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In pictures: Friday prayers of Ramadan

ramadan-manila_2964285kMuslim youths pray atop motorcycle taxis during Ramadan in front of al-Satie Mosque in Baseco, metro Manila. Islam’s holy month of Ramadan is calculated on the sighting of the new moon and Muslims all over the world fast from dawn to dusk during the month.

Palestinians pray on the first Friday of the holy month of Ramadan as Israeli policemen stand guard in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Wadi al-Joz. Palestinians infuriated at the kidnap and killing of 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khudair they blame on far-right Jews, clashed with Israeli police in Jerusalem on Friday, while cross-border shelling in the Gaza Strip abated under Egyptian mediation. Ahead of Abu Khudair’s funeral, Israeli police deployed extra forces in Jerusalem and barred men under the age of 50 from al Aqsa mosque complex, the city’s most sacred Muslim site, forcing hundreds of men to hold prayers outside the gates of the Old City.

Followers of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr attend open-air Friday prayers in the Shiite stronghold of Sadr City, Baghdad

While fasting during daytime over the 30 days of Ramadan, including abstaining from drinking liquids, is mandatory for Muslims and one of the five pillars of Islam, there are exemptions, including for the sick, pregnant, infirm or elderly.

Meanwhile officials in China’s restive western region of Xinjiang have told Muslims to ignore religious customs during the holy month, an indication of what rights groups say is discrimination targeting the Uighur minority group

An Indian Muslim prays at the Jama Mosque in New Delhi, India

Pakistani Muslims perform Wudu before the first Friday prayer of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan in a mosque in Peshawar, Pakistan

Indian Muslims offer prayers at the Jama Mosque in New Delhi, India

Palestinian Muslims read verses of the Quran during the early morning prayer of the first Friday of Ramadan in the West Bank refugee camp of Jenin

Nigerian Muslim women offer prayers on the first Friday of Ramadan at the central Mosque in Lagos, Nigeria

Malaysian Muslim volunteers prepare the famous Malay dishes ‘bubur lambuk’ during the Muslims fasting month of Ramadan at a mosque in Kuala Lumpur. Bubur lambuk or rice porridge is the most popular dish for breaking the Ramadan fast in Malaysiaand it is distributed free to the public during Ramadan

Muslim devotees offer prayers in Bhopal, India

Supporters of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa organisation collect charity funds during the holy fasting month of Ramadan, in Karachi

A Palestinian woman walks amongst Israeli border police after she was not permitted to cross into Jerusalem to attend the first Friday prayer of Ramadan in al-Aqsa mosque, at Qalandia checkpoint near the West Bank city of Ramallah.

A Muslim boy sleeps on the lap of his father before having their Iftar (breaking of fast) meal in the southern Indian city of Chenna

A Pakistani devotee offers Friday prayers at the Data Darbar mosque in Lahore

People attend a Friday prayer outside the worship hall of a mosque in Shanghai

The Dome of the Rock is seen in the background as Palestinians pray near Israeli police standing guard in the Arab east Jerusalem neighbourhood of Ras al-Amud

ndian Muslims gather to break the fast after sundown in Jama Mosque, New Delhi

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