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 Nepalese Muslim boy offers Friday prayers during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in Kathmandu on July 12. (Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters)