In pictures: Holy Month of Ramzan
JERUSALEM: A Palestinian man carrying a lantern walks past decorated shops at the entrance of the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, in the old city of Jerusalem on June 26, as people prepare for the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramzan. It is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, a month of fasting, prayers and recitation of the Quran.
TURKEY: Whirling dervishes perform at the Maltepe Stadium in Istanbul on June 27, on the eve of Ramzan. The dervishes are adepts of Sufism, a mystical form of Islam that preaches tolerance and a search for understanding. Those who whirl, like planets around the sun, turn dance into a form of prayer. Muslims around the world celebrate Ramzan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar.
MALAYSIA: A visitor uses a Theodolite to perform "rukyah", the sighting of the new moon of Ramzan on the observation deck of the KL Tower in Kuala Lumpur on June 27. The start of the holy month of Ramzan, when the faithful abstain from eating from dawn to sunset, is determined by the sighting of the new moon.
SERBIA: A Kosovo man performs Friday prayers at the Grand Mosque in Pristina on June 27, one day ahead of the start of Islam's holy fasting month of Ramzan.
PHILIPPINES: Filipino children pray at the Golden Mosque in Manila on June 28, on the eve of Ramzan. The setting of the first crescent of the new moon in the ninth month of the Islamic calendar is the sign of the start of Ramzan for Muslims around the world.
SINGAPORE: People perform the "tarawih" prayer marking the first eve of Islam's holy month Ramzan at a mosque in Singapore on June 28.
INDIA: Indians shop for small prayer carpets outside Jama Masjid Mosque in New Delhi on June 28. Muslims around the world, are preparing to observe the holy month of Ramzan.
PAKISTAN: A man tries on a cap at a stall ahead of Ramzan in Karachi on June 28. Muslims are preparing for Islam's holy month of Ramzan, which is calculated on the sighting of the new moon, and during which they fast from dawn until dusk.
INDONESIA: Women perform the "tarawih" prayer marking the first eve of Islam's holy month Ramzan as the world's most populous Muslim-majority country prepares to celebrate the month at Istiqlal mosque in Jakarta on June 28.
SOUTH AFRICA: A family stands at sunset on the beach front in Cape Town on June 28, as they try to spot the new moon, signalling the commencement of the holy month of Ramzan. It is sacred to Muslims because it is during this month that tradition says the Quran was revealed to the Prophet Mohammed. The fast is one of the five main religious duties under Islam.
FRANCE: Muslim faithfuls pray at Assalam Mosque on June 28 in Nantes, western France, on the eve the first day of Ramzan. Ramzan, the Muslim holy month of fasting, will begin on June 29 in France as well as in Saudi Arabia and many Arab countries.
PAKISTAN: Vendors sell dates at a weekly bazaar ahead of Ramzan in Islamabad on June 29.
TURKEY: Turkish people break their fasting on June 28, at the Blue Mosque square during the first day of the holy month of Ramzan in Istanbul.
GAZA CITY: Palestinians at Sayed al-Hashim Mosque, in Gaza city on June 29, during the holy fasting month of Ramzan. During Ramzan, Muslims fast from food from dawn to dusk and strive to be more pious and charitable.
GAZA CITY: A young Palestinian boy reads the Koran inside the Sayed al-Hashim Mosque, in Gaza city on June 29.
GAZA CITY: A Palestinian man reads the Koran inside the al-Omari mosque on the first day of the Muslim fasting month of Ramzan, in Gaza city on June 29.
MALAYSIA: Young Malaysian children break their fast on the first day of the holy Islamic month of Ramzan in Kuala Lumpur on June 29. 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.
MALAYSIA: A Malaysian woman feeds her child as they break their fast on the first day of the holy Islamic month of Ramzan in Kuala Lumpur on June 29.
TUNISIA: Tunisians buy bread at the central market in Tunis, on June 29 on the first day of Ramzan.
AFGHANISTAN: Afghan residents wait to buy yogurt to use to break their fast at the start of Ramzan at a roadside stall in Kabul on June 29.
IRAQ: An Iraqi Kurdish woman puts the final touches to bowls of food on the first day of the holy Muslim month of Ramzan, for families who fled the violence in the northern province of Nineveh, at a mosque in Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on June 29.
PAKISTAN: People perform a special "Taraweeh" evening prayer on the first day of the Muslim fasting month of Ramzan at the grand Faisal Mosque in Islamabad on June 29. Islam's holy month of Ramzan is celebrated by Muslims worldwide marked by fasting, abstaining from foods and smoking from dawn to dusk for soul cleansing and strengthening the spiritual bond between them and the Almighty.
MALAYSIA: A Malaysian religious student holds the Quran at school during Ramzan in Hulu Langat, near Kuala Lumpur on June 30.