Monday is the first day of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar in which devout Muslims abstain from food, drink and sex from dawn until sunset. Muslims all over the world observe Ramadan, remembering when the first verses of the Koran were revealed to the prophet Muhammad.
Many Somalis are not able to participate in Ramadan this year, however, because of an ongoing famine that will not leave enough food for the traditional feast to break the fast at the end of the day.
In Syria, government tanks have stormed the city of Hama despite the holy month, while in the Philippines the president has ordered troops to crush militants who killed seven marines last week, asking them to be careful not to disrupt Ramadan.
But in Mecca, the most holy city in Islam, daily prayers are continuing as usual, and they are being broadcast in a live stream from Masjid al-Haram for those who cannot be there.
Watch the stream and find prayer timings below:
Prayer timings are as follows:
— Maghrib Prayer, 15 minutes: 11 a.m. Eastern.
— Isha and Taraweeh Prayer, 2 hours: 1 p.m. Eastern.
— Tahajud Prayer, 2 Hours: 6 p.m. Eastern. (Last 10 days of Ramadan only.)
— Fajr Prayer, 15 minutes: 8:30 p.m. Eastern.