Ramadan Mubarak

“In Muslim nations and regions around the globe, this is the first week of the holy month of Ramadan, a time for followers to abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and sexual activity during the day, breaking their fast each sunset, with traditional meals and sweets. During this time, Muslims are also encouraged to read the entire Quran, to give freely to those in need, and strengthen their ties to God through prayer. The goal of the fast is to teach humility, patience and sacrifice, and to ask forgiveness, practice self-restraint, and pray for guidance in the future. This year, Ramadan will continue until Saturday, September 19th.” – Big Picture

Below, are some of my favorite pictures – Ramadan Mubarak!

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Muslims attend prayers on the eve of the first day of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan at Al Akbar mosque in Surabaya, East Java, Indoneisia on August 21, 2009. (REUTERS/Sigit Pamungkas)

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A crescent moon is seen behind the King Hussein Bin Talal Mosque in Amman, Jordan on August 23, 2009, during Ramadan. (REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed)

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A boy holds candy in his hand as he reads the Quran in a mosque during Ramadan, in Amman, Jordan on August 22, 2009. (REUTERS/Ali Jarekji (JORDAN RELIGION SOCIETY IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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Pakistani women line up for subsidized sacks of flour provided by the government for the holy month of Ramadan, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2009 in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

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A Muslim man arranges bowls of a traditional dessert called kheer for sale outside a mosque before the evening prayers on the first day of the holy month of Ramadan, in Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir, Indian-administered Kashmir on August 23, 2009. (REUTERS/Mukesh Gupta)

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Muslim children pray at a mosque during the month of Ramadan in Manila, in the Philippines on August 23, 2009. (JUNIE DOCTOR/AFP/Getty Images

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A Pakistani Muslim arranges food stuff for Iftar, a time to break the fast, on the first day of Ramadan, as a child looks on at a mosque in Karachi, Pakistan on Sunday, Aug. 23, 2009. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)

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7 comments

  1. Beautiful pics! I love them.

  2. Ijaz Ul Haq · · Reply

    The Holy month of Ramadan invites us to review our good and bad deeds. It tests our patience and stamina as well. Its not just about starving yourself all day – there is a lot more meaning, substance, and symbolism involved in Ramadan. Its about being close to your creater as well as meeting your friends and family. Personally, my wife and I love to spend the last 15 days in Mecca and Medina. People from all over the world gather and bow before the God almighty and break the fast together in peace and unity as one family. 3.5 million people at one place at the same time asking for forgiveness on the night of the 27th- The laila tul qadir is simply a great feeling and a very spiritual experience. The Holy Quran says and I quote In the name of God, most Gracious, Most Merciful – 1- We have indeed revealed this (message) In the night of Power. 2 -And what will explain To thee what the Night of Power is.3 – The Night of Power is better than a thousand Months. 4 – Therein come down The angels and the spirit By God’s permissionon every errand. 5 – Its all about Peace! — This is until the rise of morning!

  3. Ramadan Kareem · · Reply

    Love the pic of the boy with the lollipops!

  4. Shaza Haq · · Reply

    Ramadan mubarik. Alhamdulillah, my favourite month of the year has finally come. I wait for it the whole year. So many beautiful memories of my childhood Ramadan with my parents and siblings. Also when my own kids were young and at home with us. The Pizza Hut Sehris which we used to have in Bahrain and then rushing for isha and taraveeh prayers to the mosque and we were always blessed to leave for Saudi to spend the last ashra there. I just hope and pray that Allah accepts all our endeavours and prayers.

  5. Sharmine · · Reply

    OUH – Where on earth do u find such amazing pictures?

  6. This is so nice.. the dish isnt called Kheer, itss ‘Firnee’ and right now, I so want it!!

  7. Zee, I think kheer & firni are pretty much the same thing and the caption below the pictures aren’t written by me – they were published by Big Picture. Glad you liked the pictures – they truly are stunning.

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