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.
Abdelaziz El Jaouhari, the head of the mosque committee, told Le Monde “Besides discriminating against us [Muslims], I don’t see any reason to oppose this project.”
In a letter to Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane's Justice and Development Party, Isaac Charia requested party membership.
Iskander Van Doorn, 22, followed in his father Arnoud's footsteps by leaving the far-right movement and accepting Islam.
The American Muslim Society and Egyptian Americans demand the release of a U.S. citizen held behind bars in Egypt for "supporting" the government of the country's toppled leader Mohamed Morsi.
Organizers said nearly 10,000 people had attended the opening and hoped that more will come before the spiritual event wraps up on Monday afternoon.
Abdelaziz El Jaouhari, the head of the mosque committee, said in a statement that the letter had called Muslims "cockroaches" and wished new mayor Cyril Nauth good luck in cleansing the "Muslim race".
According to a press statement by Dr. Sevim Erkmen to the Turkish Agency Cyprus (TAK), Shaykh Nazim is receiving the necessary treatment but still remains in a serious condition.
A group of young British Muslim men have come out with their story about how the MI5 threatened to place them on the terror list and hurt their families if they did not spy on their fellow Muslims.
The surveillance program deployed undercover detectives in Muslim neighborhoods to eavesdrop on conversations and watch day-to-day activities. Police also infiltrated mosques and student groups.
Alexandroupoli's main church condemned the attack on a mosque that saw unidentified people placing a pig's head outside of it.
Athens mayor candidate Aris Stiliotopulos is reported to have said that issues such as these should be decided by the people, but in classic right-wing rhetoric added that Athens has 'no more room for asylum seekers'.
The plan is part of a wider project by the TDV in building mosques for Muslims who live in the Caribbean.
Thousands of Muslims have been detained in Kenya in recent weeks.
The Syrian Islamic Council, a body made up of prominent Islamic scholars and representatives of Turkmen, Kurdish and Arab groups, said it will focus on dealing with religious matters between opposition groups and work with humanitarian aid foundations.
Imam Magomed Zakaryayev was killed when two masked assailants opened fire on him in the Kizil-Yurt district.
It will be the first time since the Friday sermon is read in Turkish in Erbil since the end of the Ottoman Empire.