The Islamic world celebrates Ramadan 2011: Boston Globe
“Monday denoted the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Throughout the month devout Muslims must abstain from food, drinks, and sex from dawn-to-dusk. Muslims across the world consider the ninth month in the Muslim lunar calendar as the holiest. It is a time for prayers, fasting, and spiritual introspection. Worldwide Muslims honor Ramadan with the sighting of the new moon, culminating in the three-day Eid ul-Fitr celebration.”
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Russian Muslims sat down in a line for a meal after prayers on the first day of Ramadan in a local mosque in Moscow.
People’s Republic of China
Ethnic Uyghur men prayed at a mosque during Ramadan in Kashgar city, in Xinjiang province on Thursday.
Xinjiang region is an autonomous region of the People’s Republic of China where many Muslim Uyghur resent the presence of Han Chinese people. The biggest threat to China’s grip on its ethnically divided far western frontier comes from homegrown anger exploding in violence.
Muslims prayed to mark the start of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at ‘La Grande Mosquee’ in Strasbourg, eastern France on Monday. Faithfuls gathered at the end of the first day of the Ramadan, at the mosque still under construction, which will be officially inaugurated in November.
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