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Ramadan rituals: Quran-reading around the world

Reading of Islam’s sacred book during the holy month carries special significance for Muslims

Ramadan rituals: Quran-reading around the world
A Young Muslim reads the Quran at the Nurul Iman school in Denpasar on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on August 6, 2011. Ramadan, the holy month during which Muslims abstain from food, drink and sex from dawn to dusk, began this week on August 1 in many countries. Indonesia is the world's most populous Muslim-majority nation. (AFP/Getty Images)
Ramadan rituals: Quran-reading around the world
A Palestinian woman reads the Quran, Islam's holy book, on the first Friday of the fasting month of Ramadan at a mosque in the West Bank city of Jenin on August 5, 2011. (AFP/Getty Images)
Ramadan rituals: Quran-reading around the world
A Malaysian Muslim boy reads from the Quran inside a mosque a day before the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan begins in Kuala Lumpur on July 31, 2011. Malaysians will welcome the beginning of the holy fasting month of Ramadan on August 1. (AFP/Getty Images)
Ramadan rituals: Quran-reading around the world
A woman reads a copy of the Quran on the first night of Ramadan on July 31, 2011 in Jakarta. Like millions of Muslim around the world, Indonesians celebrate the holy month of Ramadan by abstaining from eating and drinking, smoking as well as sexual activities from dawn to dusk. (AFP/Getty Images)
Ramadan rituals: Quran-reading around the world
Palestinian boys read the Quran at the Al-Omari mosque in Gaza City on the first day of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan on August 1, 2011. (AFP/Getty Images)
Ramadan rituals: Quran-reading around the world
A Kashmiri Muslim reads the Quran on the first day of Ramadan at the landmark Jamia Masjid in Srinagar on August 2, 2011. For Muslims across the world, the beginning of the ninth month in the Muslim lunar calendar which marks the start of Ramadan is a time for spiritual reflection, prayers and fasting. During Ramadan practicing Muslims do not eat, drink, smoke or have sex between sunrise and sunset. (AFP/Getty Images)
Ramadan rituals: Quran-reading around the world
A Kashmiri Muslim reads the Quran on the first day of Ramadan at the landmark Jamia Masjid in Srinagar on August 2, 2011. For Muslims across the world, the beginning of the ninth month in the Muslim lunar calendar which marks the start of Ramadan is a time for spiritual reflection, prayers and fasting. During Ramadan practicing Muslims do not eat, drink, smoke or have sex between sunrise and sunset. (AFP/Getty Images)
Ramadan rituals: Quran-reading around the world
A Kashmiri Muslim reads the Quran on the first day of Ramadan at the landmark Jamia Masjid in Srinagar on August 2, 2011. For Muslims across the world, the beginning of the ninth month in the Muslim lunar calendar which marks the start of Ramadan is a time for spiritual reflection, prayers and fasting. During Ramadan practicing Muslims do not eat, drink, smoke or have sex between sunrise and sunset. (AFP/Getty Images)
Ramadan rituals: Quran-reading around the world
Professor Mohayiuddin Bombawala displays a one inch printed Quran, at the Hazrat Pirmohammed Shah Library and Research Centre in Ahmedabad on August 5, 2011. This library is over 260 years old and has over 2000 original manuscripts in Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Sindhi and Turkish, which are 700 to 800 years old. A human-size candle brought here by Hazrat Pirmohammed Shah from Mecca, around 300 years ago is also displayed in the library. (AFP/Getty Images)
Ramadan rituals: Quran-reading around the world
A Nepalese Muslim man reads the Quran on the first Friday prayers of Ramadan at Jame Maszid mosque in Kathmandu on August 5, 2011. Islam's holy month of Ramadan is calculated on the sighting of the new moon. Muslims all over the world are supposed to fast from dawn to dusk during the month and dates are usually eaten to break the fast. (AFP/Getty Images)
Ramadan rituals: Quran-reading around the world
A Libyan man reads the Quran, Islam's holy book, while sitting under an umbrella as people arrive to attend the first Friday noon prayer of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in the Libyan rebel stronghold of Benghazi on August 5, 2011. (AFP/Getty Images)
Ramadan rituals: Quran-reading around the world
A Yemeni anti-government protester reads from the Quran, Islam's holy book, during the first Friday prayer of Islam's holy fasting month of Ramadan in Sanaa on August 5, 2011. (AFP/Getty Images)
Ramadan rituals: Quran-reading around the world
Young Muslims read the Quran at the Nurul Iman school in Denpasar on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on August 6, 2011. Ramadan, the holy month during which Muslims abstain from food, drink and sex from dawn to dusk, began this week on August 1 in many countries. Indonesia is the world's most populous Muslim-majority nation. (AFP/Getty Images)