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Ramadan 2012 (PHOTOS)
Friday, July 20th, 2012

Muslims across the world are preparing to observe the holy month of Ramadan, abstaining from consuming food and drink from dawn to dusk.

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Pastry vendors serve customers as they make purchases ahead of the start of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan in Rabat, Morocco, on July 20, 2012. Muslims across the world are preparing to observe the holy month of Ramadan, abstaining from consuming food and drink from dawn to dusk.

(ABDELHAK SENNA - AFP/Getty Images)
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Pastry vendors serve customers as they make purchases ahead of the start of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan in Rabat, Morocco, on July 20, 2012. Muslims across the world are preparing to observe the holy month of Ramadan, abstaining from consuming food and drink from dawn to dusk.

(ABDELHAK SENNA - AFP/Getty Images)
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Pastry vendors serve customers as they make purchases ahead of the start of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan in Rabat, Morocco, on July 20, 2012. Muslims across the world are preparing to observe the holy month of Ramadan, abstaining from consuming food and drink from dawn to dusk.

(ABDELHAK SENNA - AFP/Getty Images)
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Pastry vendors serve customers as they make purchases ahead of the start of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan in Rabat, Morocco, on July 20, 2012. Muslims across the world are preparing to observe the holy month of Ramadan, abstaining from consuming food and drink from dawn to dusk.

(ABDELHAK SENNA - AFP/Getty Images)
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Pastry vendors serve customers as they make purchases ahead of the start of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan in Rabat, Morocco, on July 20, 2012. Muslims across the world are preparing to observe the holy month of Ramadan, abstaining from consuming food and drink from dawn to dusk.

(ABDELHAK SENNA - AFP/Getty Images)
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A Kuwaiti vendor arranges watermelons at his stall at a market in Kuwait City on July 20, 2012 during the first day of Islam's holy month of Ramadan. During the lunar month of Ramadan, Muslims fast from dawn to dusk and strive to be more pious and charitable.

(YASSER AL-ZAYYAT - AFP/Getty Images)
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An Israeli soldier sets up a sign directing women into the correct queue at the Israeli checkpoint of Qalandia near the West Bank city of Ramallah before crossing on July 20, 2012, into Jerusalem to attend the first Friday prayers of the holy month of Ramadan at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound. Israeli police deployed in force in the holy city after limiting access to the compound.

(ABBAS MOMANI - AFP/Getty Images)
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Palestinian female worshippers pray at the Dome of the Rock at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem during the first Friday prayers of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan on July 20, 2012.

(AHMAD GHARABLI - AFP/Getty Images)
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Palestinian worshippers pray outside the Dome of the Rock at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem during the first Friday prayers of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan on July 20, 2012.

(AHMAD GHARABLI - AFP/Getty Images)
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Palestinian worshippers pray outside the Dome of the Rock at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem during the first Friday prayers of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan on July 20, 2012.

(AHMAD GHARABLI - AFP/Getty Images)
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Palestinian worshippers pray outside the Dome of the Rock at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem during the first Friday prayers of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan on July 20, 2012.

(AHMAD GHARABLI - AFP/Getty Images)
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Palestinian worshippers pray outside the Dome of the Rock at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem during the first Friday prayers of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan on July 20, 2012.

(AHMAD GHARABLI - AFP/Getty Images)
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A Palestinian man reads the Quran outside a mosque in the West Bank city of Jenin on the first day of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan on July 20, 2012.

(SAIF DAHLAH - AFP/Getty Images)
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A man sits on the side of a hill waiting to see the new moon of Ramadan as astronomers and scholars of Islam debate when the holy Muslim month of Ramadan begins, in the Saudi city of Taif on July 19, 2012. The start of the fasting month, when the faithful abstain from eating from dawn to sunset, is determined by the sighting of the new moon.

(AMER HILABI - AFP/Getty Images)
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A Palestinian man and child look at lamps traditionally used during Ramadan, at a market in Gaza City, on July 19, 2012, on the eve of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan. Fasting during the month of Ramadan is one of the Five Pillars of Islam.

(MOHAMMED ABED - AFP/Getty Images)
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An Egyptian man browses through handcrafted lamps traditionally used during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan, at a street market on July 19, 2012 in Cairo. Fasting during the month of Ramadan is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. The month is spent by Muslims fasting during the daylight hours from dawn to sunset. Muslims believe that the Quran was sent down to the lowest heaven during this month, thus being prepared for gradual revelation by the Angel Jibraeel or Gabriel to the Islamic prophet Muhammad.

(GIANLUIGI GUERCIA - AFP/Getty Images)
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A Jordanian woman fixes a traditional Ramadan decoration called Fanoos in Amman, Jordan, on July 18, 2012, as Muslims around the world prepare for the start of the fasting month.

(KHALIL MAZRAAWI - AFP/Getty Images)
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A Jordanian man fixes a traditional Ramadan decoration called the Fanoos in Amman, Jordan, on July 18, 2012, as Muslims around the world prepare for the start of the fasting month.

(KHALIL MAZRAAWI - AFP/Getty Images)
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Ramadan decorations are hung outside a shop in the West Bank city of Hebron on July 18, 2012, to welcome the upcoming Muslim holy fasting month.

(HAZEM BADER - AFP/Getty Images)
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