Muslim 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.
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
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
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.