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In Pics: Jama Masjid illuminated on the eve of the holy month of Ramadan

Jama Masjid, one of the largest and oldest mosques in India, has been illuminated on the eve of Ramadan. The moon was sighted on April 2, and Muslims across India started fasting from April 3. Muslims in India fast for around 14-16 hours during Ramadan. Mosques (Masjids) remain decorated throughout the month.

Jama Masjid
Photo courtesy: Pallav Paliwal

Jama Masjid, mosque in Old Delhi is a noted patron of Islamic architecture whose most famous work is the Taj Mahal, in Agra. It is an impressive example of Mughal architecture.

Jama Masjid, India
Photo courtesy: Pallav Paliwal

Muslims all across the globe kickstarted Ramadan, also known as Ramzan with communal prayers.

Jama Masjid, India
Photo courtesy: Pallav Paliwal

During the first day of Ramadan, Muslim families gathered and waited for the time to break their fast at a mosque. 

Jama Masjid, India
Photo courtesy: Pallav Paliwal

To get through a long day without food, Muslims will often wake up early to eat a meal called suhur before daybreak. During the day Muslims are encouraged to engage in charity and devote extra time and attention to spiritual activities, such as praying and reading the Quran.

Jama Masjid, India
Photo courtesy: Pallav Paliwal

Dates are the food of choice to break daily Ramadan fasts, with connections to Islamic scripture.

Jama Masjid, India
Photo courtesy: Pallav Paliwal

In the courtyard of Jama Masjid, people sit in long lines on dastarkhwan (table cloths) and are served fruits, namkeen, dates, juice and sweets. Visitors here make contributions for the food items served at iftaar time, while others volunteer to serve the food. A similar sight can be witnessed at almost every religious place.

Jama Masjid, India
Photo courtesy: Pallav Paliwal

 

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