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In PHOTOS: The spirit of Ramzan

Last updated on: July 24, 2012 08:57 IST

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Ramzan, the holy month of fasting for Muslims, is underway. In the Muslim lunar calendar, Ramzan is the ninth month after Shabban.

During this time, Muslims are encouraged to read the Quran, to give freely to those in need, and strengthen their ties to God through prayer.

The goal of the fast is to teach humility, patience and sacrifice, and to ask forgiveness, practice self-restraint, and pray for guidance in the future.

The sighting of the new moon marks the end of this month of penance, and is celebrated as the Eid-ul-fitr festival.

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Image: The moon (top left) is seen among illuminated decorations near al Amin mosque in Beirut, during the holy month of Ramzan
Photographs: Jamal Saidi/Reuters

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Muslims attend a mass prayer session 'Tarawih' marking the beginning of the holy fasting month of Ramzan in a mosque in Makassar of Indonesia's South Sulawesi province

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Photographs: Yusuf Ahmad/Reuters

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Muslim faithfuls enter a building in the historic centre of Stone Town in the Indian Ocean Island of Zanzibar.

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Photographs: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters

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People prepare food to sell for iftar (breaking fast) at Chakbazaar in Dhaka

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Photographs: Andrew Biraj/Reuters

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A man collects food as he prepares to break his fast at the end of the third day of Islam's holy month of Ramzan near the court house in Benghazi, Libya.

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Photographs: Esam Al-Fetori/Reuters
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Children look as volunteers prepare food for an Iftar (fast-breaking) meal for the needy in Cairo, Egypt

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Photographs: Asmaa Waguih/Reuters

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A man prepares cookies to be eaten when breaking fast in Kabul, Afghanistan

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Photographs: Mohammad Ismail/Reuters
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A man tries on a prayer cap to buy from a shop in Peshawar, Pakistan

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Photographs: Fayaz Aziz/Reuters

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A man prepares special sweets to be eaten when breaking fast in Kabul, Afghanistan

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Women break their fast at the end of the third day of Islam's holy month of Ramzan in the central Bosnian town of Zenic

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Photographs: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

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Muslims offer prayers after having their Iftar (fast-breaking) meal at the Jama Masjid (Grand Mosque) in the old quarters of Delhi

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Photographs: Ahmad Masood/Reuters

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People browse at a stall selling festival lights and Ramzan lanterns, or 'fanoos Ramzan', at the Khan el-Khalili market in old Cairo

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Photographs: Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters
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Girls read verses from the Koran at a local Koranic school in Nigeria's northern city of Kano

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Photographs: Akintunde Akinleye/Reuters

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Workers break fast at Riyadh's Imam Turki bin Abdullah Mosque

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Photographs: Fahad Shadeed/Reuters

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An injured Syrian man, who said his injuries were inflicted by Syrian security forces during the violence in his country, reads the Koran with his children at a shelter in Amman, Jordan

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Photographs: Ali Jarekji/Reuters

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Afghan men prepare food for the breaking of fast during Ramzan at a mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan

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Photographs: Omar Sobhani/Reuters
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A Libyan man prays at a mosque in Tripoli.

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Photographs: Ismail Zitouny/Reuters

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A girl hawks local snacks in the Dal neighbourhood before the break of fast in Nigeria's northern city of Kano

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Photographs: Akintunde Akinleye/Reuters

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Muslims leave a mosque after attending a mass prayer session in Makassar of Indonesia's South Sulawesi province

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Photographs: Yusuf Ahmad/Reuters

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A Muslim man sells food for iftar (breaking fast) at Chakbazaar in Bangladesh capital Dhaka

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Photographs: Andrew Biraj/Reuters

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A Muslim woman waits to have her Iftar (fast-breaking) meal at the Jama Masjid (Grand Mosque) in the old quarters of Delhi

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Photographs: Ahmad Masood/Reuters

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