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Wednesday, 6 November, 2002, 17:06 GMT
In pictures: Ramadan celebration
Muslims across the world have begun observing the holy fasting month of Ramadan.

A strict abstinence is observed during daylight hours, with friends and family coming together after sunset to mark the breaking of the fast.

Maghreb prayer in Afghanistan
Sunset is a time for breaking the fast and the fourth prayer of the day

Indonesian chefs put the finishing touches to a 2.6 meter cake depicting the Hassan II mosque in Morocco  (AP)
Ramadan is not only a time of abstinence, but also speciality food during the hours of darkness

Turkish soldier distributes Ramadan timetables in Kabul, Afghanistan
Ahead of the fast, Turkish peacekeepers helped distribute the fasting schedules to residents of the Afghan capital, Kabul

Pakistani Muslims sweep the floors of a Karachi mosque (AFP)
Ramadan, which begins when the new moon appears, will not be until Thursday in Pakistan (above) and India

A group of Filipino Muslims pray outside the US embassy in Manila during an anti-US rally
The fate of Iraq is on many Muslims' minds

Egyptian woman buys dates in a Cairo market marked Saddam Hussein Mass Destruction
... and ironically-named "Saddam Hussein mass destruction" dates are selling well in Cairo

Halal butchers do a brisk trade in Falls Church, Virginia
American Muslims have had one eye on elections and another on stocking up for the fast

A Turkish girl reads the Koran at the Hadji Bayram mosque in Ankara
Turkey has also just come out of elections - in which an Islamic-based party scored a landslide victory
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