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Ramadan 2018: How Muslims are observing the holy month of Ramzan around the world

Ramadan, also known or Ramzan, is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. Muslims across the world observe the holy month by abstaining from all sins, rigorously fasting and praying and giving benevolent arms.

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Muslims all over the world fast from dawn to dusk on Ramadan, which is the ninth month in the Muslim calendar and is considered a holy period. This year, Ramadan began on the evening of May 15, Tuesday and will end on the evening of June 14, Thursday. During this auspicious occasion, Muslims across the world celebrate the holy month commemorating the first revelation of the Holy Quran to prophet Muhammad, by observing rigorous fasting from dawn until dusk.They then indulge in a sumptuous meal, known as Iftar.

The objective of the fast is to remind the suffering of the less fortunate and to bring the followers closer to God. As mentioned in the holy book, Quran, Muslims, during this month, are supposed to donate alms to the poor and feed the hungry.

Muslim women offer prayers on the first day of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at Al-Akbar Mosque, Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia. (Source: Reuters)

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Muslim clerics wait for the sight the moon to announce the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan at Eidgah in Lucknow on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. (Source: PTI)

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A Palestinian boy shops for a traditional lantern for the holy month of Ramadan, at the main market in Gaza City, on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. (Source: AP Images)

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Muslims look towards the sky and wait for the new moon that will mark the start of the fasting month of Ramadan at a mosque in Ahmedabad, India on May 16, 2018. (Source: Reuters)

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Indonesian Muslims pray on the first day of holy fasting month of Ramadan at Istiqlal mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia, May 16, 2018. (Source: Reuters)

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A man along with his children shop for traditional Ramadan lanterns called "fanous" displayed for sale at a stall, ahead of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in Cairo, Egypt, May 6, 2018. (Source: Reuters)

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Workers prepare 'Sewaiyan' (Vermicelli) ahead of the holy month of Ramadan, in Bhopal, India on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. (Source: PTI)

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A street vendor sells dates ahead of the upcoming holy fasting month of Ramadan in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. (Source: AP Images)

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A customer purchases prayer beads ahead of the upcoming holy fasting month of Ramadan in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, May 16, 2018. (Source: AP Images)

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Muslim men perform an evening prayer called "tarawih" marking the first eve of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at a mosque in Bali, Indonesia, Wednesday, May 16, 2018. (Source: AP Images)

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