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The rituals of Ramadan

Ramadan is a time when Muslims around the world observe their faith by fasting from sunrise to sunset, abstain from impure thoughts, read the Quran, pray, and think of God

The rituals of Ramadan
A muezzin leads the call to prayer in a private room at the East London Mosque on July 24, 2014 in London, England. Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is a time when Muslims around the world observe their faith by fasting from sunrise to sunset, abstain from impure thoughts, read the Quran, pray, and think of God. Ramadan ends on July 29, making way for the Muslim holiday of Eid, which marks the end of 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. (Getty Images)
The rituals of Ramadan
A muezzin leads the call to prayer in a private room at the East London Mosque on July 24, 2014 in London, England. Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is a time when Muslims around the world observe their faith by fasting from sunrise to sunset, abstain from impure thoughts, read the Quran, pray, and think of God. Ramadan ends on July 29, making way for the Muslim holiday of Eid, which marks the end of 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. (Getty Images)
The rituals of Ramadan
Rugs are stacked at the East London Mosque on July 24, 2014 in London, England. Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is a time when Muslims around the world observe their faith by fasting from sunrise to sunset, abstain from impure thoughts, read the Quran, pray, and think of God. Ramadan ends on July 29, making way for the Muslim holiday Eid, which marks the end of 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. (Getty Images)
The rituals of Ramadan
A Muslim man reads the Quran while observing a spiritual seclusion called Itikaf at the East London Mosque on July 24, 2014 in London, England. Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is a time when Muslims around the world observe their faith by fasting from sunrise to sunset, abstain from impure thoughts, read the Quran, pray, and think of God. Ramadan ends on July 29, making way for the Muslim holiday of Eid, which marks the end of 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. (Getty Images)
The rituals of Ramadan
A Muslim boy reads the Quran at the East London Mosque on July 24, 2014 in London, England. Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is a time when Muslims around the world observe their faith by fasting from sunrise to sunset, abstain from impure thoughts, read the Quran, pray, and think of God. Ramadan ends on July 29, making way for the Muslim holiday of Eid, which marks the end of 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. (Getty Images)
The rituals of Ramadan
Muslim men leave after prayer during Ramadan at the East London Mosque on July 24, 2014 in London, England. Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is a time when Muslims around the world observe their faith by fasting from sunrise to sunset, abstain from impure thoughts, read the Quran, pray, and think of God. Ramadan ends on July 29, making way for the Muslim holiday of Eid, which marks the end of 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. (Getty Images)
The rituals of Ramadan
Muslim men break fast with Iftar at the East London Mosque on July 24, 2014 in London, England. Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is a time when Muslims around the world observe their faith by fasting from sunrise to sunset, abstain from impure thoughts, read the Quran, pray, and think of God. Ramadan ends on July 29, making way for the Muslim holiday of Eid, which marks the end of 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. (Getty Images)
The rituals of Ramadan
A muslim man tries different scents in anticipation of Eid in a shop outside the East London Mosque on July 24, 2014 in London, England. Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is a time when Muslims around the world observe their faith by fasting from sunrise to sunset, abstain from impure thoughts, read the Quran, pray, and think of God. Ramadan ends on July 29, making way for the Muslim holiday of Eid, which marks the end of 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. (Getty Images)