Pakistan In the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, Muslims worldwide observe Ramadan, a period of fasting and other rituals designed to bring self-purification through self restraint and other good deeds. The fasting begins at dawn and lasts until sunset, when observers break their fast with an evening meal called the Iftar. Above, a child lines up food in preparation for the Iftar on the first day of Ramadan at the Memon Mosque in Karachi, Pakistan.
A woman points skyward as she and her sons look for the crescent moon in Amman, Jordan July 31. Religious authorities in most of the Middle East declared that Monday will be the start of the holy month of Ramadan, a period devoted to dawn-to-dusk fasting, prayers and spiritual introspection. (Mohammad Hannon/Associated Press)
This picture taken on June 30, 2014 shows Chinese Muslims reading the Koran at a mosque in Tancheng, in eastern China's Shandong province, at the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan. Across the Muslim world, the faithful fast from dawn to dusk, and abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and having sex during that time as they strive to be more pious and charitable. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO
Photos of the day - July 4, 2014 Muslim devotees offer prayers on the first Friday of the holy month of Ramadan at historical Taj-ul Mosque in Bhopal, India, 04 July 2014. During the month of Ramadan, Muslims all over the world fast from dawn to dusk and offer special prayers seeking the forgiveness of the almighty. (EPA/SANJEEV GUPTA)
Observing Ramadan | Muslims attend an evening communal prayer session called "Tarawih" to mark the holy fasting month of Ramadan at the Bajrakli mosque in Belgrade, Serbia, on July 9, 2013. | The Atlantic/Reuters/Marko Djurica)