in the streets of Cairo, Egypt.
A man performs ablution, the act of washing for ritual purification, in the desert. Awal Valley, Libya.
A family prepares for Iftar on a beach in Alexandria, Egypt.
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
A 214-page report found the FBI often targeted vulnerable individuals in sting operations, and subjected convicts to restrictive confinement..
Intellectuals jointly berate Israel's military operations on the besieged territory, which has left almost 600 Palestinians dead since July 7
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.
In northern parts of Scandinavia where the sun does not set in the summer, Muslims have to resort to an alternative way of fasting.