The month of Ramadan is the month in which the Quran was sent down,
a guidance for the people, and clear verses of guidance and criterion.
[Quran: Chapter 2:183]


Monday, August 30, 2010

Ramadan Pictures 2010

Ramadan Pictures 2010

Muslims Worldwide Observe Ramadan with Prayer and Fasting

The last ten days of Ramadan has begun in some places - the last ten days of Ramadan are regarded as very important. Muslims will spend time in increased prayer and reflection.

Here are some pictures of Muslims around the world as they practice the month of Ramadan.

Ramadan in Pictures 2010

Karachi, Pakistan
A vendor sells caps in preparation for Eid.
Zahid Hussein / Reuters

Sanaa, Yemen
Cosmetic Kohl is applied to the eyelids of a young man. Oral traditions relating to the words and deeds of Mohammad mention the use of Kohl frequently. It is believed to contribute towards the Islamic belief in thawaab, or reward.
Khaled Fazaa / AFP / Getty

Tehran, Iran
A woman leaves her shoes outside the Imam Khomeini Mosque.
Mohammad Kheirkhah / UPI / Landov

Dushanbe, Tajikistan
During the holiday, observant Muslims get up before dawn to eat, then pray and then do not eat again until after the fourth prayer of the day, which occurs around sunset.
Nozim Kalandarov / Reuters

Jerusalem, Israel
Palestinian women attend the first Friday prayers of the month at the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Ammar Awad / Reuters

Mathura, India
Young boys read the Koran at a madrasa, or religious school.
K. K. Arora / Reuters

Khartoum, Sudan
Men praying at the main mosque. Every day during the course of the month 1/30th of the Koran is recited, so that by the end of the month the entire book has been completed.
Mohamed Nureldin Abdalla / Reuters

St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Women pray at the Islamic Community Center in south St. Louis.
Christian Gooden / St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Foreign workers gather for iftar, the meal which marks the end of the daily fast during the holy month.

Amman, Jordan
A shopkeeper hangs decorative lights in his store in celebration of the holiday.
Majed Jaber / Reuters


Special Ramadan Series

Dear Reader, Assalaamu’alaikum.

Ramadan Mubarak. We wish you a blessed and productive Ramadan! Make no mistake about it - keeping the fast and increasing our acts of worship during this blessed month is not an easy task. The physical demands of balancing work or school with fasting all day, feeling fatigued and less effective than you normally are, waking up for Suhoor, praying Teraweeh and Tahajjud prayers, dealing with sleep deficits.

But the last thing we would want is to let Ramadan pass us by without doing all that we aim and desire to. Do not allow yourself to feel guilty or regretful when Ramadan passes.

The Ramadan Series will send you emails with practical tips on how to gain and maintain the physical and spiritual energy necessary to embark on increased religious oligations so that you will reap the benefits from this blessed month. This includes special Ramadan duas to say during the month. Do sign-up today!

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