Image 1 of 11: Indonesia: Jakarta enjoys Ramadan, the holiest month in Islamic calendar, when Muslims refrain from eating, drinking, smoking and sexual relations from dawn to dusk. Istiqlal mosque in Jakarta.
Image 1 of 11: Jerusalem celebrates Ramadan. Prized by Muslims as the epicenter of Islam's Holy Land, Jerusalem houses Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa. Muslims hold that the Dome is the rock that Muhammad ascended into heaven. Al Aqsa Mosque, or "Noble Sanctuary," is the third holiest site in Sunni Islam.
Image 1 of 11: Yemen, Sanaa's golden rays of hope: Ramadan has subdued the rage that has lingered in Yemen for 6 months with its un-ousted leader Ali Abdullah Saleh's still ignoring months of mass-protests. Demonstrators vow to continue their sit-in at Taghyeer square through Ramadan until their demands are met..
Image 1 of 11: AFGHANISTAN, Mazar-i-Sharif, or 'Noble Shrine', home to the Blue Mosque: For Muslims across the world, the 9th month in the Muslim lunar calendar is a time for spiritual reflection, prayers & fasting. It's also a time when residents of Afghanistan's poorer districts can be fed by the wealthier.
Image 1 of 11: Iraq, Baghdad: An Iraqi serves Ramadan drinks (Jallab -a date juice, with grape molasses and rose water served with raw pine kernels), while mid-Ramadan news of 7 pulled from a south Baghdad, Sunni mosque, and killed execution-style breaks in this sacred month.
Image 1 of 11: The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia tell of largest consumption of dates in years, and a new trend of eating 'fool' or
fava beans (more famously the staple pulse of Egypt) at iftar (break of fast meal). KSA is known as the
"The Land of
the Two Holy Mosques" the two holiest sites in Islam.
Image 1 of 11: Syria: Kafr Nabl, of Idlib district. More a war-zone this Ramadan, Syria is seeing more tanks than Ramadan revelry.
Image 1 of 11: Pakistan's Karachi: Children congregate in a public tent setting to mark the break of fast food stuff, prepared for Iftar for fellow Pakistani
Image 1 of 11: The Libyan residents of rebel stronghold Benghazi, and Libyans nation-wide,
are prevented from enjoying the blessings of Ramadan, which are marred by politics and destruction of recent months of 2011.
Image 1 of 11: Tunisia: Here performing the evening prayer 'Tarawih' for Ramadan. Liberated of their unpopular leader, Bin Ali, these Muslims
can give thanks & blessings for Ramadan, 2011. But around them the turmoil and political unrest in the region,
as well as violence, has not quietened down for Ramadan.
Image 1 of 11: From Greenland comes a Ramadan story of dedication. A Lebanese man, Wassam Azaqeer,
hailed the “Arab Columbus”, is the only fasting Muslim in
Greenland, fasting the 21 hours required. A stark & lonely fast in such cold climes, he keeps warm on the spirit
(or hearty Iftar meals) of the Holy Month.
A glimpse at Ramadan around the globe in all its radiance and glory. But also a visual reminder of the specter of trouble, still very much plaguing some parts of the Islamic nation.
At this time of regional instability and, in some cases, outright violence and destruction, running counter to the occasion and spirit of Ramadan, Muslims courageously and devotedly carry on with their Ramadan rituals with resilience, in spite of strife. Over in another neck of the globe, we bring you a tale of a particularly bold man taking on Ramadan in a display of endurance and dedication, as he fasts, solo, in Arctic conditions.