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Muslims in India observe the fasting month of Ramadan

Updated : May 10, 2019 01:46 PM IST

Ramadan or Ramzan, the fasting month of Muslims, is being celebrated across India. For Muslims, Ramadan is a month of fasting, prayer and reflection. The month is considered holy, where the adults in the community refrain from consuming food, drinking liquids, among others, including 'sinful behaviour' such as fighting, from dawn to dusk. The belief is that month strives the religion followers to purify the body and the soul and increase their good deeds and God-consciousness. This year, Ramadan started on May 5 and Eid, the last day of the fast is expected to be on June 5. The dates of the fast vary according to the sighting of the moon. Here's how the holy month is being observed in India:

A Muslim man prays as he and others assemble to spot the crescent moon on the eve of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at a mosque in Ahmedabad on May 6. Muslims across the world are observing the holy fasting month, where they refrain from eating, drinking and smoking from dawn to dusk. (Reuters)
A Muslim man prays as he and others assemble to spot the crescent moon on the eve of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at a mosque in Ahmedabad on May 6. Muslims across the world are observing the holy fasting month, where they refrain from eating, drinking and smoking from dawn to dusk. (Reuters)
A boy reads the Quran inside a mosque on the first day of Ramadan on the outskirts of Agartala on May 7. (Reuters)
A boy reads the Quran inside a mosque on the first day of Ramadan on the outskirts of Agartala on May 7. (Reuters)
People eat their Iftar (breaking fast) meals at Jama Masjid, in the old quarters of Delhi, on May 7. (Reuters)
People eat their Iftar (breaking fast) meals at Jama Masjid, in the old quarters of Delhi, on May 7. (Reuters)
A man reads the Quran inside a mosque in Srinagar on May 9. (Reuters)
A man reads the Quran inside a mosque in Srinagar on May 9. (Reuters)
Muslims pray inside a mosque in Srinagar on May 9. (Reuters)
Muslims pray inside a mosque in Srinagar on May 9. (Reuters)
A boy takes a picture with his mobile phone during Eid al-Fitr prayers marking the end of the holy fasting month Ramadan, in Srinagar, on June 16, 2018. (Reuters)
A boy takes a picture with his mobile phone during Eid al-Fitr prayers marking the end of the holy fasting month Ramadan, in Srinagar, on June 16, 2018. (Reuters)
Men offer Eid al-Fitr prayers marking the end of Ramadan at Jama Masjid (Grand Mosque) in the old quarters of Delhi, on June 16, 2018. (Reuters)
Men offer Eid al-Fitr prayers marking the end of Ramadan at Jama Masjid (Grand Mosque) in the old quarters of Delhi, on June 16, 2018. (Reuters)
Children greet each other after offering Eid al-Fitr prayers, marking the end of Ramadan at a mosque, in Jammu, on June 16, 2018. (Reuters)
Children greet each other after offering Eid al-Fitr prayers, marking the end of Ramadan at a mosque, in Jammu, on June 16, 2018. (Reuters)
A man offers Eid al-Fitr prayers outside a railway station in Mumbai on June 16, 2018. (Reuters)
A man offers Eid al-Fitr prayers outside a railway station in Mumbai on June 16, 2018. (Reuters)
A Kashmiri man offers prayers inside Shah-e-Hamdan Mosque, one of the oldest mosques in Kashmir, during Ramadan, in Srinagar (AP)
A Kashmiri man offers prayers inside Shah-e-Hamdan Mosque, one of the oldest mosques in Kashmir, during Ramadan, in Srinagar (AP)
A Kashmiri woman offer prayers at the entrance of the Shah-e-Hamdan Mosque during Ramadan in Srinagar. . (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
A Kashmiri woman offer prayers at the entrance of the Shah-e-Hamdan Mosque during Ramadan in Srinagar. . (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
A Kashmiri man prays as he sits near the entrance of Shah-e-Hamdan Mosque in Srinagar. (AP)
A Kashmiri man prays as he sits near the entrance of Shah-e-Hamdan Mosque in Srinagar. (AP)
A Kashmiri man reads verses from the Quran on his cellphone inside Shah-e-Hamdan Mosque during Ramadan in Srinagar. (AP)
A Kashmiri man reads verses from the Quran on his cellphone inside Shah-e-Hamdan Mosque during Ramadan in Srinagar. (AP)
Kashmiri men pray inside Shah-e-Hamdan mosque in Srinagar. (AP)
Kashmiri men pray inside Shah-e-Hamdan mosque in Srinagar. (AP)
Men pray inside Shah-e-Hamdan Mosque in Kashmir, during the holy fasting month of Ramadan, in Srinagar.  (AP)
Men pray inside Shah-e-Hamdan Mosque in Kashmir, during the holy fasting month of Ramadan, in Srinagar.  (AP)
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