The Big Picture.......Ramadan 2009

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In Muslim nations and regions around the globe, this is the first week of the holy month of Ramadan, a time for followers to abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and sexual activity during the day, breaking their fast each sunset, with traditional meals and sweets. The goal of the fast is to teach humility, patience and sacrifice, and to ask forgiveness, practice self-restraint, and pray for guidance in the future. This year, Ramadan will continue until Saturday, September 19th

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The Big Picture Ramadan 2009 Compiled By: Zubair Masoodi Email: zubairmasoodi@gmail.com Courtesy : Boston.com Url : http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2009/08/ramadan_2009.html

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Officers of Malaysia's Islamic authority use a telescope to perform " rukyah ", the sighting of the New moon of Ramadan, in Teluk Kemang , south of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on August 20, 2009.

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A Musaharati , dawn awakener, lights up a lantern before touring the streets with his drums to wake observant Muslims for their overnight ' sahur ', last meal, before the day's fast in Sidon's Old City in south Lebanon just before dawn August 26, 2009

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Muslims attend prayers on the eve of the first day of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan at Al Akbar mosque in Surabaya, East Java, Indoneisia on August 21, 2009.

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A Muslim woman prays at the Istiqlal mosque on the first day of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Jakarta on August 22, 2009 or Ramadan 1, 1430 in the Hijriah lunar calendar.

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A Kenyan child reads verses from the Quran on the fifth day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in a Madrassa in Nairobi, Kenya

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A Palestinian boy plays with a sparkler on the eve of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan in Gaza City on August 21, 2009

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An Egyptian man makes a traditional dessert known as " kunava ", which is popular during the fasting month of Ramadan, at a shop in Cairo

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A Yemeni therapist applies Kohl to the eyes of a youth, in line with local tradition on the second day of the holy month of Ramadan at a Zaidi (Shiite) mosque in Sanaa's Old City

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Muslims attend Friday prayers on the first day of the holy month of Ramadan at a mosque in Beijing, China

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A Muslim man arranges bowls of a traditional dessert called kheer for sale outside a mosque before the evening prayers on the first day of the holy month of Ramadan, in Jammu and Kashmir, Indian-administered Kashmir

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A child stands among worshippers attending prayers on the eve of the first day of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan at Al Maerkaz Al Islami mosque in Makassar, South Sulawesi, Indonesia

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A man arrives for the evening prayers of the first day of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan at Merkez mosque in Duisburg, Germany

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Muslims shop for Iftar , the sunset dinner that breaks the fast at Chalk Bazaar, the traditional Iftar market in Dhaka, Bangladesh on Sunday,

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Palestinian vendors prepare trays of sweets for Ramadan, in a shop in the West Bank city of Nablus, Sunday

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A cannon fires as part of the ceremony that ends the second day of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan, outside Jerusalem's Old City Sunday

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A Muslim man adjusts his cap in a mirror at a mosque on the first day of the holy month of Ramadan, in Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir, Indian-administered Kashmir

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A boy holds candy in his hand as he reads the Quran in a mosque during Ramadan, in Amman, Jordan on August 22, 2009

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A Palestinian woman walks near the Lion's Gate in Jerusalem's old city where traditional festive lights are displayed ahead of the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan

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A Muslim boy takes a nap during evening prayers called " Tarawih " at Mosque of Gamal Abdel Nasser in Tripoli, Libya on August 22, 2009. The mosque was converted from the Catholic Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus after a 1969 coup by Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

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An Iraqi baker prepares sweets for the holy month of Ramadan in Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2009

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A Muslim family eats, breaking their fast in a giant tent on the first day of the holy month of Ramadan in Istanbul, Turkey

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Kashmiri Muslim offer prayer on a street in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, Indian-administered Kashmir on Monday, Aug.24, 2009

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Pakistani women line up for subsidized sacks of flour provided by the government for the holy month of Ramadan, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2009 in Rawalpindi, Pakistan

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A Palestinian potter engraves the expression in Arabic "Ramadan Karim " as he puts the final touches to a clay lantern at his workshop in Gaza City on August 17, 2009, ahead of the start of the holy month of Ramadan

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A man takes a nap in between prayers at a mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan on August 22, 2009.

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Jordanian workers make qatayef , a pancake-like shell filled with nuts or sweet cheese, fried in oil or baked, then dipped in sugary syrup in Amman, Jordan on Sunday August 23, 2009

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Egyptian women walk past paper lanterns used as decorations during Ramadan, on a street in downtown Cairo, Egypt on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009

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A Pakistani Muslim arranges food stuff for Iftar , a time to break the fast, on the first day of Ramadan, as a child looks on at a mosque in Karachi, Pakistan on Sunday, Aug. 23, 2009

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A taxi driver reaches for a glass of apple juice after sunset in Kabul, Afghanistan on Sunday Aug. 23, 2009.

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Indonesian Muslim children parade during a ceremony called "Prayer for the Country" to welcome the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Jakarta, Indonesia on August 21, 2009.

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Muslim men break their fast at a mosque in the Saudi Red Sea port of Jeddah on August 23, 2009.

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A Muslim man sits before breaking his fast on the second day of the holy month of Ramadan at a mosque in Agartala , capital of India's northeastern state of Tripura on August 24, 2009

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A crescent moon is seen behind the King Hussein Bin Talal Mosque in Amman, Jordan on August 23, 2009, during Ramadan

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Muslim children pray at a mosque during the month of Ramadan in Manila, in the Philippines on August 23, 2009

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A boy sells dates in Amman, Jordan on Saturday August 22 2009.

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An unidentified woman helps her son to kiss the iron chain at the entrance of the Naqashband Sahib shrine in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, Indian-administered Kashmir on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2009.

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A vendor of headscarfs waits for customers in the 4th day of Ramadan at a market in Jakarta, Indonesia on August 25, 2009.

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A man prays at a Sunni mosque in Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2009. (AP Photo/ Karim Kadim ) # .

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The Dome of the Rock, or Masjid Qubbat As- Sakhrah , one of the holiest sites in Islam, is seen on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem through festive lights for Ramadan on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009.

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