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Last Updated: Friday, 15 October, 2004, 14:35 GMT 15:35 UK
In pictures: Ramadan worldwide
An Iraqi man cleans the carpet at a mosque in Baghdad.
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On the eve of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, an Iraqi man cleans the carpet at a mosque in Baghdad.
The sun sets behind a mosque in Gaza City.
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The last sunset before Ramadan in Gaza... The Middle East began the festival on Friday, a day after Libya and Nigeria.
Employees cover a nude statue in a Jakarta nightclub
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Employees cover a nude statue in a Jakarta nightclub. Indonesia is the world's most populous Muslim nation.
An Iraqi mother and child tour a Baghdad market for provisions
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An Iraqi mother and child tour a Baghdad market for provisions. During Ramadan Muslims fast during the day.
Thousands pray at Jakarta's Istiqlal mosque, the largest in south-east Asia
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Thousands pray at Jakarta's Istiqlal mosque, the largest in south-east Asia.
Prayers at the Madrassah Husseinia in Delhi
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Indian Muslims also gathered in large numbers at this mosque in Delhi.
A Muslim woman reads the Koran at Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia.
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A Jakarta woman reads the Koran while waiting to break her fast, at the Istiqlal Mosque.
Cooking Khajla Phehni in Karachi
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A popular food during Ramadan in Pakistan is Khajla Phehni, deep-fried protein-rich vermicelli.
Afghan market
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In Afghanistan, at Kabul's main market dates are in plentiful supply for the first day of Ramadan, on Thursday...
Elderly Afghan gets beard trim
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..and business is good for barbers too.
Crescent decoration in Amman, Jordan
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Muslims traditionally decorate their homes, like this woman in Amman, Jordan.
Ramadan decorations at a shopping mall in Dubai
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A shopping mall in the United Arab Emirates is decorated with stars and crescents for the holiday.




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