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.