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08/17/2012

Ramadan around the world

The Muslim holy month of Ramadan comes to an end on Saturday evening. We gathered up the most striking photos of the prayers, fasting, food and celebrations from around the world.

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A Palestinian man reads the Koran outside a mosque in the West Bank city of Jenin on the first day of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan on July 20, 2012. (AFP/Getty Images/Saif Dahlah)

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An overcrowded passenger boat is seen on the Buriganga River in Dhaka August 15, 2012. Millions of residents in Dhaka have started the exodus home from the capital city ahead of the Muslim Eid al-Fitr, the end of Ramadan. (Reuters/Andrew Biraj)

 

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Muslim Palestinian women walk towards the Israeli checkpoint of Qalandia near the West Bank city of Ramallah on July 20, 2012, on their way to Jerusalem to attend the first Friday prayers of the holy month of Ramadan at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound. (AFP/Getty Images/Abbas Momani)

 

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An Indian Muslim women sits inside the the Jama (Grand) mosque on the first Friday of Ramadan in New Delhi, India, Friday, July 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)

 

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Worshippers attend their first Friday prayer for the holy month of Ramadan at Sultanahmet mosque, known as the Blue mosque, in Istanbul July 20, 2012. (Reuters/Murad Sezer)

 

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A sticker is seen on glass door at the Jama Masjid Mosque in Panama City August 3, 2012. According to Saleh Bhattay, one of the officials in charge of the mosque, there are approximately 8,000 Muslims in Panama, mainly from India and Pakistan, making them the biggest Muslim community in Central America. (Reuters/Carlos Jasso)

 

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Muslim students read the Koran inside the IBN Khaldon Asian Integrated Institute in Maharlika village, Taguig city, south of Manila July 19, 2012. (Reuters/Romeo Ranoco)

 

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A man reads from a wooden slate as he memorizes the Koran at a school in Benghazi, Libya, July 18, 2012. (Reuters/Esam Al-Fetori)

 

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Indonesian Muslim men sleep as they wait for the time to break their fast at Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, July 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

 

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Pakistani Muslims offer special prayers at the grand Faisal Mosque in Islamabad on August 15, 2012 on Lailat al-Qader, also known as the Night of Power, the 27th night of the Holy month of Ramadan. Lailat al-Qader commemorates the night, according to tradition, when the Muslim holy book, the Koran, was revealed to the Prophet Mohammed through the angel Gabriel. (AFP/Getty Images/Aamir Qureshi)

 

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Muslims attend a mass prayer session "Tarawih" in a mosque in Surabaya, East Java province July 20, 2012. (Reuters/Sigit Pamungkas)

 

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Muslims leave a mosque after attending a mass prayer session in Makassar of Indonesia's South Sulawesi province July 20, 2012. (Reuters/Yusuf Ahmad)

 

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Pilgrims circle the Kaaba inside the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Mecca July 23, 2012. (Reuters/Hassan Ali)

 

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A Muslim man performs ablution from the water of a fountain before performing prayers inside Kashmir's 600-year-old Jamia Masjid in Srinagar August 3, 2012. (Reuters/Fayaz Kabli)

 

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A Pakistani vendor who sells praying rugs waits for customers in Peshawar, Pakistan, July 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)

 

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A young boy helps move prayer rugs for temporary  storage to use the area for the evening meal at the Dar al Hijra Mosque as Ramadan nears its end on August 10, 2012 in Falls Church, Virginia. Imam Shaker Elsayed condemned Syria's brutal crackdown on dissent and called on Muslims to raise funds for civilians trapped in the conflict. (AFP/Getty Images/Paul J. Richards)

 

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An Indian worker dries Seviiyan, thin vermicelli, which is used for the preparation of sheerkhorma, a traditional sweet dish prepared by the Muslim community during the month of Ramadan, at a food factory in Hyderabad on July 24, 2012. (AFP/Getty Images/Noah Seelam)

 

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Pakistani worshippers offer evening prayers after breaking their fast at grand Faisal mosque in Islamabad, Pakistan on Wednesday, July 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

 

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Muslim women perform an evening prayer called 'tarawih' marking the first eve of Ramadan at Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday, July 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

 

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Muslim women pray by a window of Kashmir's more than 600-year-old Jamia Masjid in Srinagar August 3, 2012. (Reuters/Fayaz Kabli)

 

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People arrive for evening prayers at the national mosque in Dhaka, Bangaldesh, August 8, 2012. (Reuters/Andrew Biraj)

 

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Men prepare for Iftar, the evening meal for breaking fast, at the Memon mosque in Karachi August 3, 2012. (Reuters/Athar Hussain)

 

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Muslim volunteers lay out communal food as they prepare to break their fast on the first day of Ramadan at the shrine of 13th century Sufi Muslim saint Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia in New Delhi on July 21, 2012. (AFP/Getty Images/Tengku Bahar)

 

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A Pakistani Muslim fills glasses at a park for in preparation for Muslims breaking fast in Lahore on July 21, 2102. (AFP/Getty Images/Arif Ali)

 

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A vendor displays traditional prayer caps at a stall in Karachi July 31, 2012. (Reuters/Athar Hussain)

 

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Muslims offer prayers before having their Iftar (fast-breaking) meal at a madrasa or religious school on the outskirts of Jammu, August 8, 2012. (Reuters/Mukesh Gupta)

 

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A Syrian boy waits for customers at a roadside stall set up just in time for the iftar meal in the town of Azaz, Syria, north of Aleppo, on August 11, 2012. Syrian forces have been shelling rebels in the battle-scarred Aleppo. (AFP/Getty Images/Phil Moore)

 

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Indonesian Sufi devotees perform a spiritual whirling dance at the breaking of fast at a Jakarta commercial center on August 3, 2012. (AFP/Getty Images/Romeo Gacad)

 

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Kashmiri Muslims pray during a special prayer service for Lailat al-Qader, also known as the Night of Power, the 27th night of the Holy month of Ramadan, at Kashmir's 600 year old grand mosque Jamia Masjid in downtown Srinagar on August 16, 2012. Lailat al-Qader commemorates the night, according to tradition, when the Muslim holy book, the Koran, was revealed to the Prophet Mohammed through the angel Gabriel. (AFP/Getty Images/Tauseef Mustafa)

 

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A girl displays traditional paintings on her hand in front of a local Koranic school in Nigeria's northern city of Kano July 21, 2012. (Reuters/Akintunde Akinleye)

 

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A vessel containing three hairs believed to belong to Islam's Prophet Mohammed is held up at the Hanbali mosque in the northern Palestinian city of Nablus on August 15, 2012. The ancient mosque was founded by the al-Hanbali family of Nablus in the early 16th-century, and according to local Muslim tradition, a wooden box kept in the mosque preserves several hairs of the prophet. The flask containing the hairs is brought out annually on the 27th day of the holy fasting month of Ramadan for worshipers to view and seek blessings from. (AFP/Getty Images/Jaafar Ashtiyeh)

 

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Indian Muslims hold onto a wall as they pray while waiting for food handouts before breaking their fast at sunset at the shrine of 13th century Sufi Muslim saint Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia in New Delhi on August 12, 2012. (AFP/Getty Images/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds)

 

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A boy is circumcised at Birtraria Hospital in Algiers August 15, 2012. Muslim boys aged between two- and five-years-old are commonly circumcised a day before Laylat Al Qadr (the holiest night of Ramadan), as part of a religious tradition in Algeria. (Reuters/Louafi Larbi)

 

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A pupil walks at Zaouia Ait Koufi in Tizi Ouzou, east of Algiers, on August 8, 2012. (Reuters/Louafi larbi)

 

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An Egyptian woman walks through the al-Azhar mosque, in Cairo's Islamic neighbourhood, on July 20, 2012. (AFP/Getty Images/Gianluigi Guercia)

 

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A Jordanian man looks at decorations for Ramadan in Amman, Jordan,Thursday, July 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Mohammad Hannon)

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Nice photos but I have noticed that the Star seems to show a preference to publishing Muslim photos as opposed to photos of others' religious celebrations. It would be nice if the Star would show a more balanced representation. Muslims are only a very small percentage in Canada. Did you post the same number showing Christians during their 40 day fasting time during Lent or their Easter or Christmas services? (No) How about the Hindus, Bahais, Sikhs, Buddhists?

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