From the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, to dry and dusty camps for Iraqis fleeing violence, people pray and fast during the early days of the holy month.
July 11, 2014 An Egyptian recites verses of the Koran, Islam's holy book, as another prays with his prayer beads during the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan at Al-Azhar mosque in Cairo. During Ramadan, Muslims abstain from food, drink and other pleasures from sunrise to sunset. It is the time Muslims believe God started to reveal the Koran to the Prophet Muhammad. Amr Nabil/AP Buy Photo