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Ramadan 2018: Muslims around India come together to celebrate Ramadan

Ramadan 2018: The fast which is kept during the Ramadan period is intended to bring people closer to God and also remind them about the suffering of the less fortunate. Keeping a fast during this period is one of the five pillars of Islam.

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Millions of Muslim around the world mark the start of Ramadan, which is a month of intense prayer and nightly feasts. This year Ramadan will end on June 15, Friday. During this occasion, Muslim celebrate the holy month which commemorates the first revelation of the Holy Quran to prophet Muhammad, by observing rigorous fasting from dawn to dusk after which they indulge in a meal known as Iftar. The fast is an act of faith and worship towards Allah (God), seeking to suppress their desire and increase their spiritual piety. During the month, many Muslims donate to charities and feed the hungry. Eid-al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan and it is traditionally a time to give gifts to family and friends. The main purpose of Ramadan is to teach the importance of self-control and also highlight the sufferings of the poor. Ramadan's fasting rules help an individual to cleanse ones body and mind.

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Ramadan is a holy festival of Muslims which falls in the ninth month as per the Islamic calendar. (Source: Sumit Kumar)

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The purpose of the fast is to make Muslims aware about the sufferings of the less fortunate as well as to bring them closer to the almighty. (Source: Sumit Kumar)

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In this period, Muslims fast form the sunrise to sunset. The morning meal is called Suhoor and Iftar is the meal after sunset. (Source: Sumit Kumar)

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Muslims aim to maintain purity of thought and actions during this period and it is also said that first verse of the holy book of Islam (Quran) was revealed by Allah during the month of Ramadan. (Source: Sumit Kumar)

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Muslims break their day-long fast during Ramadan, at the Jama Masjid in New Delhi. Muslims across the world are observing the holy fasting month of Ramadan, where they refrain from eating, drinking and smoking from dawn to dusk. (Source: PTI)

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Muslim women react upon seeing a relic, believed to be a hair from the beard of Prophet Mohammad, displayed to devotees on the death anniversary of Hazrat Ali, son-in-law of Prophet Mohammad, at Hazratbal shrine during the holy month of Ramadan in Srinagar (Source: PTI)

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Muslims read holy "Quran" before breaking their day-long fast during Ramadan, at the Jama Masjid in New Delhi on Sunday, June 3, 2018. Muslims across the world are observing the holy fasting month of Ramadan, where they refrain from eating, drinking and smoking from dawn to dusk. (Source: PTI)

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A Muslim man reads the Koran on his mobile as he waits for iftar (breaking fast) outside a mosque during the holy month of Ramadan in Srinagar. (Source: PTI)

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Muslims break their day-long fast during Ramadan, at the Jama Masjid in New Delhi. (Source: PTI)