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The Holy Month of Ramadan

Ramadan, the holiest month of the Islamic calendar, began July 20. Muslims around the world refrain from eating and drinking sunrise to sunset.
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Men and women recite verses of the Quran at the shrine of Saint Mohammad Helal Ibn Ali, in the city of Aran and Bidgol, Iran, August 1, 2012.
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Men and women recite verses of the Quran at the shrine of Saint Mohammad Helal Ibn Ali, in the city of Aran and Bidgol, Iran, August 1, 2012.

Pakistani men and children, who fled their villages due to fighting between security forces and militants in Pakistan's tribal area of Bajur, attend prayers in a mosque on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, July 27, 2012.
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Pakistani men and children, who fled their villages due to fighting between security forces and militants in Pakistan's tribal area of Bajur, attend prayers in a mosque on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, July 27, 2012.

Egyptian Muslims rest after the Friday prayer at Al Azhar mosque in Cairo.
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Egyptian Muslims rest after the Friday prayer at Al Azhar mosque in Cairo.

Indian Muslims gather at the Jama Mosque on the second day of Ramadan in New Delhi, India.
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Indian Muslims gather at the Jama Mosque on the second day of Ramadan in New Delhi, India.

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