This Is What Ramadan Looks Like Around The World

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Islam is the world's second largest religion after Christianity with more than one billion followers. The month of Ramadan is observed by Muslims as a month of fasting to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Prophet Muhammad. 

1. Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can. 

Illuminated Mosques Around the World

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Credits: Abdulsalam Haykal |Istanbul.

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Credits: Omar Chatriwala |Doha.

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Credits: Jim Trodel |Brunei.

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Credits: Thamer Al-Hassan |Saudi Arabia.

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Credits: Rajesh_India| Hyderabad, India.

2. The Ramadan of Adults Balanced with the Ramadan of Children

Lost in thoughts, because everyone has their own distinct idea of what worship is!

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Credits: Rajarshi MITRA |Madhya Pradesh, India.

When a child prays, miracles happen.

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Credits: Chaoyue |Cairo, Egypt.

Children should be taught to pray, not how to pray.

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Credits: FaceMePLS |Istanbul.

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Credits: Omar Chatriwala |Qatar.

3. Most important things in life are not what you can see, but what you feel.

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Credits: ছায়াশিকারী (double-A Apu) |Bangladesh.

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Credits: Kashif Mardani |Pakistan.

4. Spiritual development and a way to cleanse the soul while expressing empathy for those who are less fortunate is the reason why fasting is observed during Ramadan. 

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Credits: Gerardo Diego Ontiveros |Lahore, Pakistan.

During the month of Ramadan, Suhur is the meal taken before sunrise and Iftar is the one taken when the fast is broken after sunset.

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Credits: United Nations Photo|Sudan.

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Credits: paandu raam |Bangalore, India.

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Credits: Ishwar |Mumbai, India.

5.  Prayers in motion.

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Credits: Ding Digital Photography

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Credits: Omar Chatriwala |Qatar.

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Credits: *BetüL*|Ankara

6. The night of power or destiny.

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Credits: Elias Pirasteh |Saudi Arabia.

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Credits: Omar Chatriwala |Qatar.

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Credits: Bashar Al-Ba'noon |Kuwait.

Ramadan isn’t just about food and is primarily about seeking nearness to God spiritually and being more pious. Besides food, Muslims are meant to shift the emphasis in their lives to spend less time thinking about materialistic things. In a nutshell, Ramadan is a time of spiritual reflection, improvement and increased devotion and worship.

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Thank you for depicting the real meaning of Ramadan through your fabulous pics and meaningful Quotes.
Mon 06 06 16, 12:50 · Reply · Report
The crowd assembling at pilgrimage sites to spot the moon is absolutely stunning. The lights of the mosque are shining bright. You can almost sense the excitement in the air with these pictures of Ramadan.
Sun 01 10 16, 14:10 · Reply · Report
‘Prayers in motion’ is, in my opinion, the best in the series of pictures of Ramadan. Capturing a person's posture in rapid succession takes talent. I love how intimate the shot is. After all, prayers build a special union between God and man.
Sun 01 10 16, 13:41 · Reply · Report
The fact that these images have been captured from different parts of the world makes it special. It is nice to see that despite being geographically separated, the celebrations are still the same. These pictures of Ramadan have managed to capture that one aspect – brotherhood.
Sun 01 10 16, 13:24 · Reply · Report
The community's unshakeable faith during the period of fasting shines through in these images. There is an element of reverence in each of the pictures of Ramadan where prayers are being offered.
Sun 01 10 16, 12:09 · Reply · Report
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