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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A man fires a vintage canon to signal the breaking of fast shortly after sunset in Sarajevo, Bosnia, on April 24, 2020, during the first day of the holy fasting month of Ramadan.
A woman passes through a sanitation tunnel at a containment zone in the Worli area of South Mumbai, India, on April 25, 2020.
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Palestinian Reem Abu Ayyash shows a spoon filled with rice during a video call with her husband Rami – a nurse who treats COVID-19 patients and has avoided his family during Ramadan out of fear of contagion – as she prepares to have her Iftar (breaking fast) meal with her daughter at their home near Hebron in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on April 28, 2020.
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Sanitation workers disinfect the area around the Kaaba in Mecca's Grand Mosque, Saudi Arabia, on April 24, 2020, the first day of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, amid unprecedented bans on family gatherings and mass prayers due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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A boarding school student and an official, both wearing protective masks, use a telescope and a monocular to view the moon on the roof of Al Musariin mosque to mark the first day of Ramadan amid the COVID-19 pandemic, in Jakarta, Indonesia, on April 23, 2020.
Teresa Hadjali and her son, Zayd, hang a banner for Ramadan outside the Islamic Cultural Center of Willow Grove in Willow Grove, Pa., that will remain closed due to social distancing guidelines during the coronavirus outbreak, on April 23, 2020.
A Kashmiri Muslim man prays on the banks of Dal Lake in Srinagar, in Indian controlled Kashmir, on the second day of Ramadan during a lockdown to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, on April 26, 2020.
Hassane Camara, the imam of the Medina mosque of Paillet, records his preaching of the Friday prayer which will be broadcasted on social media networks for his community in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, on May 8, 2020, where mosques and churches are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Volunteers from Saylani Welfare Trust pack Iftar food for Muslim devotees to break their fast during the Islamic holy fasting month of Ramadan in Islamabad, Pakistan, on April 30, 2020.
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A volunteer sprays disinfectant as Muslim devotees offer Friday prayers during the Islamic holy fasting month of Ramadan in Guzargah, Afghanistan, on May 1, 2020.
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Muslims offer Taraweeh, a set of night prayers, during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan amid lockdown due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in Herat, Afghanistan, on 25 April 2020.
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Iranians sit in their car while taking part in a religious ceremony during the holy month of Ramadan the Eram park in Tehran, Iran, on April 30 2020.
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A Palestinian Musharati wearing a mask beats a drum to wake Muslims up to have Sehr, a predawn meal before they start their long day fast, during the holy month of Ramadan in Nablus, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on April 28, 2020.
Migrant workers pray in their dormitory during the holy month of Ramadan, amid the coronavirus disease COVID-19 outbreak in Singapore on May 10, 2020.
Palestinian police officers loyal to Hamas wearing protective masks due to the COVID-19 pandemic sit outside a school used as a quarantine facility in Deir al-Balah, in the central Gaza Strip during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan on April 27, 2020.
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A member of the mosque staff prays in the otherwise empty Noor Ul Islam Mosque on the day before Ramadan commences in Manchester, U.K., on April 24, 2020. The mosque, like all religious venues, has been closed to worshipers during the national lockdown due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
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Muslim devotees gather to collect their respective tiffin boxes at Bang Aw mosque premises in Bangkok on April 30, 2020. During the month of Ramadan, Muslim devotees customarily gather at the mosque to pray and to break fast. Since most places of worship, including mosques remain closed to help curb the spread of the new coronavirus, Bang Aw mosque volunteers have been cooking meals for 150 families in the neighborhood daily, and packing them into tiffin boxes for collection.
Muslim worshippers carry out Ramadan prayers in Jerusalem's Old City as mosques remain closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, on April 27, 2020.
A French Muslim family enjoys Iftar, the meal that takes place after sunset during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, in Paris on April 24, 2020, as the country is under lockdown to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.
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An Indian worker hangs strands of vermicelli to dry at a factory in Prayagraj, India, on April 25, 2020. Vermicelli is in high demand among Muslims during the holy month of Ramadan.
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Volunteers disinfect the historical Badshahi Mosque ahead of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan in Lahore, Pakistan, on April 22, 2020.
A Palestinian mosque keeper prays in a mosque on the first Friday of the holy fasting month of Ramadan as prayers by worshippers in holy places are suspended due to concerns about the spread of the novel coronavirus in the northern Gaza Strip on April 24, 2020.