Muslims worldwide began their holiest month of the year last week with dawn to dusk fasts, broken each evening by large, communal meals. The faithful use the time to reevaluate their lives through the scope of Islamic doctrine. However, violence has marred the celebrations with more than 160 Iraqis killed in the first week and with supporters of former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi continuing to protest his removal from office.
A Muslim woman prays after her iftar (breaking fast) meal on the first day of the holy month of Ramadan in India at the Jama Masjid (Grand Mosque) in the old quarters of Delhi on July 11.
Muslims offer first Friday prayers during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan at a mosque in the northern Indian city of Allahabad on July 12.
Students read the Koran on the first day of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, at Ar-Raudlatul Hasanah Islamic boarding school in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, on July 10
A Pakistani woman receives milk, sweetened with fruit juice, for Iftar to break the fast during the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, on July 15. Muslims throughout the world are marking the month of Ramadan, the holiest month in Islamic calendar.
Foreign Muslim workers break their fast with a free Iftar dinner during the holy month of Ramadan in Dubai, on July 15.
A young Muslim boy helps his friend to put on a turban at a mosque in Ampang, suburbs of Kuala Lumpur on July 11
A Muslim newly wed couple prepares to pose for wedding photos at Niujie Mosque during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in Beijing on July 16. Muslims throughout the world are celebrating the holy fasting month of Ramadan, refraining from eating, drinking, and smoking from dawn to dusk. (Andy Wong/Associated Press)
Students sit in circles during a Quran recital class on the first day of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, at Ar-Raudlatul Hasanah Islamic boarding school in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, on July 10. (Binsar Bakkara/Associated Press)
Kashmiri Muslim devotees stretch out their hands to receive offerings outside a shrine on the first day of Ramadan in Srinagar, India, on July 11. (Dar Yasin/Associated Press)
An Israeli border police officer stands guard as Palestinian women cross the Qalandia checkpoint on their way to pray at the Al Aqsa Mosque during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, at the Qalandia checkpoint between the West Bank city of Ramallah and Jerusalem, on July 12. (Sebastian Scheiner/Associated Press)
An Egyptian army soldier reads Islam's holy book, the Koran as he sits on his armored personnel carrier, near the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, on the second day of Ramadan, July 11. Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood vowed Thursday not to back down in its push to restore ousted Islamist leader Mohammed Morsi to power but insisted its resistance is peaceful in an effort to distance itself from more than a week of clashes with security forces. (Hussein Malla/Associated Press)
Members of the family of Palestinian Abu Jaber gather between graves of the Almaamadani Muslim cemetery adjacent to their family's place of living, for breaking fast during the month of Ramadan in Azkola, central Gaza Strip, on July 15. Abu Jaber's family, two men, two women and five children, lives at the cemetery in difficult and poor conditions. Jaber says he lives in this place because he can not afford a healthy housing for himself and his family with just a small daily income from random jobs. He and his children are not employed and are depending on the assistance of Civil Affairs department of the government of Gaza. (Ali Ali/European Pressphoto Agency)
Supporters of ousted Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi, pray after breaking their fast, during the Islamic month of Ramadan, in Nasr City, Cairo, Egypt, on July 11. (Manu Brabo/Associated Press)
A Muslim women wears a purple uniform as she performs the night prayer known as Tarawikh as millions of Muslims observe the holiday of Ramadan on July 16 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Rahman Roslan/Getty Images)
A Kashmiri Muslim woman prays outside a shrine on the first day of Ramadan in Srinagar, India, on July 11. Muslims throughout the world are celebrating the holy fasting month of Ramadan, refraining from eating, drinking, and smoking from dawn to dusk. (Dar Yasin/Associated Press)
An Israeli border policeman, right, stands by as a Palestinian man prepares decorations at the entrance of the Al-Aqsa mosque ahead of the Muslim holiday of Ramadan, in Jerusalem's Old City, Israel, on July 8. (Abir Sultan/European Pressphoto Agency
Flint resident Salma Al-Midani, 16, left, and Ahmad Deeb, work to hang up decorations at the Flint Islamic Center on July 9 in preparation for the Islamic tradition of Ramadan that starts on July 10. Hundreds are expected to gather at the center for the Terawih prayer, which leads into a month of fasting. (Michelle Tessier/Mlive.Com/The Journal via Associated Press
An Acehnese man reads a book while waiting for the time to break his fast between the pillars of a mosque in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, on July 10. (Heri Juanda/Associated Press)
At the base for Mohammed Morsi supporters, a boy waits in line to receive food in order to break the days fast on the first day of Ramadan, the sacred holy month for Muslims where many will fast from sun-up to sun-down on July 10 in Cairo, Egypt. Egypt continues to be in a state of political paralysis following the ousting of Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Morsi by the military. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Students from an Islamic boarding school pray during the Koran recitation "Tadarus" during Ramadan in a mosque in Medan of Indonesia's North Sumatra province in this on July 11. (Reuters)