Egyptian youths decorate their residential street in preparation for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in Cairo, Egypt, on April 21, 2020. From canceled Iftar (breaking fast) feasts to suspended mosque prayers, Muslims across the Middle East are bracing for a bleak month of Ramadan fasting as the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic lingers. Ramadan is a period for both self-reflection and socializing. Believers fast from dawn to dusk and then gather to enjoy a family or community meal each evening of Islam's holiest month, which begins later this week and ends with Eid al-Fitr festivities.
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