Muslims around the world observe holy month with prayer and fast

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Muslims around the world are observing the holy month of Ramadan, with worship, charity, dawn-to-dusk fasting and nightly feasts.
A Muslim worshipper reads the Quran, Islam’s holiest book, during the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan at Hagia Sophia mosque in Istanbul, Turkey, Tuesday, March 12, 2024.
Chaudary)Indonesian Muslims attend an evening prayer called ‘tarawih’ to mark the first eve of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, at Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, March 11, 2024.
(AP Photo/Vincent Thian)Palestinians buy food for a pre-dawn meal before fasting during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in Rafah, Gaza Strip, Sunday, March 10, 2024.
(AP Photo/Michael Probst)Volunteer arrange food plates to be distributed among people for breaking their fast during the Muslim’s holy fasting month of Ramadan, in Lahore, Pakistan, Tuesday, March 12, 2024.
Chaudary)Volunteers distribute food plates among people for breaking their fast during the Muslim’s holy fasting month of Ramadan, at Memon mosque in Karachi, Pakistan, Tuesday, March 12, 2024.
(AP Photo/Fareed Khan) People wait to break their fast during the Muslim’s holy fasting month of Ramadan, at a free meal distribution point in Peshawar, Pakistan, Tuesday, March 12, 2024.
The Muslim holy month of Ramadan, when the faithful fast from dawn to dusk, began at sunrise Tuesday in much of Asia.
(AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura)Indonesian Muslims attend an evening prayer called ‘tarawih’ marking the first eve of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, at Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, March 11, 2024.
(AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)Indonesian Muslims attend an evening prayer called ‘tarawih’ marking the first eve of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, at Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, March 11, 2024.

Muslims all over the world celebrate the holy month of Ramadan with prayers, almsgiving, fasting from sunrise to sunset, and evening feasts.

In Indonesia, Kashmir, Pakistan, and Turkey, mosques are the places where Muslims congregate for prayers. At Times sq\. in New York and the Gaza Strip, they assemble outdoors.

In Germany and Turkey, Ramadan-related messages illuminate the sky.

People in Pakistan who are breaking their fast are given food by volunteers. Muslims gather in mosques for a meal at sunset in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Tuesday, March 12, 2024, at the Hagia Sophia mosque in Istanbul, Turkey, during the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan, a worshipper reads the Quran, the holy book of Islam. (AP Photo: Francisco Seco).

Palestinians shop in Rafah, in southern Gaza, for food to eat before dawn. This Ramadan, many in the Gaza enclave are going without food, and the Middle East is still roiled over the Israel-Hamas conflict. Prices are high and the selection is limited to canned goods in the areas where food is available.

The ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, Ramadan, starts when the crescent moon is visible.

Many of the 11.8 billion Muslims worldwide started fasting on Monday as a result of a declaration made by Saudi Arabian officials, who own the most sacred sites in Islam.

Due to statements made by various Islamic authorities worldwide regarding whether or not the crescent has been sighted, or because different methods are employed to determine the start of the month, Muslim communities may observe Ramadan on different days.

On Monday, March 11, 2024, at the Fatih mosque in Istanbul, Turkey, Muslims observe the nightly prayer known as “Tarawih” on the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. On Monday, March 11, 2024, at the start of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, Muslims in Lahore, Pakistan, perform a special prayer known as “Tarawih” at the Data Darbar mosque (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra). (AP Photo/K. m. Chaudary.

On Monday, March 11, 2024, Indonesian Muslims gather at the Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia, for an evening prayer known as “tarawih” to commemorate the first eve of the holy month of Ramadan. (Photo by Dita Alangkara for AP).

In Kathmandu, Nepal, on Tuesday, March 12, 2024, the first day of the holy month of Ramadan, a Muslim Nepalese recites the Quran at the Jame Mosque. (AP Photo by Niranjan Shrestha).

In advance of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in Istanbul, Turkey, on Sunday, March 10, 2024, a lights message in between the minarets of the Suleymaniye mosque says in Turkish, “Ramadan is the month of Quran.”. (Photo by Emrah Gurel/AP).

Sunday, March 10, 2024, in Rafah, Gaza Strip, is the day when Muslim worshippers observe “tarawih,” an extended prayer offered during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. (AP Photo by Fatima Shbair).

In a mosque in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Tuesday, March 12, 2024, Muslims partake of food during Iftar, the sunset meal during which they break their fast during the holy month of Ramadan. (Photo by Vincent Thian/AP).

On Sunday, March 10, 2024, in Rafah, Gaza Strip, Palestinians purchase food for a pre-dawn meal prior to fasting during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. (Photo by Fatima Shbair/AP).

In a Frankfurt, Germany, pedestrian zone on Sunday, March 10, 2024, a “Happy Ramadan” sign is lit to commemorate the start of the holy month of Ramadan, during which devout Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset. Michael Probst/AP Photo.

On Tuesday, March 12, 2024, in Lahore, Pakistan, during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, volunteers set up food plates to be given to people for breaking their fast. (AP Photo/K. M. Chaudary.

At the Memon mosque in Karachi, Pakistan, on Tuesday, March 12, 2024, volunteers break the fast for individuals during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan by giving out food plates. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan) On Tuesday, March 12, 2024, in Peshawar, Pakistan, during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, people wait to break their fast. (AP Photo: Muhammad Sajjad).

On Tuesday, March 12, 2024, at a free meal distribution location in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, volunteers give food to people who are breaking their fast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. (Anjum Naveed/AP Photo).

On Tuesday, March12,2024, the first day of Ramadan is observed by Muslims in Srinagar, Kashmir, which is under Indian control. For many Muslims, the holy month of Ramadan—during which they fast from dawn to dusk—started at sunrise on Tuesday throughout most of Asia. AP Photo by Mukhtar Khan.

Tuesday, March 12, 2024, is the first day of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan. Muslim men from Myanmar join evening prayer before breaking their fast. This is the Nwe Aye Mosque in Yangon, Myanmar. (Photo by Thein Zaw for AP).

On Sunday, March 10, 2024, Muslims assemble in Times sq\., New York, for the Taraweeh prayer during the month of Ramadan. AP Photo by Yuki Iwamura.

On March 11, 2024, Monday, at the Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia, Muslims from Indonesia participate in an evening prayer known as “tarawih” to commemorate the first eve of the holy month of Ramadan. (Photo by Dita Alangkara/AP).

Tuesday, March 12, 2024, at the Niujie Mosque in Beijing, China, is the first day of Ramadan. A Muslim is reading the Quran while keeping fast. (AFP Photo/Tatan Syuflana) On Monday, March 11, 2024, at Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia, a Muslim woman reads the Quran during an evening prayer known as “tarawih,” which marks the first eve of the holy fasting month of Ramadan. (Photo by Dita Alangkara/AP).

On March 11, 2024, Monday, at the Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia, Muslims from Indonesia participate in an evening prayer known as “tarawih” to commemorate the first eve of the holy month of Ramadan. (Photo by Dita Alangkara for AP).

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