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Ramadan around the world

Tens of millions across the Muslim world fast from dawn to dusk and strive to be more pious and charitable during the month, which ends with the Eid holiday.

Ramadan around the world
A Thai Muslim man buys food at a market ahead of Iftar, the meal during which Muslims break their fast during the month of Ramadan, in Thailand's southern province of Narathiwat on July 7, 2014. Tens of millions across the Muslim world fast and abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and having sex from dawn to dusk during the Islamic month of Ramadan which ends with the Eid holiday. (AFP/Getty Images)
Ramadan around the world
French Interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve (3rd L) stands next to rector of the Grand Mosque of Paris Dalil Boubakeur (C) during an Iftar meal, to break the fast during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan, on July 7, 2014 at the Grand Mosque of Paris. (AFP/Getty Images)
Ramadan around the world
Kosovo Muslims arrive for prayers at the newly constructed 'Bajram Pasha Isa Beg' mosque in Mitrovica on July 7, 2014 during the holy fasting month of Ramadan. Muslims around the world are expected to abstain from food, drink,smoking and sex from sunrise to sunset. (AFP/Getty Images)
Ramadan around the world
Kosovo Muslims arrive for prayers at the newly constructed 'Bajram Pasha Isa Beg' mosque in the town of Mitrovica on July 7, 2014 during the holy fasting month of Ramadan. Muslims around the world are expected to abstain from food, drink,smoking and sex from sunrise to sunset. (AFP/Getty Images)
Ramadan around the world
Internally displaced Pakistani civilians fleeing a military operation against Taliban militants in North Waziristan pray before breaking their fast during the holy month of Ramadan at a charity center which distributes Iftar food in Bannu, northern Pakistan, on July 6, 2014. More than 500,000 people have fled the area with tens of thousands of families leaving for the town of Bannu, close to North Waziristan. The fasting month of Ramadan is sacred for the world's estimated 1.6 billion Muslims because it is during that month that tradition says the Koran was revealed to the Prophet Mohammed. The faithfuls fast from dawn to dusk, and abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and having sex during that time as they strive to be more pious and charitable. (AFP/Getty Images)
Ramadan around the world
Kashmiri Muslim women reads the Koran, Islam's holy book during the holy month of Ramadan at Jamia Masjid in downtown Srinagar on July 6, 2014. Across the Muslim world, the faithful fast from dawn to dusk, and abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and having sex during that time as they strive to be more pious and charitable. (AFP/Getty Images)
Ramadan around the world
A Kashmiri Muslim reads the Koran, Islam's holy book during the holy month of Ramadan at a shrine in downtown Srinagar on July 6, 2014. Across the Muslim world, the faithful fast from dawn to dusk, and abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and having sex during that time as they strive to be more pious and charitable. (AFP/Getty Images)
Ramadan around the world
A young Malaysian boy gestures as Muslims offer prayers on the first Friday of the Islamic month of Ramadan at a mosque in Kuala Lumpur on July 4, 2014. Tens of millions across the Muslim world fast from dawn to dusk and strive to be more pious and charitable during the month, which ends with the Eid holiday. (AFP/Getty Images)
Ramadan around the world
An Afghan resident distributes dates as others break their fast during the holy month of Ramadan at the Wazir Akbar Khan Mosque on June 29, 2014. Across the Muslim world, the faithful fast from dawn to dusk and strive to be more pious during the holy month, which ends with the Eid holiday. (AFP/Getty Images)
Ramadan around the world
Afghan children read and memorise the holy Quran at a mosque in Jalalabad on June 29, 2014, at the start of the holy month of Ramadan. Across the Muslim world, the faithful fast from dawn to dusk and strive to be more pious during the holy month, which ends with the Eid holiday. (AFP/Getty Images)